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Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). In order to cover gaps in funding for research and suicide prevention, AFSP hosts Out of the Darkness walks on high school and college campuses around the country.

On April 8, 2018, Humana joined the University of Louisville for their event, which raised nearly $10,000. Humana supported the event as part of its initiative to improve the health of the community 20 percent by 2020. Behavioral health is focus areas for Humana and its partners on the Louisville Health Advisory Board. The behavioral health committee of the Board is designing and implementing community-wide, evidence-based, and data-driven programs to eliminate suicides in Louisville.

The University of Louisville’s Out of the Darkness walk had more than 150 participants, including Noemi Robinson, an analyst for Humana.

Noemi said, “Suicide not only harms the immediate family but also the community. Sunday was really cold but walking was an amazing way to support UofL and our community.”

Watch additional coverage of the event on WDRB and WLKY.

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Maria Hughes, Humana’s Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, joined other business leaders in Louisville this week to talk about growth, talent acquisition and opportunities for 2018.

The panel discussion was hosted by Louisville Business First as part of its Grow Louisville event.

Maria said “it is vital to create a stimulating environment where diverse workers can be themselves and feel like each voice is heard and respected,” the newspaper reported. She also noted that “it is vital to attract the right talent that can fit well within a team structure.”

“It’s not just the mix, but making the mix work,” she said. “It’s having the environment in which people feel they can thrive.”

Click here to read the full article in Louisville Business First (subscription required).

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Humana is making progress toward its corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals tied to the company’s three CSR pillars: Healthy People, Healthy Planet and Healthy Performance, according to the company’s 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Progress Report.

Since the start of 2016, Humana and its associates have moved ahead in each of the focus areas. For instance, the company’s pursuit of its Bold Goal – to improve the health of the communities Humana serves 20 percent by 2020 – has resulted in more “Healthy Days” in all but one of several Bold Goal communities.

Humana’s new CSR Progress Report features many examples of how Humana is committed to living its values, particularly ‘Inspire Health.’ From the health metrics Humana tracks to make sure its members’ health is continually improving … to Humana Foundation commitments across the country to invest in community health, the report summarizes progress on the Healthy People front.

For example, Humana’s Pharmacy team in Phoenix served diabetes patients beyond Humana’s membership earlier this year by donating more than 4,500 pounds of diabetic supplies, including insulin syringes, pen needles and test strips, to Insulin for Life USA. In partnership with this organization, Humana delivered insulin and disease-management supplies free of charge to diabetes patients in developing countries, who otherwise would likely go without these life-saving provisions.

Regarding Humana’s overall environmental sustainability focus (Healthy Planet), the report details environmental goals established in 2014, progress to date toward achieving the goals, and how the company and its associates are as dedicated as they have ever been to limit the company’s environmental footprint.

On Humana’s Healthy Performance objectives – which address the company’s ethics and compliance, governance, and diversity and inclusion focus – the report includes a number of examples of Humana’s progress since the start of 2016, including the creation of a Physician Executive Immersion Program to create a cohort of leaders focused on improving how the company partners with physicians.

The report also summarizes the recognition Humana has received from multiple outside organizations as a leader not only among health insurers but in all of health care for its corporate citizenship efforts.

Read the full report here.

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Helping others lead happier, healthier lives is something our company does each and every day. So it should come as no surprise that we’re gaining recognition in the communities we serve.

In the past few months, Humana was named the Healthiest Employer at local events in Louisville, South Florida, Phoenix, Charlotte, and Atlanta. The honor was bestowed on a small number of organizations committed to creating a healthy workplace for employees—and Humana ranked highest in the largest employer category at each event.

Key considerations for the award included culture and leadership commitment, associate and dependent access to programs, planning and communications, and program offerings like health assessments, biometric screenings, rewards and incentives, coaching, and more.

This is the first year Humana has received this award in the Phoenix, Charlotte, and Atlanta. Humana previously won the top award in 2016 in Louisville and South Florida.

Humana was also recently named a Platinum award winner of the Worksite Wellness Award by the Worksite Wellness Council of Louisville. This is the fifth consecutive year the company received this highest distinction – in addition to receiving the prestigious Fleur De Lis Award for extra-large companies in 2016. Humana was also named a Platinum Award winner by the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program, one of the first companies to achieve the new level introduced this year.

These awards serve as further evidence of the progress we’re making as an associate population.

“We’re a community that’s fiercely committed not only to the health of those we serve, but also to that of the teammates we work alongside each day,” said Tim State, Vice President of Associate Well-being. “Our well-being benefits, programs and experiences ways we bring that promise to life every day.”

Zoilabella Calo, Consumer Engagement Consultant, and Jeri Cunningham, Manager of Engagement, for Arizona’s Employer Group team accept the Healthiest Employers Award in Phoenix on behalf of Humana.
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One Humana café is on a mission – to feed the community.

The Sodexo-operated cafe, known as the Winner’s Circle in Louisville’s Humana Unity Building (HUB), is following the “Better Tomorrow Plan” aimed at helping sustainability within communities.

Recently, Sodexo partnered with the Dare to Care food bank in Louisville to donate extra and/or expiring food items, helping eliminate waste and help feed the hungry. Twice a week, Sodexo chefs package the unsold food items and/or expiring food items at the end of the day for a Dare to Care food representative who picks it up and serves it to a Dare to Care food center that evening. Any items that are not appropriate to serve are given to a local farmer for compost.

In addition to these items, Sodexo also provides coffee and hot water for Dare to Care food bank recipients waiting in line during the winter – where some recipients wait in line for hours in the cold before the food bank opens.

“We try to support sustainability as much as possible from recycling to using local products to donating local foods so nothing hits landfills, unless it’s biodegradable or we can’t give it to someone else,” said Scott Bieber, Sodexo National Client Executive Chef at Humana.

Scott said while the Winner’s Circle is the only Humana food service location donating food right now, Sodexo hopes to implement this process at other locations throughout Humana soon.

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