San Antonio

The Humana Foundation is investing more than $1.8 million in two San Antonio projects as part of its new Strategic Community Investment work.

The Humana Foundation will invest $1,020,000 and partner with OATS to bring the Senior Planet program to San Antonio and change the way people age by giving seniors free access to internet-connected technology. Courses are delivered in a group setting by professional instructors in Spanish and English in a flagship Senior Planet San Antonio Exploration Center and at least 6 local partner organizations across the city.

Additionally, the Humana Foundation will invest $833,000 in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank creating the Senior Wellness Intervention Model (SWIM). The SWIM program will provide seniors who screen positive for food insecurity with comprehensive services that stabilize their household and address prevalent health issues. Clinics and other health partners will make referrals to the Food Bank, which will pair the participant with a personal Nutrition Navigator who will provide locally sourced produce and supplemental food boxes to address the immediate needs of food insecurity. The Nutrition Navigators will also connect seniors with federal programs, nutrition education and wrap around services for their long-term needs, including transportation to Saturday Senior’s Day, an expansion of the monthly farmer’s market at the San Antonio Food Bank.

The two investments are part of the Foundation’s new Strategic Community Investments work. Through the program, the Foundation will invest $7 million in 2018 in nonprofit organizations operating in seven communities: San Antonio, Texas; Louisville, Ky., Baton Rouge, La.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla.

In each of these communities, Humana is pursuing its “Bold Goal” to improve the health of the communities Humana serves 20 percent by 2020.The Humana Foundation is investing in nonprofit organizations that address food security, social connection, post-secondary success (sustained employment), and asset security, four social determinants of health that significantly impact people’s overall health and well-being. Social determinants are the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being.

About the Humana Foundation
The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the Foundation seeks to co-create communities where leadership, culture, and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes. For more information, visit humanafoundation.org.

Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our employees, the communities we serve, and our planet.

About OATS
OATS is a social impact technology organization that builds sustainable new systems to change the way people age. They partner with government agencies, community-based organizations, national advocacy groups, and major corporations to engineer solutions that put technology in the hands of older adults to achieve meaningful outcomes, including improving their health, social engagement, finances, learning, and creative expression.

About the San Antonio Food Bank
Founded in 1980, the San Antonio Food Bank serves 58,000 individuals a week in a 16 county service area, one of the largest in Texas. Their strategy is to provide:
• Food for today, by providing emergency assistance is available to any person(s) who walk through their doors;
• Food for tomorrow, by helping clients access resources they need to stabilize their lives going forward, through their benefits assistance center, job training programs, and other resources;
• Food for a lifetime, by providing nutrition, health, wellness, and agricultural programs that take a holistic approach to nourishment.
San Antonio Food Bank is often referenced by name by other large food banks as being best-in-class. They have pioneered programs and shared best practices across the Feeding America network, enabling other communities to adopt and adapt their innovations.

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When Humana started Project San Antonio (the precursor to its Bold Goal), the company recognized Pattie Dale Tye, who was serving as president of Humana’s Large Employer Group Business, as an ideal leader. Pattie Dale’s love of community has been evident throughout her 13 years at Humana. She is now being recognized by Today’s Woman magazine as one of their “Most Admired Woman” finalists.

The award recognizes women in Kentuckiana who have excelled in their careers and community service, making them role models to many. In addition to Pattie Dale’s many contributions to Humana as a respected and admired leader and mentor, she has contributed significantly to the Louisville community through Board service roles with Metro United Way, the Louisville Zoo, Trees Louisville and the Kentucky State Chamber.

Please support Pattie Dale by voting daily between now and March 22 by clicking this link and searching for Pattie Dale in the Corporate category (one vote per email address per day). *Note that the ballot works best in Chrome, Edge, Safari or Firefox internet browsers.

Winners will be honored at an event on June 26 and featured in the June issue of Today’s Woman.

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As Humana makes progress toward its Bold Goal – to make the communities it serves 20 percent healthier by 2020 by making it easy for people to achieve their best health – the community of San Antonio has led the way.

The city, Humana’s first and most mature Bold Goal community, has experienced a 9 percent increase in the number of Healthy Days, surpassing the trajectory goal for 2017.

Dr. Sandra Delgado, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer – TRICARE, and Pattie Dale Tye, Vice President and Leader of Humana’s Bold Goal under the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, have been chronicling San Antonio’s success in The Wharton Healthcare Quarterly.

Read their latest update here.

“The results in our 2017 progress report reflect wide-ranging collaboration in San Antonio between the San Antonio Health Advisory Board (HAB), which is made up of physicians, business leaders, non-profit organizations, government officials and public health organizations, and a Board of Directors, made up of Humana senior leadership,” the two leaders wrote. “Such a wide range of partners is key, because health isn’t just about seeing a doctor once or twice a year. There are numerous environmental, social, psychological, and economic issues that impact a person’s health and are often the root cause of illness. Health can’t just be about reacting to disease; we have to be proactive in preventing disease and promoting well-being.”

This is their third in a series of articles. You can read the first here and the second here.

 

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Dr. Roy Beveridge, Humana’s Chief Medical Officer, recently wrote about population health in a blog post for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national trade association representing the health insurance community.

“To impact population health, we must move beyond the walls of a doctor’s office and directly into communities,” Dr. Beveridge wrote in his post, titled Creating Better Health by Connecting Communities. “Humana is acting as a catalyst in several communities, sharing data we’ve collected that identifies prevalent health conditions and barriers to health. We are convening local stakeholders, collaborating to improve health and measuring progress toward a bold goal of improving the health of the communities we serve 20 percent by 2020.”

He talked about the importance of measuring our progress with the Healthy Days survey, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a simple but effective means of determining how many days each month our members feel physically and mentally unhealthy.

“Our initial Healthy Days investigation reveals a stark truth: As a nation, Americans are unhealthy,” he wrote. “We found the number of unhealthy days individuals reported correlates with overall health. People with diabetes reported 34 percent more unhealthy days, on average, than those without it according to our Bold Goal 2016 Progress Report. And for every five unhealthy days reported, hospital admissions increase by 52 per 1,000 members.”

He went on to explain how Humana is working in numerous communities to unite “physician and business leaders, nonprofits, civic organizations, health agencies and academia to create a movement that leads to better health.”

Read the entire post here.

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The 2015 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and 1/2 Marathon brought an economic boost of over $28.5 million to the city, according to a study conducted by San Diego State University’s Sports MBA program.

The San Antonio Business Journal reports that the 15,330 hotel room nights booked during the event brought in more than $1.4 million in tax revenue and other tourism-related fees.

Read the full story here.

Read more about the event, and gear up for this year’s festivities here.

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