Unprecedented times call for a strong and united response

Bruce Broussard, Chairman of the Board of The Humana Foundation, recently shared this post on LinkedIn.

 

These are unprecedented times for us all as we navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. Every day, the situation evolves, creating greater complexity for those in our community, especially our most vulnerable citizens. We must act together now, supporting those facing the health and economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

Quarantine and social distancing measures are needed for public health and safety, but they also create greater food and financial challenges. Before the COVID-19 health crisis, more than 37 million Americans struggled to find enough nutritious food for themselves and their families. Almost 40 percent of American adults did not have the funds to cover a $400 emergency with cash, savings or credit. And, many small business only had enough financial resources on hand to last for 45 days or less.

The stats are even more sobering when you consider a prolonged contraction of our economy.

The Humana Foundation has taken action in response, contributing $500,000 in support of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. We are partnering with Feeding America to provide access to nutritious food and financial assistance nationally, and we are working with the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Norton Healthcare Foundation to reduce the virus spread and treat those affected by it in the greater Louisville area.

Locally, we’re championing our hometown effort, the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund, under the leadership of Mayor Greg Fischer. The newly established fund will rapidly deploy resources to individuals, businesses and community-based organizations at the frontline of the region’s outbreak, sending help to those who are disproportionately impacted by the virus and its economic consequences.

If you’re looking for ways to help, consider giving to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund or, for my local colleagues and friends, the One Louisville fund.

Importantly, show support for the healthcare workers across our country, working tirelessly to assist in the crisis and putting themselves in harm’s way every day. And reach out to your friends, neighbors and importantly, our seniors. Feelings of isolation feels particularly acute right now and we need to stay connected to each other.

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