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Objective
The Humana Foundation’s research seeks to advance health by understanding and addressing social determinants of health (SDOH), the economic and social conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age. As the World Health Organization recognizes, these circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national, and local levels, and have an impact on people’s overall health and well-being. 

In our evolution, we recognize leading public health scholarship, and we know we will not improve and achieve healthy outcomes in our communities if we do not intentionally adopt a health equity lens and framework to our investments in health.

Our research initiatives will expand on the Foundation’s investment strategy and programmatic work by seeking further examination and analysis of SDOH. Recognizing that SDOH are complex, interconnected drivers of health in our communities, we plan to work with partners and local community stakeholders—across multiple sectors and multiple identities—to develop culturally relevant research projects.
 
We define health equity as:
  • Co-creating with communities where leadership, culture and systems work to improve and sustain healthy outcomes at all levels of society.
  • Identifying root causes in communities and intentionally improving our systems for data collection, data sharing and analysis of those root causes.   
  • Focusing investments on those which accurately measure and work to close systemic gaps and to close systemic gaps at all levels of society.   
“How can I meet with a Humana Foundation representative?”
Thank you for the work you’re doing to make a positive impact on your community! While we’d love to take meetings with every organization that asks, we unfortunately don’t have the capacity to do so. Please review the Our Work section of our website link here to better understand if your organization is a good fit for our strategy. If you still aren’t sure, please visit our contact us page and tell us about your organization’s work, and we’ll let you know if we’d like to schedule a meeting to learn more.
Approach
Over the course of the next few years, we seek to undertake health equity research in each of our communities and recognize the need that communities have for public data. As we build out this initiative, we plan to partner with other funding agencies and collaborators that share in this mission of collecting co-created, culturally relevant, accessible data. 
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