The Humana Foundation’s Strategic Community Investment Program seeks to advance health equity in Humana, Inc.’s “Bold Goal” communities by understanding and addressing social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are 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.
Through partnerships and collaborations with local organizations and community members, the Humana Foundation seeks to create measurable results in some of the most common social determinants — postsecondary attainment and sustaining employment, social participation and inclusion, financial asset security, and food security. By holistically addressing these areas through system and community level approaches, it is our belief that we will be able to close the measurable gaps in health outcome that communities face.
The Humana Foundation is making a greater impact by issuing “fewer, bigger” investments in the communities we serve. These investments have a longer-term focus, recognizing that the change we seek requires deep commitment and partnership at all levels and sectors of society. We are working with local partners – at the community, regional and national level – because joining forces, representing multiple sectors, can result in more impactful, broad-based, sustainable and equitable change.
All Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment partners will use the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Days (link opens in new window) survey as well as additional metrics and tracking tools that are relevant while community members engage and interact with the work of our investees.
Based on measurable, first year results, each organization receiving a Strategic Community Investment has the opportunity to apply for continued investment for one or two additional years.
In 2018, the Humana Foundation invested $7.4 million with nine organizations addressing food security, social connection, post-secondary success (sustained employment) and asset security. These organizations are located in seven Humana “Bold Goal” (link opens in new window) communities, places where Humana is working to achieve a goal of helping people improve their health 20 percent by 2020 and beyond. These nine investments currently range from $500,000 to $1,000,000 and include:
Baton Rouge, La.: Healthy BR (link opens in new window) received an investment to fight food insecurity and social isolation via the Geaux Get Healthy project. Funded by grants from both the Humana Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation(link opens in new window), the project addresses food deserts by saturating areas with the highest rates of food insecurity and health disparities with numerous access points for purchasing fresh food at an affordable price.
Broward County, Fla.: AARP Foundation (link opens in new window) received an investment to improve food security for older adults and their families. This program works with health clinics to screen older patients for food insecurity and diet-related disease, and helps people apply for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Jacksonville, Fla.: The University of Florida (link opens in new window) received an investment to promote social connection and food security among minority, underserved and low-income seniors, as well as asset security and post-secondary success resources for their families.
Knoxville: Tenn.: InterFaith Health Clinic (link opens in new window), in a collaborative partnership with Catapult 4D, received an investment to address social determinants of health and health equity barriers. The Truck2Table pilot program is improving the health and quality of life of uninsured and underserved people by providing affordable access to healthy food.
Louisville, Ky.: The Family Scholar House (link opens in new window) received an investment for its HEROES program, expanding existing programs and reaching more individuals, families and senior citizens to assess and address barriers including social isolation, food insecurity and lack of post-secondary educational attainment. Metro United Way (link opens in new window) received a $770,000 investment to expand its pilot financial literacy program, improving financial independence and providing families and residents experiencing economic distress with financial literacy coaching.
San Antonio: Older Adults Technology Services (link opens in new window) (OATS) received an investment to address social isolation. The Senior Planet San Antonio program reduces isolation and loneliness and increases social connections by engaging seniors through free access to internet-connected technology and training courses. The San Antonio Food Bank (link opens in new window) received an investment to impact food insecurity and social isolation by creating a Senior Wellness Intervention Model program. The program assists seniors who screen positive for food insecurity with comprehensive services that stabilize their household and address prevalent health issues.
Tampa: Wholesome Wave (link opens in new window) received an investment to fund Wholesome Communities Florida: Waking Up to Wellness, a cross-sector collaboration designed to transform affordable access to healthy food.
Humana Foundation funding opportunities are available to higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations or public entities that are 501(c)(3) tax exempt.
In 2019, The Humana Foundation will be extending our Strategic Community Investment Program to New Orleans, investing up to $1 million locally. Organizations are invited to apply for investments to fund initiatives that create greater health equity for all and address one or more of the following social determinants of health:
In an effort to encourage collaboration across sectors, we will give special consideration to joint applications from two or more organizations working in partnership towards results greater than what a single organization could achieve.
Organizations in the greater New Orleans community can apply for a 2019 Strategic Community Investment, including those in Jefferson, Orleans, Lafourche, Assumption, Plaquemines, St Charles, St James, St John the Baptist, Terrebonne, St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes.To apply for a 2019 Strategic Community Investment in New Orleans, please click here (link opens in new window).