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Partners across the Southern U.S.

We invest in grant partners in other communities in the South who are addressing the barriers to overcoming social determinants of health by improving social connection and food security.

We are currently funding projects in the following communities: Baton Rouge, Broward County in South Florida, Jacksonville, Knoxville, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Tampa Bay.

Learn how to partner with us

The Humana Foundation invests in improving health by addressing social connection issues through increased social interaction like these men playing chess together.

Partners across the Southern U.S.

The Humana Foundation invests in improving health by addressing social connection issues through increased social interaction like these men playing chess together.

We invest in grant partners in other communities in the South who are addressing the barriers to overcoming social determinants of health by improving social connection and food security.

We are currently funding projects in the following communities: Baton Rouge, Broward County in South Florida, Jacksonville, Knoxville, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Tampa Bay.

Learn how to partner with us

people at farmers market

Our focus areas

Research has shown that loneliness, social isolation and food insecurity are correlated with poor health and more unhealthy days.1,2 The Humana Foundation invests in organizations focused on improving health and well-being by addressing these two social determinants of health.

  1. Social connection

    Projects that focus on social connection address individuals who may be unhappy with the quality of their relationships or experiencing separation from other people which may include their family, friends, or community. Projects may focus on connecting volunteers to these individuals through home visits, phone calls, or other outreach activities. These activities increase social interaction and can improve the quality of their relationships.
    • Loneliness and social isolation affects up to 43 percent of older adults.3
    • If you are lonely or socially isolated, you are more susceptible to diseases like diabetes,4 your risk of Alzheimer’s doubles, and you are almost 3.5 times more likely to suffer from depression.5
  2. Food security

    Grant projects that seek to improve food security can have a direct impact on the number of healthy days an individual has. Food insecurity—or not having access to enough food for a healthy, active life—looks different to every individual. It may mean you aren’t sure whether you will have enough money to buy groceries this month, or that you may have to decide between paying for your medication, your electric bill, or food.
    • In Humana’s peer-reviewed research, patients who are food insecure had nearly twice as many unhealthy days as patients who are food secure (25.6 vs. 13.5).
    • Seniors who are food insecure have higher rates of chronic conditions: they are 50% more likely to be diabetic and 14% more likely to have high blood pressure. Nearly 60% are more likely to have Congestive Heart Failure or experience a heart attack, and are twice as likely to have asthma.6

Our focus areas

people at farmers market

Research has shown that loneliness, social isolation and food insecurity are correlated with poor health and more unhealthy days.1,2 The Humana Foundation invests in organizations focused on improving health and well-being by addressing these two social determinants of health.

  1. Social connection

    Projects that focus on social connection address individuals who may be unhappy with the quality of their relationships or experiencing separation from other people which may include their family, friends, or community. Projects may focus on connecting volunteers to these individuals through home visits, phone calls, or other outreach activities. These activities increase social interaction and can improve the quality of their relationships.
    • Loneliness and social isolation affects up to 43 percent of older adults.3
    • If you are lonely or socially isolated, you are more susceptible to diseases like diabetes,4 your risk of Alzheimer’s doubles, and you are almost 3.5 times more likely to suffer from depression.5
  2. Food security

    Grant projects that seek to improve food security can have a direct impact on the number of healthy days an individual has. Food insecurity—or not having access to enough food for a healthy, active life—looks different to every individual. It may mean you aren’t sure whether you will have enough money to buy groceries this month, or that you may have to decide between paying for your medication, your electric bill, or food.
    • In Humana’s peer-reviewed research, patients who are food insecure had nearly twice as many unhealthy days as patients who are food secure (25.6 vs. 13.5).
    • Seniors who are food insecure have higher rates of chronic conditions: they are 50% more likely to be diabetic and 14% more likely to have high blood pressure. Nearly 60% are more likely to have Congestive Heart Failure or experience a heart attack, and are twice as likely to have asthma.6

Measuring success

All Humana Foundation grant recipients must use the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Days Survey.

Healthy Days is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tool that surveys an individual’s mental and physical unhealthy days in a 30-day period.

Recipients will also be asked to use one or more of the following metrics and tracking tools while completing their projects:

  • Duke Social Support Index
  • USDA Food Insecurity Survey Module
caregiver delivering meal

Measuring success

caregiver delivering meal

All Humana Foundation grant recipients must use the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Days Survey.

Healthy Days is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tool that surveys an individual’s mental and physical unhealthy days in a 30-day period.

Recipients will also be asked to use one or more of the following metrics and tracking tools while completing their projects:

  • Duke Social Support Index
  • USDA Food Insecurity Survey Module