Community Impact

We are pleased to share some of the ways we’re helping make an impact in the community:

  • Humana and the Humana Foundation’s support of community partners has totaled $273 million since 1975
  • Nonprofit organizations have received over $3.6 million in health-related grants in 2016 from the Humana Foundation
  • The Humana Foundation funds programming serving underserved communities. In 2016, $1.7 million in funding is directed to programs targeting minority populations
  • Our grantees are having an impact on people’s lives. Here are a few recent examples from 2015:
Daughters in kitchen
BOUNCE Coalition(link opens in new window) 
  • Program: BOUNCE: Building Resilient Children and Families
  • Geographic focus: Louisville, KY
  • Description: BOUNCE endeavors to improve the health of vulnerable children by addressing the root causes of poor health through implementation of trauma-informed teacher and staff training. BOUNCE also seeks to improve the knowledge an d skills of out-of-school time programming to help providers recognize and identify the impact of adverse childhood experiences.
  • Impact:Staff perception of trauma skills nearly tripled; students report increased perception of safety and belonging; Parent Teacher Association enrollment up from zero to seventy in pilot school.
Bridgehaven(link opens in new window) 
  • Program: Bridges to Health Clinic
  • Geographic focus: Louisville, KY
  • Description: Utilizing Peer Support Specialist Health Advocates, this holistic programming makes quality health care more easily accessible to Bridgehaven members who have been touched by mental illness.
  • Impact:Ninety-two percent of participants have shown reduced blood pressure; fifty-seven members are active in exercise classes; average weight loss of program participants is nine pounds.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)(link opens in new window) 
  • Program: DBSA Peer Leadership Center
  • Geographic focus: National
  • Description: The DBSA Peer Leadership Center is an accessible resource promoting the professional development, training, and certification of Peer Support Specialists (PSS) working specifically with individuals with mood disorders. Usage of PSS has shown to be an effective evidence-based model for addressing mental health, lowering overall health costs and engaging more coaches in needed services.
  • Impact:Over 1,500 peer support specialists and organizations have registered; more than 400 individuals have completed online training courses.

Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP)

  • Geographic focus: DPP in Kansas City, MO(link opens in new window) ; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA(link opens in new window) ; South Palm Beach, FL(link opens in new window) ; Tampa Bay, FL(link opens in new window) 
  • Description: DPP is as a year-long program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that seeks to improve the health and well-being of adults diagnosed with prediabetes. Coaches work with small groups promoting increased physical activity and improved nutrition to prevent the onset of diabetes. In 2016, the Foundation funded DPP in several low-income communities across the country. Underserved communities have a lower average weight loss by one to two percent as compared to national average and transportation is often a barrier. Incentives such as transportation vouchers and gift cards for fresh foods have increased engagement. Grantees are offering DPP in English, Spanish, and Creole.
  • Impact:Over 400 individuals at risk for Type II diabetes during the 2015 grant year participated in the DPPs; many of these individuals live in underserved communities and would not have access to this program without the Foundation’s funding; the majority of participants attending the program at the YMCA of Greater New Orleans were getting no exercise at all before the program and are now averaging 138 minutes per week.
The Education Fund(link opens in new window) 
  • Program: Edible Garden Collective Impact Nutrition Initiative
  • Geographic focus: Miami-Dade, FL
  • Description: A seed-to-table, student-centered, edible garden program that works to improve students’ nutrition knowledge, eating attitudes and behavior, and academic achievement, while also encouraging healthier eating patterns for families.
  • Impact:Students have demonstrated improvement in science scores and eating habits; eleven schools utilize food forests, which allow for a greater yield of produce; 26,115 produce bags have been harvested and sent home with students.