What we fund

The Humana Foundation seeks to improve community health and well-being through support of nonprofit partners that promote healthy behaviors, health education, and access to health services.*

Our funding priorities:

  • Healthy behaviors
  • Health education
  • Access to health services

The Humana Foundation is focusing its grantmaking for 2017 in these locations: Baton Rouge, Broward County in South Florida, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Louisville, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Tampa Bay.

Sample of 2016 grants

The Humana Foundation is proud to partner with outstanding community organizations. The following are examples of some of our 2016 grants.

Healthy behaviors

Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP)
  • Geographic focus: Funding DPP programs in Kansas City, MO ; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA ; South Palm Beach, FL
  • Description: DPP was initially developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an approach to improve adult health and well-being. Prediabetics are referred to DPP for a year-long program led by trained lifestyle coaches. The DPP program helps prediabetics overcome barriers to their health by providing diabetes awareness and education and guiding participants toward better lifestyle and self-care choices. Coaches work with small groups to promote increased physical activity and improved nutrition to prevent the onset of diabetes with a goal of five to seven percent weight loss and 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.
Foot Print to Success
  • Program: Healthy Lifestyle Intervention
  • Geographic focus: Broward County, FL
  • Description: Foot Print to Success assists youth and adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses in developing the skills and confidence necessary to lead productive lives. Through this program, Foot Print to Success targets those with serious and persistent mental illness with, or at risk of developing, chronic conditions. The initiative introduces an evidence-based program, InShape, that is designed to improve health and longevity of people experiencing mental illness through goal setting, health coaching, and nutrition education. Program goals include promoting recovery, wellness, and healthy lifestyles, increasing healthy behaviors to prevent disease onset, and increased opportunities for social networks, employment, housing, education, and access to medical and psychiatric services.

Health education

San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB)
  • Program: San Antonio Food Bank Wellness Initiative
  • Geographic focus: San Antonio, TX
  • Description: The SAFB Wellness Initiative covers six nutrition, health, and wellness programs:
    • Pharm2farm: collaborative approach with the health care community to mitigate effects of nutrition related illness
    • Viva Bien! Live Well with Diabetes!: teaches individuals diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes to learn how to manage health through informed choices
    • Farmers Markets and the Mobile Mercado: delivers fresh produce into dense populations where food assistance need is greatest
    • Urban Agriculture Initiative: includes a teaching garden, community garden cultivated by volunteers, and a 23.6 acre Social Enterprise Farm which offers produce to the community
    • Healthy cooking/healthy gardening curriculum for children: allows primary- and middle-school children to discover superfoods and their effect on health as well as developing and managing their own garden
    • Precious Minds New Connections: provides nutrition education focusing on early childhood development to thousands of low-income individuals and families each year
Senior Connection Center (SCC)
  • Program: Combating Chronic Disease: A Community-based Health Promotion Program
  • Geographic focus: Tampa Bay, FL
  • Description: The Combating Chronic Disease program is a client-centered health education initiative using Stanford University’s evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) for African-American older adults with chronic conditions and their caregivers. This program expands upon CDSMP by offering support groups after the program ends. At the request of community members, each support group addresses behavioral health concerns. Participants completing at least three support groups also receive an “earth box” and necessary supplies to grow their own gardens at home. SCC trains lay leaders within the community, allowing leaders to earn a stipend and keep the program sustainable in East Tampa. Sessions are held at convenient locations throughout community such as churches, community centers, and schools to improve access.

Access to health services

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO)
  • Program: Health Guardians: Navigating the Gap Between People and Care
  • Geographic focus: New Orleans, LA
  • Description: Health Guardians offers an integrated system of intensive medical and behavioral care navigation for high-need patients, focusing on the homeless population with chronic mental illnesses. Patient Navigators work with individuals in need and their families to map out an intensive care plan leading to improved self-sufficiency in accessing care. Humana Foundation funding allows Health Guardians to expand and collaborate with the Street Medicine program to extend care to patients on the streets. The Street Medicine program provides only immediate medical care, while the Health Guardians program provides much needed social services, guidance, and health education that the homeless population needs
Home of the Innocents (HOTI)
  • Program: Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral health Access
  • Geographic focus: Louisville, KY
  • Description: This program operates at Home of the Innocents’ Open Arms Children's Health, an integrated health care facility that offers pediatric medical, dental, hearing, vision, and pharmacy under one roof. Funding allows HOTI to expand services to a fully integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health model (PCHB). A behavioral health consultant is embedded in exam rooms with primary care providers with the goal to increase overall access to health services for at risk children and their families. Implementation of PCHB allows HOTI to serve more patients/families and provide preventative care, reach children earlier before more significant mental health problems arise, screen for developmental/behavioral concerns such as ADHD and autism, provide anticipatory guidance during visits addressing population-based needs, provide parenting consultations and classes addressing common, and conduct health assessments of risk behaviors such as sexual activity, substance use, and obesity.
Louisville Urban League (LUL)
  • Program: It Starts with Me!
  • Geographic focus: Louisville, KY – California, Parkland, Russell, and Shawnee neighborhoods
  • Description: It Starts with Me! is designed to connect families in West Louisville to health services, activities, and education. The program addresses both physical and mental health needs and tracks individual and family health through monitoring physical activity and emergency room visits, measuring BMI and weight, and ensuring regular participation in support groups. Individuals and families receive support in securing health insurance and navigating Medicaid or Medicare, connecting children to safe, quality after-school activities, receiving referrals to health education and health skills classes at local organizations, educating families and individuals on free and accessible physical activities, such as walking groups, and connecting individuals and families to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Social workers remain in contact with the families to ensure continued access to social services, navigation of insurance, and coverage of care issues.

Actors Theatre of Louisville