Humana Foundation includes Jacksonville in planned health-focused communities

The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. for the past 37 years, announced the details of its planned health-focused community investing work for 2018 in its headquarters hometown of Louisville, Ky., as well as in seven additional communities – including Jacksonville – where the foundation intends to make significant community investments this year.

Strategic Community Investments in ‘Bold Goal’ communities

Through the foundation’s new Strategic Community Investments work, it will invest $6.5 million in nonprofit organizations operating in eight communities, including Humana’s headquarters hometown of Louisville, Ky., plus San Antonio; New Orleans, Baton Rouge, La.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla. Each investment will be no smaller than $500,000.

These are all communities where Humana Inc., in 2015, began pursuing its 2020 ‘Bold Goal’ to “improve the health of the communities we serve 20 percent by 2020 because we make it easy for people to achieve their best health.”

Organizations that receive a Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment in 2018 will then have an opportunity to receive continuing funding for one or two additional years – based on the specific results they achieve over a 12-month period.

Focus for Strategic Investments in Humana’s additional Bold Goal communities: Food Security; Social Connection

In each of its Bold Goal communities, Humana is addressing Social Determinants of Health, particularly food security and social connection. Complementary to Humana Inc.’s Bold Goal work, the Humana Foundation will begin making Strategic Community Investments in nonprofit organizations whose results ensure that people have daily access to healthy food, and that people are making the social connections they need to improve and sustain positive health outcomes.

Application Process

Any organization – or consortium of organizations – interested in applying for a Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment must fill out a Request for Application (RFA) and submit it to the Humana Foundation no later than April 27, 2018. After reviewing all RFAs it receives, the Humana Foundation will then ask a group of finalist organizations to go through a more detailed application process in May.