Humana Foundation to Invest $1 Million in New Orleans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., recently announced that it’s extending its Strategic Community Investment Program to New Orleans and will invest $1 million or more in the community. Organizations are invited to apply for investments to fund initiatives addressing social determinants of health, the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being. Details were shared in a press release.

“We’re excited to extend our Strategic Community Investment Program to New Orleans this year,” said Walter D. Woods, CEO of The Humana Foundation. “We’ve listened to input from New Orleans nonprofits to guide our application process, and we’ve incorporated that into learnings from our initial 2018 investments in seven communities across the U.S. We believe our investment in New Orleans will have a tangible impact on the health and well-being of many residents and will enable us to build more healthy days together with community partners.”

Selection Criteria

The Strategic Community Investment Program in New Orleans will invest in initiatives that create greater health equity for all and address one or more of the following social determinants of health:

  • Postsecondary attainment and sustaining employment
  • Social participation and inclusion
  • Financial asset security
  • Food security

In an effort to encourage collaboration across sectors, The Humana Foundation 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, including those in Jefferson, Orleans, Lafourche, Assumption, Plaquemines, St Charles, St James, St John the Baptist, Terrebonne, St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes, can apply for an investment from The Humana Foundation.

Strategic Community Investment in ‘Bold Goal’ communities

The Humana Foundation’s Strategic Community Investment Program began in 2018, investing more than $7 million in nonprofits in seven communities: Knoxville, Tn.; Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas; Baton Rouge, La.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla.

In each of these communities, Humana is pursuing its ‘Bold Goal’ to improve the health of the communities Humana serves 20 percent by 2020 and beyond. The Humana Foundation contributes to this work by investing in nonprofit and other organizations that address social determinants of health that impact people’s overall health and well-being.

Each organization that received a 2018 Strategic Community Investment has the opportunity to apply for continued investment for one or two additional years based on the specific results they achieve over a 12-month period. This strategy allows The Humana Foundation’s community investments to continue to grow, while also committing to creating greater health equity in the communities it serves.

Application Process

Any organization – or consortium of organizations – interested in applying for a Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment must fill out an application and submit it to The Humana Foundation no later than July 26, 2019. After reviewing all applications it receives, The Humana Foundation will then ask a group of finalist organizations to go through a more detailed due diligence process. (A link to the online application will be available on The Humana Foundation website beginning June 20, 2019.)


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