Humana Foundation

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The Humana Foundation, Inc. was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the Foundation seeks to improve community health and well-being through support of nonprofit partners, especially those focused on addressing social determinants of health.

Since 1975, Humana and the Humana Foundation have provided $286 million to worthwhile initiatives around the country and overseas. Today, Humana Foundation grantmaking is generating positive improvements in the overall health and well-being of individuals and families in the communities we serve. In 2016, nonprofit organizations received more than $4.8 million in health-related grants from the Humana Foundation. Examples of that giving include the following:

Louisville Urban League

The Louisville Urban League in Kentucky launched the “It starts with me!” Community Health Program in 2016 with the support of the Humana Foundation. “It starts with me!” focuses on connecting those in need of health services, activities and education, as well as transforming the social environment, behaviors and health outcomes of participants. This program employs Community Health Workers, known as Health Navigators, who work directly with program participants to focus on the reduction of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. The program also addresses the social determinants of health that often act as barriers to people being their healthiest.

Participants engaged in “It starts with me!” receive an initial in-depth family needs assessment. Based on the results of the assessment, participants are referred to Urban League programs – for needs including housing or employment – and other community-based programs. These programs enable participating families to meet goals, such as enrolling in health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, improving nutrition and physical activity, and accessing high-quality healthcare and fresh, healthy food.

To date, the “It starts with me!” program has resulted in increased Healthy Days, higher ratings of overall health and confidence in using health insurance and primary care among participants who completed the program.


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Days of restricted activity based on poor physical or mental health decreased by 1.9 days per month on average.

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Eighty-two percent of participants rated their health as “good” or “excellent” – an eight percent increase.

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Eighty-nine percent of participants felt very or mostly confident in using health insurance to get needed care – a thirty-nine percent increase.

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Seventy percent of participants receive primary care from a public health clinic or community health center instead of emergency room or urgent care – an eleven percent increase.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Health Guardians program operated by the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans is an integrated system of intensive medical and behavioral care navigation for high-needs patients. Humana Foundation support of this program focuses on addressing the needs of the homeless population, specifically those with chronic mental illness.

The program utilizes an EMS Street Medicine team to provide immediate medical care. Interested patients are then referred to and enrolled in the Health Guardians program, in which Patient Navigators work with individuals to map out an intensive care plan with the goal of establishing self-sufficiency in accessing care. These care plans include health guidance and education, in addition to support in accessing necessary social services and basic needs like housing, food and clothing.

After one year, the Health Guardians program resulted in decreased depression and anxiety among patients as well as greater access to healthcare and social services:


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Average depression score on the Personal Health Questionnaire 4 (PHQ 4) after the Health Guardians intervention was 1.74 compared to 2.69 at enrollment (a score of 3.0 or greater should result in a patient being referred for treatment).

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Average anxiety score on the PHQ 4 after the Health Guardians intervention was 2.18 compared to 3.33 at enrollment (a score of 3.0 or greater should result in a patient being referred for treatment).

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Eighty-seven percent of patients enrolled in a Federally Qualified Health Center and linked to primary care.

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Sixty-one percent of patients were referred and received mental health treatment.

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Fifty-five percent of patients received medication assistance.

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Fifty-five percent of patients were placed in housing or received emergency funds to keep housing.

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Ninety-one percent of patients received food.

Working together for disaster relief

In 2016, the Humana Foundation donated $360,000 to disaster relief efforts across the country.

In response to Hurricane Matthew, the Foundation donated $115,000 to three nonprofit organizations that provided support to those affected in Florida and North Carolina. In southeastern Louisiana, where flooding wreaked havoc in 2016, the Foundation donated to two nonprofit organizations that provided support to those affected and matched associate gifts up to $25,000. While providing funds for short-term and long-term relief efforts is a considerable help to communities in need, Humana also focuses on our internal processes, making it easier for our members to achieve their best health, especially during trying times.

For example, in Louisiana, Humana launched a series of disaster relief efforts assisting our associates, members and their communities after the August 2016 flooding. We took the following steps to make it easier for people to manage their health:

  • Humana health plan members in Louisiana with prescriptions were able to obtain early refills of their medications without authorization from their physicians or Humana.
  • Humana members who lived in the disaster area and contacted Humana could receive automatic authorization for medical services that normally require pre-authorization.
  • We opened our toll-free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) hotline beyond Humana Louisiana associates and members to include the community, to provide free, confidential assistance to anyone who needed help and support in coping with the disaster and its aftermath.


2016 Disaster relief funding

Organization Amount
American Red Cross - Jacksonville/North Carolina (Hurricane Matthew) $60,000
Mental Health Association of Central Florida - Orlando (Nightclub Shooting) $50,000
Zebra Coalition - Orlando (Nightclub Shooting) $50,000
North Carolina Community Foundation  (Hurricane Matthew) $40,000
United Way of Greenbrier County - West Virginia (Flood Relief) $35,000
American Red Cross - Louisiana (Flood Relief) $25,000
American Red Cross - Texas (Flood Relief) $25,000
Capital Area United Way - Louisiana (Flood Relief) $25,000
Community Foundation of Northeast Florida  (Hurricane Matthew) $25,000
United Way of Southern West Virginia (Flood Relief) $25,000
TOTAL $360,000

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