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Humana Foundation Awards $735,000 to South Florida Nonprofits

The Humana Foundation, located in Louisville, Ky., is providing a total of $735,000 to eight nonprofit organizations in South Florida to improve the health and well-being of area residents.


The Humana Foundation grants will be awarded to the Broward Regional Health Planning Council; Education Fund; Florida International University; Foot Print to Success Clubhouse; Health Foundation of South Florida’s Florida Health Networks; Hispanic Unity of Florida; Memorial Foundation; and United Way of Broward County as part of the Humana Foundation’s 2017 grant cycle.

As the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., the Humana Foundation seeks to improve community health and well-being while addressing root causes and barriers that keep people from being their healthiest. Broward County is a priority for Humana, as the company is committed to making the community 20 percent healthier by 2020 as part of itsBold Goal initiative.

“The Humana Foundation believes the programs proposed by these eight organizations will positively impact the health of South Florida residents and address key social determinants of health, such as behavioral health support and access to health services, which can significantly impact an individual’s health,” said Pattie Dale Tye, interim executive director of the Humana Foundation. “We are proud to support these nonprofits in their efforts to provide resources and help community members achieve their best health.”

The eight organizations will use the funding to create new and unique programs that will improve community health:

  • Broward Regional Health Planning Council : This community-centered care project will utilize Community Health Workers to connect adults who are pre-diabetic, diabetic and hypertensive with services to fill gaps in their health care.
  • The Education Fund : IMPACT Teacher Training will leverage the expansion of the Food Forest for Schools Collaborative Nutrition Initiative (CNI), a comprehensive seed-to-table, student-centered, edible garden program.
  • Florida International University – Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Science : The Intense Nurse Directed Evidence-Based Practice Treatment utilizing Telehealth (INDEPT) program will provide extended behavioral health care and mental health services to adolescents and their families during inpatient stay and pre/post discharge via telehealth education.
  • Foot Print to Success Clubhouse : Healthy Lifestyle Interventions targets Clubhouse members who are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness with, or at risk of, developing chronic conditions to improve their health and longevity.
  • Health Foundation of South Florida’s Florida Health Networks : The Healthy Living, Healthy Aging program will focus on significantly increasing the number of older adults receiving self-management education and support for prevention and management of chronic conditions. The program will include training for ten community health educators and will engage a minimum of 3,000 older adults with information about self-management education.
  • Hispanic Unity of Florida : Expansion of the Te Ayudo project, which reduces health care disparities and increases access to health care services for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals and families, particularly Hispanic and other minority populations.
  • Memorial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Memorial Healthcare System : Journey 2 Health focuses on improving patient health by teaching patients how to properly access health care services; assisting patients and their families in establishing a medical home for primary and preventive care; linking patients with chronic health conditions to disease management services; and providing referrals to partner agencies for supportive services.
  • United Way of Broward County : The Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) Broward program is a county-wide portable screening program with a primary focus on identifying depression, anxiety and stress.

“We are thankful to be able to expand our resources to Broward County residents with the help of this generous grant from the Humana Foundation,” said Josie Bacallao, President and CEO of Hispanic Unity of Florida. “We hope the Te Ayudo project will continue to reduce health care disparities and increase critical access to health care services for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals and families.”

“Humana is committed to improving the health and well-being of our community, and we are so pleased the Humana Foundation is providing financial support to these eight organizations,” said Dr. Fernando Valverde, Humana South and North Florida Medicare President. “We look forward to seeing the transformative impact these health and wellness programs will have on our community in the years to come.”

For information about the Humana Foundation go to HumanaFoundation.org.

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