Photo cred via Humana

Humana Joins Industry Leaders to Remind Public They’re “Far from Alone” in Combatting Loneliness and Social Isolation

Originally posted on Humana.com

Humana, Papa and Uber Health Join Industry Leaders to Remind Public They’re “Far from Alone” in Combatting Loneliness and Social Isolation

Alongside NASA-funded Translational Research Institute for Space Health and the Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness, leading organizations seek to increase understanding and highlight solutions to combat negative health effects amidst public health crisis

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), in partnership with Uber Health, Papa, Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness, and the NASA-funded Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) today announced the launch of “Far from Alone” – a public health awareness campaign to address health-related social needs and promote understanding of loneliness and social isolation, issues that are exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Loneliness and social isolation are growing public health concerns, especially among older Americans. Because of social distancing efforts to manage the spread of COVID-19, millions of people are experiencing the effects of isolation for the first time,” said William Shrank, MD, MPHS, Humana’s Chief Medical and Corporate Affairs Officer. “What many may not realize is loneliness can cause serious health issues long term. Together with other industry leaders, Far from Alone will drive awareness of the issue and highlight resources and interventions.”

Over time, the effects of loneliness and social isolation may have negative mental health and neurological consequences, and they are associated with worsening health-related quality of life, increased mortality and other poor health outcomes. For example, research has shown lonely seniors may have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and stroke.1,2

“A person’s health encompasses much more than doctor’s visits and medications. It includes access to food and exercise, education and financial stability, and – especially during times like these – socialization and community engagement,” said Lauren Steingold, Head of Strategic Initiatives at Uber Health. “At Uber Health, we recognize how important access to transportation is for enabling positive long-term health outcomes. With Far from Alone, we look forward to addressing the transportation needs of those who are socially isolated and collaborating with our partners to better support our most vulnerable communities.”

“The negative effects of loneliness and isolation are now a reality for many, and these social issues can have an impact on a person’s physical health,” said Andrew Parker, Founder & CEO of Papa. “Papa is proud to partner with Humana and others in this program to spread awareness across the country to support older adults and families, especially during these unprecedented times.”

The program further leverages partner organizations’ depth of research and expertise in social determinants of health, or the environmental conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Far from Alone partners encourage consumers, healthcare professionals and community leaders to use and share the educational materials available on the campaign website, FarfromAlone.com, which links to resources including:

For more information on Far from Alone, or to find resources to help combat loneliness and social isolation, visit FarfromAlone.com.

 

Latest News

Hershey’s Joins Jet-Puffed and Honey Maid Brands Make National S’mores Day Extra Sweet By Giving Back $50,000 To Small, Local Restaurants

Originally published on thehersheycompany.com. Summer screams S’mores, but this year it is screaming louder than ever with approximately 10M more of the classic treat made this year compared to last1. With many of America’s beloved restaurants closed due to quarantine orders or limited in capacity due to social distancing, Americans…

Humana

Humana Ranks #1 for Customer Satisfaction for Mail Order in J.D. Power Pharmacy Study for Third Year in a Row

Originally published on Humana.com.  LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Humana Pharmacy, a division of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), has been named the best in Mail Order Pharmacy customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Pharmacy Study. It’s the third consecutive year that Humana has received the prestigious honor. The study ranks…

New Jersey, Hair, Discrimination, discriminate

3 Powerful Career Advice Tips for Women in Tech

Working as a woman in tech can have its challenges, especially since the industry is still male-dominated.  Though women make up half (50%) of all U.S. workers in STEM occupations, according to research, however, Black and Hispanic workers continue to be underrepresented in the STEM workforce. Black professionals represent only…