Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of health insurance giant Humana Inc., has announced a $50 million commitment in support of short- and long-term relief and recovery efforts to help those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The largest commitment in the foundation's thirty-eight-year history will be distributed to organizations working to support essential workers, strengthen food security, and address behavioral health factors. Grants totaling $34 million will support the immediate short-term response efforts of organizations on the front lines of the public health emergency, including the American Nurses Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Louisville Urban League, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and One Fair Wage; regional food banks, delivery services, and pantries, including Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, and Share Our Strength; behavioral health organizations working to help young children and families facing hardships, including Older Adults Technology Services and Volunteers of America; and community-based organizations in need of financial assistance.
The remaining $16 million will support the long-term recovery of service organizations helping to battle COVID-19. Partnerships with the March of Dimes and Federally Qualified Health Centers, among others, will focus on food security needs, holistic behavioral health services, and supporting CBOs in their efforts to address the social determinants of health in local communities across the country.
"As the COVID-19 health crisis continues...it is exposing daily challenges for Americans, and many are struggling," said Humana Foundation board chair Bruce D. Broussard. "With this funding, we will help individuals and communities address immediate needs related to health care, food, and employment. And, long term, these resources will serve as a catalyst in building capabilities and community resiliency and, ultimately, sustainable, long-term success."