The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. for the past 38 years, is investing $415,000 with Broward Community & Family Health Centers (BCFHC) in an effort to address food security via the Engaging Patients Impacting Care (EPIC) project. This investment is part of The Humana Foundation’s Strategic Community Investment Program in Broward County.
“We are extremely honored to have been chosen by The Humana Foundation as a partner for the EPIC project,” said Rosalyn Frazier, CEO, Broward Community & Family Health Centers. “This investment will provide us with adequate resources to educate, screen, intervene and empower our patient population who are food insecure and impacted by social isolation. It is consistent with our mission and focus on preventive care and health education to promote healthier lifestyles in the communities we serve.”
BCFHC will use the investment to integrate a social determinants of health screening into its operation with the goal of improving food security, chronic disease and social connection of their health center patients. The EPIC program will help patients apply for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, help people access healthy foods via a produce prescription program, and make referrals to other local resources to support their food security and social connectedness. Throughout the EPIC project, BCFHC will measure improvements in patient’s food security, health and social connection.
The Humana Foundation began partnering with Broward Country organizations in 2018, initially investing $540,000 with the AARP Foundation to improve food security for older adults and their families in the local community. Together, AARP Foundation, BCFHC and other local partners linked more than 700 food insecure patients to SNAP benefits, fresh produce and nutrition education last year. The Humana Foundation’s investment with BCFHC is an evolution of that initial partnership and a continuation of the Foundation’s work to address food security in Broward County.
Each organization that receives a Humana Foundation Strategic Community Investment has the opportunity to receive continued funding for up to three years based on the specifics results achieved in their programs
“The Humana Foundation’s Strategic Community Investments holistically address social determinants of health locally, working to close measurable gaps in health outcomes,” said Walter D. Woods, CEO of The Humana Foundation. “Our relationships and partnerships in Broward County are beginning to create meaningful, sustainable change. I look forward to the positive results we’ll achieve in the coming year with Broward Community & Family Health Centers.”
The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the Foundation seeks to co-create communities where leadership, culture, and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes. For more information, visit humanafoundation.org.