When addressing the most urgent health issues affecting Texans, we must look beyond acute care for the individual and take a community approach. Food and housing insecurity, education and financial stability all factor into overall wellbeing. At Humana, we are proud to invest in Texas and are dedicated to driving positive health outcomes for all its residents.
To help accomplish this, Humana’s Medicaid business, Humana Healthy Horizons, has invested an additional $488,000 in community efforts to improve the health and well-being of Texans. These investments, made throughout 2022, focused on several key areas, including maternal and child health, housing for families and children, mental health services and increasing access to care.
The additional funds have brought Humana Healthy Horizons’ total support of community organizations in Texas to $1.4 million since 2020. The company supports organizations that share its passion for overcoming public health challenges and improving the health and well-being of Texans.
“There is so much important work being done by community organizations all over Texas, and we’re excited to collaborate with them to improve lives,” said Catheryn Rossberg, Regional President - Texas Medicaid at Humana. “These investments are innovative and are about taking important services to where they are most needed and will have the greatest impact on the people of Texas.”
Among the projects funded in 2022 is the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County. With Humana’s support, the club is expanding mobile clubhouse services to nearly 4,000 Tarrant County youth, focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. Club services include learning activities at school district summer camps, virtual programs supplying learning kits, meal distribution, basic need referrals, counseling services, Wi-Fi access/mobile hot spots, and special events.
“There is so much important work being done by community organizations all over Texas, and we’re excited to collaborate with them to improve lives. These investments are innovative and are about taking important services to where they are most needed and will have the greatest impact on the people of Texas.”
— Catheryn Rossberg, Regional President - Texas Medicaid at Humana
“Through the Humana grant, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County was able to further expand our Mobile Clubhouse experience to serve additional youth that need us most and don't have access to our traditional building locations,” said Boys & Girls Club CEO & President Daphne Barlow Stigliano. “This program provides youth a safe, positive environment with supportive experiences to nurture academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership right where they live and go to school.”
Humana also provided grants to 10 other organizations in Texas last year, reaching both urban and rural communities. These include the March of Dimes to train women of color to become community-based doulas, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas for the Targeted Eviction Prevention Project, the Franklin County Rural Health Clinic to support a new telehealth system, and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio to offer free or low-cost counseling services.
Humana’s commitment to Texas reaches beyond these community partnerships. The Humana Foundation—Humana’s philanthropic arm for the past 40 years—has provided $7.3 million in grants since 2018 for programs aimed at improving the health of Texans. The foundation grants have targeted health equity, healthy nutrition, healthier emotional connections, reduced substance-use issues, COVID-19 relief and recovery, and many other important issues impacting health.
In 2018, Humana forged a comprehensive partnership with the University of Houston to redesign Texas healthcare, focusing on vulnerable, underserved populations. The relationship—funded by a $15 million grant from Humana—emphasizes integrated care delivery and alternative payment models. The university’s Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute is focused on graduating health care professionals who are skilled in advancing population health and value-based care and have a passion for working with underserved people.
Additionally, Humana recently increased its investment in affordable housing by $40 million, bringing the company’s total commitment to $90 million. Housing stability is a key social determinant of health, and Humana’s affordable housing program is intended to help vulnerable Americans remain stably housed by expanding the supply of low-cost rental units in communities nationwide, including in localities throughout Texas.
As of March 31, 2023, more than 1.6 million Texans have health coverage through Humana Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans, commercial group and ASO health plans, and the TRICARE military health care program as administered by Humana.