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Humana Foundation invests $560,000 in Louisville’s Family Scholar House for HEROES program

Louisville’s Family Scholar House has received a $560,000 grant from the Humana Foundation, to launch the HEROES program.

HEROES is an acronym for Health-Education-Resilience-Opportunities-Economic Success.

The investment will allow the Family Scholar House to expand existing programming and will provide the opportunity to reach more Individuals, families and senior citizens in our community to assess and address barriers including social isolation, food insecurity and lack of post-secondary educational attainment. The ultimate goal is achieved as participants enhance their well-being and realize their full human potential.
 
This investment is part of the Humana Foundation’s new Strategic Community Investments work. Through the program, the Foundation will invest $7 million in 2018 in nonprofit organizations operating in seven communities: San Antonio, Texas; Louisville, Ky., Baton Rouge, La.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Broward County, Fla.
 
“The Humana Foundation’s investment will propel Family Scholar House as we expand our outreach activities and service to our community; moreover, it offers us opportunities to learn, grow, leverage relationships, build support, and strengthen our community,” stated Cathe Dystra, Chief Possibility Officer, President and CEO of Family Scholar House.

“The Humana Foundation is excited to invest in Family Scholar Houses’ acclaimed model of improving overall well-being through education, career advancement, and family support services,” said Walter Woods, Humana Foundation CEO. “Recognizing the link between education, living wage employment and health, our partnership with Family Scholar House is critical for our new strategy and initiatives around post-secondary success.”
 
In each of these communities, Humana is pursuing its “Bold Goal” to improve the health of the communities Humana serves 20 percent by 2020.

The Humana Foundation is investing in nonprofit organizations that address food security, social connection, post-secondary success (sustained employment), and asset security, four social determinants of health that significantly impact people’s overall health and well-being. Social determinants are the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age that impact overall health and well-being.
 

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