Fort Lauderdale, FL

In its inaugural year in Fort Lauderdale, the Humana Communities Benefit program will award a $350,000 grant to an eligible nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that intends to improve the health and well-being of communities it serves.

To help determine the winner of the $350,000 funding, the Humana Foundation asked the public to participate in this online community vote. The outcome of the online vote counts for 20 percent of the nonprofit’s total score and is incorporated into the final round of the judging process, when a panel of community leaders narrows the finalists down to one winning organization in each city. The winners will be announced on Humana.com/HCB the week of September 21st.

Scroll down to check out each nonprofit’s story.

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American Diabetes Association

Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Diabetes is the largest epidemic impacting South Florida where 1 in 3 residents have diabetes or pre-diabetes.  If left unaddressed, these numbers will continue to rise and the effects can be deadly.  People with diabetes are at high risk for developing kidney failure, blindness, loss of sensation in limbs, amputations, and increased risk for heart disease and stroke.  The American Diabetes Association is the leading national diabetes not for profit organization.  In addition to focusing on type 1 diabetes, we are working with community partners to find solutions for the serious epidemic of pre diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes.

  • We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.
  • We deliver services in our community.
  • We provide objective and credible information.
  • We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

The moving force behind our work  are strong local networks of volunteers, healthcare professionals, corporate and community partners, people with diabetes, their families and caregivers, and a dedicated staff.

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If we win

Funding for diabetes education programs focused on prevention and management of type 2 diabetes will allow us to reach populations who are most at risk for developing this disease. These individuals would otherwise not have access to diabetes education, screenings, nutritional counseling, and other resources. We will be able to increase the number of programs delivered in Spanish and Creole; go into communities where people do not have access to transportation; and adapt our program content to reflect and address the many cultural differences and apply our program in innovative ways to maximize how it is received by all groups in our community. We will further leverage our four year partnership with Nova Southeastern University students and faculty by training even more students to deliver effective and impactful community programs so that we can build a broader volunteer base to help transform the negative impact of diabetes. We will utilize the existing resources of some of our community partners such as JM Family Enterprises; The Harry T. Mangurian Foundation; Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County; Broward County Schools; and Walgreen’s to help provide the resource support required to successfully launch and sustain a transformative program of this magnitude.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association shares Humana’s commitment to building a healthier future for Broward County. We have been working to reduce the terrible toll that heart diseases and stroke take for over 90 years. Today, we are the largest non-profit voluntary health agency dedicated to eliminating the nation’s number one health threat; our staff, volunteers and supporters work tirelessly to eliminate these diseases through research, treatment, advocacy and public education.

Our mission is building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. How do we bring this mission to your community? Right now in Broward County, we are teaching students to perform CPR, bringing lifesaving skills into their homes and neighborhoods. We are empowering women to understand and take charge of their own heart health, reducing their risk of stroke and heart disease. We are building Teaching Gardens at economically disadvantaged schools to teach children how to make healthy foods a part of their life.

This wonderful opportunity from Humana can build a seamless system of care for 100,000 Broward County residents who suffer from Heart Failure – from their families to EMS to hospitals, everyone will work together to reduce the impact of this devastating disease.

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If we win

The American Heart Association will transform the care and quality of life for people with Heart Failure in Broward County. Over 100,000 Broward residents are living with this chronic disease, suffering with fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath and other difficulties. Last year, nearly 1,000 people died from heart failure in Broward County, the highest number of deaths from heart failure of any county in Florida.

We must and we can change these alarming conditions!

Funding from Humana will launch a Heart Failure System of Care in Broward that builds a seamless network for people diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We will enlist 15 acute care hospitals and build a broad community partnership, including home health, nursing homes, EMS, pharmacies and others. Training and tools from the American Heart Association will ensure that these partners provide Broward residents with the best guideline-driven care and post-hospitalization support. Heart failure patients and their families are key: we will educate them to help their loved one manage their care and live a healthier life.

Over the three-year grant period, we will build a community network that will continue to improve lives for Broward heart failure patients and their families for years to come.

Urban League of Broward County

The Urban League of Broward County (ULBC) was founded in 1975 with a mission to promote social and economic equality for African Americans and other disenfranchised groups. As an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans, the Urban League acts as a catalyst for change and leadership through innovative educational, social, and economic programming, research, advocacy, and partnership building. The Urban League operates over 18 programs serving approximately 7,000 individuals and families annually. The results of our programs are designed to yield the following impact:

Education: Youth demonstrate appropriate academic performance and social emotional intelligence through life skills education, tutoring, ACT/SAT preparation, academic remediation, pro-social activities, character building, and community service.

Jobs: Adults receive certified training and have gainful employment through hard and soft skills education and job development that is accessible and conducted by experts and institutions of higher learning.

Housing: Families become and remain economically secure through homebuyer education, foreclosure counseling, budgeting, money management, and small business development.

Health: Families have healthy lifestyles through access to affordable health care, maternal and infant health education, and prevention/intervention education about infectious disease, chronic disease and substances.

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If we win

Winning the Humana Community Benefits grant would allow Urban League to utilize resources to galvanize a budding concept that brings community together through one common theme- health. What we know is that when our community knows better, we do better! Living Well is about communities doing better through self-management of diabetes. When education is combined with a team of champions such as Baptist Health, Winn Dixie, Glad Health and Fitness, Holy Cross and Community Churches, the community has a support network that will not allow them to fail. Living Well champions will cross promote activities and open their doors to additional services that expose and connect families to exercise classes, store tours, cooking demonstrations, and access to medical care.

While we understand that this level of community work is not easy, we know that when we include members of the community to join our efforts we will dramatically change how the community engages. That is why our strategy is to start with us convening the community and end with the community utilizing mobile technology to inform and educate a wider base of community members about healthier lifestyles. Winning this opportunity would mean that our community is empowered to reclaim their lives.