New Orleans, LA

Now in its eighth year in New Orleans, Humana and the Humana Foundation took its signature philanthropic program to a new level by more than tripling the grant amount! This year, one nonprofit 501 (c) (3) in New Orleans that intends to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves will be awarded a $350,000 grant from the Humana Foundation.

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 Heart Association

The American Heart Association shares Humana’s commitment to building a healthier future for New Orleans. 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 New Orleans, 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 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 85,000 New Orleans 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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The American Heart Association will transform the care and quality of life for people living with Heart Failure in New Orleans. Over 85,000 New Orleans residents are living with this chronic disease, suffering with fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, fluid build-up, repeated hospitalizations, and many other daily difficulties.

We must and we can change these alarming conditions!

Funding from Humana will launch a Heart Failure System of Care in New Orleans that builds a seamless network for people diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We will enlist 11 acute care hospitals and build a broad partnership of community members who treat heart failure patients, including home health, nursing homes, EMS, pharmacies and others. Training and tools from the American Heart Association will ensure that these partners provide New Orleans 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 New Orleans heart failure patients and their families for years to come.

Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans

The mission of Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) is to improve the health and well-being of our community and to be a presence of the Love of Jesus in the lives of all we serve and with whom we partner. DCSNO offers high-quality, affordable health care for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors at nine community health centers throughout greater New Orleans. Services include primary and preventive health care, pediatrics, dental, optometry, chronic disease management, prenatal care, behavioral health, and onsite laboratories and pharmacies.

By offering comprehensive primary care, DCSNO is providing a medical home for all individuals in our community, regardless of their ability to pay. More than 65% of our patient population is underinsured, uninsured, or are working poor and receive supplementation of costs through a sliding scale fee structure. DCSNO’s unique model of care focuses on prevention, which keeps these individuals out of hospital emergency rooms and reduces health care costs. In addition to our nine health centers, DCSNO also utilizes a Mobile Health Unit to conduct community outreach and health screenings in underserved neighborhoods. Through our ministry, DCSNO is improving the health of the New Orleans community by removing barriers to high-quality care.

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Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) will use the grant funding to start a pre-diabetes program to prevent individuals from developing diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, and new cases of blindness in the United States and the disease is reaching epidemic proportions in New Orleans. DCSNO currently operates the Daughters’ Diabetic Institute, which is a diabetes management program that uses a shared-visit model to give patients the tools, resources, and education they need to effectively manage their diabetes. Based on the success of this program, DCSNO hopes to start a pre-diabetes program, which will use a similar model to teach individuals who have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, or at-risk for developing diabetes, how to change their lifestyle.

The pre-diabetes program will include educational sessions on diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, managing stress, and overcoming barriers. DCSNO will partner with Market Umbrella to provide participants with vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables to be redeemed at Crescent City Farmers Markets throughout greater New Orleans and with the YMCA to provide gym memberships for the participants. With your help, this pre-diabetes program will reverse the dangerous fate of pre-diabetics while also reducing health care costs.

Ochsner Health System

Founded in 1942, Ochsner is a not-for-profit, academic healthcare delivery system focused on patient-centered care at 13 hospitals and over 50 clinics throughout southeast Louisiana. Ochsner provides telemedicine services to over 40 hospitals throughout Louisiana and south Mississippi and offers telemonitoring programs that give patients access to care and support from their homes for chronic health conditions such as congestive heart failure and hypertension. The Ochsner mission is to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate, and Innovate. Ochsner and St. Thomas Community Health Center are partnering to improve the health of people in the New Orleans area by offering telemonitoring and health coaching to help St. Thomas patients avoid the costly and serious health complications that come with uncontrolled high blood pressure. The mission of St. Thomas is to improve the health of the region by providing a culturally competent, patient-centered medical home that is high quality and affordable. St. Thomas Community Health Center has five neighborhood clinics in the Irish Channel/St. Thomas, Columbia Parc in the Bayou District, Central City at Mahalia Jackson, and Algiers. St. Thomas caregivers are focused on reducing the social and economic barriers that create health disparities.

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One in five adults in Louisiana has uncontrolled hypertension–a leading contributor to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and renal failure. This grant will transform care for patients at St. Thomas Community Health Center through telemonitoring that increases access, communication, and education. Patients receive a blood pressure cuff to use at home and data is transmitted by phone. A pharmacist calls the patient at home and talks about how medication, nutrition, or activity can help them stay on track. Education and support will empower patients to manage their condition and avoid serious health complications. If we win, together with healthcare partner St. Thomas, technology partner Watershed Health, and Trinity Counseling Services, we can increase access to quality healthcare, give patients consistent feedback and coaching to support good health, and address social determinants of poor health and barriers to care. With your vote, you will even be helping to provide nutrition education and map walking paths in neighborhoods near St. Thomas clinics to encourage physical activity. This project will save and change lives, and your vote can help—please vote to improve access to healthcare and increase the capacity of neighborhood clinics to make our community a healthier place for all!