The Aetna Foundation awards community grants to 23 nonprofit organizations as part of the Cultivating Healthy Communities initiative. This project benefits communities by providing access to healthy foods, promoting physical activity, and creating safe spaces for their citizens.
Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) was awarded $25,000 from the Aetna Foundation to support the “Eat Smart, Live Well” program, a new nutritional outreach program focused on low-income and underserved populations.
Lack of access to nutritious food puts people who live in underserved communities at increased risk of developing chronic diseases. With these disparities in mind, the Aetna Foundation createdLocal Roots, part of itsGoLocal: Creating Healthy Communitiesgrant program.
Aetna announced a $50,000 grant for KNOX Hartford to establish its Hartford Grown Headquarters, where the group will develop a beginner farming program, turning its grounds and greenhouses into an educational spot.
The Aetna Foundation is looking to make the cellphone the centerpiece of efforts to improve public health access with a three-year, $4 million Digital Health Initiative. Earlier this month the foundation awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to 23 recipients in 13 states who are using digital tools to address public health concerns among vulnerable and minority populations.
Aetna Foundation President Garth Graham, MD, MPH, pens new Huffington Post blog on the power mobile technology can play toward addressing public health concerns, and how it can be used as tool for the indiviual to take charge of their own health.