Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation in 2008 awarded community grants and sponsorships in Pennsylvania totaling $590,000, with a particular focus on promoting wellness and targeting health and economic disparities.
Among the community grants awarded were:
The $125,000 grant to the American Heart Association helped fund the "START! Philadelphia" program, which is part of a nationwide corporate call to action. Physical inactivity is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease and obesity, and this program encourages local companies to invest in a healthier workforce.
Aetna's $70,000 grant to the Enon Coulter Community Development Corporation will help fund a Philadelphia youth center, where children living below the poverty line will receive guidance and counseling to help them stay in school and succeed.
The majority of Aetna's other Pennsylvania grants focused on programs to target health care disparities and promote healthy-living messages through various community and health care organizations.
"Pennsylvania is a very important state for Aetna, both as an insurer and an employer," said Patrick Young, president of Aetna's Mid-Atlantic Region small and middle market business. "We're using our resources to help make a difference, promoting wellness and giving assistance to less-fortunate members of the community."
Aetna provides health benefits to more than 1.1 million people in Pennsylvania.
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Founded in 1972, the Foundation seeks to help build healthy communities by funding initiatives that improve the quality of life where Aetna employees and customers work and live.
The Foundation's giving is focused on health, diversity and employee community involvement, with broader programs in our home sate of Connecticut. Since 1980, the Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed over $334 million in grants, sponsorships and social investments. In 2007, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation contributed $24.5 million nationally.
Additional information about the Foundation is available about the Aetna Foundation is available at www.aetna.com/foundation.
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