NATCHEZ — Humana Inc. and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation have formed a partnership aimed at improving the health of Adams County by 20 percent by 2020.
The multi-year initiative from Humana and the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) will work with people in Adams County to remove barriers to well-being and improve the health of Mississippians.
Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative, said, “Health Matters applauds its partner Humana and the leadership of Natchez and Adams County for their systems-change approach to address the health and well-being of its residents. Using a collective impact model to engage stakeholders at all levels of this initiative ensures that there is a seat at the table for everyone and sustainable solutions can be as diverse as the citizens of their community.”
The commitment stems from a pledge made at the 2014 Clinton Health Matters Initiative conference in January. Humana and the Clinton Foundation announced at that time that the two organizations would jointly select a community to improve health. This continues a partnership between the two organizations that began several years ago, with the “Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation” PGA TOUR event, and the Humana Foundation’s offer of wellness grants and website resources to 51 California schools where the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation is active.
“We want to make it easy for people to achieve their best health,” said Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard. “In Adams County, Humana and the Clinton Foundation are committed to a multi-year partnership to co-create new health solutions with the county’s leaders and citizens. Throughout our partnership we’ll work together to build innovative solutions that can eventually be applied to communities across the country and around the world. The plan we build together will be a plan that the people of Adams County can get excited about as they work to improve their health.”
Recently, the partners agreed to focus their efforts on Mississippi, a state that faces more health challenges than most. Adams County continues to demonstrate some of the poorest health outcomes in the state, and like many areas throughout the U.S., the county has seen an increase in the number of people suffering from poor health and facing barriers to improvement. In the face of these challenges, leaders in Adams County want to drive change and have shown an openness to trying fresh approaches to healthy living and disease prevention.
“We’re excited about this partnership and the great potential it holds for Adams County,” said Natchez Mayor Larry L. “Butch” Brown. “We’re looking forward to working with Humana and the Clinton Foundation, as well as leveraging our local talent and resources, to empower the people of this community to improve their health and well-being.”
Humana and the Clinton Foundation are both already engaged in significant work in Mississippi.
One year ago, when the state faced a potential health insurance challenge Humana deployed the “Covering Mississippi” initiative to give residents more information about their health plan options under the Affordable Care Act. The Covering Mississippi tour provides free, private health insurance education and enrollment assistance to residents in local communities and is continuing this year.
The Clinton Foundation is active in the state through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program and the Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, works to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.
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