HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced today that online voting is under way for the 2018 “Aetna Voices of Health” program at www.aetnavoicesofhealth.com. The voting period runs from October 1st through November 9th for 63 nominated non-profit organizations across six states that are working to improve health and well-being in their communities. Aetna will award $20,000 to the groups that receive the most online votes and $10,000 to the second-place finishers in Atlanta, Columbus, Houston, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, South Florida and among four counties in California. In total, 14 winners will vie for $210,000 in grants.
The organizations selected to participate in this year’s Voices of Health promote health by addressing a wide range of community issues such as childhood obesity, access to affordable prescriptions and healthcare, HIV/AIDS prevention and services and helping homeless families become more self-sufficient, just to name a few. While the Voices of Health is a competition, the program aims to help facilitate a network for the local non-profits in each community to leverage each other’s services, allowing for more holistic access to a variety of services available to those who need them.
“In the United States today, a person’s ability to live a healthy life is dramatically affected by where he or she lives. Recognizing this, Aetna created the Voices of Health program to recognize, honor, and support local non-profit organizations that are working in their communities to address social determinants of health,” said Floyd Green, vice president of Aetna's Community Activation and Local Marketing. “We are excited to showcase 63 phenomenal grassroots organizations across the country that are committed to addressing issues that affect the underserved populations in their communities.”
Campaigning for Votes
The “Aetna Voices of Health” website will feature a one-minute video from each organization describing how the prize money would help them further their mission. Groups will be reaching out for votes in a number of different ways, including sharing their videos through social media and other communication channels.
The 2018 “Aetna Voices of Health” honorees are:
California – Barrio Logan College Institute (San Diego); MAAC (San Diego); Padres Pedal the Cause (San Diego); Kid Healthy (OneOC) (Orange County); Latino Health Access (Orange County); LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Los Angeles); Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust Los Angeles; Mar Vista Family Center (Los Angeles); The Wall Las Memorias Project (Los Angeles); and West Fresno Family Resource Center (Fresno).
Houston – Houston Ballet Foundation; Legacy Community Health; The Rose; Asian American Health Coalition; Women’s Resource of Greater Houston; Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; San Jose Clinic; Baker Ripley; and Houston Health Foundation.
Jacksonville, FL. – Wolfson Children’s Hospital; Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, Inc. – Nourishment Network; Hope at Hand; JASMYN, Inc.; Martin Luther King Foundation; Vision is Priceless Council; 2nd Mile Ministries; and St. Vincent’s Foundation, Inc.
South Florida -- Children’s Harbor (Broward County); Education Fund (Miami); Broward Partnership for the Homeless (Broward County); Overtown Youth Center (Miami); Branches (Miami), Casa Valentina (Miami); and Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation (Miami).
Atlanta – Center for Pan-Asian Community Services; Center for Black Women; Atlanta Community Food Bank; North Fulton Community Charities; The Good Samaritan Health Center; Open Hands Atlanta; Atlanta’s Children’s Shelter; AIDS Atlanta Inc.; and Georgia Organics.
Columbus, OH – Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio; Flying Horse Farms (Mount Gilead, OH); IMPACT Community Action; Local Matters; The Miracle League of New Albany (New Albany, OH); New Albany Food Pantry; NNEMAP Food Pantry; Southeast, Inc.; The Crawford Crew Foundation (Westerville, OH); and The PEER Center.
Philadelphia– Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.; Esperanza; LGBT Elder Initiative; LiveConnections; MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Alliance); Pennsylvania Care Health and Wellness (Jenkintown, PA); Project HOME; SEAMAAC Inc.; Special People of the Northeast (SPIN, Inc.); and The Food Trust.
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