Humana Foundation awards $100,000 to Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Center for Health Equity

December 11, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 4, 2018) – The Humana Foundation has awarded the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Center for Health Equity $100,000.

The Humana Foundation has awarded the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Center for Health Equity $75,000 to be used for Our Money Our Voice, a community led decision making process that improves community health. An additional $25,000 has been awarded for the Center for Health Equity to co-create with the Foundation a program to build the capacity of all grantees to advance racial equity.

“Learning, listening to and co-creating with the communities we serve, is critical to our new vision and success,” said Walter Woods, CEO of the Humana Foundation. “We’re so thrilled for this public-philanthropic partnership that will center community voices and help us build the capacity of all of our grantees in the pursuit of health equity.”

Our Money, Our Voice, launched in August in Metro Council districts 6 (Council President David James) and 8 (Councilman Brandon Coan). People living in those council districts will decide how $100,000 in each district will be spent. The $75,000 Humana Foundation award for administration and district funding is matched by a $150,000 combined contribution from the two council districts and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

This Fall, more than 231 ideas for improving health and wellness were collected from residents of District 6 and 145 from residents of District 8.  Ideas residents submitted included: improving access to fresh affordable foods; repairs or improvements to existing infrastructure such as parks, streets, and sidewalks; improved lighting in neighborhoods; installing covered bus stop shelters; a new swimming pool, more trees, and more public recycling sites.

In the next phase of the project volunteers from each district are working together to vet those ideas for feasibility, cost, and legality.  After final ideas are selected for each district, residents in those districts will then vote on the ones they feel are the most needed.

“Providing community members a more direct say in how city dollars are spent in their neighborhoods has a lot to do with creating equity – creating conditions where everyone can thrive,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Department of Public Health and Wellness and the city’s Chief Health Strategist. “We’re so grateful to the Humana Foundation for this grant and for their support of our vision to create a healthy Louisville where everyone and every community can thrive."

“As we move forward, I want to thank the Humana Foundation for joining us as a partner in this effort to improve the overall health of our community,” said President James. “We are seeing great participation from our districts in this new venture and now we are ready to work with anyone who shares our goals."

“I can’t thank the Humana Foundation enough for validating the link between participatory democracy and public health,” said Councilman Coan.  “Our Money, Our Voice is about transcending social isolation and empowering people to shape the world around them, together.”

To learn more about Our Money, Our Voice visit www.OurMoneyOurVoice.org.  Currently volunteers are needed to assist with outreach efforts when voting begins.  Residents in the two council districts will have an opportunity to vote on ideas from February 15 through March 15.  Anyone interested in volunteering can email Clayton.Oeth@louisvilleky.gov or call 502-574- 5881.