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News Release -
Aetna Grants More Than $100,000 to Oregon Nonprofits in 2009
PORTLAND, Ore., Jun 11, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation in 2009 awarded seven
community grants and sponsorships in Oregon totaling $107,500, with a
particular focus on disease prevention, obesity and health screening.
The contributions support Aetna's commitment to enhancing the quality of
health care, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. In total, the
Aetna Foundation, Aetna and its employees, awarded more than $24 million
nationally in 2009.
The seven Oregon grant recipients were:
Familias en Accion;
Oregon Health & Science University Foundation;
Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation;
Children's Health Foundation, Inc.;
Clackamas Women's Services;
Native Wellness Institute; and
Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Northwest Chapter.
"Aetna is proud to support organizations in Oregon which are making
great strides in targeting health care issues that affect our
communities," said Norm Seabrooks, market head for Aetna in Oregon. "As
a responsible corporate citizen, we recognize our obligation to help
address these critical needs."
The Aetna Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Familias en Accion to
hire a part-time family health educator to teach young Latino families
about chronic diseases and risk factors as well as supporting the
families in making behavioral and lifestyle changes.
Oregon Health & Science University Foundation received a $25,000 grant
for their Get Going Oregon program that will challenge the participants
to change their behaviors by committing to walk 10,000 steps per day for
The Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation received a $25,000 grant for the
Reclaiming Your Life program that provides education and support to
improve overall health through nutrition, exercise and education.
Under a $10,000 grant, the Children's Health Foundation, Inc. on their
asthma care management improvement initiative that focuses on developing
a care management model for children utilizing the 2007 National Heart
Lung and Blood Institute asthma guidelines.
The Aetna Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Clackamas Women's
Services to support their teen outreach program that provides teens with
crucial information on relationship violence, domestic violence and
The Native Wellness Institute received a $7,500 grant to host a Native
Youth Leadership and Athletic Academy that focuses on leadership and
skill development for Native youth between the ages of 12 and 18.
Aetna awarded a $5,000 sponsorship the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific
Northwest Chapter, for their Jingle Bell Run/Walk, which raises money to
help the Arthritis Foundation's mission of improving lives through
leadership in prevention and control and to find a cure for arthritis
and related diseases.
"Aetna and the Aetna Foundation are proud to partner with organizations
across the country in support of their good work, and we look forward to
continued relationships as we focus our giving in key areas going
forward," said Anne Beal, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation.
"For 2010 and beyond, we are transitioning to a new approach that
encompasses a more concentrated grant-making focus on specific health
issues of national concern, enhanced communication and measurement of
the impact of our grants, a more proportionate distribution of our
charitable giving across the country, and a more holistic relationship
with our community partners that capitalizes on our employee presence
and the generosity and talents of our employee volunteers."
The Aetna Foundation has opened the call for proposals for the 2010
grant cycle. Grant applicants should visit www.AetnaFoundation.org
for more information on how to apply for a grant and to learn more about
the following Aetna Foundation focus areas for grant making in 2010 and
Addressing the rising incidence of obesity among
U.S. residents, including children;
Promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health
care for common chronic conditions and for the prevention of infant
Advancing integrated health care, by:
Improving coordination and communications among health care
Creating informed and involved patients; and
Promoting cost-effective, affordable care.
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm
of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have
contributed over $379 million in grants and sponsorships. As a national
health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to
high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time
and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered nearly 2 million
hours since 2003. Our current giving is focused on addressing the rising
rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.; promoting racial and
ethnic equity in health and health care; and advancing integrated health
care. For more information, visit www.AetnaFoundation.org.
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 36.1 million people with information
and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their
health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and
consumer-directed health insurance products and related services,
including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and
disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care
management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer
groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers,
health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor
groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com
and Aetna's Annual Report at www.aetna.com/2009annualreport/.
Anjie Coplin, 214-200-8056