Aetna donates $225,000 to Iowa Community Health Partners
Funding will support social care needs and healthcare providers in Hawkeye State
DES MOINES, Iowa— Aetna Health of Iowa Inc., dba Aetna® Better Health of Iowaa CVS Health® company (NYSE: CVS), announced that it has provided investments totaling $225,000 to six community health partners across the state. The investments will support local organizations and healthcare providers who are committed to helping underserved Iowans meet social care needs, including those related to child care, insecurity food and access to preventive care in rural areas.
“Improving the health and well-being of individuals and families in underserved communities begins with creating a network of social services where they live and work,” said Kelly MunsonPresident, Aetna Medicaid. “The investments we are announcing today will strengthen the communities of Iowa and bring the state closer to fulfilling its mission to help the people of Iowan live healthy, safe, stable, and self-sufficient lives.”
Aetna provided community donations totaling $225,000 to the following organizations:
Iowa Community Providers Association (IACP) received funding to support enhanced technology services and professional development for Medicaid-focused providers, member organizations, and direct support professionals who care for and advocate for people with significant mental health and disability. In Iowaapproximately one in five adults people aged 18 and over report having at least one type of disability. The IACP is known for its advocacy and for ensuring that from iowa mental health and disability service providers are committed to improving the quality of life of those in their care
Community health centers in Southeast Iowa (CHC/SEIA) received funding to add a community health worker to their team. This position will support a pilot community health worker program that will facilitate blood pressure checks, remote patient monitoring and expand the use of telehealth and other services to patients in rural communities. CHC/SEIA is a non-profit community health center that provides primary care to individuals and families with limited resources or other barriers to health care.
Primary Health Care, Inc. (PHC), a community health center, received funding to support a clinical leadership training program that will educate providers on integrating process improvement into daily clinical care to achieve better patient outcomes . The training will also explore value-based concepts that promote financial stability, close health equity gaps, and engage healthcare teams to achieve organizational goals and transform healthcare delivery. PHC will share knowledge, training and concepts with the other 13 community health centers in Iowa.
Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) received funding for its Building Community Child Care Solutions collaboration. This collaboration aims to increase awareness and investment in community-led solutions to address the from iowa shortage of childcare services, which has been reported by state. Addressing this issue is essential for low-income families and local employers.
Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) has received funding for its DMARC Food Pantry network. The food pantry provides low-income individuals and families throughout Greater Des Moines with access to fresh and healthy food. The funding will provide, at no cost, more than 41,000 fresh and healthy meals to more than 4,600 people living with food insecurity across Greater Des Moines through the DMARC Food Pantry Network, a network of 14 partner pantry and more than 30 mobile units.
Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) received funding for its Healthy Food to Iowans program, an effort that provides outreach and outreach services statewide to help eligible individuals and families apply for the Department’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program social services (SNAP). Aetna’s donation will specifically support the marketing, operations and salaries of specialists who educate and assist applicants through the process.
Ted Koutsoubas, Director of Strategy for Aetna Medicaid, said, “Community health partners are essential to meet people where they are and help support their health and well-being. Our partners were selected for their proven ability to support healthcare providers and help Iowans. overcome difficult challenges, such as those faced by families with young children, people with disabilities, and people without access to nutritious food.”
CEO of the Iowa Association of Community Providers Shelly Chandler said, “We appreciate Aetna’s generous support of our association’s more than 125 community organizations and providers. Aetna’s donation to the IACP will provide training and the delivery of quality healthcare services that will help the people of Iowa with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges lead more productive pursuits and fulfilling lives.”
About Aetna Medicaid
Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health Company, has more than 30 years of experience managing care for the most medically vulnerable, using innovative approaches and a local presence in every market to achieve both successful healthcare outcomes and cost effective outcomes. . Aetna Medicaid has special expertise in serving Medicaid members in need, including those who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. Currently, Aetna Medicaid owns and/or administers Medicaid managed health care plans under the names of Aetna Better Health and other affiliated names. Together, these plans serve approximately 2.8 million people in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, MarylandMichigan, New Jersey, New YorkOhio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, see www.aetnabetterhealth.com.
About CVS Health
CVS Health is the leading healthcare solutions company, delivering care like no one else can. We reach more people and improve the health of communities across America through our local presence, digital channels and more than 300,000 employees, including more than 40,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners. Where and when people need us, we help them with their health, whether it’s managing chronic conditions, sticking to their medications, or accessing affordable health and wellness services from most convenient way. We help people navigate the health care system and their personal health care by improving access, reducing costs, and being a trusted partner for every meaningful health moment. And we do it with heart, every day. To learn more, visit www.cvshealth.com.