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The Cigna Foundation

Established more than 50 years ago, in 1962, the Cigna Foundation carries out our corporate philanthropy goals of bringing Cigna’s mission and brand promise to life for individuals and communities around the globe. The Cigna Foundation accomplishes these goals through strategically focused charitable grants to nonprofit organizations whose work enhances the health of individuals and families and the well-being of their communities.

In 2018, Cigna Foundation grants totaled more than 6 million dollars to support organizations that share our commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Working to Make a World of Difference

The Cigna approach to service is built on treating people as individuals—listening to them, finding out what makes them unique, and then working with them to discover the path to health that best suits their personal strengths.

World of Difference Grants center around collaborations with nonprofits pursuing unique, targeted projects that help people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, education, economic status, or place of residence.

World of Difference Grant Program Requirements:

  • A pilot (or early stage) multi-year project that directly serves the needs of individuals in the health focus area under consideration
  • A focus on a specific health challenge or related group of challenges being faced by those individuals
  • An innovative approach that stresses the importance of engaging individuals to address the health challenges related to project objectives
  • Opportunities for volunteer involvement by the Cigna team
  • Potential to expand to additional geographic areas (special consideration will be given to projects that provide, or have the potential to provide, services globally)
  • A fiscally-sound development plan with strong emphasis on metrics, analysis, and reporting

For more detailed information on the Cigna Foundation World of Difference Grant program or for application information, please visit our web page.

Pursuing Health and Equity and Community Health Navigation

Health equity is a primary focus area for Cigna and for the Cigna Foundation. Pursuing health equity means pursuing the elimination of avoidable differences in health that are unfair and unjust, as well as eliminating disparate health outcomes among different groups that are often the result of unfair differences in health status.

Through our World of Difference grants, we demonstrate our understanding of the importance of convening a broad range of stakeholders—businesses, government entities, nonprofits, providers, delivery systems, residents—and committing to an ongoing effort. And we’ve learned that one of the most effective ways to improve health equity is through the navigational assistance of a Community Health Worker, as an engaged and trusted member of the relevant group’s community. We’ve seen first-hand how positive health outcomes can be realized by supporting Community Health Navigation.

2018 Grant Recipients

We believe that our 2018 World of Difference Grant recipients represent the best in innovation around addressing health disparities with clear and measurable impacts for the targeted population in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Below is a list of the disparities our grants target and the organizations we support and work with in each target area.

World of Difference—Spotlight Grant Videos

The Cigna Foundation World of Difference grants center around collaborations with nonprofits pursuing unique, targeted projects that help people overcome barriers to their health and well-being.
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Grant Partner- Siloam Health

Location- Nashville, TN
Initiative:

This grant targets four vulnerable communities in Nashville, TN. Siloam Health was provided funding for 6 part-time and 2 full-time community health workers. Siloam created the Community Health Outreach program to develop community health leadership within four target ethnic congregations: Bhutanese, Burmese, Egyptian, and Hispanic.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 125+ hours of community health worker training (including intensive 52-hour training by the Penn Center)
  • 150 community members trained by community health workers

Grant Partner- Texas Health Resources/Vickery Meadows Clinic

Location- Dallas, TX
Initiative:

Grant funds were provided to support a partnership between Texas Health Resources, Vickery Meadows Clinic, and Healing Hands Ministry. These funds supported 3 Care Navigators who are Vickery Meadows residents. One speaks Spanish, another speaks Rohingya and some Malay and Indonesian, and the third speaks Burmese and Chin.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 681 unique individuals were provided primary health care services through enrollment in health insurance programs, social service programs, and/or navigation to a patient-centered medical home.
  • 4 community events were held for the residents of the Vickery Meadows apartment complexes surrounding the clinic. Approximately 1,800 community members attended.

Grant Partner- Miles for Smiles

Location- Kingsport, TN
Initiative:

Appalachian Miles for Smiles Mobile Dental Unit (AMS) provides basic dental care and eye examinations at no cost to the uninsured and underserved residents of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 1,564 dental patient encounters including: 595 fillings; 3,792 extractions; 389 hygiene encounters; and 1,261 X-rays
  • 125 vision screenings

Grant Partner- MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Location- Washington, DC
Initiative:

Funding was provided to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for its Colon Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood (CCPN) program. The CCPN deploys navigators to educate, conduct risk assessments, and distribute Fecal Occult Blood Tests (FIT) kits for free LabCorp testing and/or to navigate to colonoscopy. CCPN navigators target African Americans in Ward 5, where 68% of the patients have stage 2-4 colon cancer.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 1,241 individuals were provided education and an on-the-spot risk assessment for eligibility to receive a FIT kit or colonoscopy as a result: 302 FIT kits were distributed, 68 were referred to complete a colonoscopy, and 10 patients completed colonoscopies.
  • 68 community-based events were held and 15 business partnerships were established to continue community events.

Grant Partner- Memphis Fire Department

Location- Memphis, TN
Initiative:

The Memphis Fire Department (MFD) responds to over 130,000 911 EMS calls per year. Approximately 25% of these calls are classified as non-emergent. Due to limited resources, there were over 2,000 times when callers requested an ambulance but MFD did not have any ambulances available. This heavy call volume places the citizens of Memphis at risk when they call for a true emergency and they are out of resources.

The grant assisted MFD to expand a pilot mobile van program named RADAR (Rapid, Assessment, Decision, and Redirection). The mobile vans are staffed with a paramedic and a doctor. These vans respond to non-emergent calls, perform a medical screening exam, and redirect patients to primary care.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • The RADAR program completed over 400 patient encounters and 58% were redirected to primary care.

Grant Partner- Girls on the Run

Location- United States
Initiative:

Girls on the Run works to create long-term, positive change in the lives of adolescent girls. Girls on the Run is a physical, activity-based, positive youth development program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls (grades 3rd–8th) through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. The life skills curriculum is delivered by caring and competent coaches who are trained to teach lessons as intended.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 14 Girls on the Run councils were provided with funding to support general programming, end-of-season 5K events, and program scholarship sites.
  • 12 scholarship sites that assisted 175 girls to receive financial assistance and participate in the Girls on the Run program.
  • 9 additional Girls on the Run councils received funding allowing them to serve 9,000 girls through the 2018 fall season and supported fall 5K events which included an estimated 25,000 attendees.
  • Cigna employees served as 5K volunteers at 29 Girls on the Run councils’ 5K events.

Grant Partner- Rush University Medical Center

Location- Chicago, IL
Initiative:

Grant provided funding to the Health Legacy Program run by the Rush University Medical Center. The program empowers African-American women to adopt new health habits and behaviors that promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Health Legacy is offered at churches, faith organizations, and community centers on the south and west sides of Chicago.

This program offers women a positive jumpstart through hands-on activities in a supportive group environment offering 4 key program components that promote behavior change: (1) health education, (2) exercise, (3) an interactive weekly support circle, and (4) healthy meal planning and food demonstration with a chef. Women learn how to better manage chronic conditions and deepen their understanding of the impact of food and physical activity on health.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 196 total women participated
    • 77% lost weight,18% maintained their weight (weighed +/- 2 lbs), and 8% women gained weight
    • 92% maintained their weight or continued to lose weight after completing the program

Grant Partner- University of Maryland—HAIR Project

Location- Prince George’s County, MD
Initiative:

Grant facilitates health promotion initiatives for African Americans in barbershops and beauty salons in Prince George’s County. Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR) established a network of 11 beauty salons and shops in Prince George’s County, including approximately 50% in the Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ) neighborhoods of Maryland zip code 20743.

The HAIR initiative has evolved from colon cancer screenings and detection to include addressing risk factors for common chronic diseases (including diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, among others).

2018 Impact Milestones:

  • The creation of the National Association for Black Barbershops and Salons for Health, which will disseminate best practices including promoting the use of the HAIR smartphone app for use by barbers as a quick resource tool to discuss cancer and chronic disease prevention and health information with customers.

Grant Partner- New York Botanical Garden

Location- New York, NY
Initiative:

The New York Botanical Garden received funding to improve health care for New York’s immigrant Latino and Caribbean (CarLo) communities. Dr. Ina Vandebroek, an ethnomedical research specialist at The New York Botanical Garden incorporated ethnobotanical research methods to record, identify, and compare the herbal remedies popular in four communities (Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Jamaicans, and Mexicans) in NYC for self-medication, and to analyze the variation that exists in these communities’ cultural health beliefs and practices.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 18 monographs completed for plants frequently reported by NYC CarLo communities [as herbal remedies] for common health concerns and design and standardization of monograph templates for use in curricular materials.
  • Completion of online course trainings for Cross-Cultural Comparisons, Selected Plant Monographs, and Culture-Bound Illness, resulting in the training and education of more than 500 medical students, residents, and physicians.

Grant Partner- La Clinica del Pueblo

Location- Washington, DC
Initiative:

This World of Difference Grant provides funds for the Tu Salud en tus Manos program, a peer-based obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease prevention program for low-income, immigrant Latinos in Prince George’s County. The program incorporates community and environmental-level strategies with direct, behavioral change strategies to reach the target population, including marketing efforts through social media, radio, brochures, and posters. Community-level strategies include health fairs and small group education talks (known as charlas) led by peer health promoters and focused on behavior change strategies.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • Spanish radio ads to promote behavioral changes targeting 2,000 people and social media and print material efforts reaching more than 4,000 people.
  • A total of 15 new community health workers were trained to carry out 13 multi-session charlas, reaching 309 people. 90% of the participants reported that they increased their knowledge of healthy lifestyles as a result of these charlas.
  • Three health and physical activity fairs were organized this funded year which included cooking demonstrations, exercise classes, and other fun activities that reached 1,323 members of the community.

Grant Partner- Novant Health

Location- Winston-Salem, NC
Initiative:

Novant Health piloted the Project CARE (Congregational Approach to Risk reduction and Empowerment). Project CARE’s goal is to lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes via a 12-week program. The program is available to faith communities in 3 zip codes that are characterized by low-income, underserved minorities.

2018 Impact Metrics*:

  • Partnered with 12 African-American congregations with 286 participants in the 12-week program.
  • Participants reported increasing exercise by 1 day per week. In addition, the average blood pressure decreased 4 points, triglycerides 17 points, readiness to change increased 5 points, and wellness score improved by 5 points for these 286 individuals.

* Year 2 cohort results

Grant Partner- Bright Star Community Outreach

Location- Chicago, IL
Initiative:

Bright Star Community Outreach (BSCO) is addressing the devastating effects of trauma and violence on our community. Inspired by the work of NATAL in Israel, BSCO uses trained faith and community leaders, as well as mental health professionals, as trauma counselors to provide counseling services through a helpline. Additionally, BSCO Ambassadors are tasked with educating individuals, organizations, and schools about trauma and its potential impacts.

2018 Impact Metrics*:

  • BSCO Behavioral team has conducted 480 calls since the start of the grant cycle, of these 80 are unique callers. Community ambassadors have educated over 10,753 people in the community via marketing, school, and community events.

* Results for the Trauma Helpline in 2017-2018

Grant Partner- University of Miami

Location- Miami, FL
Initiative:

Funding was provided to the University of Miami’s (UM) Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Dr. Kobetz, Research in Ethno Medicine and Education (REMED), and community partners who are exploring how Haitian women use plants for a feminine hygiene process (twalet deba). They are investigating how this practice impacts health, including cervical cancer risk. UM has partnered with Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden on this project who will classify/catalogue the plants used, and develop intergenerational educational opportunities around plants and health.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 210 women screened for cervical cancer and 1,000 women educated via community events about cervical cancer, early detection, and the potential risks associated with routine, intravaginal twalet deba.
  • 1,500 students from 49 schools attended the Green Treasures education program on the medicinal use of plants.

Grant Partner- Hispanic Services Council

Location- Tampa, FL
Initiative:

Viva Tu Salud!/ “Long Live My Health!" was developed to create opportunities for Latinos to actively engage in their health and the health of their communities. Utilizing Promotoras (Community Health Workers), Viva Tu Salud! promotes healthy living through nutrition education, cooking classes, and access to social services to Latino families. Promotoras play a key role as connectors, mediators, and messengers to those most vulnerable and marginalized who need to be linked to health resources and information so that they can achieve optimal physical and emotional health.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • Hired and trained 10 Promotoras for the funded East County sites and partnered with 13 agencies to conduct 10 classes of the Cooking Matters Series. There are 90 graduates from the program.
  • Promotoras also provided social service assistance to 800 families by completing SNAP applications, enrolling families to insurance plans and much more.

Grant Partner- Blessings in a Backpack

Locations- Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Cleveland, OH, El Paso, TX, Hampton, VA, Richmond, VA and Sanford, FL
Initiative:

Marking its 10th anniversary in 2018, Blessings in a Backpack is the only national nonprofit solely working to change the face of childhood hunger, envisioning a world where every school-aged child in America has adequate nourishment to learn and grow.

The impact of these hunger-free weekends goes beyond easing hunger pangs. Consistent nutrition is necessary for children to participate in school. Better test scores, expanded reading skills, improved health, and increased attendance have all been attributed to consistent childhood nutrition, which is what Blessings in a Backpack helps to provide.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 44,000+ hunger-free weekends were provided
  • 1,700+ students were provided with weekend nutrition via their backpack
  • 1,100+ Cigna volunteers joined forces to pack meals

Grant Partner- Mount Sinai

Location- New York, NY
Initiative:

Mount Sinai’s Project TEEN HEED (Help Educate to Eliminate Diabetes) developed a 12-week peer education diabetes prevention program for pre-diabetic East Harlem teens ages 13-19 with the grant dollars.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 100 referrals from partner clinical and community sites have been received, resulting in 90 teens who were diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
  • 3 workshop series with about 30 teens have been completed to date and 77% of participating teens attended 5 or more sessions.

Grant Partner- Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic

Location- Dallas, TX
Initiative:

Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic was able to expand their Pediatric Asthma Promotora de Salud (Community Health Worker) program to their new clinic in the underserved Oak Cliff area of Dallas. The Promotora’s primary duties include individualized follow-up with asthma patients, asthma-related hospital referrals, and assisting with scheduling Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs), as well as providing 4 asthma education/classes during Shared Medical Appointments with each group of patients.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 262 asthmatic pediatric patients and their families participated in the SMAs. 100% of the children in the asthma group with persistent asthma are prescribed a controller and 75% of patients self-reported increased knowledge of effective use of asthma medications.
  • 120 patients attended additional educational sessions throughout the year.

Grant Partner- Lurie’s Children’s Hospital

Location- Chicago, IL
Initiative:

The Chicago Youth Program (CYP) clinic housed at Lurie Children’s hospital provides comprehensive healthcare to at-risk youth. CYP clinic staff have extensive expertise in developing and implementing programs that reduce the health and social risks for those living in poverty. Funds were provided to the CYP clinic to provide healthcare and trauma therapy to the after-hours staff and pilot a new parent workshop in the evenings.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • Approximately 300 patients were provided access to quality healthcare and trauma therapy by the after-hours staff and143 parents have participated in the pilot parent workshops.
  • 75% of patients identified food insecurity as their top social issue. CYP provided them with gift cards for groceries and information on food banks.

Grant Partner- St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Location- St Louis, MO
Initiative:

Healthy Kids Express Asthma (HKEA) Mobile Health Program improves childhood wellness by providing comprehensive asthma management and education while guiding families through complex health and social service systems. HKEA provides personalized disease management training, medication technique assistance, connections to primary care providers, and asthma coaching for those needing a higher level of intervention. The funding provided supports 2 Asthma Coaches.

2018 Impact Metrics*:

  • 1,037 pre-K through 8th grade students were identified as asthmatic and 47% were enrolled in the intensive school-based asthma program. 100% of the enrollees developed an asthma action plan.
  • 130 families were referred by the coaches to a dedicated social worker and/or community health worker.

Grant Partner- St Vincent Healthcare

Location- Billings, MT
Initiative:

American Indians (AI) have long experienced lower health status compared to other populations, including lower life expectancy and disproportionate disease burden. This health disparity is caused by factors such as poverty, poor access to healthcare, historical trauma, and cultural differences.

Funding was provided for an AI Health Disparities Coordinator (Community Health Worker). The AI Health Disparities Coordinator is responsible for implementation and daily oversight of projects to reduce and identify health disparities with a focus on improving health among AI Patients, and serves in an advocate and cultural liaison role.

2018 Impact Metrics:

Maternal/Child Substance Abuse Intervention/Prevention
  • AI Health Disparities Coordinator hosts bi-weekly moccasin-making classes in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to encourage mothers and fathers to get assistance for opioid usage. The art of moccasin-making includes beading on to buckskin and during the beading, positive energy from mom or moccasin maker goes to the moccasins. The mother and father are encouraged to reach out to their family to learn the family’s traditional designs and storytelling as each tribe has their own stories. Twenty-two classes were held in 2018 with 74 families participating.
Cultural Competency Training
  • AI Health Disparities Coordinator created an American Indian Humility Training which is provided to all staff as part of onboarding or continued American Indian education. During this funding year, 40 trainings were held with a total of 720 clinical staff members and spiritual care in attendance.
Community Outreach and Support to Urban and Rural AI Women
  • AI Health Disparities Coordinator navigated 124 women to the Midwifery program. Sixty women drove 150 miles to deliver at St. Vincent Healthcare due to the rapport they built with their Midwife. Fifty-five women were referred to Blessings New Treatment Program due to the navigation efforts by the AI Health Disparities Coordinator.

Grant Partner- East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Location- Knoxville, TN
Initiative:

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital understands long-term developmental outcomes related to prenatal opioid exposure and subsequent Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) are unclear; however, these infants are at risk for multiple ongoing issues. This program is a care coordination service and outpatient clinic designed to strengthen fundamentals and address the medical, developmental, and emotional needs during the first 5 years of the child’s life. Funding supports additional staff to provide more support.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • There were 618 patient encounters from 25 Tennessee counties, resulting in 241 medical and behavioral referrals and 77 social services referrals provided for patients.

Grant Partner- Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Location- Orange County, CA
Initiative:

Funds provided for the LEAP of Faith (Mental Health Leadership, Education, Access, and Prevention) pilot program which addresses the mental health needs of faith communities by providing basic mental health training and materials which are appropriate and adaptable for any faith. This program is a key component of CHOC Children’s groundbreaking Mental Health Initiative to create a more effective system of mental health care for children, teens, and young adults in Orange County, California.

Critical to building a cohesive system of pediatric mental health care is engaging Orange County’s faith communities. Unfortunately, pastors are often ill-equipped to address these issues within the context of the congregation. Faith communities can be important venues to create awareness, provide education, help families navigate a confusing array of services, and reduce stigma about such problems as attention deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, anxiety, depression, and other conditions.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • Created a mental health referral-network, enabling pastors and faith leaders a link to timely and effectively deliver mental health services.
  • Provided basic mental health training and education to 22 local pastors of different faiths and conducted 8 congregational mental health events.

Grant Partner- Peer Health Exchange

Locations- Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; New York City, NY; and Boston, MA
Initiative:

Peer Health Exchange’s (PHE) mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. Funds were provided to train college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country. Through the 13-workshop program, students build decision-making, communication, advocacy, and accessing resources skills for their sexual health, mental health, and substance misuse prevention.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 9,000 high school students were educated on the 13-workshop program across all sites and PHE began development of a new digital health resources platform.

Grant Partner- Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County

Location- Palm Beach County, FL
Initiative:

African-American mothers are twice as likely as their white counterparts to have low birth-weight babies. This disparity is evident in Palm Beach County with more than 12% of African-American babies born at low birth weight compared to whites at 7.4% (CSC Community Needs Assessment, 2017). Funds to improve this health disparity were provided to Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, recognizing they are the only provider of the Centering Pregnancy program in Palm Beach County.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 114 women have completed the program. 94% of women reported increased knowledge of adequate prenatal care and 97% reported increased knowledge in ensuring baby safety.

Grant Partner- The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center, Inc.

Location- West Hartford, CT
Initiative:

Funding was provided to implement Youth Mental Health First Aid in the community. This training will help to create better awareness and understanding of the unique mental health struggles among the youth in the Greater Hartford area. The program is designed for adults who regularly interact with youth to learn to identify the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. This program will teach adults how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 140 adults who work with adolescents and teens have been trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Grant Partner- March of Dimes

Locations- Los Angeles, CA; Aurora, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Worchester, MA; and TBD
Initiative:

March of Dimes' Supportive Pregnancy Care is an innovative model of group prenatal care that brings pregnant women together for clinical care and prenatal education in a group setting designed to increase health literacy, encourage consistent health monitoring, and create a support network for low-income women. Group prenatal care also improves psychological outcomes, increases breastfeeding rates, reduces health care costs, and increases provider and patient satisfaction with the care they've given and received. The program aligns with prenatal care guidelines established by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Cigna Foundation funding will allow the expansion of the Supportive Pregnancy Care program to 7 new sites over 3 years.

Grant Partner- Shatterproof

Location- United States
Initiative:

Cigna funded the Shatterproof Provider Rating System for Addiction Treatment (Rating System) which will harmonize quality metrics and align market forces to increase quality in the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment field. SUDs are chronic diseases with treatment outcomes comparable to other chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes. However, the US addiction treatment system largely delivers low-quality care in acute episodes, rather than evidence-based treatment designed to manage a chronic condition. During 2018-2020, the Rating System will be piloted in 5 states.

The pilot will test the utility and feasibility of 3 data sources: 1) claims data, 2) provider surveys, and 3) consumer experience quality measurements. The pilot will result in a public website for individuals to locate high quality addiction treatment providers. During the pilot, Shatterproof will identify and test revenue streams to support ongoing implementation in pilot states and phased expansion across the country without the need for philanthropic funding long-term.

Grant Partner- USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Military Academic Center

Location- National
Initiative:

Military Academic Center (MAC) is a pilot program designed to ensure the successful graduation and employment of student veterans enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work via hiring of a project specialist. MAC is a project of Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR), the first university-based research center to focus exclusively on military behavioral health. CIR envisions a world where the unique needs of veterans and military families are met compassionately and competently.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • 349 student veterans completed the MAC program.

Grant Partner- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Location- National
Initiative:

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America created the Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) in New York City to help new veterans navigate their transitions. Over the past 6 years, the RRRP has grown into a national program that has been recognized for impact and innovation. RRRP is the only high-tech, high-touch program of its kind and fills a critical gap in veterans’ assistance. Cigna funds were utilized to support those veterans needing to work one-on-one with professionally qualified and culturally competent Veteran Transition Managers, who provide free and confidential support identifying transitional challenges and obtaining the resources necessary to meet their goals.

2018 Impact Metrics:

  • Served 649—Conducting 1,040 referrals nationally

Employee-Driven Grant Programs

Doing Good, Feeling Better: Healthy Lifestyle Grants

Cigna fully understands that individuals enjoy healthier, more productive lives when they devote some of their time to helping their neighbors. The Cigna Foundation’s Healthy Lifestyle Grants make that “healthy living—healthy giving” connection even stronger. Cigna employees can direct a $100 grant to a charity whenever they take part in certain organized physical activities. And the Cigna Foundation Grants for Givers program directs $200 to organizations where employees regularly volunteer.

Matching Gifts

An important goal of the Cigna Foundation is to encourage and support the generosity and community involvement of Cigna employees. And one way we do that is by matching, dollar for dollar, donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations of their choice. The Foundation matches up to $5,000 annually per employee.

* For the 2017-2018 school year

Disclaimer: The report covers calendar year 2018 and unless otherwise noted, excludes the combination with Express Scripts, which closed on December 20, 2018.