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Aetna invests over $510,000 to address food and housing insecurity across Georgia

November 28, 2023 |3 minute read time

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ATLANTA, Nov. 28, 2023 — Aetna Better Health of Georgia, a CVS Health® company (NYSE: CVS), announced that Aetna provided over $510,000 in community investments to 17 local organizations that provide critical food and housing services for individuals experiencing food insecurity and homelessness across the state of Georgia.

“A holistic approach to health care starts with ensuring each individual has stable and consistent access to healthy, nutritious foods, as well as a safe place to live,” said Sonya Nelson, division president at Aetna Medicaid. “By partnering with local organizations committed to improving the quality of life for all Georgians, we can help ensure people’s most basic needs are fulfilled and they’re able to prioritize care for themselves and their families.”

The community investments from Aetna will bolster programs designed to address food insecurity and promote health literacy among youth, families and other individuals. These programs will offer access to fresh and nutritious foods, while also providing resources to enhance understanding of food and health. The organizations include:

  • The James Brown Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Open Hand Atlanta, Inc.
  • Sweetwater Mission, Inc.
  • Manna House Ministries, Inc.
  • Living Bridges Ministry Corporation
  • Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc. (CHOICES)
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc.
  • America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia
  • Emanuel County Family Connection Inc.
  • Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, Inc.
  • Players Philanthropy Fund (Goodr Foundation)

 

“Not only are we providing access to more nutritious foods, but we’re also educating families on how to eat healthy and cook substantial meals,” said Ann Rogers, chair of the Emanuel County Family Connection. “Having the proper knowledge and resources to know what foods support a healthy lifestyle is an essential component to addressing food insecurity. We’re thankful for the donation from Aetna and are excited to see the impact this funding will have on Emanuel County’s underserved families.”

Multiple organizations will also be receiving community investments from Aetna to address homelessness and housing insecurity across the state. The organizations receiving the community investments include:

  • The Salvation Army, a Georgia Corporation
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Inc.
  • Partners for HOME, Inc.
  • Citizens Against Violence, Inc.
  • House Proud Atlanta Inc.
  •  Crisp County Community Council Inc.

 

“It’s estimated that, every night, more than 10,000 Georgians experience homelessness.* The Salvation Army works hard to ensure that those in need have a place to go that is safe and well equipped to meet their needs,” said Major Jonathan Raymer, area commander for The Salvation Army of Augusta. “Unfortunately, there are still thousands of individuals across the state who don’t have access to shelters or basic amenities. With the Aetna partnership, we’re expanding the Salvation Army’s programs across a number of Georgia communities, which includes a launch of a new mobile shower and bathroom unit that will serve as a clean and safe space for unhoused individuals.”

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About Aetna Medicaid

Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health company, has over 30 years of experience managing the care of under-resourced populations, using innovative approaches and a local presence in each market to achieve both successful health care results and effective cost outcomes. Aetna Medicaid has expertise serving high-need Medicaid members, including those who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Currently, Aetna Medicaid owns and/or administers Medicaid managed health care plans under the names of Aetna Better Health and other affiliate names. Together, these plans serve members in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, see www.aetnabetterhealth.com.

 

About CVS Health

CVS Health® is the leading health 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 over 300,000 dedicated colleagues – including more than 40,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurses and nurse practitioners. Wherever and whenever people need us, we help them with their health – whether that’s managing chronic diseases, staying compliant with their medications or accessing affordable health and wellness services in the most convenient ways. We help people navigate the health care system – and their personal health care – by improving access, lowering costs and being a trusted partner for every meaningful moment of health. And we do it all with heart, each and every day. Follow @CVSHealth on social media.

 

Media contact

Robert Joyce
Robert.Joyce@CVSHealth.com

 

* U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; 2022 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1

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