Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is dedicated to improving health in local communities and large populations alike. How do we make it happen? Through community-based programs, dynamic partnerships and proven models that can help people accelerate progress everywhere. Our mission is to promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone, while supporting the communities we serve.

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Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

In collaboration with the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, we support local collaborations that target root causes of health at a community level.

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Anti-vaping campaigns

As e-cigarette use takes hold among our nation’s youth, we’re working with the nation’s leading anti-vaping organizations to stop the spread. Our partnerships provide tailored interventions in schools and doctor’s offices, equipping doctors, nurses and educators with the tools they need to educate their communities and advocate for change.

Mental health for health care workers

We’re committed to supporting frontline health care workers by providing easy access to targeted mental health support. Our partnerships help connect health care professionals with resources they need to support resilience and reduce stress as they cope with the challenges of being on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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About the Aetna Foundation

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Mission and vision

Our mission is to promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone, while supporting the communities we serve.

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Our history

We made history in 1972, when the Aetna Foundation became the nation’s first corporate foundation dedicated to community involvement. But the roots of Aetna’s devotion to community wellness reach much deeper into the past. Aetna was making major donations in the 1930s, treating circus fire victims in the 1940s, and spurring civic and social change in the 1950s and 1960s. Amidst the sweep of our philanthropic story are highlights that tell a larger story — of our country’s increasing focus on improving health equity, quality and outcomes for all people.

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