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Since 2001, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have awarded more than $30 million to support initiatives that address these disparities while promoting greater health care equity for underserved minority populations.

Integrated health care Promoting high-quality, cost-effective, affordable care is important to Aetna and the Aetna Foundation. To advance integrated health care, we fund efforts that improve coordination and communications among health care professionals, create informed and involved patients, and promote cost-effective, affordable care — centered on strong primary care.

In Philadelphia, a $460,000 Aetna grant to the University of Pennsylvania is supporting evaluation efforts designed to better understand whether adopting the Advanced Medical Home/Chronic Care Model in primary care practices decreases costs and improves quality and the delivery of care.

We also sponsored “Bending the Cost Curve,” a thematic issue of Health Affairs, the preeminent national health policy journal devoted to real-world solutions that are helping to control rising health care costs and explore innovations that may lead to a higher quality of care.

Volunteerism: a culture of caring Aetna strives to be a leading corporate citizen, improving the quality of life in the communities where we live and work. This commitment has created our “culture of caring” — a tradition of volunteerism and employee community involvement that is part of our core values. We have an award- winning program and a national network of highly engaged employee volunteer councils. Nationwide, nearly 50 Aetna Volunteer Councils are the cornerstone of our volunteer efforts. These are employee teams that identify local community needs and respond accordingly. They take part in fundraisers, team projects, disaster relief and a range of other activities. Since 2003, our employees have logged nearly 2 million hours of community service.

Beyond the numbers, Aetna employees:

  • Sign up in higher numbers for the national bone marrow registry, compared with Americans as a whole

  • Donate thousands of units of blood

  • Spend hundreds of hours each year refurbishing homes for people with medical needs and other special needs

  • Have made thousands of colorful headscarves known as CUREchiefs for cancer patients and others with medical conditions resulting in hair loss

  • Serve as tutors and mentors to youth

Aetna employees work regularly to improve their communities, one volunteer project at a time.

To learn more about our grant programs, and how our grantees are enhancing communities and advancing quality health care, visit www.AetnaFoundation.org.

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