ALPHARETTA, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation in 2008 awarded community grants and sponsorships in Georgia totaling $725,000, with a particular focus on targeting diabetes and related conditions.
Among the community grants awarded were:
The $100,000 grant to 100 Black Men of Atlanta helped fund the “100 Health Challenge,” through which the organization, in partnership with the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine, works to mitigate health disparities in at-risk communities.
The majority of Aetna’s other Georgia grants focused on programs that target diabetes, obesity and wellness initiatives.
“Addressing obesity, diabetes and health disparities continues to be at the top of Aetna’s philanthropic agenda in Georgia,” said Cynthia Follmer, president of Aetna’s Georgia markets. “These are issues that continue to be a significant health problem for Georgia residents, and this year we’ve increased our efforts to help address them.”
Aetna provides health benefits to more than 500,000 people in Georgia.
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Founded in 1972, the Foundation seeks to help build healthy communities by funding initiatives that improve the quality of life where Aetna employees and customers work and live.
The Foundation’s giving is focused on health, diversity and employee community involvement, with broader programs in our home state of Connecticut. Since 1980, the Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed over $334 million in grants, sponsorships and social investments. In 2007, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation contributed $24.5 million nationally.
Additional information about the Foundation is available about the Aetna Foundation is available at www.aetna.com/foundation
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Walt Cherniak, 410-691-1405