Of the $100,000, $75,000 to be used for Our Money Our Voice, a community led decision making process that improves community health. An additional $25,000 was awarded for the Center for Health Equity to co-create with the Foundation a program to build the capacity of all grantees to advance racial equity.
“Learning, listening to and co-creating with the communities we serve, is critical to our new vision and success.” Walter Woods, CEO of the Humana Foundation said in a press release. “We’re so thrilled for this public-philanthropic partnership that will center community voices and help us build the capacity of all of our grantees in the pursuit of health equity.”
Our Money, Our Voice, launched in August in Metro Council districts 6 and 8. Residents living in those districts will decide how the money is spent.
The $75,000 Humana Foundation award for administration and district funding is matched by a $150,000 combined contribution from the two council districts and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
This Fall, more than 231 ideas for improving health and wellness were collected from residents of District 6 and 145 from residents of District 8. Ideas residents submitted included: improving access to fresh affordable foods; repairs or improvements to existing infrastructure such as parks, streets, and sidewalks; improved lighting in neighborhoods; installing covered bus stop shelters; a new swimming pool, more trees, and more public recycling sites.
In the next phase of the project volunteers from each district are working together to vet those ideas for feasibility, cost, and legality. After final ideas are selected for each district, residents in those districts will then vote on the ones they feel are the most needed.