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Program Funding Strategy

Small-scale innovation. Large-scale evolution.

How do we help to bring about a healthier society? The Aetna Foundation works at two levels. We partner with national and select international organizations, funding their pioneering approaches to improving health among large groups of people. At the same time, we give grants to local nonprofits across the United States, nurturing innovations that can inspire healthier lifestyles across communities. 

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Grants and partnerships spark healthier lifestyles

Our Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program supports local non-profits that advance good health for their residents and communities. We also partner with national and select international groups to explore ways to achieve healthier outcomes across large populations.

Learn how we promote better health

Efforts to promote health care equity 

Across America, inequities in health care access and quality deeply affect communities and individual lives. We work with national partners to reduce inequities in health treatment and outcomes through research, experimentation and education. We seek to nurture a more diverse generation of medical professionals, trained to take on the damaging effects of chronic diseases in America’s underserved communities.

See our health equity and scholars programs

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Putting innovation to work for the vulnerable

Innovation – whether breakthrough concepts or advanced technologies – can dramatically improve health in low-income communities and among minority populations. The Foundation is working with national partners to accelerate innovation and reach people where they live, work and play. Through a unique funding program we are challenging potential grantees to put technology to work to reverse negative health trends.

Learn about our vision for innovation as empowerment

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