Monday, February 23, 2009

Aetna Awards $150,000 to Northern California Nonprofits in 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., — Aetna and the Aetna Foundation in 2008 awarded community grants and sponsorships in Northern California totaling $150,000, with a focus on education and improving the lives of the underserved.

The contributions support Aetna's commitment to enhancing the quality of health care, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. In total, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation awarded more than $25 million nationally in 2008.

The six recipients of the community grants were:
• California Medical Association Foundation
• University of California-San Francisco Foundation
• Street Level Health Project
• Children's Hospital and Research Foundation
• American Cancer Society
• American Heart Association, East Bay Division

"Aetna is proud to support organizations in Northern California which are making great strides in targeting health care issues that affect our communities, said Curtis Terry, region head for Aetna in California. "As a responsible corporate citizen, we recognize our obligation to help address these critical needs."

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 employees and customers work and live.

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.2 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans.

These donations represent a diversity of organizations, including those that benefit health and education. Aetna and its foundation have a good track record of supporting the communities it serves.

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