News Release

Medica Makes $500,000 in Contributions to Organizations that Address Social Determinants of Health in Nebraska

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OMAHA--Medica has provided $500,000 in funding to support Nebraska organizations throughout the state that address social issues that impact the health of people with low incomes. The funding is in addition to the approximately $2 million in support provided by Medica for Nebraska nonprofit health organizations since 2018.

The funding falls into six categories:

  • Child/Maternal Health
  • Education/Workforce Development
  • Health Equity
  • Foster Youth
  • Health & Housing
  • Tribal Organizations

"Medica made a commitment to be a part of the Nebraska community when we began making health coverage available in the state in 2016,” said Patrick Bourne, vice president and market leader for Nebraska. "That commitment runs deep and it includes all Nebraskans. Our contributions will address underlying causes that impact health and make health care more accessible to people who need it most."

Some examples of organizations receiving Medica's support include:

  • Healthy Housing Omaha, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the health and safety of children and families by improving homes in the Omaha community. Its programs include AIR, which provides free supplies and case management for families aimed at reducing asthma triggers in the home; CHEER, a no-cost construction program for families at our below 80 percent of the area median income who have health and safety hazards in their home; GLEE, which provides community events and trainings focused on indoor environmental issues, indoor air quality, toxic chemical safety and healthy housing. "Without generous giving from organizations like Medica, Project AIR would not be able to continue providing critical supplies and education to reduce asthma triggers in homes of children,” said Kiernan Scott, Executive Director of Healthy Housing Omaha. “The many families Project AIR serves are the most at risk for housing instability, high unexpected medical costs, and missed school and work days. In partnership with Medica, Healthy Housing Omaha is able to work towards our vision of a healthy home for every child."
  • Santee Health & Wellness Center, a tribal organization that operates the Little Moccasin Program. The program incorporates cultural traditions into community outreach efforts focused on prenatal and postpartum education to support young families. Parents gain knowledge and skills to promote healthy development and positive lifestyles for themselves and their children. "Little Moccasins is very thankful for the Medica funding; these funds will impact 68 postpartum clients and 20 prenatal clients,” said Jodi Henry, Little Moccasins Director at Santee Health Center. “Infant car seats will be purchased along with other necessities such as diapers and breastfeeding supplies."
  • Latino Center of the Midlands. A community center where everyone is welcome. For the past 50 years, the Latino Center of the Midlands has been dedicated to building a stronger, more engaged Latino Community in Omaha, Nebraska. It strengthens Omaha’s bilingual and Latino community through its programs Workforce Education and Innovation; Pathways to Success; and Family and Community Well-Being. Through these programs members of the community are provided with the tools necessary to live a healthy, self-sufficient, and fulfilling life.

The full list of organizations that received the funding is included at the end of the news release.

Medica Grants

In addition to the $500,000 in contributions in 2022, Medica has provided around $2 million in grants to local nonprofits including OneWorld Community Health Center, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Project Harmony, HopeSpoke, and Region 3 Behavioral Health Services, since 2018.

About Medica in Nebraska

Medica health insurance covers about 130,000 lives in Nebraska. Its full-service Omaha office comprises employees who are all natives of the state and are very active in their communities. They work in community advocacy, sales, client services, information technology and network management.

Organizations Receiving Financial Contributions from Medica in 2022

Organization

CHI Healthy Communities, Maternal Health Equity/Doula Program

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$8,530.00

Organization

Latino Center of the Midlands

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$15,000.00

Organization

Omaha Better Birth Project

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$5,000.00

Organization

I Be Black Girl

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$20,000.00

Organization

CEDARS Youth Intervention

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$25,000.00

Organization

Hope Harbor

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$5,000.00

Organization

Mid NE Community Action Partnership

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$5,000.00

Organization

Sarpy County Teen Court

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$5,000.00

Organization

Multicultural Coalition - GI

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$5,000.00

Organization

Matt Talbott Kitchen

Grant Category

Health Equity

Contribution

$5,000.00

Organization

Bryan College of Health Sciences -
Pathways Program at Northwest HS in Lincoln

Grant Category

Education / Workforce Development

Contribution

$15,000.00

Organization

RISE

Grant Category

Education / Workforce Development

Contribution

$20,000.00

Organization

NHCA Pilot

Grant Category

Education / Workforce Development

Contribution

$50,000.00

Organization

The HUB

Grant Category

Education / Workforce Development

Contribution

$10,000.00

Organization

CHI Healthy Communities, Maternal Health Equity/Doula Program

Grant Category

Child / Maternal Health

Contribution

$100,000.00

Organization

Project Everlast (NE Children and Families Foundation)

Grant Category

Foster Youth

Contribution

$15,000.00

Organization

Foster Care Closet

Grant Category

Foster Youth

Contribution

$ 25,000.00

Organization

Children's Hospital Foster Care Clinic

Grant Category

Foster Youth

Contribution

$50,000.00

Organization

Healthy Housing Omaha (asthma, lead mitigation)

Grant Category

Health + Housing

Contribution

$15,000.00

Organization

Life House Shelter

Grant Category

Health + Housing

Contribution

$15,000.00

Organization

The Connection

Grant Category

Health + Housing

Contribution

$10,000.00

Organization

Yes (Youth Emergence Services)

Grant Category

Health + Housing

Contribution

$25,000.00

Organization

Ponca Hills Health & Wellness (No Reservation, Norfolk)

Grant Category

Tribal Organizations

Contribution

$25,000.00

Organization

Santee Sioux Health Center (Santee Tribes, Niobrara)

Grant Category

Tribal Organizations

Contribution

$25,000.00

TOTAL $498,530.00

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