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C-TAC Awarded a Cigna Foundation World of Difference Grant to Address Health Disparities in African American Faith Communities

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) Awarded a Cigna Foundation World of Difference Grant to Address Health Disparities in African American Faith Communities

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2016 — The Cigna Foundation awarded the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) a $320,000 World of Difference grant to empower African American faith leaders and their communities to design and implement person-centered care programs to support family caregivers.Many African Americans experience multiple serious health conditions, inadequate access to medical and social services, and have a longstanding mistrust of the healthcare system.  In order to address these health disparities, C-TAC will build networks of faith-based organizations and health systems in Richmond (VA), Washington (DC), and Baltimore (MD) committed to transform advanced illness care.

These partnerships offer the opportunity to ensure that cultural and spiritual values, needs, and existing resources and knowledge — rather than clinical protocol alone — inform new models of care delivery. These networks will work to:

  • Understand caregivers’ challenges, knowledge gaps, and information resources through a national baseline, regional workshops, and key stakeholder interviews
  • Engage trusted partners in faith communities
  • Support caregivers and their communities through academic and health system partnerships
  • Empower and spread community-designed care models
The grant will ultimately help identify community-led and culturally-sensitive faith-based approaches for vulnerable populations living with advanced illness that can be assessed for effectiveness in future pilots and adapted more broadly.“C-TAC is honored to receive this impactful and prestigious award from the Cigna Foundation.  It provides us with the opportunity to empower communities to drive meaningful change in health care delivery.” said Rev. Dr. Tyrone Pitts, Co-Chair of the Interfaith and Diversity Workgroup for C-TAC. “It is our hope that this focus on support of faith communities and their role in helping those with advanced illness will provide the insights necessary to sustain successful partnerships that improve care for some of the most vulnerable among us.”

“We’ve very excited about working with C-TAC to understand how to better support caregivers and design community health navigation to meet the needs of underserved families,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation. “Cigna and C-TAC are committed to a shared vision where communities lead the design of practical, sustainable, community-driven solutions for their sickest and most vulnerable.”

“This grant from the Cigna Foundation will help us accelerate the critically important community work that C-TAC has been conducting from the very beginning,” said Jon Broyles, C-TAC Executive Director. “We are grateful for Cigna’s partnership.  Together we’ll ensure that the values and voices of family caregivers and those they tirelessly serve are heard and honored.”

About C-TAC

C-TAC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition comprised of over 140 national organizations including patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers that share a common vision of improving advanced illness care for all Americans. The Coalition works to ensure that all those with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.

About the Cigna Foundation

The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 90 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

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