Proposed network resource groups initiatives 2012 (1)

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Proposed network resource groups initiatives 2012 (1)

  1. 1. PROPOSED NETWORK RESOURCE GROUPS INITIATIVES:NRGs and Mocha Wellness:In my recent interview with Brian Foye, we discussed Spelman College’s approachto diversifying the Spelman Woman. Spelman’s approach was simple yet impactful;along with receiving college credit for classes and convocation, we received creditfor attending Inclusion & Tolerance seminars. Three sessions I attended andreceived credit for are: 1. “As-Salāmu `Alaykum.” This seminar on Islam was guided by our student and staff Islamic population. We learned the history of Islam, differences in denominations, and worship practices. 2. “A Day in Buddhism.” On this day, we started with yoga then spanned to learning the history linking Hinduism and Buddhism to learning the roles of monks. 3. “Breaking down Barriers.” The class of 2003 participated in this on-going initiative to break down barriers that Blacks do not go to therapists. Once a semester, we scheduled time to speak with a counselor on campus. This was not seen as a fix, but it was seen as a first step in letting students know that speaking with a counselor does not always mean “airing dirty laundry.”
  2. 2. So how can we apply this to Humana Inc.?At Humana Inc., we have a great opportunity to encourage growth using Wellnessas our platform. Associates are encouraged to sign up for Wellness programs forpoints. These points translate to dollars that associates can request throughout theyear and as points are earned.Associates can receive points for everything from watching a webcast, participatingin surveys, to participating in Health Coaching Campaigns. 2|Page
  3. 3. (*Note: This reflects 2012 and is not indicative of my participation for previous years.)What if we added our Network Resource Groups (NRGs) to this formula? Just asthere is a section for “Additional Wellness Credits,” we could add in a section torecognize NRG events focusing on security, purpose, health, and/or belonging.This would not mandate that associates attend, but it would definitely peak interestto those who are interested in 1) earning more points and 2) learning about NRGs. 3|Page
  4. 4. Expanding CommunidadHumana (Hispanic Network ResourceGroup):My Dream for CommunidadHumana is two-fold. This dream includes:1. CommunidadHumana participating as volunteers in a College Fair focusing on our local Hispanic Community. Regarding organizing a College Fair, I have recently begun having conversations with Madeleine G. Arritola about how we can expand CommunidadHumana’s presence in the local Hispanic community. As a graduate of Spelman College, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), I have the privilege to speak on HBCU College panels yearly. One year, I stressed the importance of supporting HBCUs and HACUs because a lot of the schools have dwindling budgets. While explaining the difference in HBCUs and HACUs, I saw approximately thirty Hispanic kids’ eyes widen with curiosity. They had not heard of HACUs before! This group of kids approached me after the panel discussion ended and they had many questions. Their curiosity excited and saddened me simultaneously. I knew they would research HACUs because I mentioned it, but how many local Hispanic students did I miss? I am currently organizing a College Fair with Americana Community Center targeting local Hispanic high-school-aged children. My target to host this event is Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th) and I believe this would be a great event for CommunidadHumana to lend volunteers. 4|Page
  5. 5. Not only are Hispanics the fastest growing minority in the United States, but Hispanics also have a Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)/Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) which are largely underrepresented at College Fairs or in College Recruitment.2. Raising awareness of Local and National Hispanic empowerment initiatives especially during Hispanic Heritage Month: We have partnerships with some of the organizations listed below, but there are also organizations that we have not touted as much. These include: a. U of L Latin American and Latino Studies Program b. NALFO (National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations) is an umbrella council for fourteen Latino Greek Letter Organizations. c. Hispanic Latino Business Council (http://www.greaterlouisville.com/hlbc/join.asp) d. National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) e. Eventually including Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)/Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Humana’s Infusion program. 5|Page

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