Cigna (NYSE: CI) has designated Maria Borrero, founding director of the Hispanic Health Council (HHC), its third GO YOU Award nominee. The nomination comes with a Cigna Foundation grant of $20,000 for the charity.
“I’m so proud of what the Hispanic Health Council – my baby – has accomplished over the years, but health disparities remain, so the work continues,” Borrero said. “It’s gratifying to know that Cigna recognizes this and supports the Council’s mission to improve the health and well-being of Latinos and other diverse communities. I’m honored to be a GO YOU designee and I’m thrilled that the grant will help the Council continue to address these issues.”Today, the Council helps by identifying disparity-related problems and solutions, developing and evaluating services designed to achieve those solutions, policy advocacy to address disparities at the systems level, and cross cultural training of service providers to address health care disparities. “Maria put forth a vision when she helped start the Hispanic Health Council and became its first director. She wanted to level the field so Latinos have quality access to the same levels of health care services others enjoy,” said Jose Ortiz, current President and CEO of the Hispanic Health Council. “Cigna's generous grant will help us continue with our existing programs and further our mission.” The GO YOU Award recognizes exemplary people who have harnessed the power of the individual to create or grow nonprofit organizations that contribute to personal, family and community health. The award is an extension of Cigna's focus on encouraging people to be true to themselves and meeting their individual needs. Nominations are made four times a year, with the annual GO YOU Award recipient to be voted on by Cigna employees from among the four nominees. Because of this recognition, the Hispanic Health Council is eligible to receive the additional $50,000 Cigna Foundation grant to be given to the highest vote-getter – the annual GO YOU Award winner. To determine who will receive a GO YOU Award nomination, a panel consisting of Cigna Foundation officers and others within the company with expertise in the field of health-related philanthropy selects finalists based on recommendations from both internal and external sources. The panel considers both the personal story of the potential individual recipient and the effectiveness of their nonprofit organization.