Tacoma Community House Honored as the Aetna 2019 Voices of Health Winner for Pierce County

Dwayne Dabbs from Aetna presenting the award to Tim Close, Lauren Walker Lee, and Jordan Woolston of Tacoma Community House.

Aetna (recently) announced Tacoma Community House as the winner of the 2019 Voices of Health competition for Pierce County, WA.  Voices of Health is a celebration of grassroots non-profit organizations across the country that are working to address social determinants of health in their communities and includes a $20,000 prize.

The participating non-profits in Pierce County promote health and well-being by addressing a wide range of community issues such as childhood obesity, access to affordable prescriptions and health care services, and providing food to the homeless, to name a few. Five organizations launched online voting campaigns – soliciting votes via their social media channels as well as through other marketing strategies – to compete for a $20,000 prize, among other prizes.  Tacoma Community House beat out the other Pierce County organizations for the $20,000 top prize with 6,018 votes during the 4-week voting campaign.

“The purpose of this competition is to support local non-profits and their missions to improve health and well-being in our communities, who go above and beyond where they can, and the winners this year do just that,” said Floyd Green, vice president of Aetna Community Affairs. “We believe that addressing health concerns outside of the doctor’s office is crucial to overall health and well-being and the reason why these organizations are singled out for their achievements. We are proud of their efforts and congratulate them all.”

 “Tacoma Community House is honored to be the recipient of Aetna’s 2019 Voices of Health award for Pierce County, WA, said Lauren Walker Lee.”  TCH has proudly provided services to immigrants, refugees, and U.S. citizens for the past 109 years. While we are thrilled to receive this funding, we also salute our four other competing non-profit agencies, as they too provide invaluable services to our communities.

“The videos created by each non-profit are incredibly powerful. Each tells an insightful story,” said Green. “It’s a great reminder of how local grassroots organizations can and do have tremendous, positive social impact.”

The Voices of Health program is aligned with Destination: Health, a series of CVS Health business programs with an enhanced focus on helping people improve their health outside of a clinical setting.

Download the press release here.