Tackling social determinants of health in a large, urban population

Humana Medicare Advantage members in Chicago saw a 1.5 percent reduction in unhealthy days in 2018. As one of Humana’s newest Bold Goal communities, they teamed up with JenCare, AgeOptions Area Agency on Aging and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to tackle barriers to health—such as food insecurity and lack of transportation—in Chicago’s older adult population.

Chicago at a glance

Our focus

  • Food insecurity

Barriers to Health

  • Access to affordable and nutritious food
  • Food deserts
  • Nutrition literacy
  • Transportation


  • Illinois Public Health Institute
  • Alliance for Health Equity - Food Security & Food Access Workgroup
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository - Older Adult Research Project
  • DCASE - Chicago City Markets
  • AgeOptions Area Agency on Aging
  • 1.5%

    reduction in unhealthy days

  • 1 in 6

    people are food insecure in Chicago

  • 11.7%

    of Chicago's residents are 65 or older