Tacoma Community House has been awarded a $20,000 grant after being named a winner of the 2019 Voices of Health Competition. The competition, sponsored by Aetna, a CVS Health company, celebrates the work of grassroots nonprofits that address social determinants of health in their communities.

According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, social determinants of health emphasize environmental factors like education, resource availability, social support, and language and literacy — indicators that Tacoma Community House supports through its multi-faceted programming. The organization’s education, employment, immigration, and advocacy services reach approximately 3,500 immigrants and community members each year.

Of more than 102 organizations that competed for grants, Tacoma Community House won out thanks to its successful online voting campaign. Over $410,000 in grants were awarded to nonprofits across the country. King County’s YouthCare was also named a winner.

As Floyd Green, vice president of Aetna Community Affairs, stated in a press release, 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.” The grant will help Tacoma Community House further its mission to create opportunities for Pierce County’s immigrants and community members.

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