ArtsQuest is one of 34 organizations selected to participate in a nationwide campaign to promote accessible health care for everyone.
Health insurance company Aetna created the Voices of Health campaign in 2011 to honor organizations that work toward closing racial and ethnic health care quality gaps and helping people live healthier lives.
At the end of this year’s campaign, Aetna will donate $30,000 to the organization receiving the most online votes and $20,000 to the second-place finisher. With voting already under way, ArtsQuest sits in fifth place. Voting ends Oct. 14.
Each organization participating in Voices of Health is featured on Aetna’s Voices of Health website via a one-minute video and narrative telling its story.
On the ArtsQuest video, Jon Lunger, the organization’s marketing manager, talks about the neighborhood around the new SteelStacks campus, which he said is 63 percent minority and has 28 percent of its people living below the poverty line.
Lunger mentioned the weekly SteelStacks Farmers Market, which makes fresh produce available to neighborhood residents who do not have a supermarket within walking distance.
If ArtsQuest wins one of the grants, the organization would use the money to bring more free health screenings to the campus and partner with other non-profits for healthy living programming, Lunger said.
To vote for ArtsQuest in the contest, click on this link.