CIGNA donates to Memphis to support COVID-19 testing in underserved communities

CIGNA donates to Memphis to support COVID-19 testing in underserved communities
The donation will also fund masks, gloves and other equipment.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Cigna today announced the company is donating $75,000 to the City of Memphis to support COVID-19 testing for the most vulnerable and underserved communities in the area.

This includes the underinsured, uninsured and homeless, according to a press release.

The donation will also fund masks, gloves and other equipment.

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From the press release:

“As we move forward, it’s critical to have appropriate PPE to quickly test and box in the virus,” said Mayor Jim Strickland, City of Memphis. “We’re so grateful to have partners like Cigna to step in and help keep our citizens safe.”

The Cigna donation will be managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and utilized by health care organizations responsible for ensuring access and equity in COVID-19 testing and response.

“The health care partners that have come together to coordinate services and provide accessible, free COVID-19 testing rely on financial support like this,” says Jenny Bartlett-Prescott, COO, Church Health, who also leads community COVID-19 testing in Shelby County. “This investment from Cigna enables us to immediately respond and sustain services during an ever-changing situation that impacts every part of Shelby County.”

In May, the company donated $20,000 to the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South to support emergency food services for Shelby County students.