"Whether it's caring for patients, community engagement and advocacy, job creation, environmental stewardship or any of a number of other community interactions, we aim to do more. As my mother once put it, we strive to be an 'exemplary organization."
- J. Mario Molina, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer
Painting a Healthier World
Molina Healthcare is the proud sponsor of this mural project, which beautified an inner city neighborhood in Long Beach by converting the blank walls outside of a Molina Medical clinic into public art. The mural's theme incorporates healthy family living and also reflects the rich diversity of the Long Beach community. The artwork was completed under the direction of mural artist Gregory Navarro Pickens over the course of several weekends with the help of dozens of local elementary and high school students, as well as Molina Healthcare employees.
The Molina HOPE corporate giving program provides micro-grants directly to community partners that share our mission: caring for the underserved. Since the inception of Molina HOPE, we have invested more than two million dollars in local communities. This year, for example, Molina Corporate funded National Hispanic Health Foundation scholarships and Molina Healthcare of California helped fund scholarships at Western University of Health Sciences. Molina Healthcare’s state health plans also make monetary and supply donations to a variety of community-based organizations throughout the year.
To build partnerships in the communities that we serve, Molina Healthcare created the Community Champions Awards. We partner with community based-organizations to honor the unsung heroes in our neighborhoods. Every day heroes -- volunteers, health professionals and advocates -- who demonstrate selfless dedication to improving the quality of life in the communities are nominated for a Community Champions award. They are honored with the Dr. C. David Molina trophy at a recognition awards dinner and each champion receives a grant of $1,000 to pay it forward to an organization of his or her choice. In the last two years alone, the program has recognized 122 champions in seven states, distributing $122,000 in grants.
Molina Healthcare's volunteer program, Helping Hands, provides employees with opportunities to invest time and energy in local charitable activities. For example, Molina employees in Long Beach serve food to the homeless the first Wednesday evening of every month, Texas employees helped coordinate the delivery of donated items as part of the Hurricane Ike relief effort, and employees in New Mexico and Florida helped Habitat for Humanity build homes.
Partnership for Healthy Living is a program co-sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach, California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and Molina Healthcare. To promote healthy living, physical activity and education, the three organizations work together to bring members of the Boys & Girls Club to one of several sporting events at CSULB each month. For some of the youngsters, this may be their first chance to attend a college athletic event. Events range from men's and women's basketball to baseball and water polo. In addition to game tickets, the Partnership provides the teens with t-shirts, game promotional items and a healthy meal specially developed by the CSULB dietitian and Molina Healthcare. Before each game, a CSULB student athlete meets with the youngsters and tours the CSULB Pyramid with them answering questions and stressing the importance of staying in school.
A few examples of the many programs we've put in place to conserve resources and reduce our impact on the environment include:
Ride Share Programs - We provide incentives for employees who ride the bus or rail, carpool, bike or walk to work.
Environmentally sound facilities - Molina Healthcare has completed construction on a 26,000-square-foot IT center in New Mexico that will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certified for environmental friendliness. In addition, the building just received an Award of Excellence in the Commercial Electrical category from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana.
Recycling and conservation - Our recycling programs keep waste out of landfills while we also explore new processes (such as our Managed Print program) that reduce the amount of resources we consume in the first place.
Molina employees, led by chief financial officer John Molina, took to the streets of Long Beach, California to encourage employees to bike to work and to raise awareness about alternatives to the ordinary commute by automobile.
Molina Healthcare recently launched a friendly competition to encourage physical activity and raise employee awareness about healthy living. The 10,000 Steps program was rolled out to employees at our corporate offices and at our health plans nationwide. All employees received a free t-shirt and a pedometer to help them track their steps. In addition, local walks during work hours and health fairs were also offered.