Cerner is devoted to improving the quality of life for everyone we serve. We seek to enhance communities through the development of healthy and educated individuals. To do this, we also promote entrepreneurial and innovative environments in which our associates, clients, and partners can work to improve the world we live in.
True to our corporate mission, we seek to develop the communities where our associates live and work, so that individuals have access to the tools they need to be educated, healthy and productive. Listed below are priority funding areas for our community initiatives.
A keen knowledge of personal health and the factors that affect it is vital to improving medical conditions that plague individuals across the globe. By combining knowledge with prevention and early detection of chronic conditions, we believe there is true potential to achieve reformed healthcare. Additionally, we believe in advancing the health of our associates so look to invest in clinical areas and programming with high associate impact.
In 1995, Cerner founded the First Hand Foundation to directly fund health-related needs for individual children when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Serving as the primary philanthropic organization supported by Cerner and its associates, company funding (as well as investment income) covers all administrative costs of the foundation. This allows 100 percent of donations from associates and private donors to directly impact the health of a child.
To date, First Hand has impacted more than 164,000 lives in 83 different countries. More than $21 million has been distributed since First Hand’s inception. For more information, please visit the First Hand Foundation website.
Cerner invests in the education of tomorrow’s technical workforce. We believe in building 21st century skills through real-world student learning. Each year, Cerner supports students from all over the Kansas City area through our K-12 and university partnerships and programs. Associates also lend their time to job shadow programs, educational externships, mentoring and more. For more information on Cerner's student programs, please read the Student Development section on Cerner Careers.
Cerner operates today with the same entrepreneurial spirit we had in 1979, when the company was formed. Our founders and associates value entrepreneurism and how to develop it in the areas of life sciences, technology, innovation and scientific research.
Cerner also believes in the future of our business and that of our community peers. We support organizations that promote business and economic development in their respective community. Cerner is a proud member of the Missouri, Kansas and Greater Kansas City Chambers of Commerce. We also lend our support to local development councils and life sciences institutes.
When reviewing requests for support, priority is given to non-profit organizations that establish new or continue existing programs that result in measurable impact to the community.
From the beginning, we have innovated at the intersection of health care and information technology. Our mission remains to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities.
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