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Community Impact

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.

Health and wellness 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.

First Hand Foundation

Founded in 1995, Cerner's First Hand Foundation is dedicated to helping children, families and communities achieve their full health potential. Whether providing funding for children to receive care, conducting free wellness screenings in schools, or delivering an engaging health curriculum, First Hand is committed to changing lives and creating healthier communities for tomorrow.

First Hand serves as the primary philanthropic organization supported by Cerner associates, business partners and community members. Company funding covers administrative costs, allowing 100 percent of associate and private donor contributions to directly support the foundation's mission.

By building innovative models for healthier tomorrows and replicating those models globally, First Hand has changed the lives of more than 475,000 individuals in 93 countries. For more information, please visit the First Hand Foundation website.

Science, technology, engineering and math education

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.

Regional development emphasizing life sciences

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.

Philanthropic Priorities:

    Cerner community investment strategy is built on the following priorities:
  1. The strength of a community is directly impacted by the health of its individuals. A healthy population will drive the long term strength of a local economy.
  2. Today's technological advancements and changing business needs provide reason to review how we educate our children and future workforce. As the world evolves, so should education.
  3. Our founders and associates value entrepreneurism and its development in the areas of life sciences, technology, innovation and health care.
    Funding decisions are made based on alignment with our philanthropic priorities AND the following strategic priorities:
  • Partnerships should establish new or continue development of programs that results in systemic change and measurable outcomes.
  • Partnerships should promote health and wellness.
  • Partnerships should support Cerner volunteer engagement.
  • Partnerships should leverage technology and/or Cerner technical expertise.
  • Partnerships should, where possible, complement the work of First Hand Foundation.

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.

The following are excluded from funding:

  • Capital or construction purposes
  • Deficit funding or debt reduction of any kind
  • For-profit organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Individuals
  • Organizations that discriminate in conflict with Cerner’s Equal Opportunity policy
  • Overhead costs
  • Political activity or lobbying

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