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Aetna Better Health Supports Bridges Out of Poverty

Stroudsburg, PA - Pocono Alliance received $25,000 from Aetna for the Bridges Out of Poverty initiative.
Since the program began in 2012, Bridges Out of Poverty has worked with more than 200 clients who are in or near poverty as they take steps toward greater stability. Based on a model used nation-wide, Bridges Out of Poverty is a breakthrough approach to ending the cycle of poverty. Participants identify the causes of poverty, the hidden rules of economic class, and the resources needed for a better quality of life. Pocono Alliance staff then helps them make plans and accomplish their goals as they move from poverty to self-sufficiency. “Program participants called “investigators” show a 56% increase in monthly income; 46% decrease in monthly debts and 37% decrease in public benefits.” “We want to thank Aetna Better Health for their support of Bridges Out of Poverty and helping us empower families to improve their lives,” said Pocono Alliance Executive Director Michael Tukeva. “Aetna is happy to support Pocono Alliance,” said Jason Rottman, CEO of Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania. “We know that programs like Bridges Out of Poverty help create stronger, healthier communities, and that is good for us all.” Pocono Alliance is a community-driven organization that advocates for positive and collective community change and empowers people to improve their lives. Pocono Alliance’s vision is a self-sufficient, thriving community that values equal opportunity, mutual respect and dedication to one another. For more information on the Bridges Out of Poverty initiative, call 570-517-3953, visit or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.