At UnitedHealth Group, we combine our knowledge, experience and compassion – as a company and as individuals – to support the communities where we live and work.
Through our businesses and foundations, our social responsibility efforts seek to build healthier communities by improving health care access, affordability, experiences and outcomes. We do this through philanthropic grants, in-kind contributions and disaster relief efforts, and by supporting our employees who contribute their resources and volunteer their time to important causes around the world.
Our philanthropic giving and charitable commitments are overseen by the UnitedHealth Group Office of Social Responsibility and delivered by UnitedHealth Group, Optum, UnitedHealthcare and our charitable organizations, the United Health Foundation and the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.
Our social responsibility strategy is guided by core areas of focus including expanding access to care, building and shaping the health workforce and using data for good.
Expanding access to care in local communities promotes wellness, improves disease prevention efforts and helps people manage their chronic disease. Greater access to care also helps advance health equity by reducing disparities and addressing the determinants of health.
In 2020, we continued our long-standing investment in affordable housing by committing $100 million to develop more than 1,000 new homes for seniors and families, all with connections to health and wellness services and social supports. We are also measuring the impact of connecting affordable housing with health services on residents’ health and well-being.
We have awarded $14 million to connect at-risk individuals to high-quality care through telehealth, mobile medical units, home visits and school-based care programs in multiple communities.
Building and shaping a health workforce that can meet the needs of patients and the health system broadly helps improve access to care and creates a better patient experience.
The United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative is working to cultivate a diverse health workforce that reflects society by increasing the number of primary care health providers equipped to deliver more personalized, culturally competent care. Through this initiative, we provide undergraduate-, graduate- and doctorate-level scholarships to students who are pursuing a degree that will lead to a career as a primary care health professional and who indicate a commitment to working in underserved communities or community health centers.
Using data to inform health care advancements is helping the health system work better by producing insights on the nation’s health.
America’s Health Rankings (AHR) is the longest running state-by-state analysis of the nation’s health, evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings.
We regularly release data that provides an objective measurement of each state’s strengths and areas of opportunity and important insights into health differences among populations, including adults age 65 and over, women of reproductive age, infants and children and those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
We partner with leading public health experts, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations to amplify the impact of America’s Health Rankings. For example, since 2016, we have partnered with the Military Officers Association of America, the nation’s largest association of military officers, to produce a national portrait on the health and well-being of those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. This distinctive body of research has been used by policy-makers to, among other purposes, help improve the health of women veterans and active-duty service members.
UnitedHealth Group provides distinctive giving experiences for all of our team members to give back to the communities where they work and live, across the nation and around the world, through charitable donations and volunteering.
During a difficult year for the Twin Cities in Minnesota following the murder of George Floyd, we were committed to ongoing efforts to rebuild parts of the community damaged by the civil unrest. We are grateful to our employees who have volunteered their time and worked with community leaders to support rebuilding efforts.
Employee giving is enabled through our year-round United for Giving program. We support our employees and the causes they are most passionate about by matching their contributions – dollar for dollar – to the nonprofit of their choice.
Employee volunteering is a unique feature of our United for Giving program. We encourage, support and reward employee community volunteer service by awarding employees who volunteer 30 hours per year with a $500 grant to the nonprofit of their choice.
Our employee assistance fund provides an opportunity for our team members to show compassion and provide support to their fellow colleagues during times of need.
In July 2020, we launched United for Each Other – our employee assistance fund – allowing employees to donate to colleagues impacted by natural disasters and qualifying catastrophic events, including Hurricanes Sally, Laura, Hanna and Isaias, and wildfires on the West Coast. The program is funded primarily by employee donations from across the company.