Offering Students a Second Chance at Breakfast

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UnitedHealthcare partnered with GENYOUth, an organization that specializes in national initiatives that nurture healthy, high-achieving students and school communities, donating $100,000 for 10 schools in Minnesota. The funding supports grab-n-go carts, providing students with a chance to get breakfast.

Why it Matters: It’s often said that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” For students who don’t have an opportunity to grab breakfast before school, this program is helping them feel more engaged in the mornings, and teachers are witnessing an improvement in their learning. Based on similar programs GENYOUth implemented in other states, seven out of 10 students report performing better academically after having breakfast.

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PreCheck MyScript Helps Improve the Pharmacy Experience

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UnitedHealthcare's PreCheck MyScript offers physicians real-time information about available drug options, compares the exact out-of-pocket cost of each drug based specifically on their UnitedHealthcare patient’s pharmacy benefit plan and flags whether a pre-authorization is needed, all while the patient is still in the exam room.

Why it Matters: Nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, and more than a third of people over age 45 take three or more prescription drugs. And the costs can be substantial. The U.S. spends more than $300 billion on these drugs annually – about $1,000 per person.

Initial results show using PreCheck MyScript has led physicians to choose a different, oftentimes lower-cost, drug about 20 percent of the time when an alternative was offered. In fact, UnitedHealthcare data shows it’s helping save about $80 per patient on each prescription filled when an alternative is selected.

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HouseCalls Help Identify Health Concerns and Close Gaps in Care


UnitedHealthcare has now provided more than 5 million in-home clinical visits through its HouseCalls program, bringing potentially life-saving preventive care to people enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans in the convenience and privacy of their homes.

Why it Matters: HouseCalls health care practitioners gather important health information, including which preventive services have been received and which are still needed. HouseCalls visits are meant to support and not replace visits to the individual’s own doctor, and can help improve care coordination by sharing information and results for needed follow-up. UnitedHealthcare regularly hears from people whose lives have been profoundly affected by the HouseCalls program.

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Consumer Research Highlights the Needs of Medicaid Recipients

For many people who receive Medicaid, having health care coverage does not equate to getting health care services. In an effort to understand and bridge this gap, UnitedHealthcare went straight to the source: Medicaid recipients. A newly released, extensive report reveals that there isn’t a one size fits all solution for serving Medicaid recipients. Rather a variety of approaches should be developed that are informed by listening to the voices of the millions of Americans accessing Medicaid.

Five key takeaways from the report:

  • There’s no such thing as a “typical” Medicaid recipient.
  • Medicaid recipients feel stigmatized and labeled.
  • Social determinants of health matter.
  • Health literacy can also be a huge concern.

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Supporting Military Caregivers Through Technology: Connecting on the Homefront

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The United Health Foundation and Blue Star Families created the Military Caregiver Online Interactive Program, an online tool using avatar technology to create simulations and care scenarios for caregivers to problem-solve and address real-life challenges to care.

Why it Matters: There are an estimated 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers in the United States. In addition to their caregiving responsibilities, many military family members experience stressors unique to living a military lifestyle, and without appropriate support the role of a caregiver can feel overwhelming. Blue Star Families and UnitedHealth Group are using innovative technology solutions to help connect military and veteran caregivers with tools and resources while building new bridges for support and community.

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New Data – America's Health Rankings Health of Those Who Have Served Report

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The United Health Foundation has released the 2018 America's Health Rankings Health of Those Who Have Served Report, a check-up on the health and well-being of those who have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Why it Matters: Men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces face unique health challenges. The insights from this report are intended to help stimulate dialogue, spark cross-stakeholder collaboration and drive action to improve the lives of service members and veterans and the health of the communities where they live.

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A Program Dedicated to Create Diverse Health Workforces

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Maria Vormestrand, a student attending Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, North Dakota, is a participant in the United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative. She is on track to begin a long-awaited career in social work with an emphasis on substance abuse to help underserved individuals in her own community.

The Big Picture: According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, diversity in health workforces can lead to greater health care access, increased patient satisfaction and improved problem-solving skills. The Diverse Scholars Initiative aims to create a more diverse workforce and bring unique perspectives to the health care industry by providing grants to various minority scholarship organizations. In addition to financial aid, the initiative also provides scholars with mentors, internship programs and assistance in finding a professional career post-graduation. 

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Offering Help and Hope After Hurricane Michael

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, UnitedHealth Group partnered with Matrix Medical Network to deploy a mobile clinic to provide health care directly to people living in affected areas. The mobile clinic, staffed by WellMed and Optum clinicians, cared for 225 Hurricane Michael survivors in Panama City, Florida.

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New Program Prepares Students for Careers in Health Data Science

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The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the United Health Foundation have launched a $1.1 million partnership to train the next generation of health data experts. The partnership aims to address the growing need for a larger workforce of health data analysts and technologists.

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Accessing Health Care: The Role of a Community Health Worker

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With the aid of a $1.5 million grant from UnitedHealthcare, Daughters of Charity Health Centers in New Orleans has hired and trained a team of 15 community health workers to help guide vulnerable individuals through the health care system and connect them to the care and services they need.

Why it Matters:
In New Orleans, 26 percent of people live below the poverty line. Without resources like food, reliable transportation, stable housing or social connection, a person's health can be adversely impacted. Community health workers help remove these barriers to care and are projected to reach 3,750 people in the New Orleans area this year alone.

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Employees Reach Out to People Affected by Hurricane Florence

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The people of UnitedHealth Group, Optum and UnitedHealthcare are helping the residents of North Carolina and South Carolina recover and rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Despite the damage and loss of power to her home, Tashlyn Thomas, an Optum HouseCalls nurse practitioner, joined a team staffing one of UnitedHealthcare's mobile clinics.

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How 15 Individuals Are Helping to Improve the Health of Thousands in Missouri

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With the aid of a $1.5 million grant from UnitedHealthcare, Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Missouri has hired and trained a team of 15 community health workers to help guide vulnerable individuals through the health care system and connect them to the care and services they need.

Why it Matters: In the surrounding counties of Springfield, Missouri, 43 percent of people live below the federal poverty level. When people don't know if they can pay rent or put food on the table, getting proper health care is often not a top priority. Community health workers are projected to reach 6,000 people across Southwest Missouri this year alone.

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