UnitedHealth Group announced it is supporting the “Million Hearts Initiative,” a public/private partnership whose goal is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.
Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this partnership will unite key stakeholders throughout the health care system in an effort to prevent the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, facilitate timely diagnosis, and enhance the quality of clinical interventions, all of which will help improve the nation’s health.
As part of its commitment to the initiative, United Health Foundation is awarding a three-year, $2.8 million grant to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to fund its “For Youth By Youth” program. The grant will recruit and train student anti-tobacco advocates in at least 20 states who will work with their peers to help achieve the goal of reducing the youth smoking rate from 20 percent to 15 percent by 2015, which is a reduction of nearly 900,000 youth smokers. Peer-to-peer anti-smoking outreach has proved effective in helping young people avoid tobacco addiction.
UnitedHealth Group’s engagement in the Million Hearts Initiative complements its long commitment to fighting cardiovascular disease. Through its UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses, UnitedHealth Group has developed aggressive and integrated cardiovascular disease prevention and clinical performance improvement programs to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and help keep people healthy.
“We at UnitedHealth Group appreciate the goals of the Million Hearts Initiative and recognize its importance to improving the health of the nation,” said Reed Tuckson, M.D., executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group. “We remain committed to continuously innovating in the fight against cardiovascular disease, and this initiative is an exciting opportunity to partner with public and private stakeholders and achieve even greater success for all Americans.”
In addition to the United Health Foundation grant to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Foundation will:
UnitedHealth Group will:
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide. Visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com for more information.
About United Health Foundation
Guided by a passion to help people live healthier lives, United Health Foundation provides helpful information to support decisions that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. The Foundation also supports activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being of communities. Since established by UnitedHealth Group [NYSE: UNH] in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation, the Foundation has committed more than $187 million to improve health and health care. For more information, visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.