Funding community organizations focused on serving underserved communities by expanding access to care and addressing the social determinants of health
UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, has awarded $500,000 in grants to community-based organizations in Missouri to expand access to care, support maternal and child health and address the social determinants of health for individuals and underserved communities.
"We're honored to be supporting local organizations that offer essential resources to address social and economic factors that have a profound impact on people's health," said Jamie Bruce, chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Missouri. "These organizations play a vital role in providing greater access to care and essential services in high-risk and high-need communities throughout Missouri.”
Grant recipients in Missouri include:
“We are very grateful to have received this grant from UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Missouri to offer needed services and resources to individuals and families in our community,” said Brooks Miller, chief executive officer of Jordan Valley Community Health Center. “This grant enables us to further our shared mission of expanding access to care to Missourians in under-resourced communities.”
Good health encompasses more than visiting a doctor’s office. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, nearly 80% of what influences a person’s health relates to nonmedical issues, such as food, housing, transportation and the financial means to pay for basic daily needs. For so many, the global pandemic has caused additional social and economic challenges that continue to affect healthy behaviors and exacerbate health disparities.
These grants are part of several initiatives that UnitedHealthcare, along with its parent company UnitedHealth Group, have launched to address health equity and maternal health outcomes throughout the United States. Initiatives include $14 million in recent philanthropic grants to support maternal health and $2.85 million in support to March of Dimes for a public-private partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services that aims to reduce the Black-white disparity gap and improve maternal health outcomes. The company is also investing in programs and partnerships focused on food, housing, transportation and social isolation, including $500 million for affordable housing in underserved areas and $80 million to fight the pandemic and support vulnerable minority populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.