UnitedHealth Group quickly recognized that COVID-19 could have a potentially devasting impact on the most vulnerable populations, especially older adults and those who are immunocompromised or have an underlying chronic health condition. The pandemic and resulting economic fallout have also had a significant impact on those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. By collaborating with national and local nonprofits, UnitedHealth Group and the United Health Foundation spearheaded a multifaceted effort to help support the most vulnerable in our communities.
Through our STOP COVID effort, we have supported communities that are vulnerable and at a higher risk. STOP COVID connected participants with ongoing community supports and health educational resources. The program also provided food boxes and COVID-19 health and safety kits (containing paper goods, hand sanitizer, face masks and rubber gloves) to community members in need. STOP COVID deepened existing partnerships with federally qualified health centers, community-based organizations and faith-based organizations to increase access to testing and vaccination services.
We launched a partnership with AARP Foundation to support individuals experiencing social isolation and food insecurity.
We assisted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with a $6B initiative to cover uninsured individuals affected by COVID-19.
We provided $10 million to partners in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Ireland, Peru, Philippines and Portugal to support health care workers, older adults and people experiencing food insecurity or homelessness, while also expanding access to care in underserved communities.