The United Health Foundation has committed a total of $5 million to the CDC Foundation, Direct Relief and the American Nurses Foundation to support the nation’s health care workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation is part of UnitedHealth Group’s initial $60 million commitment to fight COVID-19 and support heavily impacted populations, including health care workers, seniors, hard hit communities and people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.
“Health care workers are on the leading edge of this pandemic, selflessly caring for patients in need while putting themselves in harm’s way day in and day out,” said Dr. Richard Migliori, chief medical officer, UnitedHealth Group. “Working with outstanding national partners like the CDC Foundation, Direct Relief and the American Nurses Foundation will help to ensure we are caring for those who care for us by meeting the clinical, emotional and mental health needs of these frontline heroes.”
The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do more, faster by forging partnerships between the CDC and others to fight threats to health and safety. The United Health Foundation’s $2 million pledge will support the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as hundreds of thousands of KN95 masks, more than 100,000 surgical masks and tens of thousands of surgical gowns, to disperse to hard-hit states across the nation.
Direct Relief is a humanitarian organization committed to improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. The United Health Foundation’s $2 million pledge will support the acquisition of PPE and supplies for frontline health care workers providing care at community health centers, free clinics and mobile clinics across the United States.
American Nurses Foundation — the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association — supports research, education and scholarships that improve health, wellness and patient care. The United Health Foundation’s $1 million pledge will support the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses to help build a virtual support system that promotes mental well-being and resilience and recognize nurses’ contributions to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation.
UnitedHealth Group and its UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses are leveraging their full capabilities to fight COVID-19 and support impacted communities. Initiatives announced to date include: