“The projects and programs supported today will make a big difference in the lives of thousands of Oklahomans and help the state’s residents achieve better health and wellness.”
– Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt
To help increase access to health care, improve health outcomes and support communities across Oklahoma, UnitedHealth Group, including the United Health Foundation and UnitedHealthcare, is donating $4.5 million to seven nonprofit organizations dedicated to meeting the urgent health needs of underserved residents and addressing health disparities.
“It has been and remains my goal to improve health outcomes in the state, especially among our most vulnerable populations,” said Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. “I’m grateful for UnitedHealth Group’s generous contributions to the Oklahoma-based organizations focused on these efforts. The projects and programs supported today will make a big difference in the lives of thousands of Oklahomans and help the state’s residents achieve better health and wellness.”
The seven community organizations awarded grants to advance health equity in Oklahoma are:
Indian Health Care Resource Center
Based in Tulsa: $1.8 million from the United Health Foundation to develop a comprehensive, culturally competent program that provides medical and behavioral health care, physical activity, medical social work, and health education for older Native American adults and their caregivers.
Health Alliance for the Uninsured
Based in Oklahoma City: $1.8 million from the United Health Foundation to integrate new behavioral health assessments, monitoring, interventions and staff training designed to improve health outcomes for uninsured and underinsured individuals with diabetes at 20 free/charitable clinics across the state.
Life Senior Services
Based in Tulsa: $200,000 from UnitedHealthcare to help fund the organization’s “Active Senior Center” programming that will include virtual and in-person fitness and nutrition classes and a variety of social activities such as walking groups.
The University of Oklahoma Foundation/Hope Research Center
Based in Tulsa: $120,000 from UnitedHealthcare to expand the center’s evidence-based training program to several health organizations that educate trainees on how to respond to the needs of trauma survivors.
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Based in Tulsa: $140,000 from UnitedHealthcare to expand the food bank’s campus and school-based pantry program to 10 additional schools and colleges in rural, underserved communities so food insecure students and their families will have regular access to healthy food.
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Based in Oklahoma City: $180,000 from UnitedHealthcare to support the expansion of the “Healthy Living Pantry Box” program at 10 hospitals and clinics. The program aims to reduce hospitalizations by providing a box of healthy food to patients being discharged who are screened as food insecure. Funds will also support staffing for a coordinator to handle increased demand for the organization’s “Food for Seniors” programs and services.
"UnitedHealth Group is grateful for the opportunity to support organizations dedicated to helping Oklahomans live healthier lives. These partnerships have been created to advance health equity, and to make a real and immediate impact.”
Timothy Spilker Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Advancing Health Equity
Stemming from our long-standing belief that all individuals should have access to high-quality, affordable health care that meets their unique health needs, UnitedHealth Group is deeply committed to advancing health equity by addressing health disparities and social determinants of health. Our commitment to Oklahoma is one of many ways we are working to build healthier communities — leveraging our expertise, experience and resources to improve outcomes and help create a modern, high-performing health system.