Every mom deserves the highest-quality prenatal care. But many underserved pregnant women don’t have access to the care they need.
The United Health Foundation has committed to help with a $2.6 million grant to Touro University Nevada (Touro). The three-year partnership will improve access to high-quality prenatal care for approximately 1,700 underserved and homeless women in southern Nevada.
Funding will also be applied to initiatives that reduce maternal health disparities and grow the state’s OB-GYN and family medicine physician workforce.
How the Partnership Works
Touro will bring free prenatal screening and care to Nevada moms using its Mobile Healthcare Clinic equipped with hand-held ultrasound devices and staffed by Touro physicians, nurses and medical students.
Funding will support medical student training, including the development of new medical school curriculum to provide hands-on prenatal care education and support to all first-year medical students.
“Nevada clearly needs more providers who specialize in women’s health to help expand access to prenatal care in underserved communities and address the racial and ethnic disparities in maternal care. Our partnership with Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine will help fill that gap and prepare a new generation of health care providers who are better able to recognize and treat the distinct health needs of expectant mothers.”
Dr. Laurine Tibaldi, Chief Medical Officer, Health Plan of Nevada, a UnitedHealth Group company
Improving the Health of Mothers and Newborns
UnitedHealth Group is committed to improving the health of mothers and newborns, raising awareness for improved maternal health, and reducing the occurrence of avoidable maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. UnitedHealthcare’s Healthy Pregnancy and Maternity Support programs provide resources and services to help expectant mothers get the most out of their benefits, make informed decisions, and promote dialogue with care providers. The company is also actively addressing disparities in maternal health outcomes by providing coursework in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the March of Dimes.