How We Do It
At UnitedHealth Group, we combine our knowledge, experience and compassion – as an enterprise and as individuals – to make a meaningful difference in the communities where we live and work. Through our business as well as through our United for Giving program and the United Health Foundation, we are providing grants to local and national organizations; investing in affordable housing; making in-kind donations; participating in disaster relief; and volunteering our time and resources to important causes around the world to help provide high-quality affordable health care for everyone.
Affordable Housing Builds Healthier Communities
Nearly 15 million Americans currently lack access to stable housing. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission on Health, the shortage of affordable housing limits people’s choices about where they live, often relegating lower-income families to substandard housing in unsafe, overcrowded neighborhoods with higher rates of poverty and fewer resources for healthy exercise and outdoor activities (e.g., parks, bike paths and recreation centers, etc.). In addition, the financial burden of unaffordable housing can prevent families from meeting other basic needs including nutrition and health care.
UnitedHealth Group’s inter-related initiatives, including financing affordable housing communities and directly covering the housing costs of individuals experiencing homelessness, have helped thousands of seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities and others find stable housing.
A critical element of UnitedHealthcare’s affordable-housing initiative is investing in new communities that include on-site amenities and services, such as clinical health care services, social and support counseling and monitoring, job training, academic support and adult education classes, child care, computer labs and playgrounds.
The United Health Foundation
Through the targeted grant-making activities of the United Health Foundation, our not-for-profit, private foundation, we are helping cultivate the future health workforce; connecting individuals to quality care; supporting whole-person health; and providing responsive, compassionate service to seniors, the military and veterans community, moms and kids in need, the chronically ill, and vulnerable and diverse communities.
United for Giving
Our people demonstrate their conviction to helping build healthier communities by giving generously to charitable causes they care deeply about and volunteering their personal time, skills and energy to serve others.