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 the United Health Foundation and UnitedHealthcare Children’s 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.
Building healthier communities
In 2019, UnitedHealth Group contributed $69.7 million to the communities where we live and work. Through our company’s targeted grant-making activities, as well as those of the United Health 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. These partnerships have resulted in meaningful improvements in community health, such as:
• Reducing the prevalence of low birthweight infants born in Baton Rouge.
• Providing no-cost oral health screenings to more than 1,000 adults in rural Kentucky.
• Directly connecting over 11,000 vulnerable individuals in New Orleans to health care and social services.
• Creating new opportunities for diverse undergraduate students across the country to increase their exposure to health data analytics, as well as launching new graduate-level health analytics programs for working professionals.
• Successfully connecting children and adolescents to specialized mental health care through telehealth technology, with over 75% of patients reporting an excellent care experience.
Investing In Affordable Housing
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.). The financial burden of unaffordable housing can prevent families from meeting other basic needs including nutrition and health care, and is particularly significant for low-income families.
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. These activities include investing more than $400 million since 2011 in 80 affordable-housing communities across the United States, providing more than 4,500 new homes for individuals and families in need. UnitedHealthcare has also provided more than $27 million in below-market rate loans to expand the supply of affordable housing in Arizona and California.
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, childcare, computer labs and playgrounds.
In addition to supporting the financing of affordable housing projects, UnitedHealthcare is testing a new approach for identifying circumstances where the cost of providing stable housing for Medicaid members who are homeless would be more than offset by medical cost savings, and directly covering these individuals’ housing expenses. The program began in Phoenix, where approximately 60 formerly homeless individuals enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid coverage receive no-cost housing and support services, and is expected to grow to 30 markets and house 350 individuals in 2020.