Advancing Health Equity
The Big Picture
Health equity is achieved when every person, regardless of race, place or circumstance, has the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health, and those barriers are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups and those with lower incomes.
New Report Reveals Urgent Need to Address Health Disparities
Our Ongoing Journey
Our mission is to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone. With health equity as our guiding light, we believe a world like that is possible.
We are committed to partnering with like-minded organizations to transform our health system into one that ensures every person can receive the care they need when they need it. And, we are using our unique capabilities, significant reach, and the passion and expertise of our people to:
Help build a workforce reflective of the communities it serves.
Improve the health of historically marginalized communities.
Leverage data to uncover and combat health disparities.
Forging the Path to Health Equity
As part of the 2022 NCAA Women’s Final Four Leadership IX event series, UnitedHealth Group hosted a panel discussion on health equity with Dr. Margaret-Mary Wilson, chief medical officer, UnitedHealth Group; Dr. Anne Docimo, chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare; and Tracy Malone, president, United Health Foundation. Participants highlighted the company’s efforts to address the social determinants of health, build healthier communities and deliver solutions that meet the unique needs of underserved populations.
“I’m excited about the direction we are headed and I’m really optimistic.”
- Dr. Margaret-Mary Wilson
Our Areas of Focus
- Access to Care. By harnessing the capabilities of Optum and UnitedHealthcare, we are working with community partners and academic institutions to get people needed care; expanding access to services with digital capabilities; enhancing health literacy; and using artificial intelligence and data analytics to connect people to care.
- Health Workforce Diversity. We are helping build a health workforce reflective of the communities we serve through the Diverse Scholars Initiative; providing training in the health care technology and health informatics fields for diverse students; and developing a specialized health workforce to care for veterans and service members.
- Social Determinants. We are making meaningful investments to address affordable housing, food insecurity and social isolation; leveraging data to identify needs and deliver personalized care; using interactive digital tools to personalize care for underserved populations; and providing in-home assessments to determine patient needs.
- Maternal Health. We are improving maternal care by partnering with federally qualified health centers and increasing telehealth access; investing in the maternal health workforce; leveraging predictive analytics and care management programs to support at-risk mothers; and using data to identify disparities and implement targeted interventions.
Elevating Health Equity: Maternal Health
Barriers to good health are disproportionately experienced by people of color, this reality is especially true in maternal health. Celebrating Minority Health Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about these disparities and how we are working to help advance health equity so that every mom and baby can receive the best care.
As part of the reality of motherhood, many moms deal with post-partum mental health challenges. When mothers return home with their babies, Any Baby Can’s Nurse-Family Partnership program helps provide support so they don’t feel isolated during that process. Our initial three-year $2 million grant expanded the program and provided new mental health support along with in-home self-monitoring tools. So far, this program has helped 577 first-time moms as they navigate the uncertainties of motherhood.
“My nurse helped me discover what kind of mom I wanted to be.”
– Nurse-Family Partnership Program mother
Advancing health equity is core to our business strategy, culture and fundamental purpose as a company. Read our 2020 Sustainability Report to learn more about how we are working to ensure progress in our efforts.