Advancing Health Equity

We believe every person — regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, location or income — deserves to be healthy.

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.


We Can Help. And We're Going To.

"This company has a huge role in the way health care is delivered. It needs to be comprehensive, it needs to be inclusive, and we need to make sure we're paying attention to the parts of society which, for whatever reason, have found themselves to be either left behind or somehow in another way disadvantaged. We can help and we're going to."

- Andrew Witty, CEO, UnitedHealth Group 

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.

A Conversation on Health Equity Challenges and Solutions

At a virtual event on health equity hosted by Axios, UnitedHealth Group’s U. Michael Currie, senior vice president and chief health equity officer, highlighted that “it’s a business imperative for us to do our part to best respond to the increasing diversity of those we serve.” He added that UnitedHealth Group is working to create a more diverse workforce, leveraging digital tools to address inequities, and tackling social determinants of health.

“You can’t have a conversation about advancing health equity and health disparities without having a real appreciation for the social factors and social determinants of health that affect individuals’ health."

- U. Michael Currie, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, UnitedHealth Group

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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.


New Report Reveals Urgent Need to Address Health Disparities

The United Health Foundation's inaugural America's Health Rankings Health Disparities Report reveals an urgent need to address maternal mortality, mental and behavioral health, and food insecurity in the U.S.


2020 Sustainability Report

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.