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.
"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:
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
Our Areas of Focus
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.