Advancing Health Equity

We are working to build a culture of inclusivity and diversity within UnitedHealth Group, address identified health disparities and help create a more equitable society for the people we serve.

The Big Picture

For more than two decades, UnitedHealth Group has led efforts to identify, address and monitor health disparities to advance our mission to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone, partnering with like-minded organizations dedicated to health and wellness for all. While we have made measurable progress, there is more to be done to build a culture of inclusivity and diversity within our organization, eliminate health disparities and ensure our actions help create a more equitable society for the people we serve.

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The Need for Health Equity

Health equity means helping people live their healthiest lives by providing them with the care and support they need to achieve optimal health. It also means identifying and eliminating inequalities, or unfair differences, in how people access and receive health care.

These inequalities are also known as health disparities. Health disparities can be based on a person's:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Language
  • Income
  • Disability
  • Location
  • Gender identity

Health equity is needed to attain true equality and ensure everyone has access to the health care they need and deserve. 

Our Ongoing Journey

As a leading health care organization in the United States, we have an important role in advancing health equity, addressing the systemic issues that cause health disparities and closing gaps in care for our most vulnerable populations.

To advance this effort, we are working across UnitedHealth Group, including our businesses UnitedHealthcare and Optum, to:

Hear from UnitedHealth Group Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer Michael Currie in a podcast on how systemic discrimination drives public health disparities.

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Support for the Twin Cities

Following the tragic death of George Floyd in May 2020 that took place in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul where our corporate headquarters are located, we strengthened our focus, investment and energy to make a positive difference and advance equity and systemic change. To start, we are supporting the education of Mr. Floyd’s three children and grandchild through undergraduate college or equivalent achievement and helping Minneapolis and St. Paul businesses rebuild and restore their operations. Recognizing the need to address the larger societal issues at the root of Mr. Floyd’s death, UnitedHealth Group is also donating funds to the YMCA Equity Innovation Center of Excellence to advance equity, inclusivity and systemic change so all people may thrive.


Hear from Phil McKoy, digital transformation leader at Optum, during the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine Digital Health Tools & Health Equity – Lessons Learned & the Path Forward event. 

 

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Advancing Health Equity to Improve Outcomes

Read highlights of our efforts across UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare and Optum to advance health equity, address disparities in health care and advance inclusion and diversity.