UnitedHealthcare Donates $1 Million to Nonprofits in Kansas
Funding is part of UnitedHealthcare’s $12.3 million in
Empowering Health grants focused on expanding access to care and
addressing the social determinants of health for people in
UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, is
awarding $1 million in Empowering Health grants to seven
community-based organizations in Kansas to expand access to care
and address the social determinants of health for uninsured
individuals and underserved communities.
In total, UnitedHealthcare is donating $12.3 million through
Empowering Health grants across 21 states. UnitedHealthcare
launched its Empowering Health commitment in 2018.
More than half of the Empowering Health grants will help
organizations increase their capacity to fight COVID-19 and support
impacted communities. These grants will assist individuals and
families experiencing challenges from social distancing, food
insecurity, social isolation and behavioral health issues, which
are among the most urgent needs resulting from the pandemic.
“The circumstances created by COVID-19 have presented many new
challenges for communities across Kansas," said Gov. Laura Kelly.
"We appreciate the grants awarded by UnitedHealthcare and its
willingness to step up and support Kansans and their families. My
administration is committed to protecting the health of Kansans,
and I’m glad to see partners like UnitedHealthcare who share our
values are working towards the same goals and outcomes.”
Grant recipients in Kansas include:
- Kansas Food Bank at various locations statewide — $250,000 to
purchase a refrigerated semitruck trailer, provide a walk-in cooler
for a food pantry in rural West Kansas to serve as a fresh food hub
for other food pantries in the region, expand the agency’s mobile
pantry program into rural Central Kansas counties, and provide
emergency food boxes and shelf-stable meals for food insecure
individuals and families.
- Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City — $250,000 to
purchase a commercial freezer and dairy cooler to safely store
home-delivered, medically sensitive meals for older adults and
expand services throughout the Kansas City metro area.
- Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas — $200,000 to
support its Community Health Action Team with a behavioral health
nurse and social worker to address social isolation and behavioral
health needs among existing and new patients with low incomes in
its service area.
- Johnson County Mental Health Center in Johnson County — $95,000
to support emergency clinical services, costs associated with the
delivery of meals to residents and transportation for clients.
- Valeo Behavioral Health Care in Topeka — $95,000 to provide
comprehensive mental health services to more than 120 uninsured
patients who are experiencing mental illness.
- Just Food of Douglas County, Kansas — $60,000 to expand its
cooking education program called Just Cook to additional community
sites and increase rural food distribution through its mobile
pantry called the Cruising Cupboard.
- Harvesters – The Community Food Network in Northeast Kansas —
$50,000 to expand SNAP outreach and mobile distribution programs
through extended staff time and the purchase of emergency
“This unprecedented environment has compounded challenges faced
by Kansas’ most vulnerable residents and created further barriers
to accessing the health care and services they need,” said Kevin
Sparks, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas. “Our
support of these organizations in Kansas through this
UnitedHealthcare Empowering Health commitment will help provide
critical aid and resources to the communities in Kansas that need
it the most.”
Providing access to better health in high-risk and high-need
local communities is a profound challenge. According to the
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, nearly 80% of what
influences a person’s health relates to nonmedical issues, such as
food, housing, transportation and the financial means to pay for
basic daily needs.
The Empowering Health grants bring to more than $100 million
UnitedHealth Group’s efforts to fight COVID-19 and assist impacted
communities by supporting vulnerable populations, protecting the
health care workforce and advancing breakthrough innovations in
testing and treatment.
In addition to UnitedHealthcare’s support in Kansas, the company
has launched similar community initiatives and public-private
collaborations nationwide focused on addressing social determinants
of health. UnitedHealthcare has invested more than $500 million in
affordable-housing communities since 2011, partnered with food
banks and meal-delivery services, and last year joined with the
American Medical Association to standardize how social determinants
of health data is collected and used to create more holistic care
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier
lives and making the health system work better for everyone by
simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care
providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full
spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and
Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500
hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also
provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned
and operated health care facilities in South America.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group
(NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more
information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC
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