UnitedHealth Group: Delivering More than Just Healthcare

August 29, 2018

From volunteering around the world to supporting a 21st century health workforce, bridging gaps in access to care, and responding to natural disasters, UnitedHealth Group’s Social Responsibility Report showcases the power of partnership and 260,000 employees in helping strengthen communities. Last year alone, UnitedHealth Group employees volunteered 1.5 million hours and contributed to nearly 23,000 charities worldwide.

For some urban areas where access to nutritious foods can be limited, it’s difficult for families to lead healthy lives. Because of this, United Health Foundation teamed up with Recipe for Success in 2017, an organization committed to combatting childhood obesity by changing the way children understand and choose what to eat. Their partnership provided a $675,000 grant to improve access to fresh, healthy food in underserved communities in South Houston.

According to America’s Health Rankings, only 51.4% of Hispanic adults in Texas have a dedicated health care provider. Through a partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, United Health Foundation is providing services such as screenings, health education, and improved dental and mental health services for up to 4,500 Rio Grande Valley residents annually through their mobile medical clinic, Unimóvil. This mobile clinic is part of a nearly $3 million investment to increase health access as well as education through formalized training for local community health workers.

Looking ahead for what’s to come, UnitedHealth Group’s efforts to improve communities also goes beyond health. Their work extends into disaster response and sustainability. Following the natural disasters in 2017, UnitedHealth Group employees helped rebuild communities through volunteering hundreds of hours and donating millions of dollars to hurricane relief.

A family company of UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare has also partnered with Latino Leadership through a donation of $125,000 to help expand programs for families displaced by Hurricane Maria. Their donation will be supporting families in need of housing, employment, healthy food, and other community resources.

Additionally, the United Health Foundation recently announced local community grants, along with Whole Kids Foundation, to increase access to healthy foods and improve the health of kids in New Orleans, Louisiana and Memphis, Tennessee. These grants, totaling $121,000, will be going to 55 school and youth organizations to build or expand existing school gardening programs and educational resources as it relates to nutrition and agriculture so that children have greater familiarity with how to prepare healthy meals. These efforts will alleviate food insecurity and help create a positive environment where young people can make healthy choices that will sustain them for a lifetime.

Through innovative partnerships and dedicated employees, UnitedHealth Group is working to build healthier communities for families everywhere. For more information on the company’s social responsibility work, visit https://www.unitedhealthgroup.com/social-responsibility.html.