UnitedHealthcare Awards Community Grants to Three Organizations Focused on Improving Health Equity and Addressing Social Determinants in Michigan
Grants will support programs that reduce
health care disparities and improve access to care for moms and
babies, and persons struggling with addiction
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan has awarded $75,000
in community grants to three organizations focused on improving
maternal and infant health outcomes and combating addiction in
“UnitedHealthcare is committed to addressing health disparities
that exist in Michigan and is dedicated to removing barriers that
contribute to poor maternal outcomes and addiction,” said Dennis
Mouras, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan. “We are
honored to support organizations that focus on improving the health
of our communities by increasing access to essential care.”
The grant recipients include:
- Birth Detroit – Serving Detroit; $30,000 to provide postpartum
and doula support, transportation, and childbirth education to
Birth Detroit families.
- Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association – Serving Detroit:
$30,000 to support a community-based doula training class that will
provide increased opportunities for expecting mothers to access
trained doulas in the metro Detroit area.
- The Muskegon Health Project – Serving Muskegon; $15,000 to
train community health workers and recovery coaches to support and
provide connections to medical and community resources for patients
who have received Medication Assisted Therapy by an emergency
department or physician.
“Birth Detroit is grateful to UnitedHealthcare for its generous
community planning grant. Birth Detroit believes that Black-led
midwifery model care is part of the answer to maternal-infant
health disparities in our communities,” said Leseliey Welch, MPH,
MBA, co-founder and CEO of Birth Detroit. “We hope that this is
just the beginning of our opportunities to partner with
UnitedHealthcare to improve access to comprehensive, safe, quality,
loving maternal health care."
“Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association is excited about
continuing to grow our relationship with UnitedHealthcare,” said
Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association Founding Executive
Director Kiddada Green. “We believe that this partnership
exemplifies the importance of cross-functional team building to
reduce racial disparities in maternal infant health outcomes.
Together, we recognize the value that community-based doulas bring
to the birthing experience."
Infants born preterm or with low birth weight —less than 5
pounds 8 ounces— are at an increased risk for experiencing physical
disabilities and developmental impairments throughout their lives.
According to March of Dimes, the preterm birth rate of current
births in Michigan, on average, remains 10.2% while the rate for
Black mothers and babies is 62% higher than the rate among all
other women. The preterm birth rate in Detroit remains much higher
than the state average with 14.6% of current births.
According to America’s Health Rankings, Michigan continues to
experience a high prevalence of frequent mental distress.
Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states
that reported overdose deaths in Michigan have increased by 11.5%
from May 2020 to May 2021.
“We are pleased that UnitedHealthcare is providing us a grant so
that we can assist patients in West Michigan who are in need of a
recovery coach, outpatient treatment and wraparound services as
they are on their journey to recover from addiction,” said Judy
Kell, HUB, manager, The Muskegon Health Project.
These grants are part of several initiatives that
UnitedHealthcare, along with its parent company UnitedHealth Group,
have launched to address maternal health outcomes throughout the
United States. Initiatives include more than $5 million in recent
philanthropic grants to support maternal health and $2.85 million
in support to March of Dimes for a public-private partnership with
the Department of Health and Human Services that aims to reduce the
Black-white disparity gap and improve maternal health outcomes.
UnitedHealthcare serves more than 820,000 people in Michigan
enrolled in employer-sponsored, individual, Medicare and Medicaid
benefit plans, with a network of 145 hospitals, and nearly 48,000
physicians and other care providers statewide.
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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