Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare is awarding $1 million in Empowering Health grants to five Indiana organizations. The company says the funding will help expand access to care and address the social determinants of health for uninsured individuals and underserved communities.
UnitedHealthcare is donating a total of $11.4 million through Empowering Health grants across 18 states and the District of Columbia. The grants will support individuals and families experiencing challenges from food insecurity, social isolation and behavioral health issues, and support local health promotion and health literacy efforts.
Grant recipients include:
- Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana – $300,000 to build the capacity of school-based pantries and support an at-home delivery program.
- Indiana Primary Health Care Association – $300,000 to implement and expand food access and education programming in partnership with six federally qualified health centers.
- Healthier Moms and Babies – $180,000 to expand the Prenatal Home Visitation Program for high-risk low-income families in Allen County.
- Indiana Rural Health Association – $150,000 to implement the Community Paramedicine Program, which addresses infant and maternal health disparities in Allen, Knox and Ripley counties.
- Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana – $70,000 to expand social-emotional and physical activity programs, provide financial assistance to eligible girls, recruit new coaches and provide rural community outreach.
“Social and economic factors have a profound impact on achieving and maintaining good health,” said Charlotte Macbeth, chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare of Indiana Medicare and Medicaid. “Through Empowering Health grants we’re working with local organizations to provide Hoosiers with greater access to essential resources in high-risk and high-need communities so they can live healthier lives.”
Since launching its Empowering Health commitment in 2018, UnitedHealthcare says it has invested more than $40 million in Empowering Health grants.