Addressing social isolation among Minnesota families

UnitedHealthcare is working with a community-based organization in Minnesota to help address social isolation among Minnesota families managing memory loss.

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A variety of nonmedical factors can have an impact on an employee’s health, including social isolation.A critical social determinants of health (SDOH) can have ill effects on an individual’s physical and behavioral health.1

With the mission to help people live healthier lives and help the health system work better for everyone, UnitedHealthcare has awarded a $200,000 grant to Trellis to help reduce social isolation among people living with memory loss and their caregivers in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

This grant is part of a larger Empowering Health program, in which UnitedHealthcare has awarded a total of $11.1M to 66 nonprofits across 12 states. These grants aim to support people in underserved communities who are struggling with SDOH, such as food insecurity, social isolation and behavioral health, among other issues.

When communities are healthier, everyone benefits — including employers.2 Grants like these are an investment in employers’ current and future workforces.

“UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to addressing social and economic factors that impact people’s ability to achieve and maintain good health,” says Olivia Jefferson, vice president of social responsibility at UnitedHealthcare.

“As a health care company, we see significant and ongoing inequities that exist in various communities across the country, particularly along racial lines. It’s imperative to collaborate with organizations, and the Empowering Health grants allows us drive positive change for the people we call friends, family and neighbors across the communities we serve. Our ultimate goal is to help people live healthier, happier lives.”

— Olivia Jefferson, Vice President of Social Responsibility, UnitedHealthcare

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