Addressing health disparities in New York

UnitedHealthcare is working with a community-based organization in New York to help boost health screenings among low-income Black and Latinx women.

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 A variety of nonmedical factors can have an impact on an employee’s health, including access to transportation, nutritious food or safe and affordable housing. These social determinants of health (SDOH) can take a toll on the overall health of employees.

With the mission to help people live healthier lives and help the health system work better for everyone, a $165,000 grant was given to Upstate Foundation.

The grant will be used to support the Upstate Medical University's “She/We Matter Program” — a peer-to-peer community outreach program designed to reduce health disparities by making health screenings, particularly mammograms, a priority among low-income Black and Latinx women.

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.1 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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