Supporting the mental and physical well-being of families in Washington

UnitedHealthcare is working with a community-based organization in Washington to help support the mental and physical well-being of youth and families.

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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 behavioral health of employees and their children.  

With the mission to help people live healthier lives and help the health system work better for everyone, a $200,000 grant was awarded to Consejo Counseling and Referral Service.

The grant will be used to support the addition of culturally relevant wellness programming to support all aspects of mental and physical well-being for youth and families across Pierce County and rural areas.

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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