UnitedHealthcare Donates $750K to Michigan Nonprofits

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UnitedHealthcare, headquartered in Minnesota, is awarding $750,000 in Empowering Health grants to four community-based organizations in Michigan to expand access to care and address the social determinants of health for uninsured individuals and underserved communities.

In total, UnitedHealthcare is donating $11.4 million through Empowering Health grants across 18 states and the District of Columbia. The grants will assist 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 in Michigan include:

Gleaners Community Food Bank – $270,000 to expand the unique School Food Mobile Pantry Program and to create a Playbook for developing long-term, successful relationships with school districts to reach out to food-insecure families and provide healthy food and nutritional education with the goal of increasing educational success.

Forgotten Harvest – $223,000 to expand the Forgotten Harvest mobile pantry program in metro Detroit.

Kids’ Health Connections – $140,000 to expand FitKids360, a healthy weight education program, and pilot FitFamilies, a healthy lifestyle program for the whole family, to additional communities in the Detroit area.

Access Community Health and Research Center – $117,000 to expand services within the integrated treatment unit to serve individuals with coexisting diseases and substance abuse disorders.

“Social and economic factors have a profound impact on achieving and maintaining good health,” says Dennis Mouras, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan. “Through Empowering Health grants, we’re working with local organizations to provide Michiganians with greater access to essential resources in high-risk and high-need communities so they can live healthier lives.”