UnitedHealth Group has entered a three-year, $3 million grant partnership with Children’s Minnesota to address health disparities for children in Minneapolis. The partnership aims to support underserved children and families in need of vaccinations, mental health support and asthma relief.
“Together with Children’s Minnesota and other community partners, the United Health Foundation is committed to reducing health disparities, increasing access to care and improving outcomes for underserved children and their families,” said Victor Fields, Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Minnesota. “We are honored to partner with Children’s Minnesota to address the essential health care needs of families in our communities.”
Children’s Minnesota is a nonprofit dedicated to improving community health and advancing health equity for children, as well as providing culturally responsive health interventions to community partners.
The nonprofit has been tracking data in health equity since 2018, which shows that Black children who live in underserved communities in the Twin Cities are more at risk to health disparities. They “are less likely to achieve well-controlled asthma and complete routine childhood vaccines, and have significantly lower rates of adolescent mental health screenings,” wrote the company.
“We are grateful for the United Health Foundation’s investment and partnership in our commitment as the kid experts to address the health disparities impacting thousands of kids and families in our community,” said Jennifer Soderholm, Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer and President of the Children’s Minnesota Foundation. “Partnerships like this one are critical to our efforts to improve access to vital health care services and champion the needs of all children and families.”
The partnership with UnitedHealth Group will also support the Children’s Minnesota’s Collective for Community Health and The Kid Experts, a division of Children’s Minnesota.