UnitedHealth Group, through the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New York, announced a $750,000 investment to improve access to health care for underserved communities in New York. The investment will support a grant program in collaboration with the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS).
The application-based program is eligible for federally qualified health centers in New York. Awards range from $25,000 to $33,000 for up to 15 health centers and aim to increase access to community health care workers.
“Community health centers provide high-quality, whole-person care to anyone who walks through their doors — with community health care workers there to guide them through every step of the process and ensure all of their needs are met,” said Rose Duhan, CHCANYS President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are so grateful to UnitedHealthcare for providing funding that supports and enhances the work we all do to ensure all patients have access to the care they need and deserve.”
Awardees will help establish best practices for staffing, training, engagement and scope of work for community health care workers.
“We are dedicated to improving access to care for all New Yorkers, and this is just one part of achieving that goal,” said Dan Benardette, Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New York. “Community health workers play a critical role in supporting our members and we are excited about partnering with CHCANYS to expand their footprint at health centers throughout New York.”