The United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), has awarded a three-year, $2 million grant to HealthNet Inc., a nonprofit healthcare provider serving Indiana, to expand access to primary and behavioral health care in Indiana’s Morgan and Monroe counties, as well as high-poverty areas of Indianapolis.
“I am very pleased to see expanded access to medical services in our community through this grant,” said Indiana Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville). “Providing increased access to mental health services and preventive screenings is important, and I hope to see positive results for Hoosiers in our region.”
HealthNet will bring medical professionals and a mobile health vehicle to neighborhoods in Indianapolis and Morgan and Monroe counties four days a week starting in February. The program will address health disparities by:
- Bringing primary care, preventive services and mental health screenings to underserved communities.
- Provide high-risk patients with home monitoring devices to track their own health.
- Make referrals for dental care, treatment for substance use disorders, and other specialized care and health supports needed for patients.
“This partnership will help HealthNet advance our mission to improve lives with compassionate health care and support services, regardless of ability to pay,” said Rick Diaz, President and CEO of HealthNet. “We are grateful for the support to reach people who would not otherwise have access to primary and behavioral care.”
In the early years of the pandemic, Indiana saw a drop in preventative care with an 11% drop in wellness visits, a 10% drop in breast cancer screenings, and a 20% drop in colon cancer screenings between 2019 and 2020, according to data from UnitedHealthcare. To address these and other challenges, the HealthNet-United Health Foundation partnership is expected to improve adult and childhood immunization rates, breast and colorectal cancer screenings by 15%, and cervical cancer screenings of the uterus by 20% compared to baseline. Additionally, the partnership aims to improve health outcomes for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
“The United Health Foundation is honored to partner with HealthNet to serve Indiana residents who currently do not have access to the care they need,” said Kim Sonerholm, CEO of UnitedHealthcare for Indiana and Kentucky, which is part of the UnitedHealth group. “Too often, people of color, historically marginalized groups, rural populations, and low-income people face a disproportionate number of barriers to high-quality health care. We believe this partnership will improve health equity for Indiana residents.
The Indiana pledge is one of the many ways UnitedHealth Group works to advance health equity by ensuring that every person, regardless of race, location or circumstance , has the opportunity to live his healthiest life. For example, through its Genoa Healthcare offering, the company is creating a more seamless experience for vulnerable patients by providing pharmaceutical care services in the same facilities where they receive medical care. Another example is the UnitedHealthcare Catalyst initiative where the company works with community partners and academic institutions to develop and implement interventions. To learn more about the company’s commitment to health equity as well as its efforts to build healthier communities, improve outcomes, and create a modern, high-performing healthcare system, please visit the website. of the company on sustainability at https://sustainability.uhg.com/
HealthNet is a nonprofit organization that provides primary health care services to the medically underserved. Since 1968, HealthNet has improved the health status of downtown Indianapolis neighborhoods and beyond by making quality health care services accessible to everyone. To learn more, visit www.indyhealthnet.org.
About the United Health Foundation
Through collaboration with community partners, grants, and advocacy efforts, the United Health Foundation strives to improve our healthcare system, build a diverse and vibrant healthcare workforce, and improve the well-being of local communities. The United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a private, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, the United Health Foundation has committed more than $590 million to programs and communities around the world. To learn more, visit www.UnitedHealthFoundation.org.