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UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee Awards $100,000 to Martha O'Bryan Center to Support Parent Education

Nashville organization’s Tied Together brings community partners together to support young families.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2014) – UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee has awarded $100,000 to the Martha O’Bryan Center to support its parenting education program, Tied Together.

Tied Together is a 10-week parenting education program that brings together community partners – including health professionals, public agencies, librarians, educators and other young families – to support young parents as they raise their children. The program, which serves parents as young as 14 to great-grandparents, as well as children, has strengthened more than 350 young families since it began in 2008.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean today helped celebrate Tied Together and honor program alumni at a ceremony at the Martha O’Bryan Center. Tennessee Speaker of the House of Representatives Beth Harwell also attended the event.

“Knowing that young people in Nashville are learning how to become better parents through Tied Together reminds us all of the difference the Martha O’Bryan Center is making in East Nashville,” Dean said. “I congratulate the Martha O’Bryan Center for a program that is truly strengthening families in our community, and I appreciate the generosity of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee in support of this valued program.”

“Tied together is successful because we do not overlook the strengths and weaknesses of these young families,” said Martha O’Bryan Center Executive Director Marsha Edwards. “We are extremely grateful to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee for supporting our efforts to ensure that all people, including young families here in Nashville, stay connected.”

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support the Martha O’Bryan Center’s Tied Together program, which has become an essential community support structure for so many East Nashville families,” said Scott A. Bowers, president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee.

The Martha O’Bryan Center serves low-income families – most making less than $6,000 per year – and has established an integrated highway of services that helps young families reconnect to school, job training and work, while also caring for their children. Typically, whole families attend Tied Together classes with nontraditional and extended families welcome, and program alumni are the primary recruiters for new families and often become leaders in their communities.

“Programs like Tied Together build families and save lives,” said Tennessee Fifth District Congressman Jim Cooper. “I’m proud of the commitment of the families, community partners and staff who work hard to make this program a success.”

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 780,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

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