Other initiatives to address food insecurity include a new partnership with Feed More, a food bank in Central Virginia, to help transport food to families in need each week and a mobile food pantry that will begin serving families in 2023.
Current CTF programs also include Health Connect, which provides health education, screenings and vaccinations to underserved populations; Tutor Connect, a program that assists children in grades K-8 who live in rural and underserved areas to learn reading and math; and Trans Connect, a service that provided transportation to nearly 7,000 families in 2022 and has served 782 families so far this year.
The Housing Connect and Finance Connect programs will launch in summer 2023 to assist families who need support building financial knowledge and credit as they work to obtain affordable housing. Inbounds, a youth sports program that focuses on critical thinking, team building, social skills, personal development and cultural arts exposure is planned for fall of 2023.
2023 award recipients
The following individuals and organizations were honored with Community Transformers awards for their role supporting communities in Central Virginia:
- Education Transformer: Bernard Hairston
- Finance Transformer: J.B. Bryan
- Food Insecurity Transformer: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Healthcare Transformer: Phyllis Bradley and Stephanie Spencer, Urban Baby Beginnings
- Housing Transformer: For Kids
- Lifetime Achievement: Anita Price
- Social Justice Transformer: Dr. J. Elisha Burke
- Unsung Hero: James Edwards, Erna Gilliam-Robinson, Meena Shabnam Abedi (UHC Health & Social Services Coordinator)
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Virginia is committed to bringing care beyond the clinic to address SDOH. Our funding support for CTF honors individuals and community organizations working to improve whole-person health in Virginia.