While roughly 72% of the U.S. population has now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, only about 20% of the Washington, D.C. Black community is vaccinated as this post is published. To understand this disparity and address it, we need to understand whole-person health in this particular community. And the people who understand this best are the ones involved in the local community organizations in Washington, D.C. However, while they have the connections, the access and the deep understanding of their community members, they don’t always have the resources to meet the need.
Partnership is the answer: by collaborating with several local organizations, UnitedHealthcare is helping boost vaccination rates and address the whole-person health needs of their communities. These organizations include local grocery stores, transportation services, local small businesses, and Mary's Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) that provides primary care to underserved populations.
The partnership success story includes:
- A portable pod with four private exam rooms where vaccinations can be administered
- In-kind donations of hand sanitizer, thousands of masks, social distancing tools, etc.
- Food bags provided to those experiencing food insecurity
- Up to 500 hours of behavioral health services
See how the Washington, D.C. residents benefit from the power of these partnerships.