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Community Involvement

We are a part of the communities we serve. From community-oriented support programs to public health initiatives, we are dedicated to positively impacting the health of our members and our community. UnitedHealthcare Community & State collaborates with community organizations throughout the country to continually increase access to information, programs and education opportunities that can improve both individual and community health. Here are just a few examples.

Healthy First Steps
By providing information, education and support to help lower health risks during pregnancy, this program leads directly to healthier mothers and healthier babies. Members receive educational materials on a wide range of topics including: nutrition, exercise during pregnancy, warning signs, fetal development, preparing for childbirth, breastfeeding, family spacing, and how to care for their baby.

Healthy Habits for Life
A partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to provide tools and resources to help parents and caregivers gain a greater understanding of the relationship between healthy habits and children's healthy growth. UnitedHealthcare Community & State currently supports three Sesame Workshop initiatives:

Food for Thought: Eating Well on a Budget™
Lead Away!™
A is for Asthma™

Dr. Health E. Hound
Our friendly mascot creates excitement wherever he goes. Dr. Health E. Hound is an expert at endorsing healthy behavior like flu shots as well as good eating habits, and he's friends with older children up to age 11. Dr. Hound is great at health education and neighborhood meetings, and he always travels with a large stock of posters and coloring books. Kids really like him. And they listen to him, too.

4-H Food Smart Families
Providing nutrition and food budgeting education to youth and family members. The Food Smart Families program provides hands-on learning, sustainable skills and practical resources to help families in underserved communities tackle hunger beyond one meal. The nutrition education program encourages families to make healthy living a greater part of their everyday lives beginning with budgeting and the grocery shopping experience, to meal planning and preparation. Teen leaders to serve as youth ambassadors and mentors to help their peers, families and the local community learn how to prepare healthy meals on a budget.

Fre$h Savings
Reducing the risk of hunger in vulnerable communities through a partnership with AARP Foundation. Launched in 2015, the program provides an additional discount or tokens for fresh fruit and vegetables to SNAP shoppers at select farmers markets and Kroger stores. The incentives are meaningful, increasing an average low-income household’s monthly food budget by nearly 10% - a meaningful amount for seniors, individuals with disabilities, or low-wage working families.

Caring For Caregivers
Without the support of caregivers, many care receivers wouldn’t be able to remain safe and independent at home, in the communities they love and from which they draw strength. Many caregivers don’t have the information they need to feel confident in the care they’re providing for their loved one or friend. To support family caregivers in providing the best possible care at home, UnitedHealthcare Community & State has developed a community education workshop series called Caring for Caregivers. The workshops, which are open to the public, focus on the needs and health of the caregivers. The workshop series provides caregivers with support, community connections and education about caregiving that they can begin to use immediately.

Heart Smart Sisters
Empowering women in ethnic communities to make choices that can help reduce their risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, killing more than breast cancer, lung cancer and stroke combined. Heart disease also hits ethnic women at a particularly high rate. The Heart Smart Sisters program is a series of classes designed to educate women about the causes of heart disease, the benefits of healthy diet and the importance of regular exercise. Participants set personal weight-loss goals, take on healthy-living assignments, and track their progress at weekly check-ins. The meetings also provide a chance for participants to encourage one another and develop a strong support system within their communities.