Grants support nine California nonprofit organizations to strengthen youth
wellness, care delivery and health technology in underserved communities
LOS ANGELES--(Business Wire)--
Three Los Angeles-area nonprofits have been awarded a total of $2.2 million in
grants by UnitedHealthcare to help improve health care services and wellness
programs for people in underserved communities.
UnitedHealthcare awarded $2.2 million to three Los Angeles nonprofits to improve
health care services for the underserved. The grant presentation was held at
Liggett Elementary School in Panorama City, one of 33 schools participating in
Northridge Hospital's Obesity and Diabetes Initiative. L-R - Front Row: Bonnie
Bailer, director of Center for Healthier Communities, Northridge Hospital
Medical Center; Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California; Nury
Martinez, LAUSD board member, Northeast San Fernando Valley; Zev Yaroslavsky,
L.A. County supervisor; and Nancy Vallens, principal, Liggett Elementary School.
L-R - Back Row: Peter Dale, Public Health Foundation; Mary Franz, Los Angeles
Network for Enhanced Services; Mark Casanova, executive director, Homeless
Health Care Los Angeles; Brian Hammel, president, Northridge Hospital
Foundation; and Michael Lehrer, president of board of directors, Homeless Health
Care Los Angeles (Photo: Jamie Rector).
These grants are part of $5.2 million UnitedHealthcare is awarding to nine
health care organizations to support nonprofit clinics and hospitals that
improve health care services for underserved communities statewide.
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles ($241,725), Northridge Hospital Foundation
($662,408) and Public Health Foundation Enterprises ($1.3 million) received the
funding to support wellness and medical education programs and improve the
delivery of health care services throughout Los Angeles County.
The announcement was made at Liggett Elementary School in Panorama City, one of
33 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) participating in
the Northridge Hospital`s School-based Obesity and Diabetes Initiative (SODI).
The initiative includes physical education classes for elementary students,
healthy-cooking classes for parents, onsite health screening and fitness
programs for teachers and staff, and educational workshops on health and
wellness. The $662,408 grant will help expand the program in 20 of the
participating schools and enable full-time P.E. teachers to work with eight of
At the grant presentation, community leaders including Los Angeles County
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Nury Martinez, LAUSD board member for the Northeast
San Fernando Valley, and representatives from the offices of Congressman Tony
Cárdenas, state Sen. Fran Pavley and state Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian met
with teachers and students, and watched a P.E. teacher lead students in
exercises as part of the school`s SODI program.
"It is wonderful to see how public-private partnerships are making a tremendous
difference in the lives of our students and their families," Martinez said. "We
thank UnitedHealthcare for supporting this program and its commitment to our
"This generous grant from UnitedHealthcare will increase the number of students,
parents and teachers who will benefit from participating in our wellness
initiative with LAUSD," said Saliba Salo, president and CEO, Northridge Hospital
Medical Center. "This funding is critical to expanding our wellness and
education programs to more underserved communities in the San Fernando Valley."
Public Health Foundation Enterprises, which received a $1.3 million grant, is
working with Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services to improve health care
coordination and delivery for underserved people throughout the county via the
Los Angeles County Safety Net Health Information Exchange Project. The program
is expanding the capability to administer health-related services to a network
of community clinics that are served by Public Health Foundation Enterprises.
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, a nonprofit drug treatment and health services
provider, received $241,725 to expand its medical health care services for Los
Angeles-area homeless people.
"We are grateful to receive this critical funding that will support the
continued development of our health information technology initiatives," said
Nancy Kindelan, CEO, Public Health Foundation Enterprises. "Through these
efforts we are able to expand and improve our patient delivery systems and
access to care for the community clinics that serve many underserved residents
throughout Los Angeles."
Mark Casanova, executive director of Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, said,
"UnitedHealthcare`s generous grant will help us advance meaningful and effective
systemic strategies for appropriate discharge planning of chronically homeless
patients in hospitals and health centers in Southern California."
"These nonprofit organizations are making a tremendous impact in improving the
health of communities in the Los Angeles region and throughout the state," said
Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California. "UnitedHealthcare is
grateful for the opportunity to work together with them and help enhance the
health and quality of life for children, adults and families."
Since 2008, UnitedHealthcare has provided more than $30 million in grants to 53
nonprofits throughout California. Eleven of them are in Los Angeles, receiving
$5.5 million. In addition to these grants, the UnitedHealthcare California
Health Care Investment Program has provided $269 million in total investments to
46 health care organizations throughout the state that provide services to
underserved, low-income and underinsured communities and populations.
UnitedHealthcare serves more than 2.3 million Californians with a care provider
network of 320 hospitals and more than 56,800 physicians statewide.
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 and is one of
the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50
health and well-being company.
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