UnitedHealthcare Awards $5.2 Million in Grants to California Nonprofits – $100,000 to Centro La Familia Advocacy Services in Fresno

Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:45pm EDT

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Grants support nine California nonprofit organizations to strengthen youth
wellness, care delivery and health technology in underserved communities
FRESNO, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Inc., has been awarded a $100,000 grant
from UnitedHealthcare to help support the nonprofit`s Cross-Culture Health
Outreach Resources and Education (CHORE) program, which provides local families
education, training and resources about health, wellness and preventive care.

Lisa Espinosa (left), Central Valley account executive, UnitedHealthcare of
California, presents a $100,000 grant check to Margarita Rocha (right),
executive director, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Inc., on Thursday,
April 11, to help support the nonprofit's Cross-Culture Health Outreach
Resources and Education (CHORE) program, which provides local families
education, training and resources about health, wellness and preventive care
(Photo: Diana Baldrica).

The grant is 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. 

Founded in 1972, Centro La Familia Advocacy (CLFA) is a nonprofit organization
that provides social services, educational and health and wellness programs for
many ethnic, underserved, low-income families throughout Fresno County,
especially in remote rural areas. 

The UnitedHealthcare grant will fund educational forums and discussions with
adults, children and families in the region to help enhance their knowledge and
understanding about local health care resources and services to support their
health and well-being. 

In 2008, UnitedHealthcare provided a $100,000 grant to Centro La Familia to
expand its community health outreach program, Promotora, to include information
on the importance of healthy eating and active lifestyles. The latest grant will
help continue and expand that outreach in the community. 

"We are extremely grateful for the grant we received from UnitedHealthcare,"
said Margarita Rocha, executive director, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services,
Inc. "These funds will help us reach more local residents - especially people
living in remote rural areas - to promote and support discussions on various
health topics that are essential to improving the health and wellness of
underserved and uninsured members of our community." 

The latest grant announcement and check presentation was made at a reception
attended by elected officials, as well as community leaders, Centro La Familia`s
board of directors and UnitedHealthcare executives. 

"Centro La Familia provides an important program that helps so many families in
our region better understand a very complicated system of care and services,"
said Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. "Their partnership with our neighborhood
revitalization efforts has been critical to the progress we`ve been making. This
grant by UnitedHealthcare will help Centro La Familia continue to provide
important information to families so they can make informed choices about the
services available in the neighborhoods where they live." 

"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support the health and
wellness of Fresno County residents through our grant to Centro La Familia,"
said Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California. "The nonprofit has a
proven track record for providing important health and social services to people
who live in the San Joaquin Valley." 

Since 2008, UnitedHealthcare has provided more than $30 million in grants to 53
nonprofits statewide. Eight of them are in the Central Valley, receiving $3.3

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, including nearly $40
million to seven hospitals and clinics in the San Joaquin Valley. 

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves more than 2.4
million Californians with a care provider network of 320 hospitals and more than
57,000 physicians statewide. 

About Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Inc.

Centro La Familia is a community based nonprofit organization that has served
low-income families throughout Fresno County for 40 years, to provide direct
advocacy and intervention services to low-income residents. Centro's mission is
to empower low-income people to access life sustaining resources and become
self-sufficient through education, training and social services. Centro's
services are delivered in a culturally sensitive, confidential manner to enhance
the strengths, values and traditions of the families in English and Spanish. 

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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Matthew Yi, 714-822-1097
Centro La Familia Advocacy Services
Margarita Rocha, 559-237-2961 ext. 12

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