Healthcare, service providers to receive financial boost

Photos by Joel Mitchell UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California donated funding to Family Health Centers of San Diego, the largest safety-net health care provider in San Diego County, to purchase two electric mobile units that will be used by the “Tiger Teams” to provide basic primary care, vaccinations and other mobile-capable services in underserved communities targeting populations unable to leave their home to access care. The investment in Family Health Centers is part of a $1.5 million donation to support 17 San Diego Community Based Organizations to promote access to physical, behavioral and social health care resources across the county.

On Dec. 13, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California announced $1.5 million in funding to support community-based programs to reduce health disparities improve health equity in San Diego County. This funding supports initiatives from 17 San Diego organizations to address specific health needs of underserved members of the community and gaps in access to health care.

Recipients of the program include: Interfaith Community Services; Champions for Health; Chicano Federation of San Diego County; San Diego County Promotores Coalition; San Diego Youth Services; Family Health Centers of San Diego; Neighborhood Healthcare; South Bay Community Services; HealthCorps; SAY San Diego; La Maestra Community Health Centers; Cajon Valley Union School District; Oceanside Unified School District; San Diego Rescue Mission; TrueCare; San Ysidro Health; and Father Joe’s Villages.

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California will collaborate with the local organizations to target specific population health issues including housing insecurity and homelessness, access to primary care services, health equity training, youth-specific services, school-based services and mental health supports, and mobile care capabilities.

“Addressing health equity requires intentional actions by government, nonprofits and the private sector, and I am excited UnitedHealthcare has committed to using its resources to support 17 entities who are on the frontlines of behavioral health, helping the unsheltered and uplifting our youth,” said County of San Diego Board of Supervisors chairman Nathan Fletcher.