MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - UnitedHealthcare handed over $1 million in grants to seven Memphis-area nonprofit organizations Monday as part of its Empowering Health program.
The grants support critical needs in Memphis and Shelby County, including dental care, access to fresh and healthy food, addressing senior hunger and social isolation and promoting youth health, education and physical activity.
“Living a healthy life is about more than just a regular visit to the doctor’s office,” said Keith Payet, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. “Through programs like Empowering Health, we are introducing innovative ways to integrate clinical and social services and make a real impact on people’s health and well-being, especially those who are uninsured or underserved.”
The following local nonprofits received grants from UnitedHealthCare:
- Mid-South Food Bank -- $500,000 to support and expand the mobile food pantry and Healthy School Pantry programs
- Church Health -- $90,000 to provide specialty dental care for low-income and uninsured residents
- Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association -- $90,000 to expand access to home-delivered meals to seniors through MIFA Meals on Wheels
- Regional One Health -- $90,000 to launch a food pantry at its outpatient clinic and provide food boxes to the uninsured or TennCare/Medicaid recipients
- Shelby County Education Foundation -- $90,000 to buy hygiene and personal-care products for low-income students at Shelby County public schools
- YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South -- $90,000 to launch its “Y on the Fly” program featuring two mobile units delivering healthy meals, physical activity and water-safety courses, a mobile library and STEAM enrichment programming to local youth
- Christ Community Health Services -- $50,000 to provide preventative and restorative dental care to uninsured students, homeless individuals and expectant mothers
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland joined other local officials and representatives from each nonprofit as UnitedHealthcare awarded the grants.
“Thanks to UnitedHealthcare for bringing our community together as we look for new and innovative ways to improve the health of Memphis-area families and individuals,” said Strickland. “No single organization can do this alone. It takes strategic planning and teamwork as demonstrated by UnitedHealthcare’s leadership in partnering with our local organizations to address the social factors affecting our community’s health.”