Cleveland, OH,
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UnitedHealthcare Grants MetroHealth $500,000 to Advance Programs that Address Social Determinants of Health

Cleveland - UnitedHealthcare will provide $500,000 in funding to help expand two MetroHealth programs addressing social determinants of health for underserved populations in the greater Cleveland area. The three-year collaboration expands initiatives targeted at high-risk pregnant mothers and medically complex patient populations. Both programs provide or connect participants to wrap-around services such as housing support and food assistance, as well as financial and employment resources to improve health outcomes.

MetroHealth’s Red Carpet Care program for patients who frequently visit the emergency room and those with medically complex conditions provides food and housing assistance to address the issues that prevent many of these patients from achieving better health. The program aims to improve overall health and reduce the need to visit the hospital by establishing a primary care provider for patients and offering well-coordinated services that meet their basic needs.

MetroHealth’s Mom & Baby Bundle program brings providers and community-based organizations together to support pregnant women and their infants who are at higher risk for poor birth outcomes, including those with opioid use disorder and those experiencing housing insecurity. The program identifies and engages at-risk patients and establishes connections to needed resources in a team-based care environment.

The funding from UnitedHealthcare will enable MetroHealth to increase capacity for both programs, track patient outcomes, as well as identify drivers of poor outcomes. The two organizations will collaborate to design and test effective care management strategies based on program findings, which will have a direct impact on many of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid members in the Cleveland area.

“We are proud to partner with UnitedHealthcare, and their support will make a big difference in the lives of so many people in our community,” said MetroHealth CEO and President Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “Both programs focus on long-term, sustainable transformation. Whether it is helping mothers and their babies get off to a healthy start or working with people with complex medical issues that often come to our Emergency Department, thousands of people in Northeast Ohio will be better off because of this effort.”

“The need for payer and provider partnerships to address the health needs of the underserved has never been more evident. The COVID-19 pandemic has required all of us to step up our support services and come together for the sake of community health,” said Mike Roaldi, chief executive officer, UnitedHealthcare Community & State Ohio. “We are committed to helping drive better health outcomes for underserved populations in Ohio and are grateful to partners like MetroHealth for their commitment to a mission we both share.”

Research shows that 80 percent of an individual’s health is determined by what happens outside of a doctor’s office.1 Addressing barriers to better health is one part of UnitedHealthcare’s multi-pronged commitment to redefine healthy living for the uninsured and underserved. UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, is also investing in programs and partnerships focused on food, transportation and social isolation. To date, UnitedHealth Group has provided over $100 million in support to support those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including health care workers, hard-hit communities and older adults.

About The MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit