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UnitedHealthcare helps East Texas Food Bank feed hungry seniors, achieve fundraising goal

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In today’s Texas, where the economy is booming and opportunities abound, it’s hard to imagine that anyone could go hungry. But hunger and lack of nutrition plague far too many families in the Lone Star State, contributing to the state’s rank of 31st out of the 50 states in overall health, according to UnitedHealthcare’s America’s Health Rankings® 2014 report.

These issues are particularly worrisome for the older population, which is even more vulnerable to negative health outcomes related to food insecurity than other adults. A recent study by Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, Spotlight on Senior Health: Adverse Health Outcomes of Food Insecure Older Americans found that food insecure seniors have a much higher risk for chronic health conditions.

When compared to seniors who have reliable food sources, food insecure seniors are:

  • 60 percent more likely to experience depression
  • 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack
  • 52 percent more likely to develop asthma
  • 40 percent more likely to report an experience of congestive heart failure

In response to the needs of local senior citizens, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas recently awarded $5,000 to the East Texas Food Bank to support its Senior Box Program to help improve the nutrition and health of senior citizens in and around Smith County, where some 43,000 individuals are food insecure (source: Feeding America Map the Meal Gap 2015). UnitedHealthcare’s contribution also enabled East Texas Food Bank to reach its $25,000 fundraising goal that enabled it to qualify for another $25,000 matching grant.

 

 

UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge raises awareness, funds & hope

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The April showers that soaked the Lone Star State did not dampen the spirits of some 170 wounded warriors who powered and pedaled through about 500 miles of Texas roadway last week.

The cyclists were part of the 7th annual UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, a seven-day ride from Houston to Fort Worth that raises funds and awareness for wounded veterans, even as the rigorous ride raises their spirits.

Between Sunday, April 19 and Saturday, April 25, the warriors biked through a number of communities between Houston and Fort Worth, including College Station, Georgetown, Fort Hood, Waco and Cleburne. In big cities and small towns, they received a warm and well-deserved heroes’ welcome.

The veterans – some with visible injuries and others whose wounds are hidden – rode on a variety of bicycles. Many bikes were specially designed or adapted to accommodate warriors missing hands or feet, while one veteran who lost her vision in an explosion in Iraq was riding on a tandem bike.

“Just cycling with other veterans is a therapeutic way, not only to stay in shape, but connect with other people,” Texas veteran Jonathan Dade told KTRH radio in Houston. “It is my therapy. Instead of going to a doctor each week or talking to a counselor, I get on my bike; I relax and talk to other people. The challenge is something I train for, but it’s also part of what I need to do.”

As Ride 2 Recovery’s President John Wordin told the Houston Chronicle, “The UnitedHealthcare Challenge Series is all about the mental and physical challenge of getting your life back by restoring hope and purpose. For these men and women, cycling becomes a life-changing addition to their physical and mental rehabilitation.”

The event is also close to the heart of its lead sponsor, whose employees look forward to rallying around a group of people who have sacrificed so much for our country.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to help make this event come to life and to support the exercise and rehabilitation services that are important to the health and well-being of our veterans,” Tom Quirk, chief executive officer, UnitedHealthcare of Texas told The Humble Observer.

 

Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance & UnitedHealthcare collaborate to improve patient care in North Texas

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Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (BSWQA) and UnitedHealthcare are collaborating to improve care coordination and enhance health services for more than 52,000 North Texas residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans.

The two organizations will help shift Texas’ health care system to one that rewards quality and value, instead of the volume of procedures performed.

BSWQA is an Accountable Care Organization established in 2011 as part of Baylor Scott & White Health’s strategy to improve healthcare delivery. BSWQA’s network of more than 3,800 primary and specialty care physicians and 46 hospitals and post-acute care facilities will be available to people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans.

BSWQA will leverage population health management – including care coordination, disease management, preventive health services, a health information exchange and data analytics – to deliver a higher standard of quality care at a lower cost.

BSWQA is one of 250 new accountable care organizations that UnitedHealthcare is joining with in 2015 as the company engages in deeper, more collaborative relationships with physicians and hospitals across the country.