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UnitedHealthcare Supports Texas Women

Texas Conference for WomenEach year, Texas women come together as part of a movement to empower each other, grow ambitions and reach goals at the Texas Conference for Women. At this year’s event – its 16th annual – taking place this week in Austin, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan is a proud sponsor of the conference’s Community Connection Pavilion.

UnitedHealthcare’s Community Connection Pavilion will offer ways for conference attendees to donate, create and participate in initiatives that change the lives of families in need. Under the pavilion, there will be a hands-on activity for volunteers to make blankets for Meals on Wheels in Austin and an opportunity to sign up for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in their hometowns – another event which UHC actively supports as its first-ever statewide sponsor.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, center, making blankets for Meals on Wheels with UHC's Marian Cabanillas and conference volunteers.
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, center, making blankets for Meals on Wheels with UHC’s Marian Cabanillas and conference volunteers.

In addition to sponsoring the Community Connection Pavilion, two of UnitedHealthcare’s senior leaders will be participating in the conferences sessions. Yasmine Winkler, our Community & State CEO for the central region and chief consumer officer with UnitedHealthcare, will be part of the day’s luncheon keynote session with many of the conference’s top guests, which include Robin Roberts, ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor and cancer survivor, Oscar-winning actress and advocate for wage equality Patricia Arquette, designer and urban planner Candy Chang and Life is Good CEO Bert Jacobs.

Dr. Dawn Bazarko, the Founder and Senior Vice President of Moment Health, an innovative new UnitedHealth Group business focused on bringing mindfulness solutions to the workplace, to health care workers and into health care delivery to improve the care experience, will be taking the stage with other health experts in a session about optimizing stress to improve overall wellbeing.

UnitedHealthcare has been at the forefront of women’s health with its many initiatives throughout Texas and the United States, including its approach to women’s preventative care services.

Bringing together inspirational individuals and organizations to highlight women’s issues is the goal, and we’re proud to help be part of that conversation.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, left, Meals on Wheels representative and UHC's Marian Cabanillas pose for a picture while holding a blanket they made at the UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, left, Meals on Wheels representative and UHC’s Marian Cabanillas pose for a picture while holding a blanket they made at the UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.
Texas Conference For Women attendees making blankets for Meals on Wheels at UnitedHealthcare Community Pavilion.

UnitedHealthcare launches Texas Housing Initiative to help people live healthier lives

Walter Moreau, left, Executive Director of Foundation Communities Briefs, Aron Weisner, Vice President of Acquisitions, Enterprise Community Investment, Donald Langer, President of UnitedHealthcare Community and State of Texas and State Representative Elliott Naishtat, on the progress of construction of Capital Studios, a new affordable housing community being built in downtown Austin.
Walter Moreau, left, Executive Director of Foundation Communities Briefs, Aron Weisner, Vice President of Acquisitions, Enterprise Community Investment, Donald Langer, President of UnitedHealthcare Community and State of Texas and State Representative Elliott Naishtat, on the progress of construction of Capital Studios, a new affordable housing community being built in downtown Austin.

When it comes to innovative thinking about how the nation’s health can be improved, UnitedHealthcare is broadening the boundaries of what previously has been considered “health related” factors.

Texas is home to an innovative new initiative being spearheaded by UnitedHealthcare to address other life factors that may directly or indirectly affect a person’s health – in this case, housing.

“Expanding access to affordable housing is important in breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty and helping people live healthier lives,” said Donald Langer, president of UnitedHealthcare Community & State of Texas. (source)

Partnering with homeless coalitions in Austin and Houston, UnitedHealthcare may even help some members address barriers to stable housing, such as purchasing furniture or paying for moving costs.

Donald Langer, President of UnitedHealthcare Community and State of Texas discusses UnitedHealthcare’s $11.7 million investment in Capital Studios, a new affordable housing community being built in downtown Austin. UnitedHealthcare made the investment through a partnership with Enterprise Community Investment.
Donald Langer, President of UnitedHealthcare Community and State of Texas discusses UnitedHealthcare’s $11.7 million investment in Capital Studios, a new affordable housing community being built in downtown Austin. UnitedHealthcare made the investment through a partnership with Enterprise Community Investment.

The pilot program initially will serve about 20 members. UnitedHealthcare has invested $11.7 million in Austin’s Capital Studios community, which will open in the fall of 2015 and provide low-income and homeless housing. Serving the health needs of more than 4 million Texans, UnitedHealthcare has identified 300 of its members in Austin and another 3,000 members in Houston who are either homeless or relying on some type of housing assistance.

A number of homeless advocates and hospital groups have advocated in recent years for the inclusion of safe and stable housing as an important contributor to the health and well-being of families.

A recent article in Becker’s Hospital Review says that UnitedHealthcare’s initiative aligns with what experts say is “a shift in U.S. healthcare policy” that is “widening the notion of what services are considered healthcare, and could lead policymakers to better address poverty, nutrition, housing and other social determinants of health. (source)