UnitedHealthcare Invests $550,000 in Mississippi Public Health Institute to Improve Maternal Health Equity and Outcomes

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New effort will empower OB-GYN practices with virtual care and remote patient monitoring programs

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi today announced an investment of $550,000 in the Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI), a non-profit entity created to protect and improve the health and well-being of Mississippians. The investment will fund one of MSPHI’s initiatives aimed at improving maternal health outcomes and closing the black-white gap in those outcomes.

The funding will enable OB-GYN practices in Mississippi to use a platform that provides educational content and remote monitoring of high-risk maternity patients, with the goal of preventing severe maternal morbidity and improving health outcomes. mother and baby. To date, programs are activated at the Hancock Women’s Center in Bay St. Louis and at the following federally licensed health centers: Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, serving Jackson and area; Coastal Family Health Center serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast; and the Southeastern MS Rural Healthcare Initiative which serves the Pine Belt region and surrounding communities.

“This partnership will help strengthen UnitedHealthcare’s existing initiatives to improve prenatal and postpartum care,” said Dr. Dana Carbo-Bryant, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi. “We have supported several innovative models of care that empower pregnant members and support community organizations. This initiative with MSPHI expands our reach and enhances critical remote patient monitoring capabilities. »

Infants born preterm or with low birth weight are at increased risk of suffering from physical disabilities and developmental disorders throughout their lives. According to American Health Ranking, Mississippi’s rate of low birth weight infants (defined as less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces) has increased, now accounting for 12.3% of births, leaving the state in lowest of 50 states. The states premature birth rate declined in 2020, accounting for 14.2% of births, but black women in Mississippi experienced a 44% higher rate of premature births than all other women according to March of Dimes, which fights for the health of all moms and all babies.

“Mississipians face many barriers to care, like distance and health literacy, but there should never be barriers to opportunity,” said Roy Hart, CEO of MSPHI. “Through this collaboration, we are helping to ensure that pregnant women in vulnerable populations receive the care they need, closing gaps in care by expanding care far beyond the clinic.”

This investment is part of several initiatives launched by UnitedHealthcare, together with its parent company UnitedHealth Group, to address maternal health issues in the United States. These initiatives include nearly $14 million in recent philanthropic grants to support maternal health and $2.85 million in support of March of Dimes for a public-private partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services in a multi-sector partnership to reduce disparities and improve maternal morbidity and mortality rates in hospitals with some of the poorest outcomes .

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 464,000 people in Mississippi enrolled in employer-sponsored Medicare and Medicaid benefit plans, with a network of 109 hospitals and nearly 13,000 physicians and other healthcare providers statewide.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the healthcare system work better for all by simplifying the healthcare experience, meeting the health and wellness needs of consumers and maintaining trusting relationships with providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full range of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.3 million physicians and healthcare professionals. , and 6,500 hospitals and other healthcare facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and provides care to people through health care facilities owned and operated in South America. UnitedHealthcare is a business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified healthcare company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter

About MSPHI

MSPHI is a nonprofit entity established in 2011 to protect and improve the health and well-being of Mississippians, serving as a partner and convener to promote health, improve outcomes, and encourage innovations in health systems. We cultivate partnerships for program innovation, health resources, education, applied research and policy development. MSPHI will engage in partnerships and activities that improve the health of Mississippi.

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