Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group awarded $1.4 Million in Maternal Health Grants to five community organizations. These community organizations aim to provide maternal health-related services and spread awareness across the regions. The same organizations will provide healthcare services to underserved communities.
The Chief Medical Officer at Optum, Dr. Janice Huckaby narrated the benefits of partnering with these five community organizations. As per his statement, these communities will be the backbone for improving the healthcare of newborns and mothers. They will also work to spread awareness among the communities that are completely unaware of such services.
Underserved communities are not attached to such services as they don’t pay attention to them. For the very same reason, these communities are now tied up with Optum. Together, they can work to improve the overall healthcare infrastructure for newborns and mothers.
Let’s talk about the five community organizations that receive the grant money awarded by Optum.
The Community Organizations Awarded Grants are as follows:
Community of Hope
Community of Hope is based in Washington D.C. The community organization has received $500,000 to serve pregnant women. The community will provide different types of services to underprivileged or low-income pregnant women. They can receive grants money or services through community-centered programs.
Cradle Cincinnati is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The community organization has received $400,000 to prevent preterm births among Black women. The same community is expanding its territories to more states across the United States. This organization is primarily focusing on the black community.
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Wake Forest Baptist Health community is based in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The organization has received $200,000 as a grant from Optum. This community focuses on protecting pregnant women from violence by their partners. The same community will provide additional support and access to various resources to make them stand against physical violence.
Morehouse School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine is based in Atlanta. The community organization has received $95,000 from Optum to support the Black Women’s research about Maternal Near Miss. See Also IVF Grants for African American
Maternal Near Miss is a condition where a woman almost dies but somehow stays alive during the delivery or pregnancy. The research study will be conducted in multiple cities and states across the United States by this community.
Ladies of Hope Ministries
Ladies of Hope Ministries is based in New York City. The community organization has received $200,000 to improve the lifestyle and support the incarcerated pregnant women. The same community will provide Doula training, birth support, and other certification services.
Talking about the developed nations, the United States has the highest parental mortality rate. The nation’s parental mortality rate is increasing day by day and for that reason, Optum has thought of providing support to such communities who are willing to work for the betterment of society through maternal services.
The officials of these communities have personally thanked Optum and its Parent Company for supporting them. They have ensured them to enhance their services and provide various parental-related services to those who deserve them.
The company has chosen the five community organizations working in different fields to cover all types of pregnant women from different communities, areas, professions, etc. They aim to improve the healthcare infrastructure among pregnant women across the United States.
As per the data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 60% of pregnancy-related deaths are thought to be preventable. The complications could also be reduced by making the pregnant women aware of the reasons to increase the different types of complications during the pregnancy.
Multiple factors are there behind the increasing mortality rate of pregnant women. Some of the factors politically arise while the others are due to lack of funds. This initiative by Optum has created a huge buzz around the world as it is the only company that has thought of providing funds to improve the health of pregnant women.
Optum is an advanced IT-enabled health service company that provides different types of services to improve health with advanced technology. They aim to modernize healthcare services by providing more advanced tools and services. They have a team of over 190,000 people worldwide.