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UnitedHealthcare delivers another large grant to Jordan Valley

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UnitedHealthcare Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) officials yesterday visited Springfield’s Jordan Valley Community Health Center to deliver a $1 million grant.

The award comes a year after UnitedHealthcare issued a $1.5 million grant to Jordan Valley, allowing the health care organization to reach more than 10,000 patients with the addition of services and 15 new community health workers, according to a Tuesday news release.

“We are very grateful to have received this additional grant from UnitedHealthcare to grow our community health worker program and offer needed services to more people in our community,” said Brooks Miller, CEO of Jordan Valley, in the release. “The personal connection our community health workers have with the people they serve establishes a caring and trusting environment at Jordan Valley Community Health Center. This grant enables us to build on that foundation and continue improving our community’s health through access and relationships.”

Community health workers at Jordan Valley are responsible for health screenings and preventive care services, as well as connecting patients with food, housing and transportation resources.

The grant is funded through UnitedHealthcare’s Empowering Health initiative, which aims to improve the health of the nation’s underserved population, according to the release.

“Empowering Health will accelerate the work and resources necessary to improve the health of many people in this area, especially those with complex health and social service needs,” said Jamie Bruce, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Missouri, in the release.

During the visit to Jordan Valley’s 440 E. Tampa St. campus yesterday, UnitedHealthcare officials also participated in a roundtable discussion with Jordan Valley executives and local and state representatives.

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