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Northeast Ohio Nonprofits Addressing Social Determinants of Health with Grant

Four statewide and Cleveland-area community-based organizations are expanding their services that address key social determinants of health, and improve care access and health outcomes. The expansion is a result of a recent $1.1 million grant from UnitedHealthcare. 

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Grant recipients include:

  • Ohio Association of Foodbanks - $500,000 to fund new and leased refrigerated trucks, refrigerators and freezers at food banks and food pantries across the state, plus resources for safely handling and effectively marketing fresh produce.
  • East End Neighborhood House - $260,000 to address transportation barriers and social isolation for youth and seniors in Cleveland’s Greater Buckeye neighborhood by funding two 15-passenger vans and on-demand ride services through Uber Health.
  • Helen Keller International - $250,000 to provide school- and community-based vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and glasses to low-income children and adults in northeast Ohio.
  • Senior Citizen Resources - $95,000 to fund two vans to replace outdated vehicles and to expand access to transportation services for northeast Ohio seniors.


UnitedHealthcare is working with the organizations as part of its Empowering Health initiative that focuses on expanding access to care and addressing the social determinants of health for people in underserved communities.

These grants continue the company’s long-standing commitment in Ohio by UnitedHealth Group and United Health Foundation. Since 2016, $8.5 million has been awarded to not-for-profit organizations delivering health programs to communities in Ohio.

To view photos from the grant announcement, click here.