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Fillmore-Houston Community Health Service receives UCare Fund Grant

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MINNEAPOLIS – UCare’s UCare Fund awarded a $25,000 grant in late 2013 to Fillmore-Houston Community Health Service in Caledonia, Minn. to support a program working to reduce obesity among youth in Fillmore and Houston counties. The Health Service works with area schools, child care providers, and early childhood facilities to increase nutrition and physical activity.

The UCare Fund is a community-directed initiative of UCare, the fourth-largest health plan in Minnesota. The Fund was established in 1998. UCare focuses its grant-making on programs and initiatives that improve the health of underserved populations across Minnesota with innovative services, education, community outreach, and research.

“UCare creates and maintains partnerships with community organizations to improve not only the health of our members in Minnesota but also the underserved in communities across our service area,” said Ghita Worcester, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing, UCare. “We are proud to award UCare Fund grants to so many public health, nonprofit, and community-based groups conducting innovative programs in the state.”

In 2013, UCare distributed 29 community grants totaling $885,116 and four research grants totaling $295,460 to Minnesota organizations working to improve the health of people of all ages, cultures, and abilities in 2013. UCare Fund grants were awarded to organizations meeting four health improvement-related grant criteria for 2013:

•Access to health care coverage: Initiatives that focus on providing comprehensive outreach support services, including referrals and education, to eligible Minnesotans about health care choices and helping individuals gain access to appropriate coverage options.

•Disabilities: Projects with a goal of reducing health disparities for people living with a physical or developmental disability.

•Healthy lifestyles: Projects addressing wellness issues, especially through physical activity, healthy nutrition, and lifestyle behavior changes; helpful if improving preventive health care and disease management in diverse populations.

•Medical home initiatives: Projects that connect community resources with local clinics and hospitals to improve the health of members.

About UCare

UCare ( is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care and administrative services to more than 350,000 members. UCare serves more people from diverse cultures and more people with disabilities enrolled in Medical Assistance than any other health plan in Minnesota. UCare partners with health care providers, counties, community organizations, and other member-directed groups to create and deliver innovative health coverage plans for:

•Medicare-eligible individuals throughout Minnesota and in western Wisconsin.

•Individuals and families enrolled in income-based Minnesota Health Care Programs, such as MinnesotaCare and Prepaid Medical Assistance Program.

•Adults with disabilities.

•Minnesotans dually eligible for Medical Assistance and Medicare.

UCare addresses health care disparities and care access issues through its UCare Fund grants and a broad array of community initiatives. The health plan has received Top 100 Workplaces honors for four consecutive years from the Star Tribune since the rankings began in 2010.

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