RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with United Providers of Health to address unmet health care needs of historically marginalized communities.
A new $7 million statewide effort will support NCDHHS’ COVID-19 response by providing preventative health care services, connections to mental health supports and help securing non-medical drivers of health, such as food and housing.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected historically marginalized communities, highlighting long-standing disparities in access to quality health care,” said Kody H. Kinsley, deputy secretary for behavioral health and IDD. “By partnering with providers in these communities and tying in complementary initiatives already underway, we are enabling access to cost-effective care and addressing barriers to whole-person wellness.”
UPOH is a network of independent providers, including behavioral health agencies and primary care physician practices. Their members are community-based providers who deliver services to underserved individuals with high health care needs.