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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. Combining mental health services with primary care can reduce costs, increase quality of care and, ultimately, save lives. With this investment, individuals will maintain better health while reducing the burden on the state’s hospitals and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Services will be tailored to the needs of historically marginalized populations and address existing health disparities by delivering culturally competent care.

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