The myCommunity Connect Center is part of UnitedHealthcare’s new
myConnectionsTM pilot program to create
innovative social service and community programs that enable individuals
and families to improve their well-being and independence
and Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC), have opened a community center
in the Maryvale neighborhood of Phoenix that will broaden access to
social services for low-income residents.
The myCommunity ConnectTM Center, located in the Maryvale
Community Service Center, is part of the myConnectionsTM
pilot program, which UnitedHealthcare developed to provide low-income
individuals and families with access to essential social, medical and
behavioral services that can have a significant impact on their health
and quality of life.
The greatest barriers to better health for many people enrolled in
Medicaid are not clinical issues, but rather social or financial
barriers, such as lacking access to safe and affordable housing or
having no way to travel to a job or needed services. myConnections
integrates, organizes and distributes support services for consumers and
provides people with greater access to safe housing, transportation,
education and job training, which are essential to good health.
“We launched the myConnections pilot program to offer a comprehensive
community-based service model to integrate, organize and distribute
support services associated with improving people’s lives while driving
savings across the health system,” said Austin Pittman, CEO of
UnitedHealthcare Community & State. “We are honored to work with trusted
community-based organizations such as CPLC to support healthy
communities. Our partners have been instrumental in helping us open the
doors to this Community Center, and we are grateful for the opportunity
to help people get on the path to better health.”
A celebration marking the opening was held earlier today at the
myCommunity Connect Center. Attendees included: Congressman Ruben
Gallego; State Representatives Rebecca Rios, Ceci Velasquez, and
Reginald Bolding Jr.; Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Vice Mayor Daniel
Valenzuela and Councilman Michael Nowakowski; Peoria City Councilmember
Bridget Binsbacher; David Adame, President & CEO, Chicanos Por La Causa;
and Austin Pittman, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community & State.
“We are honored to be partnering with UnitedHealthcare to continue to
build on our mission of helping Phoenix residents become economically
empowered as they pursue their educational and life goals,” said Adame.
“We look forward to collaborating with UnitedHealthcare as we pursue our
combined goal of promoting healthier living within our communities.”
The myCommunity Connect Center will offer comprehensive services for all
aspects of the myConnections pilot program including mobile food markets
and women, infant and children (WIC) services, as well as medical,
behavioral and dental services. The six components of myConnections
myCommunity ConnectTM – Facilitates access to
UnitedHealthcare myWork Connect – Helps unemployed adults
achieve the skills needed to obtain living-wage jobs.
myHousing ConnectTM – Connects
low-income individuals with appropriate housing to reduce health care
costs, improve outcomes
UnitedHealthcare myData ConnectionTM – Improves
communications and information-sharing across social service providers
to enable whole-person health.
UnitedHealthcare myMoney ConnectTM – Creates
more efficient, cost-effective access to money, integrated with a
wellness rewards program.
UnitedHealthcare myRide – Improves access to nonemergency
medical transportation service.
Consumers, including Medicaid beneficiaries, will be able to access
these services at the Center with the help of community partners who
will have staff at the location.
Through the myCommunity Connect Center, the myConnections program has
created an alliance with Chicanos Por La Causa and other critical
provided access to $20 million in capital to help Chicanos Por La
Causa create an affordable, multifamily housing complex and deliver
support services to residents;
created a partnership with Dress for Success, an organization that is
focused on providing women with appropriate clothing to assist them on
their journey to become job ready, and with St. Joseph’s the Worker,
an organization that supports individuals by helping to reduce or
eliminate any barriers to employment;
provided referral services to more than 400 consumers and over 700
provided over 2,800 meals in more than 700 diabetic food pantry
provided jobs for more than 250 consumers and more than 200 bus passes
to facilitate transportation to work;
- helped more than 200 people with housing support services;
improved access through relationships with WIC services, which expect
44,000 visits to the center this year, serving over 5,000 women,
infants and children;
developed the first-of-its-kind collaboration with St. Mary’s Food
Bank, Chef Green and local growers, with learnings to be analyzed by
Arizona State University/Georgia Tech;
tested alternative transportation methods with the food pantry and
with over 60 home deliveries;
launched UnitedHealthcare myMoney Connect to UnitedHealthcare
Community Plan members; and
developed a new system that added 50 social service providers, many of
which will have multiple locations.
These community service platforms promote health, well-being and
independence by improving access to essential community and
UnitedHealthcare is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which has
more than 6,800 employees in Arizona and serves more than 1.8 million
Arizonans through UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored, Medicare,
TRICARE, health exchange and Medicaid health benefit plans.
About Chicanos Por La Causa
Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a community development corporation (CDC)
that provides services in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Since 1969,
CPLC has been changing lives by developing self-sufficiency and
instilling empowerment in those we serve. Our focus areas are economic
development, education, housing, and social services. CPLC provides a
better life through offering business and employment opportunities;
ensuring everyone has the solid foundation of an education; providing
hope through a pathway of recovery, restoration, and resiliency; and
ensuring that a safe, secure, affordable home is available to every
individual we serve. Today, we have 48 programs & services, 700
employees, and 60 offices, making CPLC the third-largest Hispanic
non-profit in the nation and the largest non-profit CDC in Arizona. For
more information, visit www.CPLC.org.
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Alice Ferreira, 203-459-7775