Univera Healthcare is committed to making Western New York a better place to live, work and raise a family. As a nonprofit health plan, our mission is to provide access to affordable health care and continually improve the health and health care of residents in the communities we serve.
Our community investment opportunities strive to address disparities that impact our members and the communities in which they live. While we are unified in our mission to help people live healthier, more secure lives, our diverse approaches consider the prevailing challenges in each region.
Our 2023 focus areas will support investments continually in our community, with Event Sponsorships and Health and Wellness Awards offered year-round. This summer, we will launch a call for ideas with an opportunity for selected applicants to apply for Health Equity Innovation Grants.
Supporting Our Community
Our Community Investments and Partnerships work is supported by three strategic pillars:
- Customer service: We strive to provide our partners with outstanding customer service that supports the work they do
- Impact: We work to ensure meaningful, measurable impact for our members and the communities we serve
- Partnerships: We advance partnerships with community-based organizations that help people lead healthier lives
These three pillars support our efforts to impact the community through Event Sponsorships, Health and Wellness Awards, Health Equity Innovation Grants, Employee Volunteerism, and Member and Community Health Improvement (MACHI) Grants.
Every Bottom Covered
Univera Healthcare provided $10,000 to Every Bottom Covered, a diaper bank at the Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo. With these funds, the diaper bank will continue to assist low-income families in the distribution of diapers.
According to a study by Huggies and the National Diaper Bank Network, 1 in 3 families in the United States experience "diaper need," which is defined as not having enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler consistently clean and dry. This can lead to health issues like diaper rash or infections for the baby and undue stress for parents.
The need for diapers creates additional stress for the family as well. Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities, require parents to provide a day's supply of disposable diapers; therefore, many parents cannot go to work or school if they cannot leave their babies at childcare.
"Receiving this grant helps Every Bottom Covered ensure that no child's bottom will be left uncovered by helping us to purchase more diapers and wipes and begin to expand into communities that may not always be able to get to the Delavan Grider Community Center, said Raziya Hill, founder and executive director of Every Bottom Covered. "We understand that in addition to the financial pinch of raising families in low-income households, transportation is a major issue in many rural communities. This amazing grant will help us truly begin to address this. We are so grateful to Univera for this opportunity."
Buffalo Niagara Partnership - It's Our Job Campaign
Through the support of a grant from Univera Healthcare, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership produced 2,500 small business kits as part of the "It's Our Job" campaign. The It's Our Job Small Business Kit includes the following resources to help businesses operate safely and welcome customers back in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- It's Our Job face masks and buttons
- Repositionable floor decals
- In-business social distancing signage
- Univera Healthcare hand health instructions
- Safe entry and safe hygiene signage
- Small business guide
Local businesses are integral to the economy and the fabric of our community. These kits aim to help keep local dollars within local and diverse businesses while promoting safety measures aimed to keep all of us healthy in these uncertain times.
Representatives from Bank on Buffalo, Evans Bank, KeyBank, M&apm;T Bank, and Northwest Bank distributed kits to their small employer businesses.
"When all of us work together, great things can happen. The fact that Univera Healthcare and this impressive group of banks have come together to support this initiative speaks volumes," said Dottie Gallagher, president and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative
Univera Healthcare has committed to helping over 30 underserved, low-socioeconomic fathers with children in partnership with the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network's (BPPN) Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative. Our sponsorship will provide financial education, father-specific parenting education, and mentorship for young men of color to advance in postsecondary education or workforce development completion.
The Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative (BFI) empowers healthy father and male involvement for children and families while providing tools and resources to a better future for our children and our community - one father at a time. BFI offers three programs for the community:
- Personal development and mentoring for young men and fathers
- Parenting education and support through a 13-week Nurturing Fathers Program
- Promotion of economic stability through a 9-week personal financial education program
"Univera is a key partner and advocate for the Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative," stated Antoine Johnson, Program Manager of the Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative. "This investment will help us reach more fathers and change lives of fathers and their families."
COVID Vaccine Clinics
Univera Healthcare, in partnership with Kinney Drugs, conducted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at our Williamsville headquarters for Univera members and individuals in their households who had not been vaccinated. Univera was the first Buffalo-area health insurer to host a vaccine clinic.
These opportunities are for applicants seeking funding for events that support activities that align with our mission to help people lead healthier and more secure lives through access to high quality, affordable health care. Event sponsorship examples include fundraisers, health fairs, health seminars, galas, and summits.
Health and Wellness Awards (Year-Round)
These opportunities support programs that conduct ongoing work or initiatives designed to improve health and ultimately health outcomes. Given that most disparities are due to many causes, preference is given to programs that address specific health conditions and/or factors linked to health disparities .
Health Equity Innovation Grants
These grants focus on innovative initiatives that address disparities in health care and improve health outcomes. The target population for these grants are historically marginalized and minoritized groups and groups at highest risk for experiencing poor health outcomes. These include racial and ethnic communities, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, veterans, refugees, and rural communities. Project initiatives require clear metrics for demonstrating improved outcomes and reporting. Successful initiatives that align with our investment strategy may be selected for additional multi-year funding.
Note: Our Health Equity Innovation Grants will launch in summer 2023. Check back in August for more information.
Member and Community Health Improvement (MACHI) Grant Program
The MACHI grant program provides funding to local, nonprofit organizations that share our vision for healthier communities. These 2- to 3-year grants support initiatives with specific objectives and measurable outcomes for improving health. Our current focus is on reducing racial disparities in maternal health.
Employee volunteerism aligns with our company’s vision and values of improving the health of our community. Univera Healthcare provides employees with volunteer time off to cultivate community connections through volunteer service, engage with the community via board membership, and nurture meaningful community relationships.
Community Affairs Director
Univera Healthcare receives hundreds of corporate giving requests every year. Each corporate giving request that benefits a charitable organization will be reviewed. Our corporate giving must follow all applicable laws, regulations, and corporate policies and refrain from contributing to political organizations, political candidates, and labor unions (unless the payees are registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations). In addition, we will not fund organizations that conflict with our corporate mission, goals, policies, or products, including organizations that discriminate against persons or groups on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS status, or religion.
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