Buffalo, NY

Univera Healthcare accepting Community Health Award applications beginning February 17th

Nonprofit organizations in Western New York can apply for Univera Healthcare’s Community Health Awards that the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in the region. The application period opens on Thursday, February 17th, and closes Monday, March 17th.  Applicants can submit for award applications up to $5,000. 

“As a nonprofit health plan, our mission is to provide access to affordable health care and continually work to improve the health and health care of residents in the communities we serve,” said Art Wingerter, president, of Univera Healthcare. “The company’s Community Health Awards are an opportunity to help support organizations in our community that share our mission of improving access to care and advancing specific health outcomes.” 

All nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in the eight counties of Western New York are invited to apply for an award, which includes: Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.  Funding is intended to support programs that improve individual and population health and reduce ethnic and racial disparities by impacting:

  • Economic Stability -Food availability and security, and healthcare workforce development.
  • Education Access and Quality -Early childhood education and development, enrollment in higher education, high school graduation and language, and literacy
  • Social and Community Support -Caregiver, youth mentorship, and reintegration 
  • Healthcare Access and Quality -Access to health care, access to primary care, health literacy (health education), and healthcare provider pipeline programs
  • Neighborhood and Built Environment -Neighborhood crime and violence (including Domestic Violence and bullying), availability and quality of housing, and access to transportation
  • Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Competency -Educational initiatives to address bias, discrimination, and racialized medicine

Funding requests can also support programs that focus on community needs and impact quality gap closures in behavioral health, women’s health, chronic condition management, preventative care, well-child visits, osteoporosis, and fall prevention.

 “This is just one way we are continuing to advance health equity, and foster our mission in its entirety, to help people lead healthier more secure lives by working together,” said Gina Cuyler, MD, Vice President of Health Equity and Community Investments, Univera Healthcare. 

For additional information and the online application, visit our community investments and partnership page. Award winners will be announced in May. The company’s corporate giving follows all applicable laws and regulations and does not support funding organizations that conflict with its corporate mission, goals, policies, or products.

Olivia Linke, (716) 604-5414

Univera Healthcare is a nonprofit health plan that serves members across the eight counties of Western New York. With more than 500 Buffalo-based employees and a local leadership team, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. Univera is part of a Rochester-based health insurer that serves more than 1.5 million members across upstate New York. Its mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care, and its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. To learn more, visit UniveraHealthcare.com.


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