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Daughters of Charity Health Centers (DCHC) announced it has received a $550,000 grant from United Health Foundation. The grant will support DCHC’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Model and Neighborhood Health Partnership program at this location.

United Health Foundation awarded the grant during a community event today at the site, which is located in the Bywater neighborhood in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. The foundation has given nearly $7 million in grants to Daughters of Charity Health Centers since 2006.

“Our St. Cecilia location provides critical health care services to the people of the Bywater neighborhood and surrounding areas, and we are able to deliver these services due in large part to support from United Health Foundation,” said Michael Griffin, president and CEO of Daughters of Charity Health Centers. “With the foundation’s support, we continue to implement an integrated, innovative model of health care that effectively advances our mission to improve the health and well-being of our community.”

Daughters of Charity Health Centers’ Patient-Centered Medical Home Model, which involves a team of health professionals including physicians, nurse care managers, behavioral health managers and case managers, provides an elevated level of care to residents in the area who face health and social challenges. The model re-establishes the important patient-physician relationship by having patients receive long-term coordinated and comprehensive care from a primary care physician, or “medical home,” instead of episodic care from various specialists who are less familiar with their medical history.

The Neighborhood Health Partnership (NHP) is an outreach program that provides health screenings and education, and directs people to Daughters of Charity Health Centers for primary and preventive care.

“We see the difference St. Cecilia makes in the community, and United Health Foundation is honored to be a part of that progress,” said Kate Rubin, president, United Health Foundation. “Community health centers provide high-quality, affordable care and health education services to people who live in the most vulnerable areas of our communities, and we support their efforts to improve people’s well-being and quality of life.”

Since 2003, United Health Foundation has committed nearly $40 million in funding to community health centers across the country.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to continue our longstanding relationship with Daughters of Charity to help ensure all people – regardless of income – have access to health and wellness services they need and deserve,” said Glen Golemi, CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s Gulf States Region, on behalf of United Health Foundation.

About Daughters of Charity Health Centers
The Daughters of Charity has provided access to high-quality, compassionate health care to greater New Orleans residents since 1834. The organization's four health care centers are conveniently located in the Ninth Ward, Uptown, Metairie and New Orleans East, offering primary and preventive health services to all – with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. Optometry, dental, behavioral/mental health, prenatal care, pediatric care, pharmacy and WIC services are also available.

About United Health Foundation
Guided by a passion to help people live healthier lives, United Health Foundation provides helpful information to support decisions that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. The Foundation also supports activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being of communities. After its establishment by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation, the Foundation has committed more than $210 million to improve health and health care. For additional information, please visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.

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