UnitedHealth Group is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. As part of its mission, UnitedHealth Group has generously supported ProjectHOPE’s work since 2005.
In 2008, UnitedHealth Group President and CEO Stephen Hemsley approached HOPE leaders about collaborating on a program that would apply lessons learned from overseas to address health challenges in the United States. Within one year, the HABITS for Life program was launched in New Mexico with a focus on one of the nation’s largest health problems: chronic diseases such as diabetes.
In New Mexico, 43 percent of deaths are due to health issues resulting from unhealthy lifestyle choices. The HABITS (Health Access & Better Impact via Technology & Service) for Life program teaches people healthy habits related to diet and exercise and aims to change their state of mind as it relates to health and lifestyle choices. The program features the HOPEmobile, a 64-foot physician’s office on wheels that travels around New Mexico to help raise awareness around chronic disease prevention and management among doctors, nurses and health educators. In addition, HOPEmobile conducts clinical screenings, as well as primary and specialist care in underserved communities, leveraging state-of-the-art telemedicine technology that connects patients with physicians separated by hundreds of miles.
Since 2005, UnitedHealth Group has also supported HOPE’s health policy journal, Health Affairs, as well as HOPE’s work at the Basrah Children’s Hospital in Iraq and, most recently, HOPE’s disaster relief efforts in Japan.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to work closely with Project HOPE to improve the access and quality of care in both the United States and internationally,” said Hemsley. “ProjectHOPE’s leadership in community health programs, coupled with UnitedHealth Group’s national health care resources, is helping to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in New Mexico and elsewhere.”
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