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UnitedHealthcare provides nearly $170,000 to support UMMC children

JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi has provided $169,500 in funding to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) to support children, their families and the provider community with local professional expertise in sickle cell disease and behavioral health support and services.

“Providing equitable access to healthcare and health education resources for Mississippians is a critical part of UnitedHealthcare’s mission,” said J. Michael Parnell, executive director of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi. “The University of Mississippi Medical Center has the clinical knowledge to meet some of our state’s greatest needs, and we are honored to help bring that knowledge to high-risk, high-need communities.”

The new funding will go to:

  • Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center – $84,000 to provide pediatric behavioral health resources to children, their families, and the professionals who care for these children .
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology – $85,500 to support rural medical education and treatment for sickle cell disease in the Mississippi Delta.

CAY is using the funding to create a pilot project to determine the effectiveness of outreach programs for community health care outcomes (ECHO) that improve the developmental, behavioral, and mental health of Mississippians age 21 and younger.