UnidosUS and Deloitte Health Equity Institute Announce New Collaboration
Funding will provide equitable health care access for Latino children
Washington, DC— UnidosUS and Deloitte Health Equity Institute (DHEI) are pleased to announce a new collaboration that will provide funding to UnidosUS’s Healthy and Ready for the Future (HRF) program across the country, to support current rural subgrantees and help expand to new urban areas. This funding is enabled by Deloitte’s $1.5 billion commitment over the next 10 years to support organizations like UnidosUS that are leading the field to advance health equity across the country. The national HRF program envisions a physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy Latino child population and is awarding subgrants to five local community-based organizations with early childhood education centers. The grantees include Casa Central and Gads Hill Center in Chicago, Mexican American Unity Council in San Antonio, and Para Los Niños and PUENTE Learning Center in Los Angeles.
“UnidosUS is excited to collaborate with Deloitte Health Equity Institute as we collectively scale, for the first time, the Healthy and Ready for the Future program into urban communities,” said Rita Carreón, Vice President for Health at UnidosUS. “Deeper investments towards this program help us realize our vision by fostering accessible, comprehensive, equitable health care for Latino children, and educating and empowering their families to meet their socio-emotional, mental health needs and reach their full potential.”
Since 2016, UnidosUS has supported eight HRF Affiliate partners in 15 states and 138 rural communities across the country, strengthening their capacity to serve more than 80,000 children with essential oral and behavioral health care services. The program also empowers parents and caregivers with culturally relevant skills and practices, to be their child’s first teachers and lay the foundation for a stronger home ecosystem where children can thrive. The expanded reach under this program will help UnidosUS’s scale its impact and advance health equity.
“We are thrilled to support the expansion of Healthy and Ready for the Future to new urban areas to help increase access to oral and behavioral health care and education for families,” said Dr. Jay Bhatt, Executive Director of the Deloitte Health Equity Institute and Center for Health Solutions. “Pairing direct access to care with culturally tailored education to parents and caregivers supports the importance of investing in families social and economic wellbeing – and strengthens the trajectory of children’s lives. As someone who cares for Latino families in a community health center, I see the direct impact of closing behavioral health care gaps and supporting families. I believe this proven approach can make a difference in impacting lives in our Latino communities and beyond.”
About the Deloitte Health Equity Institute
Recognizing the imperative for immediate and sustained effort, and grounded in Deloitte’s acknowledgement of racism as a public health crisis, Deloitte established the Deloitte Health Equity Institute (DHEI) in spring 2021. DHEI is dedicated to creating public good through community collaboration and investment, data and analytics, and knowledge development. DHEI builds on Deloitte’s commitment to advance health equity, informed by work with clients, a decade of impact made by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, and our perspective on how life sciences and health care organizations can activate health equity. The DHEI reinforces our purpose of making a positive, enduring impact that matters. By collaborating with local and national organizations, DHEI is a catalyst, helping advance health equity at scale. Our initiatives aim to help everyone achieve their full potential in all aspects of health and well-being, building a more equitable society for all.
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