The MolinaCares Accord Aims to Bridge the Health Equity Gap in Rhode Island Communities

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PROVIDENCE, R.I., August 04, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The MolinaCares Accord ("MolinaCares") is supporting several nonprofits statewide to assist Rhode Islanders facing social, financial, and health challenges including food insecurity, homelessness, opioid use disorder, HIV, and more.

"Building stronger, more resilient communities is part of MolinaCares’ mission," said Carolyn Ingram, executive director of The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation. "MolinaCares aims to remove the barriers which prevent so many individuals and families from receiving quality health care and help provide the accompanying support resources needed to improve their lives."

As part of its mission, MolinaCares is donating to:

  • United Way of Rhode Island works to help Rhode Islanders in need while bringing together individuals, businesses, nonprofits, community leaders, and government officials to address the state’s most pressing social issues. Funds from the grant will go to support United Way’s Non-Profit Innovations Lab, a program designed to promote innovation within the non-profit sector and help transform ideas into programmatic reality, focusing on housing, health equity, and racial disparity solutions.

  • Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s Healthy Habits: Eating Well on a Budget program teaches low-income participants how to shop, cook, and eat with good health in mind, even on a limited budget. Since the program began in 2013, more than 15,000 adults, seniors, and children have participated. The funds will help expand the program to more communities statewide.

  • Family Services of Rhode Island assists low-income families statewide with a variety of services. Funds will support Project Support Ocean State, a federally-funded project to respond to youth impacted by the opioid epidemic. It will also support at-home HIV testing and aid those living with HIV. This includes pre- and post-test counseling, as well as deliveries of groceries, personal care items, and personal protective equipment.

"The work of Rhode Island’s nonprofit community is vital to the overall well-being of our neighbors as well as our state’s ability to thrive, and we are grateful to be among the recipients of MolinaCares’ generosity," said Cortney Nicolato, United Way of Rhode Island’s president and CEO. "Too many Rhode Islanders continue to struggle with challenges made worse by the pandemic and these funds will help ensure nonprofits have the resources to meet what has become a new wave of need."

About MolinaCares Accord

Established by Molina Healthcare, Inc., The MolinaCares Accord oversees a community investment platform created to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations by funding meaningful, measurable, and innovative programs and solutions that improve health, life, and living in local communities. The MolinaCares Accord funds such measures through The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) established in 2020 by Molina Healthcare, Inc.

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Contacts

Caroline Zubieta, Caroline.Zubieta@molinahealthcare.com, 562-951-1588

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