County awarded UCare Fund grant

The UCare Fund has awarded a $41,000 grant to Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services for its breastfeeding promotion initiative.

This program encourages breastfeeding as the healthiest option for infant nutrition through nurse-led breastfeeding classes, technical assistance to local worksites to accommodate women returning to work and relationships with community partners for continuity of care.

The UCare Fund is a community-directed initiative of UCare.

The fund provides grants to projects that advance UCare’s mission to improve the health of UCare members through innovative services and partnerships across communities, and reduce health disparities for disadvantaged populations in the Twin Cities and throughout Greater Minnesota.

“UCare has long valued partnerships with counties, agencies and providers to extend our mission to improve the health of Minnesotans, especially those who are underserved,” said Ghita Worcester, senior vice president of public affairs and marketing, UCare.

“We are excited to award UCare Fund grants in 2012 to public health, nonprofit and community-based organizations working to improve health outcomes.”

In 2012, UCare distributed 31 community grants totaling $1,065,944 and three research grants totaling $197,592 to Minnesota organizations working to improve the health of people of all ages, ethnicities and abilities in 2012.

UCare Fund grants in 2012 were awarded to organizations meeting four health improvement-related grant criteria – obesity reduction, preventive health care, disabilities and medical home initiatives.

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