UnitedHealthcare awarded $2.2 million to three Los Angeles nonprofits to improve health care services for the underserved. The grant presentation was held at Liggett Elementary School in Panorama City, one of 33 schools participating in Northridge Hospital's Obesity and Diabetes Initiative. L-R - Front Row: Bonnie Bailer, director of Center for Healthier Communities, Northridge Hospital Medical Center; Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California; Nury Martinez, LAUSD board member, Northeast San Fernando Valley; Zev Yaroslavsky, L.A. County supervisor; and Nancy Vallens, principal, Liggett Elementary School. L-R - Back Row: Peter Dale, Public Health Foundation; Mary Franz, Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services; Mark Casanova, executive director, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles; Brian Hammel, president, Northridge Hospital Foundation; and Michael Lehrer, president of board of directors, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles (Photo: Jamie Rector).
Nancy Vallens (left, back), principal of Liggett Elementary School and Brandon Cuevas (right, back), CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California on Thursday, March 14 discuss the importance of physical education for children as students participate in a P.E. class. UnitedHealthcare announced $2.2 million dollars in grants to three Los Angeles nonprofit organizations (Northridge Hospital Foundation, Public Health Foundation Enterprises and Homeless Health Care Los Angeles) to help improve health care services and wellness programs for children, families and adults. Liggett Elementary School is one of 33 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District participating in the Northridge Hospital Foundation's School-based Obesity and Diabetes Initiative (SODI) that's funded in part by the UnitedHealthcare grant. The UnitedHealthcare grant allows LAUSD schools to hire P.E. teachers among funding other health and wellness education programs for children (Photo: Jamie Rector).