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Unite Us Adds 4000th School to its Nationwide Coordinated Network, Expanding Access to Social Care for Youth and Families

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Unite Us reaches this milestone at a critical time when the need for integrated health and social care for youth and families is on the rise.

NEW YORKMarch 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Unite Us, the end-to-end technology company connecting health and social care services, is doubling down its efforts to facilitate access to social care services inside schools across the country. The mission-driven company now has over 4,000 schools coordinating care with the community through its secure nationwide network of health and social care providers.

Unite Us saw a dramatic increase in health and social care referrals for students and their families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the company has increased access to services within school systems through a strategic, national expansion of its network. Unite Us’ local, on-the-ground community engagement team quickly prioritized school systems across the country to meet this growing need. Schools, especially in rural communities, are where families come to share their stories and access resources they need. In fact, some schools serve as hubs to offer in-person services such as dental, mental health and eye care. Having a secure system for schools to refer and coordinate with local services – rather than a basic list of organizations – has become even more critical over the last few years.

In addition to school systems, Unite Us is prioritizing partnerships with youth and student-centric organizations, in its ongoing effort to support families across the country. Some of these partnerships include:

  • A national collaboration with Every Kids Sports to help more children from income-restricted families play local, recreational sports. Through Unite Us’ secure referral process, providers can refer clients and families to the Every Kid Sports Pass Program.
  • A relationship with Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model across the country, utilizing Unite Us’ technology to provide integrated care coordination and case management to improve the quality of care for children covered by Medicaid.
  • Integrations with some of the largest school districts in the country, now interoperating with student information systems (SIS) to create seamless and secure experiences for students and families in need to connect with community-based services.
  • Work with state governments and departments of child and family services, who choose Unite Us to be their statewide care coordination technology, ensuring families are connected to services and outcomes are achieved, so no one falls through the cracks.
  • An alliance in New Hampshire with Raymond Coalition for Youth to expand access to Unite Us’ state-wide network of health and social care providers.

“It’s essential to connect students, families and children to care wherever they need it, and we’ve been doing that for many years in a thoughtful and secure way that prioritizes community-wide collaboration and coordination. We’ll continue concentrating efforts to improve student and family health, ensuring communities and school systems can seamlessly connect students with services from early childhood through adult life,” said Dan Brillman, Co-Founder and CEO of Unite Us.

“Working with families, you hate to tell them no. We can hop on the Unite Us Platform to give them the resources they need. With this platform, we can search and find different services that we didn’t even know existed. It helps us deliver the services more efficiently and timely,” said Mickia Freeman, Case Manager and Supervisor at Positive Parenting Partnership Champions for Children, a local network partner in Florida.

This achievement is just the start of Unite Us’ long-term investment in students and families within communities across the country. Unite Us’ goal is to have over 10,000 schools on the network in the next year, leveraging its connections to over 500,000 community programs, and prioritizing youth and family services to support improved health outcomes throughout people’s lives.

About Unite Us:
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST-certified social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedInTwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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Unite Us Drives Funding into Communities with Launch of Social Care Payments Technology

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New solution extends financing and resources beyond clinical settings
and directly into communities

 

NEW YORK, NY— MARCH 3, 2022 – Unite Us, the enterprise technology company providing the digital infrastructure to power integrated health and social care, today announced the launch of its Social Care Payments solution, a first-of-its-kind solution designed to bridge the gap between healthcare funders and community-based organizations (CBOs), enabling social care funding at scale. It is the only end-to-end solution for social care that streamlines the implementation and management of paid social care programs for all healthcare funders, including health plans and managed-care organizations.  

We know from research* and intuition that people are healthier when they have safe housing, access to healthy food and steady employment. Despite this reality, there has been a historical lack of funding for organizations addressing these social determinants of health in communities.

“We’re seeing the healthcare system recognize the power community organizations have to improve health and address health equity in a way clinical care alone can’t,” said Melissa Sherry, Vice President of Social Care Integration at Unite Us. “Funders and managed care organizations want to work with community groups to help their members and improve outcomes, and the Social Care Payments solution will make it easier for them to do that.”

Policy changes — including The American Rescue Plan, the CARES Act, and changes to State Medicaid 1115 Waivers — have provided CBOs with much-needed funding; however, there’s never been a simple model to fund, track and manage payment for the work they do within communities. Unite Us’ Social Care Payments solution solves this problem by introducing a new industry standard, elevating social care to the same priority level as clinical care.

Until now, governments, health plans, providers and foundations have struggled to identify and partner with CBOs, contract with them, coordinate care and collect the data they need to prove the value of social care. The Social Care Payments solution allows all stakeholders to access and pay for social care through an integrated process and technology platform. The solution offers payers the ability to partner effectively with social care providers, manage programs for efficiency and increase program impact. 

They can: 

  • Access a contracted network of community-based organizations
  • Streamline eligibility and authorization processes
  • Simplify invoicing and billing to reimburse community partners for services
  • Measure the effectiveness of social care funding and reduce preventable medical costs with robust data and improved visibility

 With a Q1 2022 launch by Healthy Opportunities in North Carolina, the Social Care Payments solution is uniquely positioned to provide the necessary infrastructure across the country for Medicaid programs looking to fund social care.

 CBOs and not-for-profit social service agencies that provide important, nonclinical services spend their days serving communities, and should not dedicate their limited resources to navigating the complex medical billing ecosystem. Among the obstacles these groups face are unfamiliarity with medical coding and billing and the inability to collect data health plans need to demonstrate the value of their interventions. The Social Care Payments solution was designed so CBOs can tap sustainable funding streams without changing the way they operate. This frees them up to do what they do best — help people.

 The Unite Us Payments solution also includes technology to track local government funding, grants and philanthropic investments, as well as hospital community benefits dollars. To find out more about the full scope of offerings, visit uniteus.com/invest.

 About Unite Us 

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST-certified social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

 * Hood, C. M., K. P. Gennuso, G. R. Swain, and B. B. Catlin. 2016. County health rankings: Relationships between determinant factors and health outcomes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(2):129-135.

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Unite Us and Bento Team Up to Tackle Food Insecurities by Providing Equitable Access to Pre-Paid Meals

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New York, NY and Venice, CA, December 9, 2021 —  Unite Us, the enterprise technology company providing the digital infrastructure powering the integrated health and social care ecosystem, today announced a partnership with Bento, a Venice, California-based service that addresses food insecurity through a proprietary patient engagement platform. This platform connects individuals and families with nutritiously curated, prepaid meals from restaurants and grocery stores via text messages. The companies are joining forces when the pandemic has led to a drastic increase in the rate of food insecurity in our country.

Food insecurity is an ongoing issue in the U.S. In 2019, more than 35 million Americans struggled to obtain enough food or were uncertain of where their next meal would come from. The pandemic worsened what had been an improving issue, and it’s estimated that nearly 30 percent of all American households with children experienced food insecurity at some point in 2020. Underserved communities – including communities of color and rural populations – are disproportionately impacted by hunger and other social issues that affect overall health and well-being. By addressing hunger first, individuals are empowered, and the difficult choice between feeding their children and seeking out other social services or expensive medical care is eliminated.

“This partnership with Unite Us is exciting because together, we’ll be able to more effectively identify those at risk of food insecurity and get out ahead of this issue on a larger scale in the United States,” said Adam Dole, COO of Bento. “We believe that addressing someone’s most basic human need for nutritious food in a convenient and dignified way is the first step towards improving people’s quality of life and driving better healthcare outcomes.”

By integrating Bento’s platform and services with Unite Us’ coordinated care network, the organizations will collaborate to serve and increase nutritious and convenient food options for thousands of people in disparate communities across the country. Service providers who use the Unite Us network to coordinate with community-based organizations in underserved regions securely will be able to electronically refer to Bento to help their clients access healthy, nutritious meals for themselves and their families from local restaurants stigma-free, just like any other customer. 

”Our partnership with Bento will augment our end-to-end solution with an option for vulnerable populations to receive equitable access to food in their communities. The intuitive Bento technology, combined with the power of the national Unite Us network, will make it easier for everyone to get access to the help they need in the most efficient way possible,” said Esther Farkas, Chief Strategy Officer of Unite Us.

Bento is currently available in ten metropolitan areas with plans to expand alongside the Unite Us networks to better serve broader communities.

About Bento

Launched in April 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bento is a patient engagement platform that uses SMS text messaging to create trust with food-insecure individuals and families by connecting them with nutritious meals (using nearby restaurants and grocery stores) in a stigma-free way.  This establishes a trusted communication channel that allows Bento to engage further and connect participants with additional wrap-around health and social resources/services. In its first year, Bento provided over 150,000 meals to people in need across eight cities in the United States and was selected as a Fast Company 2021 World Changing Idea, a Fortune Impact 20 company, and a TIME 100 Best Inventions of 2021. 

About Unite Us

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST certified social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Matthew McConaughey Invests in Unite Us to Strengthen Communities and Improve Health Nationwide

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Academy Award Winning Actor, New York Times Bestselling Author and Impact Investor to Speak at Unite Us’ Community Event, Lending His Voice to the National Narrative Around Reducing Health Disparities

NEW YORK (Oct. 6, 2021)—Unite Us, the nation’s leading technology company connecting health and social care services, today announced Academy Award winning actor and New York Times bestselling author Matthew McConaughey has invested in Unite Us alongside PLUS Capital. The legendary Texas-born actor, known for his roles in “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Interstellar,” who has also built a strong portfolio of investments, will serve as a speaker for the Unite Us “Health Lives Here” Town Hall to discuss the importance of investing in social care in communities. 

McConaughey’s involvement with Unite Us comes at a pivotal time in the country when stakeholders at all levels are focused on reducing inequities and improving health. McConaughey has been an advocate for the power of community investment and social care. His work with Unite Us not only affirms his commitment through funding and activism, but also marks a major milestone for this fast-growing company that’s redefining how health and social care are delivered on a national scale.

“Now more than ever, it’s essential that we connect people with the support and resources they need within their communities, to help our neighbors thrive in a healthier, more stable environment,” McConaughey said. “I believe the Unite Us end-to-end solution – using technology, data and coordinated social care networks – will transform community health as we know it.

Unite Us provides the only end-to-end solution for delivering social care to communities and individuals where it’s needed most. By prioritizing social determinants of health (SDoH) — the conditions in which people live, learn, work and play — Unite Us enables organizations to proactively identify and engage high-need populations, and provide coordinated services within communities that improve health at scale.

Unite Us’ solution establishes a new standard of care that identifies and predicts social care needs in communities, manages enrollment of individuals in services, and leverages meaningful outcome data and analytics to further drive community investment.  This infrastructure enables social care funding at scale through funds distribution, invoice management, and reimbursement for social services.

“Over the last nine years, we have worked deeply with all stakeholders to bring them together to strengthen communities and deliver coordinated care in a new ecosystem,” said Dan Brillman, Unite Us Co-Founder and CEO. “We are so excited for Matthew’s commitment and investment in our work, which will increase public support and understanding that’s needed around social care so we can collectively transform the system and build healthier communities.”

Government, health systems, payers, and community organizations are turning to this transformational work as the path to shift policy, drive generational change, and ensure that social care shares the same priority as health care. McConaughey’s support and advocacy will bring much needed attention to the importance of whole person health and the drive for innovation that helps communities better care for their people.

Town Hall Details

The Unite Us “Health Lives Here” National Town Hall is open to the public. During the event, McConaughey, along with leaders from organizations such as Salesforce Ventures, ICONIQ, United Healthcare, Emerson Collective and more, will discuss some of the most effective models and data-driven tools for creating sustainable, equitable community health. The virtual event is live at 2:30 ET on Monday, Nov. 1; registration is available now at www.UniteUs.com/town-hall/.

Learn more about Unite Us at www.uniteus.com.

About Unite Us

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST-certified social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Unite Us + NowPow

Unite Us acquires NowPow to address health and social needs nationwide

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The combination of NowPow’s personalized, evidence-based referral platform with Unite Us’ end-to-end social care solutions brings together two market favorites to further deepen community-based partnerships and accelerate health improvements nationwide.

September 21, 2021

New York, NY – Unite Us, the nation’s leading technology company connecting health and social care services, has announced the acquisition of NowPow, the Chicago-based referral platform grounded in science and community. The companies are coming together at a pivotal time in the country when all stakeholders are focused on reducing inequities and improving health. 

This combination creates the nation’s leading integrated health and social care network connecting people to the resources they need — from food and housing assistance to counseling, caregiver support and more. 

With deep experiences addressing inequities at the structural, community, and institutional levels, the companies are teaming up to eliminate fragmentation between health and social care providers, and allow communities to better coordinate and support individuals seeking services.

“We are thrilled to embark on a joint vision with the NowPow team and combine NowPow’s high quality, whole person approach, and research-validated condition-based algorithms with Unite Us’ proven end-to-end solutions and scale. We’ve worked alongside Stacy and Rachel, NowPow’s leaders, for several years and have admired their model from afar. This was the right time for this combination, which will drive outsized impact for the country,” said Dan Brillman, Unite Us CEO. 

This announcement follows Unite Us’ recent acquisition of leading analytics company Carrot Health. Unite Us and NowPow will add Carrot’s data-driven solutions to their community-based technology that predicts needs, enrolls clients in services, measures impact, and pays for community-based services through its nationwide network – creating a truly holistic experience for people receiving and providing care. For customers and partners, Unite Us is the leading scaled and outcome-focused technology solution capable of connecting people in need with the right services to impact health outcomes across all 50 states.

“NowPow’s roots are on the South Side of Chicago where residents, leaders, caregivers, and scientists have collaborated to ensure everyone seeking support can find the resources they need for independence, wellness, living with illness, and caring for others,” said Stacy Lindau, MD, MAPP, NowPow’s founder and Chief Innovation Officer. “Needs are rising fast and our partnership with Unite Us accelerates our shared vision to ensure everyone, everywhere knows where to go for resources in their community.”

With over one million screenings and millions of referrals to date, NowPow has evidenced e-prescribing social care for large populations with its personalization logic, condition algorithms, and high quality resource directory. By adding NowPow’s tools and community partners to the Unite Us system, customers will now be able to support the changing needs of all people and all care teams.

“At a time when communities and policy makers are rightfully demanding a faster pace and greater interoperability, we are bringing our complementary strengths together to achieve deeper impact — both now and far into the future,” said Rachel Kohler, CEO, NowPow.

The combined diverse customer and partner base of payers, providers, governments, educational services, child welfare, and community-based organizations can now seamlessly and securely address social determinants of health with an array of technology products that best fit their needs.

“We continue to be methodical in our approach to bring world-class technology to all stakeholders in the care delivery ecosystem,” said Taylor Justice, Co-Founder and President of Unite Us. “Our communities look to Unite Us to solve extremely difficult technology challenges and with our acquisition of Carrot Health and NowPow, we reinforce our commitment to building the operating system for social care to improve the health and well-being of every individual we serve.”

About Unite Us

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST certified social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About NowPow

NowPow’s personalized community referral platform supports whole person care across whole communities. NowPow referrals are highly matched and filtered, making it easy to connect people to the right community resources so everyone can stay well, meet basic needs, manage with illness and care for others. NowPow’s population health solution provides deep community resource and referral insights to support process improvement, network health and quality, and care access and experience. Learn more at NowPow.com.

Advisors: Milbank LLC acted as legal advisor for Unite Us. Brentwood Capital Advisors LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor and Cooley LLP served as legal advisor to NowPow for this transaction.

Unite Us + Carrot Health

Unite Us acquires analytics leader Carrot Health to become the only nationwide solution to truly integrate health and social care

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The combination of predictive analytics powerhouse Carrot Health and Unite Us’ end-to-end social determinants of health products will further deepen community-based partnerships and accelerate health improvements nationwide.

New York, NY, August 17, 2021 – Unite Us, the nation’s leading technology company connecting health and social care services, has announced the acquisition of Carrot Health, the nation’s premier action-oriented health analytics company focused on removing barriers to health and optimizing care. Across all 50 states, the two fastest growing companies in the industry now bring the only solution that can proactively identify and engage with clients across the community, and ensure they receive services from a secure coordinated network of thousands of community-based organizations.

Carrot Health brings the nation’s largest consumer and health data set, which powers over 500 proprietary predictive models focused on improving health behaviors and outcomes that support over 250 million individuals. This adds to Unite Us’ interoperable end-to-end solution, which includes its flagship outcomes-focused national care coordination platform, prediction and enrollment capabilities, and payments products to reimburse community-based organizations for their impact. Unite Us’ software and on-the-ground presence in the community, together with Carrot Health’s person-centered analytics enable organizations to provide wraparound care and invest in impact together, and address inequities to create new models of care that improve whole person health.

“Adding Carrot Health and its outstanding team to amplify our end-to-end solution combines the power of data analytics with our market-leading coordination platform and products,” says Dan Brillman, Co-Founder and CEO of Unite Us. “With our networks that truly track outcomes and address social factors, we will immediately enable our combined partner base of community-based organizations, governments, payers, and providers to accelerate their impact together, leveraging advanced analytics that improve health for their populations and communities.”

Stakeholders addressing health understand that they must move beyond nationwide lists of resources and the unmet promises of closed loop referrals with disconnected technologies, and siloed initiatives. The shift to value-based care models to reduce unnecessary health care utilization requires a close-knit network of accountable community-based organizations creating a new type of care team, fulfilling last mile services. This new type of privacy-first care reduces burdens for clients, creates a 360 view of a client journey, and brings public and private sectors together to analyze and invest in the greatest impacts on health and communities.

“This combination is the realization of the vision we had from day one to capitalize on the understanding of the need and translating that into meaningful action to improve people’s lives,” says Kurt Waltenbaugh, CEO of Carrot Health. “Health leaders no longer need to string together multiple vendors, and now have access to one turnkey solution as the scaled industry standard.”

The country is at a pivotal time. It’s prioritizing health equity and investing more than ever to improve equitable access to care with better coordination in communities. With thousands of health and social care providers already working together in Unite Us’ ecosystem, the companies will further drive a new standard of care that identifies where disparities exist, enabling communities to direct targeted investments in social care services that improve health and reduce the cost of medical care. The combination of two category leaders creates the only generational company driving improved health in the community.

“We can no longer just be reactive to the needs of individuals or communities,” said Taylor Justice, Co-Founder and President of Unite Us. “The combination of Unite Us and Carrot Health allows communities to be proactive and have a preventative health solution so we aren’t always waiting until individuals are in crisis to intervene. Imagine someone being housed before they ever become homeless, so we can create the right environment to focus on their health. That is the model that reinvents service delivery in this country.”

 

About Unite Us:  

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST-certified social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Carrot Health 

Carrot Health believes in enabling a future with no barriers to better health, for everyone. We believe that shining the bright light of data onto our disparities will help us, all working together, to improve health. We provide consumer insights for each and every individual person in the United States to engage patients and members, close gaps in care, and optimize performance for healthcare payers and provider systems. Carrot Health ranked #311 on the 2021 Inc. 5000. The HIPAA compliant software platform incorporates social, behavioral, environmental, and economic barriers to health data to deliver a 360-degree view of the consumer, providing actionable insights to inform Growth, Health, and Quality.

Advisors: Milbank LLC acted as legal advisor for Unite Us. TripleTree, LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Carrot Health for this transaction.

Unite Us Announces First-of-its-Kind End-to-End Solution to Address Social Determinants of Health

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The company’s end-to-end solution predicts social care needs in communities, ensures coordination between health and social services, and analyzes impact to drive investment in social care services. 

New York, NY, July 14, 2021 – Unite Us, the enterprise technology company providing the digital infrastructure to power the integrated health and social care ecosystem, announces the release of its end-to-end social care solution to accelerate the investment and impact of social care services across the nation, and place people at the center of community-focused care. 

Unite Us expands its product suite beyond its coordination platform, creating the industry’s first end-to-end solution. The solution establishes a new standard of care that identifies and predicts social care needs in communities, manages enrollment of individuals in services, and leverages meaningful outcome data and analytics to further drive community investment.  This infrastructure enables social care funding at scale through funds distribution, invoice management, and reimbursement for social services.

The U.S. has seen a seismic shift toward addressing social needs, as experts and policymakers increasingly agree that having one’s social needs met – such as housing, a liveable income, sufficient transportation, and education – is equally as important to improving one’s overall health outcomes as their access to clinical care. This movement requires multiple sectors collaborating to provide streamlined and secure coordination across community organizations, and focuses on breaking down silos between organizations to improve people’s health. Unite Us is uniquely positioned to lead with preventative, community-based solutions that improve health and reduce costly, unnecessary healthcare utilization. 

The company brings together state governments, private sector entities, and others who believe that investing in community health improves outcomes and reduces costs. This creates a secure ecosystem for clients to tell their story once and receive services from an accountable network.  In addition, the company has invested heavily in evaluating impact, not only to track social care delivery at scale, but also prove its real-world effects and role in improving overall health.

“Since its founding in 2013, Unite Us has been working to dismantle the barriers that exist between health and social care providers to build secure, collaborative, community-wide systems that truly improve health outcomes and people’s lives overall. As a generational company built from scratch, we’re constantly evolving with the ever-changing needs of Americans and shifting our vision to better serve our users and the communities that they support – this is coordination at scale,” said Dan Brillman, CEO and Co-Founder of Unite Us. “The launch of this new holistic care solution marks the next generation of growth not only for Unite Us, but for the social care industry at large. We’re excited to continue leading the charge as we redefine health and social care.” 

Unite Us powers coordinated networks in 42 states across the country, with plans to be in all 50 states by December 31, 2022, and is dedicated to bringing services – such as housing, food assistance, behavioral health, utilities, and transportation – to the same priority level as traditional healthcare. 

Trust and transparency are the cornerstones of the Unite Us solution. Unite Us has implemented a robust, person-centric, and health equity-driven process. Community partners, health systems, plans, and governments across the country rely on Unite Us’ secure and HIPAA-compliant platform to coordinate care. With robust protections and certifications aligned with industry-leading privacy and security frameworks such as HITRUST, Unite Us makes it possible for providers to improve the health of their clients and community, while maintaining privacy and trust.

About Unite Us:  

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Unite Us Partners with AlohaCare and Kaiser Permanente to Launch First Social Care Network in Hawaii

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Unite Hawaii network will transform care delivery by connecting local communities to critical health and social services

 

Honolulu, June 30, 2021, 10:10 a.m. ETUnite Us, the enterprise technology company providing the digital infrastructure to power integrated health and social care ecosystems, today announced partnerships with Kaiser Permanente, a leading healthcare provider, and AlohaCare, a nonprofit health plan in Hawaii, to implement the first-ever coordinated care network throughout the state: Unite Hawaii. As social services such as food, employment, and housing continue to be strained due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Unite Hawaii will bridge the care gap statewide for individuals in need, enabling real-time service delivery for communities, and secure, trackable social service referrals focused on improving long-term health outcomes.

 

Hawaii consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in the nation. People here live longer than their counterparts on the mainland, due in large part to its near-universal health insurance system. Still, the pandemic has made its mark. “Like many communities nationwide, Hawaii is still experiencing unprecedented needs for social services during this recovery phase, and the Unite Hawaii network will make an already good system even better,” said Taylor Justice, Co-founder and President of Unite Us. “We’re thrilled that Kaiser Permanente and AlohaCare have chosen to partner with Unite Us and see the value in this proven, collaborative and accountable solution. We’re honored to serve this community and to work with our partners towards health equity in the state.” 

 

Research continues to reinforce the importance of social determinants of health and their impact on individual health outcomes. With up to 80% of a person’s overall health affected by circumstances outside of clinical services, Unite Us, Kaiser Permanente, and AlohaCare will prioritize the essential needs of communities in Hawaii. The Unite Hawaii network is available to all community-based organizations at no cost to them, offering features that allow providers and care coordinators to connect members to participating organizations and receive real-time data on fulfilment of services. 

 

“Connecting vulnerable populations to the health resources needed is an important part of providing quality care,” said Greg Christian, Hawaii Market President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. “Unite Hawaii is an in-depth, innovative digital network for providers to connect and secure such resources outside of the clinic or hospital setting. We are delighted to partner and implement these wonderful tools.”

 

“AlohaCare has always connected our members to community services by referring them to local nonprofit organizations; the Unite Us Platform, will provide transparency into utilization and outcomes of these services,” said Francoise Culley-Trotman, Chief Executive Officer of AlohaCare. “By employing a more holistic approach to health-related data, we’ll be one step closer to achieving whole person care for our members.”

 

Trust and transparency are the cornerstones of the Unite Us Platform. Unite Us has implemented a robust, person-centric, and health equity-driven process. Community partners, health systems, plans, and governments across the country rely on Unite Us’ secure and HIPAA-compliant platform to coordinate care. With robust protections and certifications aligned with industry-leading privacy and security frameworks such as HITRUST, Unite Us makes it possible for providers to improve the health of their clients and community while maintaining privacy and trust. 

 

The Unite Us Platform will be available for Hawaii providers statewide by the end of this year. AlohaCare is already sending referrals for their Oahu members, and neighbor island referrals will commence this fall when additional social service providers join the network. Kaiser Permanente will send referrals on behalf of their plan members statewide later this year or early next year. There is no cost for nonprofits and community-based organizations to participate in Unite Hawaii. Local organizations interested in joining the network can learn more by visiting https://hawaii.uniteus.com/

 

About Unite Us:

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

About AlohaCare:

AlohaCare is a community-led, nonprofit health plan founded in 1994 by Hawaii’s community health centers and is solely dedicated to serving those eligible for Hawaii’s QUEST Integration Medicaid and Medicare program. The nonprofit serves over 75,000 Hawaii members and is the state’s second largest Medicaid/Medicare health plan. For more information, visit alohacare.org.

About Kaiser Permanente: 

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 12.5 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. 

 

 

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Unite Us and Partners Come Together To Support Federal Regulators’ Plan to Remove Barriers to Care

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Over 20 health, government, and social care leaders from around the country join the company’s comment letter in support of pending regulations to improve access to social care.

New York, New York, May 20, 2021Unite Us​, the enterprise technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social services nationwide, today announced its full support and comments for proposed changes to the federal rules that regulate information sharing in the health care industry.  

Late last year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office of Civil Rights (OCR), announced proposed modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. The goal of these proposed changes is to remove barriers to coordinated care, and facilitate information sharing to connect people with the services they need. This month, Unite Us submitted formal comments in support of this rule change. The complete letter with recommendations, and the list of cross-sector partners who co-signed alongside Unite Us, can be found here

Founded in 2013, Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and human service providers to address all determinants of health. Operating in over 40 states, Unite Us’ intuitive platform enables health and social service organizations to coordinate and manage services for their clients, track referrals and outcomes, and securely share information to facilitate care coordination.

 

“We applaud HHS for recognizing and affirming the importance of whole-person care,” said Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, president and CEO of ChristianaCare. “The ability to share information between health care providers and social care providers is essential to being able to meet the complex health needs of the people we serve. These proposed changes, if finalized, will be an important step toward achieving value-based care and improving health for everyone,” she adds.

Unite Us knows from its experience working with thousands of community-based organizations across the country, that too often regulatory hurdles limit information sharing between health care providers and social care organizations and negatively impact care delivery.  This information sharing is not only vital to connect people with the social care they need, it also ensures that care can be delivered without the potentially painful experience of repeating their story to every new member of their care team.  The OCR proposed rule will significantly reduce these barriers to care, and will do so in a way that respects the dignity and confidentiality of every individual.

“Through our work in the community, we see how information sharing between health and social care can be a barrier to getting people the services they need,” said Dan Brillman, CEO and Co-founder of Unite Us. “I applaud HHS, and OCR, for recognizing the importance of coordinated care to improve health outcomes. These changes are particularly important given the significant increase in need for social services we have seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The 21 partners who signed the statement include leading health systems, health information exchanges, governments, health plans, and community-based organizations, who joined Unite Us to support OCR’s proposed rule change because they recognize the value of reducing barriers to coordinated care and helping people live healthier lives.    

Trust and transparency are the cornerstones of the Unite Us Platform. Unite Us has implemented a robust, person-centric, and health equity-driven process.  Community partners, health systems, plans and governments across the country rely on Unite Us’ secure and HIPAA-compliant platform to coordinate care. With robust protections and certifications aligned with industry-leading privacy and security frameworks such as HITRUST, Unite Us makes it possible for providers to improve the health of their clients and community while maintaining privacy and trust. Unite Us supports the proposed changes to the Privacy Rule because they will both protect client confidentiality and advance the information sharing necessary to address social determinants of health.

About Unite Us:

 

Unite Us​ is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale.

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Unite Us and Metro United Way Invest One Million Dollars Directly into Greater Louisville Community

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This pilot marks the first of future community investments, as Unite Us partners with local community leaders to take direct action to help residents. 

 

NEW YORK, April 8th, 2021 10:10 a.m. ETUnite Us, the enterprise technology company that builds coordinated care networks nationwide, today announced it’s investing half a million dollars in Greater Louisville, Kentucky – matched by the same amount from Metro United Way – to provide longer-term housing and wraparound support for those struggling with the continued effects of the pandemic. 

 

The funds will be used for housing-related costs to help Greater Louisville residents impacted both by the COVID-19 pandemic and persistent, historical inequities. The funds will be distributed and tracked through community-based organizations (CBOs) in the United Community network using Unite Us Payments. 

 

“This donation to United Community is validation to us, as well as our early investors, that connecting individuals through this innovative platform with what they need, when they need it is vital,” says Theresa Reno-Weber, president and CEO of Metro United Way, and one of the co-chairs of the United Community effort. “We thank our partners at Unite Us for investing dollars into our local community – dollars we wouldn’t have otherwise received. We have to get this right because of what’s at stake for so many kids and families, and we’re happy to announce that we’re matching this donation 100% to ensure this crucial work is maximized, giving our local nonprofit partners more power to do what’s needed,” she says. 

 

The ultimate goal is to keep Greater Louisville residents in their homes.  In order to do that, the program will provide financial support for both rental/mortgage payments, and flexible cash assistance for housing-related costs not typically funded by traditional grants and government programs. 

 

“While many cities have received significant federal funds to address the impacts of the pandemic, they don’t address every community in our region, nor cover specific needs seen through the United Community network, which is causing people and families to fall through the cracks,” Reno adds. 

 

The Unite Us-Metro United Way program is composed of the following components:

  • CBO care coordination: Several CBOs will be funded to provide care coordination support as an intervention for enrolled households, and support capacity-building within the community.
  • Longer-term rental/mortgage payment assistance: Enrolled households will be able to receive up to six months of rental assistance.
  • Flexible cash assistance: Since there are so many variables that keep someone housed, enrolled households will be able to receive flexible cash assistance to provide wraparound support (e.g. transportation to a job interview, diapers for a newborn, utility bill payment assistance, child care assistance, and more).

 

Greater Louisville has been hard hit by the pandemic, social upheaval, and long-term housing inequalities, and residents are struggling to achieve economic stability. This investment, while not the only solution, will help families and individuals with the greatest need find solid ground as they start to build back after an unprecedented year of trauma, extreme social challenges, and financial uncertainty. 

 

Unite Us is committed to this work in Greater Louisville and hopes to find and work with additional funders to be able to continue to help keep people in their homes. 

 

“While Greater Louisville is the first place where Unite Us has invested, it will definitely not be the last,” says Taylor Justice, Co-founder and President of Unite Us. “United Community is an example of true cross-sector collaboration, where partners from government, community, and the private sector have worked tirelessly to find common ground in people’s best interest. The Unite Us Payments pilot is a game-changer, because community investors will be able to connect the outcomes to the dollars spent, and know that they’ve made an impact,” he adds. 

 

Unite Us Payments will not just track dollars, but also create essential pathways and relationships between healthcare systems, payers and CBOs to coordinate reimbursement for social services, not by replicating the medical system, but by introducing a methodology and framework more appropriate for social care. Most importantly, Unite Us Payments will contribute to sustainable, targeted funding for social care–something CBOs have been seeking for decades. 

 

The data from Greater Louisville will help drive and inform future, ongoing investments from the company. For those interested in supporting efforts and helping Greater Louisville communities through additional local investments, please contact Metro United Way at [email protected]

 

About Unite Us

Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

About Metro United Way

For more than 100 years, Metro United Way has empowered individuals and families to achieve their fullest potential by generating meaningful and lasting change in our community. We use data-driven insights to identify and prioritize the community’s greatest needs with a focus on equitable outcomes for all. Together, we fight to improve the disparities that persist in education, income, health, housing, and racial equality in Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties in Indiana. We invite you to stand with us and be a part of transforming Greater Louisville.   

 

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