United Healthcare Aims to Educate African Americans on Taking Care of Themselves as It Battles Health Disparities

(Ernestine Shepherd, 85-year-old record-breaking bodybuilder, and Yohnnie Shambourger, former Mr. Universe and Ernestine’s personal trainer. Photo Credit: Courtesy of United HealthCare Insurance Group)

While African Americans only make up 13.4 percent of America’s population, the cause of death due to health disparities and  inequities is considered to be much higher than their white counterparts.

United Healthcare Insurance Group is working to change that by educating Senior Citizens that identify with the African American Community on ways they as a people could take care of themselves outside of annual checkups.

This is done through United HealthCare’s second virtual health program known as “A Better You.”

“I think the beauty of this is that this program is a health and wellness educational program that helps those souls who are approaching retirement,”  Rita Tolbert, the Director of Multicultural Marketing at UnitedHealthcare stated.

Tolbert  believes that is more than just learning about health and wellness ,but educating caregivers and senior citizens on Medicare eligibility and other health care options.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Voice

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