The MolinaCares Accord Supports Health Equity for Arab American Communities with $100,000 Grant
Ben Jackey, Ben.Jackey@molinahealthcare.com, (502) 377-9484
DEARBORN, Mich. (Oct. 17, 2022) – The Molina Cares Accord (“MolinaCares”), in collaboration with Molina Healthcare of Michigan (“Molina”), presented $100,000 to the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in support of a pilot program addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) for Arab Americans and community residents. The goal of the program is to improve health equity by increasing access to care.
“MolinaCares is committed to building stronger communities through improving people’s health and lives,” said Carolyn Ingram, executive director of The Molina Healthcare Charitable Foundation. “We are excited to support this important partnership and look forward to the positive health outcomes as a result of this program.”
This initiative provides specialized screenings and assessments that evaluate critical social barriers to an individual’s well-being, including housing, employment, discrimination, and other factors that can impact health management. A case manager, funded by the MolinaCares grant, will then focus on the top three priorities identified for improving health outcomes for each participant.
There are approximately 3.7 million Arab Americans living in the U.S. A recent study of SDOH for Arabs in southeast Michigan showed the primary barriers to well-being include transportation to health care providers, food insecurity, and general financial strain. To best guide services moving forward, a portion of the grant funding will go toward documenting and analyzing the health outcomes of program participants.
“Social and economic factors have a significant impact on attaining and maintaining good health, particularly in the Arab American community,” said Mona Makki, director of the ACCESS Community Health and Research Center. “We are grateful to MolinaCares for their contribution to support our Transition to Success Program, an interconnected network of clinical and social services that seeks to improve health outcomes, making the health care system work better for everyone.”
About The 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.
About Molina Healthcare of Michigan
Molina Healthcare of Michigan has been providing government-funded health care since 1997. The Company serves members through Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare-Medicaid (Duals), and Health Insurance Exchange programs throughout Michigan. Through its locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides managed healthcare services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. Molina Healthcare served approximately 5.1 million members as of June 30, 2022, located across 19 states. For more information about Molina Healthcare of Michigan, visit MolinaHealthcare.com.