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Million dollar grant given to Maricopa County Health Department

A major donation to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health will help build healthier communities throughout the Valley.

United Health Foundation presented a $1 million check Friday to the County Health Department. The money is designated to support the county’s Preventative Health Collaborative, which helps children from birth up to the age of five receive adequate preventative health care and treatment.

“We provide resources and funding to local community-based organizations to help them improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we both collectively share,” Joe Guadio, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plane of Arizona, said.

The grant enables the Preventative Health Collaborative to continue its service in the South Phoenix area and expand to Mesa.

“(We want) to increase utilization and access to preventative health services for young children and their families within the community,” he said.

There are approximately 16,640 children in South Phoenix living in poverty and roughly 11 percent of children in Mesa are uninsured.