The Lehigh Capital region of Pennsylvania is a band of counties located in the south-central part of the state. UPMC Health Plan serves thousands of Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP members who live in this area. Many members also use the services of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, a part of the UPMC Insurance Services Division. Our support of the Lehigh Capitol region is focused on food security, literacy improvement, and cultural programs that help a large population of low-income residents.
Learn about other collaborations in this region:
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lehigh Capital Initiative
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) expertly provides children who face adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. With school- and community-based mentoring programs, "Littles" (children and teens) build trust in their "Big" (mentor) through one-on-one activities like playing a game of catch, going to a museum, or hanging out and listening to their favorite tunes together. Support from UPMC Health Plan’s Medicaid physical health managed care organization, UPMC for You, helps BBBS in six Pennsylvania counties live out its mission. Our support was vital in creating 20 new mentoring relationships for the "High School Bigs" program in Bethlehem, Pa. According to a survey conducted in 2014 by BBBS of the Lehigh Valley, the majority of mentored children gained confidence in their educational and personal goals, and demonstrated improved academic performance.
Greater Berks Food Bank
Located in Berks County, Pa., the Greater Berks Food Bank is food bank for Berks and Schuylkill counties, annually supplies food that nourishes more than 100,000 individuals who are food insecure. Much of the population in Reading — the major city in Berks County — lives below the poverty line. Through its Produce 4 Kids program, the Greater Berks Food Bank distributes nearly 25,000 bags of fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products to elementary school students in Reading each year. UPMC for You provides the bags and recipe cards to help families understand how to prepare the food and make it a delicious, healthy meal. A pre-portioned plate with dividers also accompanies the bags to help families learn about appropriate portion sizes.
Hispanic American Center of Hanover
Our Medicaid physical health managed care organization, UPMC for You, partnered with the Hispanic American Center of Hanover to support their Annual Diversity Summit in 2014. More than 500 people from across the nation attend this annual event to raise awareness of diversity, inclusion, and health disparities in the community of Hanover, Pennsylvania.
At UPMC Health Plan, we share the belief that inclusiveness and diversity should be valued across all industries. The Hispanic American Center of Hanover has enhanced living and learning environments across the Commonwealth by ensuring that diversity is infused into all aspects of the community and workforce. Diversity task forces, business round table discussions, school assemblies, and scholarships for diversity have been instated to develop sustainable change around this issue.