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 organizations in the Lehigh Capitol region is focused on food security, literacy improvement, and cultural programs that help low-income families and a growing population of Hispanic immigrants.
Learn about other collaborations in this region:
Brethren Housing Association
Founded in 1989, Brethren Housing Association (BHA) aids individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The organization began with one property which provided short-term housing and counseling to homeless families. Today, BHA operates specialized programs for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. With intensive case management and other support services such as life skills classes, housing advocacy, and financial education, BHA provides families with resources to obtain and maintain permanent housing. Other services include a weekly youth program, support for graduates of BHA's housing programs, and revitalization of blighted properties in the Allison Hill area of Harrisburg to provide temporary housing for homeless families. UPMC Health Plan’s Medicaid program, UPMC for You, gives financial support to BHA and works with employees from UPMC Pinnacle to provide volunteers who help refurbish and prepare apartments for families. BHA owns ten properties which house 17 families who would otherwise be homeless. Renovations are underway for additional properties.
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.
Harvest of Blessing
Harvest of Blessing (HOB) is a nonprofit food and clothing bank founded by Jural Toby, a school bus driver in York, Pa., who witnessed food insecurity firsthand while transporting her students to and from school. Jural felt called to address this issue, so she opened Harvest of Blessing in 2004. HOB distributes food and clothing weekly, hosts special community events during the holiday season, and donates school supplies to families in need. During the school year, HOB serves hot meals to about 80 children weekly before they go home for the day. During the summer months, children who stay at home while their parents work can take advantage of HOB’s summer food program, which provides temporary supervision and a nutritious lunch. Since 2015, UPMC for You has provided HOB with more than 600 backpacks filled with school materials, and our annual support of HOB’s holiday events and the food bank has assisted more than 400 food-insecure families.
Hispanic American Center of Hanover
The Hispanic American Center of Hanover (HACH) has enhanced living and learning environments in south-central Pennsylvania by ensuring that diversity is infused into all aspects of the community and workforce. The groundwork for this organization was laid in 1998, when a woman in Hanover, Pa., opened her home to a small group of Hispanic families who needed assistance with language translation, interpretation, and the completion of forms for work, healthcare, and other needs. HACH officially opened its doors in 2006 with services such as ESL classes, citizenship classes, educational workshops, childcare, and computer training. Each year, more than 3,000 people in the Hanover community take part these programs. HACH also hosts an annual Healthy Kids Day and Diversity Summit which draws more than 500 people across the country. UPMC Health Plan shares HACH’s belief that inclusiveness and diversity should be valued. Through our Medicaid program, UPMC for You, we are proud to provide annual financial support and in-kind resources to HACH for its signature events and educational programming.
YMCA of Reading and Berks County
The YMCA of Reading & Berks County offers opportunities to learn, play, and improve health – but it’s also dedicated to strengthening Reading, Pa., and Berks County, Pa., through youth development, healthy living, life skills, and social responsibility programs. The YMCA achieves this mission through its “Baby University” program, which educates parents about early childhood development and provides them with access to community resources. The YMCA’s “Transitional Living” program provides case management to homeless individuals, giving them a chance for greater stability and self-sufficiency. An annual Healthy Kids Day event is focused on children’s health and wellness. The YMCA serves 11,000 families, provides year-long educational programming to 5,000 children, and hosts summer camps for more than 1,000 children annually. UPMC Health Plan contributes financial resources to the YMCA’s programs and the Healthy Kids Day event annually through our UPMC for You Medicaid program. Our support also enables the YMCA to provide low-cost and free family memberships to low-income families.