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The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada is a recipient of a $100,000 grant to create Thrive: an LGBTQ+ Youth focused Affirmative Counseling program.

The funding is from UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, which is awarding $500,000 in Empowering Health grants to four community-based organizations in Nevada to expand access to care and address the social determinants of health for uninsured individuals and underserved communities. UnitedHealthcare is donating $11 million in grants through its Empowering Health program across 11 states. The grants will assist individuals and families experiencing challenges from food insecurity, social isolation, and behavioral health issues and support local health promotion and health literacy efforts.

Thrive: an LGBTQ+ Youth focused Affirmative Counseling program will provide access to therapy, social and emotional support services, and wellness education for LGBTQ+ identified youth, their families, and loved ones.

“The Empowering Health grant for Thrive will allow The Center to be a safe and supportive resource for youth as they navigate life as authentic members of the LGBTQ+ community,” says AJ Huth, youth program manager at The Center. “Professional counseling, support, and education can help stem the high risk of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse that youth who identify as LGBTQ+ in frontline communities face.”

About The LGBTQ+ Community Center of Southern Nevada

For almost 30 years, The Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBTQIA+ individuals and those underserved in Nevada. We function as the heart and home of the LGBTQIA+ community by making connections, delivering programs, and providing a safe space for health and wellness, social services, arts and culture, advocacy, and community building. Ongoing Center programs support LGBTQIA+ youth, adults, families, seniors, vets, people with disabilities, those living with HIV, and underserved populations. Additionally, we are proud to offer the Center Advocacy Network, the first nationally accredited program of its kind, focusing on LGBTQIA+ issues for victim advocacy. For more information on how The Center empowers everyone to thrive in Nevada, please visit The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada.


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About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.5 million physicians and care professionals, and more than 6,700 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @UHC on Twitter.