Inroads and Unitedhealth Group To Help Increase Diversity In The Healthcare Industry

  • More than 2 million health care professionals needed by 2025 in order to meet the nation’s aging population
  • Partnership highlights the importance of bringing diverse backgrounds, talents and perspectives to businesses across the country
  1. LOUIS, Nov. 8, 2018 — INROADS and UnitedHealth Group are expanding their collaboration with the goal to triple the amount of diverse, talented interns working at UnitedHealth Group in 2019.

INROADS and UnitedHealth Group launched their collaboration 19 years ago, offering diverse college students from across the country internships in departments such as Finance, Sales, Technology, Marketing, and Human Capital at United Health Group and its UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses.

“We’re pleased to work with UnitedHealth Group and serve together as a catalyst for providing people with diverse backgrounds job opportunities in health care. With each year and technological advancement, the health care industry is becoming more and more personal so it’s important to provide opportunities to underserved studentsand develop a diverse workforce,” said Forest Harper, Jr., President and CEO, INROADS, Inc.

“We’re investing in hiring, developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, and building a workplace where diverse thought and teamwork flourish,” said Karen Sachs, Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity, UnitedHealth Group. “By including and appreciating diverse people, perspectives and backgrounds, we generate a stronger commitment, more creative solutions and better results.”


There is currently an unprecedented demand for health care workers. According to a research study by Mercer, the United States will need 2.3 million new health care workers by 2025 in order to adequately meet the health care needs of its aging population. The partnership between INROADS and UnitedHealth Group represents leaders in their industry sectors working together to highlight the importance of corporate diversity.

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Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that affects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 135,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 28,000 alumni into full-time professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at INROADS.organd connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @INROADS Inc.

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