New Delhi, October, 2023.
Optum, a leading health solution and care delivery organization, part of UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 5 company, teamed up with Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation (ABBF), a not-for-profit organization, in solidarity and support for disability inclusion, at the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon 2023.
This partnership was formed with a common goal of leveraging the medium of sports to spread awareness, break misconceptions, and provide visibility for persons with disability and special needs.
As a part of this collaboration, 50 Optum team members ran as allies with 50 persons with disabilities,to complete the 4.5 km run at the Delhi marathon on Sunday, October 15, 2023.
Speaking of this collaboration, Uma Ratnam Krishnan, Managing Director – India, Optum Global Solutions, said, “Disability inclusion is central to who we are as a company, as we continuously strive to improve health care accessibility, foster an inclusive culture for all types of disabilities and offer sustainable careers at all levels. Our partnership with ABBF for the Delhi Marathon has further enabled us to create shared experiences for people with and without disabilities. This has been a rich learning experience for team Optum that has inspired us to work with commitment to achieve our goalof creating effective, inclusive solutions for everyone we are privileged to serve.”
Divyanshu Ganatra, Founder and Chairman, ABBF said, “The thing with sport is that it does not care if you have a disability or not. Sport levels the playing field and creates an equal environment for everyone to participate. And when corporates such as Optum join in, we really start seeing some tangible change in terms of disability inclusion, not just on the race route, but in the boardroom as well. And that is why it is such a wonderful thing to have ABBF and Optum run together!”