DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Funding from a Dayton-based insurance company is going to be benefiting a portion of the local community.

A release from Cincinnati Children’s says that $800,000 in funding from CareSource will go towards helping Cincinnati Children’s and local children in funding. Efforts to address ethnic, racial and socioeconomic health disparities will be used by the funding.

The issue of addressing health equity is a group effort led by HealthVine, a network of providers for people that have CareSource insurance in numerous southwest Ohio counties, like Butler, Clinton and Warren. The Michael Fisher Child Health Equity Center is also a leader in the effort to bring equity to healthcare for people, so kids can thrive.

Ndidi Unaka, MD, MEd is the medical director for quality improvements and analytics at HealthVine and is also an attending physician at Cincinnati Children’s. Unaka talked specifically about some of the health conditions the funding would help.

Unaka said, “This will help reduce racial and socioeconomic equity gaps in a variety of clinical areas, including asthma, mental health conditions, premature birth, and Type 1 diabetes.”

Vice President of Cincinnati Children’s, Robert Kahn, MD, says, “Cincinnati Children’s is deeply committed to excellent health outcomes for every child. With the Fisher Child Health Equity Center, HealthVine and this generous support, we are poised to make tremendous strides for kids.”