A $2 million grant will help the institute work to prevent and treat obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the city's Third Ward.

The HEALTH Research Institute will get a $2 million grant to help prevent and treat obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the city's Third Ward, a place that can often slip through the health care cracks. The program, scheduled to launch later this spring, is expected to reach 5,000 residents in the next three years, program organizers said. It is being funded by a grant from United Health Foundation, the nonprofit charitable arm of UnitedHealth Group, the insurance giant's parent company.

Dan O'Connor and Ezemenari Obasi speaking at United Health Foundation grant announcement event