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United For Health 2020

Your Community’s Choice for Education and Resources.

We Provide Community-Centered Health Strategies and solutions

What We Do

What We Do

Understanding that knowledge is wealth, UFH2020 elected to focus on educating high risk communities on all aspects of COVID-19: the virus, the disease process, testing, vaccines, immunological health (which protects us from infection through various lines of defense) and household and community mitigation strategies. Additionally, after an extensive review of the medical literature, UFH2020 spotlighted the use of Vitamin D3 as a natural and cost-effective way for individuals to optimize their immune system. UFH2020 developed and implemented a COVID-19 Community Suppression Plan which:

1.  Engages local leaders (e.g. Mayors, Black Caucus, Pastors, Community Leaders, Community Health Providers) to conduct a needs assessment to identify high risk groups in their community.

2.  Assist in developing a strategic plan to disseminate COVID-19 and Vitamin D3 information via printed and electronic FACT sheets and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), local TV (recorded) interviews, radio, and social media (Facebook and Stream Yard) interviews, panel discussions, and virtual Town Hall meetings.

3.  We established a partnership with two CLIA certified labs to provide free COVID-19 tests – PCR, antibody, and antigen – for individuals in the community and for homebound residents.


4.  We established partnerships with two IDPH approved vaccine facilities to provide COVID-19 vaccines in the community and for homebound residents.

Our Team

Our Team
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About Kimberly Battle Miller, MD, MS, MBA

Kimberly Battle Miller, MD, MS, MBA. Nearly 30 years in medical practice. Board-certified Palliative Care and Hospice Medical Director, Board-certified Pediatrician, Fellowship-trained Integrative Medicine Attending, Former Pediatric Critical Attending, Masters of Biochemistry, Masters in Business Administration, Owner/Founder of Kimberly Battle-Miller, MD SC (2002), Founder of Non-profit H.O.P.E. International (Helping Others By Providing Education) (2011), and Co-Founder of United For Health 2020 LLC which provides community education regarding current health issue – presently focusing on health benefits of Vitamin D3 and resource for COVID-19 update (the virus, testing, and vaccines). 

Member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and New Faith Baptist Church International (Matteson, IL)

Bhanu Prasad Gadde
PharmD, RPh

Bhanu Prasad Gadde, PharmD, RPh is a pharmacist in New York. He owns and operates 3 pharmacies on Long Island. He is passionate about health and wellness and the body's ability to produce healing if the nutritional needs of the body are properly addressed. His work with vitamin D3 in the area of Covid-19 has resulted in excellent outcomes, as more and more studies are confirming Vitamin D's role in addressing the complications of this disease.


Sellars L. Vines

Sellars L. Vines serves as director of outreach, missions and evangelism at New Faith Baptist Church International and he also serves as V.P. of Strategic Solutions for the Joseph Assignment Global Initiative, Humanitarian/Non-Governmental Organization. He is the owner of Natural Vines LLC and Co-Founder of United For Health 2020 LLC, which provides the global community with education and resources regarding current health issues related to COVID-19 and other diseases, and the role Vitamin D3 plays in addressing the severity of these diseases.


Dr. Fouad Sheriff

Dr. Fouad Sheriff currently serves as a hospitalist at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  He gained humanitarian experience serving as a medical missionary in Haiti and Sierra Leone--his native country--and is principally involved with two social entrepreneurial ventures in Sierra Leone currently.  He holds a M.D. Doctor of Medicine degree from Saba University, completed his Internal Medicine training at UCLA-Kern Medical Center and received a B.S. in Physician Assistant from Howard University.

Who We Are

Who We Are

United For Health 2020 LLC (UFH2020) is a medical education group established September 30, 2020 in response to the urgent need to disseminate information regarding COVID-19 to communities being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. UFH2020 is a multi-state, multi-discipline collaborative effort between community leader and entrepreneur Rev. Sellars Vines, New York pharmacist Bhanu Prasad Gadde, PharmD, Pennsylvania Internal Medicine physician Fouad Sheriff, MD, and Chicagoland physician-scientist Kimberly Battle-Miller, MD, MS, MBA. Early in the pandemic it was identified that people of color, in particular Blacks and Hispanics were becoming infected with COVID-19, being hospitalized and dying at drastically higher rates.


Researchers confirmed that this was not merely a socioeconomic phenomenon but that many racial and ethnic minorities from varying backgrounds, levels of education, and economic status were being unequally affected. The COVID-19 pandemic was the catalyst which amplified existing health inequities that would need to be more appropriately and expeditiously addressed. International research on approaches to prevent and/or treat COVID-19 found a strong association between Vitamin D deficiency and poor outcomes in symptomatic COVID-19 positive individuals.


Observational studies, peer reviewed journal, and randomized control trials reported positive association between correcting Vitamin D deficiency and decreased risk of infection, decreased likelihood of hospitalization, and decrease in the mortality rate of COVID-19 positive individuals. Research has previously documented that greater than 80 percent of people of color are Vitamin D deficient. United For Health 2020 established a comprehensive solution to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in our communities.

Current Outcomes

UFH2020 has created :


  • Published recordings of live interviews and panel discussions.

  • TV recording for local broadcasting. Country Clubs Hill’s Mayor instituted the UFH2020 COVID-19 Suppression Plan – education and Vitamin D3 supplements were distributed to residents of a Senior Living Building and during a Community Holiday Gift Giving Event. Daily TV broadcasts were played on the local channel.

Expected Outcomes

UFH2020’s goal is to assist additional municipalities in implementing the COVID-19 Community Suppression Plan to provide education and resources for COVID-19 testing and vaccines and Vitamin D3 testing and supplements, to residents in senior living environments, homebound residents, local churches, and schools. Our goal is to positively impact 200,000 lives in communities being disproportionately by COVID-19 and Vitamin D deficiency over the next 6 months. Once the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled, UFH2020 will provide community solutions to other identified health inequities.

Strengthening immune function is possible. United For Health 2020 will provide families with the information needed to protect their loved ones and communities.



FAQ & Articles

FAQ & Articles

So who Is Vitamin D Deficient in the United States ?

  • 42% of the U.S. population is Vitamin-D Deficient

But three ethnic groups are fiercely effected : 

  • 82% of Black people 

    • 13% of the population is African American

    • 22% of all COVID-19 deaths were African American patients (in 2020)

  • 70% of Hispanic people

  • 97% Native/First American children

All three groups suffer from high rates of : 

  • Obesity

  • Cardiac Disease

  • Diabetes

  • And many Cancers. 

As well as :

  • Severe Covid-19 cases

  • Covid-19 cases resulting in death

Therefore :

  • Although Vitamin-D deficiency may not be a direct cause of these diseases, observational and controlled trials have and continue to suggest significant correlations and should, therefore, be thoughtfully considered as it is safe and inexpensive.



Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)
80% is made internally (calcitriol) when skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Sun rays (UVB) strike cholesterols in the skin cell to produce calcifediol, is hydroxylated by the kidneys to form calcitriol (aka 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol), which then circulates in the blood as a steroid hormone, regulating the concentration of calcium and phosphate.

20% from ingestion of fortified food, animal foods, supplement (over-the-counter and prescriptions)

  • Deficient level less than 12-20 (ng/ml) (30 nmol/L)

  • Adequate level 30-50 (ng/ml) (50-125 nmol/L)

  • Optimal Immune Function level (60-100 ng/ml)

We can no longer ignore the extreme risk factors associated with insufficient or deficient Vitamin D levels in the era of COVID-19. Utilizing the mounting evidence associated with Vitamin D3 and with support from Health Departments and logistical experts working directly and indirectly with local municipal leaders, we can move towards controlling our community and state narratives, as we address the crippling and systemic consequences communities are facing and survive together.



















Color of Coronavirus: COVID-19 deaths analyzed by race and ethnicity — APM Research Lab

A Closer Look
Water Purifier & Glass

Water-Soluble Vitamin D: Better for Those With Malabsorption Issues?

A new oral formulation of vitamin D3

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The First Clinical Trial to Support Vitamin D Therapy For Covid-19

A study from Spain finally presents the first clinical evidence for the use of vitamin D to treat Covid-19. 

Cleaning Windows

The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS)... (J. of Exposure A. and Env. Epidem.)

Because human activities impact the timing, location, and degree of pollutant exposure, they play a key role in explaining exposure variation.


Vitamin D Insufficiency and Deficiency and Mortality from Respiratory Diseases ... (Nutrients)

The COVID-19 pandemic goes along with increased mortality from acute respiratory disease. 

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Vitamin D and SARS-CoV-2 infection... (Irish J. of Med. Sci.)

A position statement from the Covit-D Consortium


The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus ... (Aging Clin. & Exper. Res.)

WHO declared SARS-CoV-2 a global pandemic.

Covid 19

Low plasma 25(OH) vitamin D level... increased risk of COVID-19... (The FEBS J.)

Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide pandemic.

Grapefruit and Vitamins

Vitamin D status and outcomes for... COVID-19 (Post. Med. J.)

Older adults are more likely to be vitamin D deficient.


Vitamin D and survival in COVID-19 patients... (J. of Steroid Bio. Molec. Bio.)

Vitamin D may be a central biological determinant of COVID-19 outcomes.

Market Analysis

Association of Vitamin D Status... With COVID-19 Test Results (JAMA Network Open)

In this cohort study of 489 patients who had a vitamin D level measured in the year before COVID-19 testing

Drug Testing

Analysis of vitamin D level among asymptomatic and critically ill COVID-19 patients... (Scientific Reports from the Journal Nature)

COVID-19 is characterized by marked variability in clinical severity. 

Citrus Fruit

Vitamin D and The Immune System (

The immune system defends the body from foreign, invading organisms, promoting protective immunity

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Vitamin D3 - 101

Professor Roger Seheult, MD explains the important role Vitamin D may have in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

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Further evidence that vitamin D might protect against severe COVID-19 disease and death

New research from Trinity College and University of Edinburgh has examined the association between vitamin D and COVID-19


Racial differences in the relationship between vitamin D... (Osteoporosis Int.)

Blacks and Hispanics have lower 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations than whites. However, it is unclear whether 25(OH)D levels considered “optimal” for bone and mineral metabolism in whites are the same as those in minority populations.


Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis... (BMJ)

Vitamin D supplementation was safe and it protected against acute respiratory tract infection overall. 

Covid-19 Screening

Factors associated with COVID-19-related death... (Nature)

There is unprecedented urgency to understand who is most at risk of severe outcomes, and this requires new approaches for the timely analysis of large datasets.

Woman with Mask

25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations Are Lower in Patients with ... SARS-CoV-2 (Nutrients)

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with a clinical outcome ranging from mild to severe, including death. 

Medical Prescription

The link between vitamin D deficiency and Covid-19...

Recent studies suggest a link between vitamin D deficiency and Covid-19 infection. 

Man Running with a Mask

Vitamin D Deficiency and Outcome of COVID-19... (Nutrients

Infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) poses an enormous challenge to health care systems throughout the world.

Man Wearing Protective Mask

Effect of Vitamin D3 ... vs Placebo on Hospital Length of Stay...: A Multicenter, Double-blind, RCT

Patients with COVID-19 may exhibit 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency

Doctor Office

Evaluation, treatment, and prevention of vitamin D deficiency: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline (JCEM)

The objective was to provide guidelines to clinicians for the evaluation

Sorting Medicine

What Does It Mean To Be Immunocompromised | Penn Medicine

For many, living with a weakened immune system means a higher chance of illness and infection 

Yoga Class for all Ages

Aging decreases the capacity of human skin to produce vitamin D3 (The J. of Clin. Invest.)

An evaluation of surgically obtained skin (age range, 8-92 yr) revealed that there is an age-dependent decrease in the epidermal concentrations of provitamin D3 (7-dehydrocholesterol).

Pill Variety

More Studies and articles on Vitamin D3

Short term, high-dose vitamin D supplementation for COVID-19 disease: a randomized, placebo-controlled, study (SHADE study)

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Vitamin D and COVID-19: What you need to know

Several recent studies have found that vitamin D supplements may help protect against COVID-19.


Decreased bioavailability of vitamin D in obesity (The American J of Clin. Nutrition)

Obesity is associated with vitamin D insufficiency and secondary hyperparathyroidism.

To School with Mask

Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A... (The American J.of Clin. Nutrition)

This study suggests that vitamin D(3) supplementation during the winter may reduce the incidence of influenza A, especially in specific subgroups of schoolchildren.

Elbow Greetings

Editorial: low population mortality from COVID-19 ... (Alimentary Pharm. & Therap.)

This article is linked to Al‐Ani et al and Garg et al papers.

Face Mask on Desk

Vitamin D deficiency in COVID-19: Mixing up cause and consequence (Metabolism)

Nine healthy non-smoking male volunteers (median [interquartile range] age of 22 [21−23] years and BMI of 23.7 [22.7–24.9] kg/m2) received a bolus of 1 ng/kg E. Coli-derived lipopolysaccharide (LPS)

Petri Dish

SARS-CoV-2 positivity rates... with circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels (PLOS One)

treatment and vaccine for coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) becomes widely available

Sanitizing Products

“Effect of calcifediol treatment...” (J. of Steroid Bio. Molec. Bio.)

The vitamin D endocrine system may have a variety of actions on cells and tissues involved in COVID-19 progression especially by decreasing the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

Pharmacist  in aisle of Pharmacy

Short term, high-dose vitamin D... for COVID-19 disease: RCT [SHADE study] (Postgrad. Med. Journal)

Effect of high dose, oral cholecalciferol supplementation on SARS-CoV-2 viral clearance.

Food Photography

Vitamin D Fortification of Fluid Milk ... A Review (Nutrients)

Fluid milk products are systematically, either mandatorily or voluntarily, fortified with vitamin D in some countries

Hugging a Pillow

Covid-19 and Chronic Illness - Patients Rising

The immune system becomes slower to respond.


Vitamin D Fact Sheet

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