United Way addresses pressing health and healthcare issues facing communities across the country. Community by community, United Ways and their partners target childhood obesity, health insurance coverage, healthcare quality, childhood immunizations, substance abuse, family violence, oral health or other healthcare concerns voiced by their community.
We’re working to improve the health of our country, and we’ve set a bold goal for the next 10 years to help us get there. With your help, United Way is working to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
Achieving this goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. And working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.
In Fall 2016, Great Rivers United Way announced the following health-related goals:
- Increase access to preventive health and dental care for individuals and families.
- Improve access to appropriate mental health prevention, assessment, and treatment.
Partner programs in the Health impact area will be working toward collaborative, lasting solutions that meet these goals. The Income impact area has similarly set goals, with Education and Community Basics goals to be set for the next funding cycle.