Health of individuals is a strong indicator of the health of a community. Achieving and maintaining good health is important during all stages of life, from conception through childhood, into adulthood through older age. To improve the health of our community, we must all become more aware of health risks, starting from before birth. Whether it is a teen struggling to make the right decision, a senior in need of home health care, or a survivor of abuse seeking a safer environment; United Way is working to improve the quality of life for all.

United Way partners with agencies to provide help to those without health insurance, seniors in need of home health care, survivors of abuse, and individuals struggling with mental illness or addiction.

In 2016-17 United Way will invest in 88 programs.

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 Our Goals

Provide funding to increase the number of youth & adults who:

  • Are able to live independently and with dignity
  • Have access to high quality and affordable mental, behavioral, dental, and general health care services
  • Have access to prevention education and can avoid risky behaviors
  • Have a network of support for children with disabilities, their families, and caregivers
  • Have access to high quality, affordable prenatal care and pregnancy support services
  • Are healthy and safe
 Investment Areas
  • Assessment, Referral, Support
  • Behavioral and Mental Health Care
  • Chemical Abuse and Dependency
  • Disabilities Services
  • Health Care Access
  • Health Education/Prevention: Case Management
  • Health Education/Prevention: HIV
  • Health Education/Prevention: Youth Resistance
  • Intimate Partner (Domestic) Violence
  • Local Disaster Response
  • Older Adult Support and Independence: Health
  • Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services
 Current Impact

Greater Milwaukee Outcomes*

Of those who participated in United Way-funded behavioral and mental health programs:

  • 90% were able to create a plan to manage their stress.
  • 92% learned skills to cope with stress.
  • 90% were better able to function at school or work.
  • 88% reported that overall, their life was better than before.

Of the children who participated in United Way-funded disabilities programs:

  • 98% displayed signs of developmental improvement in communication skills.
  • 98% displayed signs of developmental improvement in social skills.
  • 83% displayed signs of developmental improvement in pre-literacy/literacy skills.

Of the adults who participated in United Way-funded disabilities programs:

  • 89% improved their daily living skills.
  • 90% achieved goals they set for themselves.
  • 80% were connected to support networks.

Of those that participated in United Way-funded health care access programs:

  • 97% received the support they needed in making decision about their care.
  • 98% received education about how to care for themselves.
  • 95% felt they had ownership over their own care.

Of the individuals who participated in United Way funded HIV-focused health education/prevention programs:

  • 86% demonstrated an increased knowledge of HIV and/or Sexually Transmitted Infections.
  • 94% were aware of their HIV and/or Sexually Transmitted Infection status.
  • 100% were given the necessary information and resources about treatment options.

Of the youth who participated in United Way funded resistance skills focused health education/prevention programs:

  • 93% learned how to say no to people if they wanted them to something that they did not want to do.
  • 93% learned how to have fun without following others that are not making good decisions.
  • 92% reported having an adult they can trust to talk about things that are bothering them.

Of the individuals who participated in United Way-funded intimate partner violence programs:

  • 97% had more knowledge about safety planning.
  • 95% were more aware of available community resources that they could use in the future.
  • 97% felt more confident in their decision making skills.

Of those who participated in United Way-funded older adult support and independence programs:

  • 93% attended socialization activities.
  • 89% socialized and made friends.
  • 82% maintained or improved their daily living skills.

Of those who participated in United Way-funded pregnancy and parenting support programs:

  • 97% were connected to a medical home.
  • 89% carried the baby to term.
  • 89% delivered a baby with a healthy birth weight.
  • 100% had a healthy pregnancy outcome.

Waukesha County Outcomes*

Of adult survivors of sexual assault or abuse that participated in United Way-funded The Women’s Center, Inc.'s Sexual Abuse and Assault Counseling Services

  • 84% identified healthy coping skills such as calling the hotline or relaxation techniques.

Of the teens with disabilities that participated in United Way-funded Association for the Rights of Citizens with Handicaps, Inc. (ARCh)

  • 75%  learned appropriate behavior skills.

Of older adults that attended the United Way-funded Curative Senior Care Center Curative Care Network's Clinic Services:

  • 92% remained socially active as a result of active involvement in social activities appropriate for intellectual interaction whether group or individual activities.

Of the clients that participated in United Way-funded Stillwaters Center, Inc.'s Stillwaters Cancer Support Services:

  • 91% felt supported by the services they received from their counselor/facilitator.

*Due to the recent merger of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County outcomes for 2013-14 were collected separately. Combined outcomes will be available in late 2016.

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