Health

Health

The 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 and 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 fighting to improve the quality of life for all.

Our community is healthier: Last year, 115,535 youth and adults had increased access to health care programs, health and wellness services, and safer and healthier communities.

In 2019-20 United Way will invest in over 105 programs, including community-wide initiatives.

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 Access to Healthcare

United Way is removing barriers to ensure all youth and adults have access to quality and affordable health care. To do this, we invest in programs that provide access to general, dental, prenatal, perinatal, behavioral, and mental health care. 

Initiatives We Lead 

Healthy Birth Outcomes - Improves birth outcomes to ensure babies live to see their first birthday.

Health Improvement Fund - Increases coverage, access, care coordination, and community health in Milwaukee. 

Our Impact 

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

  • 98% felt they received the support they needed in making decisions
  • 98% felt they received the education they need to care for themselves
  • 96% felt they were included in setting a plan for their own health
  • 85% felt their pain was relieved or managed
  • 96% felt their needs were met

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

  • 100% were better able to identify stressors in their lives
  • 91% were able to create a plan to manage their stress
  • 93% were better able to communicate with others
  • 90% felt their relationships were better
  • 94% had a better understanding of the problems they were struggling with
  • 93% knew specific steps to improve their situation

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

  • 94% felt their social/emotional well-being was supported within the context of the family
  • 89% maintained or improved behavior with their peers
  • 92% maintained or improved their behavior at home
  • 87% displayed signs of improvement in social skills
  • 83% displayed signs of development improvement in self-regulation of emotions

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

  • 96% connected to a medical home
  • 87% brought baby in for a six-week checkup
  • 61% attended a parenting program or were referred to a parenting program
  • 98% were educated on the benefits of breastfeeding
  • 99% were educated on safe sleep environments
  • 100% had a healthy pregnancy outcome
  • 89% carried the baby to term
  • 83% delivered a baby with a healthy birth weight

Community Coalitions, Collaborations, & Partnerships 

 Health & Wellness

United Way supports youth and adults of all ages and abilities to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live with independence and dignity. We do this by investing in programs that provide older adults with support and independence, services for children and adults with disabilities and their families and caregivers, and connect our entire community with assessment, referral, and support programs. 

Our Impact

Of those that participated in United Way-funded assessment referral and support programs:

  • 99% felt they were listened to and supported
  • 96% felt they had an increased sense of hope after the call
  • 98% felt they knew what their next steps were
  • 98% felt they got what they needed from the call

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

  • 94% felt their financial concerns were addressed
  • 99% felt their housing concerns were addressed
  • 92% attended social activities
  • 92% were connected to support networks
  • 100% felt they were treated with respect and dignity
  • 99% made their own choices
  • 99% let their needs be known (advocated)

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

  • 91% cooperated with other children
  • 95% maintained appropriate behavior or improved behavior
  • 94% displayed signs of developmental improvement in self-help/adapting
  • 92% displayed developmental improvement in cognitive skills
  • 94% displayed signs of developmental improvement in social skills
  • 93% displayed signs of developmental improvement in self-regulation of emotions

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

  • 96% felt that the program helped them to make plans for the individual’s future
  • 87% felt that the program used them to understand rights and advocate for the individual

Of the adults that participated in United Way-funded older adult support and independence programs:

  • 90% understood their rights
  • 94% physical health concerns were addressed
  • 89% felt safer and more secure
  • 90% were more physically active
  • 89% were better able to cope with stress
  • 84% attended social activities
  • 87% socialized and made friends
  • 91% felt they had a voice in making their own choice
  • 93% expressed their needs
  • 92% could solve their own problems

Of the caregivers that participated in United Way-funded older adult support and independence programs:

  • 100% felt supported, which helped them as caregivers
  • 95% were able to continue to work/seek employment
  • 99% received help in accessing the services they needed to better care for the individual
  • 96% were able to make plans for the individual’s future

Community Coalitions, Collaborations, & Partnerships

 Safe & Healthy Communities

United Way transforms communities through education and access to support, making healthy choices easy, safe, and affordable. We do this by investing in programs that provide preventative health education, support survivors of intimate partner violence, house youth who are homeless, and encourage mediation and healthy conflict resolution. 

Our Impact

Of the adults who participated in United Way-funded chemical abuse and dependency programs:

  • 98% felt their mental health has improved
  • 100% felt they had made progress towards their goals
  • 100% felt more connected to the recovery community

Of the youth who stayed at a United Way-funded emergency shelter:

  • 87% returned to their home or a safe, acceptable alternative
  • 93% felt their relationship with their parent/guardian remained the same or improved
  • 84% were better able to cope with the problems that caused them to seek services

Of those that participated in United Way-funded health education prevention (health) programs:

  • 100% were given the necessary resources around treatment options
  • 99% were given other resources they needed
  • 96% demonstrated an increased knowledge of HIV and/or STIs
  • 94% were aware of their HIV and/or STI status

Of those that participated in United Way-funded health education prevention (resistance) programs:

  • 95% felt they had an adult they could trust to talk to about things that are bothering them
  • 95% learned to have fun without following others when they are not making good decisions

Of those that participated in United Way-funded intimate partner violence (batterer’s intervention) programs:

  • 97% displayed intent to remain violence free in the future
  • 97% had a better understanding that the abuse was their fault
  • 97% felt they had a better understanding of the effects of domestic violence

Of those that participated in United Way-funded intimate partner violence (victim safety) programs:

  • 96% had more knowledge about safety planning
  • 96% were more aware of resources they could use in the future
  • 94% knew more about their rights and options in the legal system

Initiatives We Lead

Healthy Youth - Reduces teen pregnancy, sexual violence, and victimization for young people of all genders. 

Teen Pregnancy Prevention - Improves the sexual and reproductive health of young people in Milwaukee

Community Coalitions, Collaborations, & Partnerships

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