Health

Health

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

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

  • 93% were better able to identify stressors in their lives
  • 90% were able to create a plan to manage their stress
  • 92% 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
  • 94% knew specific steps to improve their situation

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

  • 95% left their social/emotional well-being was supported within the context of the family
  • 87% maintained or improved behavior with their peers
  • 93% maintained or improved their behavior at home
  • 89% displayed signs of improvement in social skills
  • 87% displayed signs of development improvement in self-regulation of emotions

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

  • 100% 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 adults who participated in United Way-funded disabilities programs:

  • 93% felt their financial concerns were addressed
  • 93% felt their housing concerns were addressed
  • 88% attended social activities
  • 89% were commented to support networks
  • 99% felt they were treated with respect and dignity
  • 93% made their own choices
  • 96% let their needs be known (advocated)

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

  • 93% cooperated with other children
  • 94% maintained appropriate behavior or improved behavior
  • 93% displayed signs of developmental improvement in self-help/adapting
  • 93% displayed developmental improvement in cognitive skills
  • 93% 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:

  • 99% felt that the program helped them to make plans for the individual’s future
  • 98% felt that the program used them to understand rights and advocate for the individual

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

  • 84% returned to their home or a safe, acceptable alternative
  • 89% felt their relationship with their parent/guardian remained the same or improved
  • 81% were better able to cope with the problems that caused them to seek services

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
  • 88% felt their pain was relieved or managed
  • 96% felt their needs were met

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
  • 98% demonstrated an increased knowledge of HIV and/or STIs
  • 95% were aware of their HIV and/or STI status

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

  • 90% felt they had an adult they could trust to talk to about things that are bothering them
  • 93% 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 (batterers intervention) programs:

  • 95% 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:

  • 95% had more knowledge about safety planning
  • 95% were more aware of resources they could use in the future
  • 95% knew more about their rights and options in the legal system

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

  • 83% understood their rights
  • 86% physical health concerns were addressed
  • 86% felt safer and more secure
  • 85% were more physically active
  • 83% were better able to cope with stress
  • 76% attended social activities
  • 82% socialized and made friends
  • 83% felt they had a voice in making their own choice
  • 88% expressed their needs
  • 85% could solve their own problems

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

  • 99% felt supported, which helped them as caregivers
  • 85% were able to continue to work/seek employment
  • 96% received help in accessing the services they needed to better care for the individual
  • 95% were able to make plans for the individual’s future

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

  • 98% connected to a medical home
  • 87% brought baby in for a six-week checkup
  • 90% attended a parenting program or were referred to a parenting program
  • 98% were educated on the benefits of breastfeeding
  • 97% were educated on safe sleep environments
  • 100% had a healthy pregnancy outcome
  • 91% carried the baby to term
  • 92% delivered a baby with a healthy birth weight

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

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