United Way NSV Works for a Healthier Community
The United Way understands the factors that influence health outcomes. Through improved individual awareness and information, United Way is helping individuals to improve their health. The United Way is working to improve maternal health and infant well-being; expanding basic healthcare and supporting healthy lifestyles for youth and adults.
The 2014 needs assessment identified the following as United Way NSV priorities through 2017:
- Affordable and accessible health/mental care for people in need
- Health needs of an increasing senior population
- Prevention of the effects of risk behaviors (obesity, abuse/neglect, teen pregnancy and substance abuse)
- Mental Health education and access to care
- $168,679 in Impact Grants provided free medical and dental care, therapy services for victims of child abuse, HIV/AIDS early intervention, health care transportation, mental health support and parenting education.
- 157 Day of Caring volunteers sorted new baby supplies, provided friendly visiting and chore assistance to elderly residents and made minor repairs for seniors and single moms.
- The United Way/FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card partnership helps local residents save on health care costs. Since 2007, over 9000 local families saved over $1,000,000 in prescription drug expenses.
To see a full list of the impact grants awarded in the Health category click here.