United Way works for a healthier America

HealthWhether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Our Goal

Since 2008, we’ve been working to achieve our bold, 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018.

Our Strategy

Achieving our 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. Working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.

Health Facts

  • More than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers.
  • Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.1
  • The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. More than 80% are working families.2
  • 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools.3

1Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.)
2Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
3Compiled by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey 2007.

Local Initiatives - What Our Partners Are Doing To Help

Increase Access To Healthcare

Axis Health SystemFunded Program:  Crisis Mental Health for the Working Poor
Southwest Open School Health ClinicFunded Program:  School-based Health Center
Community Emergency Assistance CoalitionFunded Program:  Medical Device/ Denture Assistance
La Plata Family Centers CoalitionFunded Program:  Family Health and Development Program
The Ear and Eye ProgramFunded Program:  Eye and Ear Assistive Devices 
Four Corners Child Advocacy CenterFunded Program:  Mental Health Assessment & Therapeutic Services for Children

Promote Healthy Lifestyles

Axis Health SystemFunded Program:  Substance Abuse Services
Medicine Horse CenterFunded Program:  A.W.A.R.E. Counseling Program
Montezuma County Health DepartmentFunded Program:  Child Car Seat Program
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky MountainsFunded Program:  Family Planning for Teens and Adults
Sexual Assault Services OrganizationFunded Program:  Sexual Assault Advocacy and Prevention
Southern Ute Community Action ProgramsFunded Program:  Ignacio Senior Center