Goal: To increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018.
United Way addresses pressing health and healthcare issues facing communities across the country. Community by community, United Ways and their partners target childhood obesity, health insurance coverage, healthcare quality, childhood immunizations, substance abuse, family violence, oral health or other healthcare concerns voiced by their community.
We’re working to improve the health of our country, and we’ve set a bold goal for the next 10 years to help us get there. With your help, United Way is working to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
Achieving this 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. And working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.
Deeper dive on Health
Health is such a basic need, it impacts every aspect of a person’s daily life. A child with a toothache is unable to concentrate in school and succeed. A family without health insurance is often overwhelmed to the point of bankruptcy by the financial burdens of an illness. Seniors without prescription assistance have to make frightening decisions on which medicine they can afford and which ones they will go without.
Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways work to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care so they can lead safe, healthy, and rewarding lives. United Way supports local health and human service programs as well as partners with local advocates, faith leaders, healthcare professionals, the business community, and policy makers to create sustainable answers to the current healthcare crisis.
Join United Way and make your community stronger by ensuring families receive the healthcare they need to stay healthy and thrive. Every day our friends, neighbors, and colleagues are forced to live with the fear of getting sick or injured. We can make a difference and the time is now to take action.
- During the past four decades, obesity rates have soared among all age groups, increasing almost five-fold among children ages 6 to 11. *1
- Today, more than 33 percent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s nearly 25 million kids and teenagers. *1
- Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.
- The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. Nearly 9 million of these are children, and more than 8 out of 10 are from working families. *2
- Despite the success of SCHIP, there are still 8.7 million children living without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools. *3
- More than 8 in 10 of the non-elderly uninsured live in families where the head of the family works. *4
United Way of Cumberland County’s Health Funded Programs
(Advocating Health & Healing)
- American Red Cross’s Health & Safety Program
- Better Health’s Diabetic Management Services
- Catholic Charities’s Counseling & Mental Health Services
- Council on Older Adults’s Adult Sitter Program
- Council on Older Adults’s Elderly Nutrition Program
- Council on Older Adults’s In Home Aide Program
- Council on Older Adults’s Telephone Reassurance Program
- Fayetteville Family Life Center’s Counseling Services
- Fort Bragg Army’s Family Advocacy Program
- Myrover-Reese Fellowship Homes’s Residential Male Substance Abuse Program
- Rape Crisis Volunteers’s Abuse & Violence Services
- The Salvation Army’s CARE Center for Domestic Violence
- Vision Resource Center’s Healthy Living Skills
- YMCA’s Senior Wellness Aquatic Training Program
*2 Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.
*3 Compiled 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.
*4 Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.