United Way works for a healthier community
Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Way of Cascade County is working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.
By both bolstering current efforts and initiating our own, United Way is working to make Cascade County a healthier place to live.
- Reducing obesity: Obesity is the second highest cause of preventable death. We are working to increase fresh food options and opportunities for healthy activities for people of all ages.
- Encouraging healthy lifestyles: Reducing drug use and alcohol abuse will impact many other community problems.
- Access to healthcare: In 2010, 92,000 adult Montanans had unmet medical needs due to cost. Montana ranks 45th in the nation with 18.6 percent of people who are uninsured.
- Protecting our community’s most vulnerable: From providing meals to seniors to a safe place for abused and neglected children to stay, United Way is committed to supporting services that help our community’s most vulnerable citizens.
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.
- 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.