Health

United Way works for healthier Communities

Whether 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 and Programs

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.

Community Health Ministry's Dental Program provides dental services to uninsured and underinsured individuals in 57 schools, 8 nursing homes, 8 Head Start programs, and 1 center for the developmentally disabled.
 
The Crisis Center provides safe shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children as well as support and advocacy to more than 100 victims each month.
 
Catholic Charites offers several services including theraputic services, Kansas Loan Pool Project, rental assistance, and utility assitance to individuals in 6 of our surrounding counties. 
 
Sunflower CASA Project, Inc.'s Sunflower Bridge Child Exchange and Visitation Center provides a safe place for children to visit their nonresidential parent and helps victims of child sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers receive advocacy services through the Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center.
 
Flint Hills Foster Teen Camps provide a camping enviornment for foster teens in the surrounding areas to have a safe place to express themselves and build a sense of community. 
 
Manhattan Retirement Foundation provides a meadowlark hills memory progam to assist the senior population in the Riley county area. 

Health Facts

  • 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.