United Way works for a healthier America

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

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.

Our Projects

The Salina Area United Way is excited to work with each of these collaborations over the next two years. Read below a brief description of each one, as submitted to us by the collaborations themselves. 

Ashby House
Collaboration Fiscal Agent/Sponsor: Ashby House
Provide Shelter Residents with on-site medical/dental/mental health services 7 prevention education to address existing 21-30+ day waiting periods Salina Homeless persons without insurance face when attempting to address non-emergent care issues, chronic illnesses & mental health crises.  Attempt to increase number of homeless persons insured under the Affordable Care Act.

Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas (DVACK)
Collaboration Fiscal Agent/Sponsor: DVACK
To implement a coordinated community response through prevention, education and victim services which will maximize resources to effectively identify and reduce the incidence of domestic violence, teen dating violence and sexual assault and to combat the myriad of issues that directly contribute to unhealthy lifestyles.

Partners in Early Childhood Education (PIECE)
Collaboration Fiscal Agent/Sponsor: Child Advocacy & Parenting Services, Inc.
This project offers Family Child Care providers and preschools with methods to manage social-emotional behaviors and build social-emotional skills in children.  It also supports new Family Child Care Providers as small business owners with training and technical assistance.  Parenting classes will be taught in English and Spanish with free child care.

St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church
Collaboration Fiscal Agent/Sponsor: St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church
Camp HYPE is a summer camp for students who have completed 1st through 5th grade.  Through fun and engaging activities and guest speakers, campers will learn first-hand how to develop a healthy lifestyle enabling them to positively impact their community.

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.