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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

Columbus Area United Way Goal for Health:

 Educating community members on healthier lifestyle choices

Decrease suicide attempts by youth

Our Strategy

 Mental Health has been identified as a priority issue in our area.  Focusing on reducing suicide attempts might seem to narrow, but the issues leading to that point are broad.  CAUW seeks to educate the community about mental health; including how domestic violence affects it, how social media causes isolation, what the long term effects of substance abuse are, even how lifestyle choices like diet and exercise impact mental health.  Sometimes even when wanting to seek help, lack of health insurance or high deductibles deter people from getting the help they need.  Prevention is the key as the United Way works to break the cycle of negative behaviors.

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.