Health

Goal: Children and adults in Washington County are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.

FOCUS AREAS

  • Reducing rates of substance abuse through prevention, education and treatment

  • Increasing awareness and access to mental health services

  • Supporting life-long healthy choices

 

As the World Health Organization puts it, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Good health is fundamental to our capacity to enjoy life, provide for our families, realize our dreams and contribute to our community.

U.S. businesses lose more than $1 trillion a year in productivity due to chronic illness. In addition, Washington County is facing a drug epidemic and young people are struggling to find resources for mental health.

United Way of Washington County is working to address the root causes of these issues. We engaged in community conversations and meetings with local leaders in the healthcare field to understand which health issues are most important to Washington County.

In 2020, we achieved the following results to advance the health of all Washington County residents:

  • 95% of high school students use of any alcohol, tobacco or drug products declined as a result of their participation in a prevention program.
  • 80% of students attending support groups reported knowing the early warning signs of mental illness.
  • 80% of elementary school children were able to identify protective behaviors from abuse through a protective behavior prevention service.

Together, we are making Washington County a healthier, more vibrant community!

In 2021, we are partnering with the following agencies to fund programs that advance our county's health:

4C FAMILY CENTER OF
WASHINGTON COUNTY

Strong emotionally healthy
families initiative

ALBRECHT FREE CLINIC
Continuity of care

CASA GUADALUPE EDUCATION CENTER
Healthy Latinos, healthy futures

ELEVATE
ATODA Prevention

FRIENDS, Inc.
Violence prevention education

HEROIN TASK FORCE
Peers Supporting Recovery

INTERFAITH CAREGIVERS
Help corner coalition/
Healthy aging in place

KETTLE MORAINE YMCA
Diabetes prevention

LAKESHORE REGIONAL
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

Forensic interviews

NAMI WASHINGTON COUNTY
Youth & young adult mental health
support & education

SENIOR CITIZENS ACTIVITIES
Social associations for
improved health

YOUTH AND FAMILY PROJECT
Crossroads youth program