Our Vision: To improve the health and well-being of individuals and our community.
Key impact areas:
- Family health (promoting reproductive and family health, preventing and responding to domestic violence)
- Mental health
- Oral health
Did You Know:
- In the past year, 1 in 4 adults living in poverty missed out on medical care they needed because they couldn't afford it.
Health isn't just about the absence of illness. It's much more than that and is determined by a multitude of factors that influence one's ability to make choices that lead to a healthy, productive life. For our whole community to be healthy, we must move towards giving every person the opportunity to obtain physical, mental and social well-being.
Health disparities do exist in the Portland-Vancouver metro area. 3 out of 4 adults in our region don't have the resources and awareness to eat healthy foods that prevent illness. In the past year, 1 in 4 adults living in poverty missed out on medical care they needed because they couldn't afford it.
Racial, tribal and ethnic communities are disproportionately affected and are less likely to have health insurance.
It's becoming more and more difficult for individuals and families to obtain and maintain health care coverage. Uninsured people who get sick are less likely to seek and receive medical care. This often poses an insurmountable challenge for the chronically sick because they are unable to keep jobs, which makes it even more difficult to pay for rent or a mortgage.
Only 39% of Oregonians who needed mental health care get the services they need. Yet as need increases, more and more cuts to funding are being made. Also, many people forego mental health and addictions services forego help because they fear being stigmatized. Underserved populations are more affected by the lack of access and utilization of mental health and addictions services.
Domestic violence contributes to a huge lack of physical, mental and social well-being for hundreds of thousands in our community. About 160,000 women and 96,000 men in the Portland-Vancouver metro area will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. It is estimated that 85,000 women in our region are currently experiencing domestic violence. In addition to the loss of human life, domestic violence costs our community at least $11 million annually in criminal justice system costs, and another $10 million in lost wages, healthcare and other services.
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette invests in projects that help Individuals improve and maintain their physical and mental health to contribute to a better overall social wellbeing. Our funded projects ensure access to and utilization of physical and mental health services for the underserved and uninsured of our community. Culturally specific addictions and substance abuse projects are funded through United Way of to rehabilitate individuals affected by addictions and promote healthy living. We also fund projects that promote healthy environments, as well as projects that support victims of domestic violence by helping them and their families find services, safety and stable housing.