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HEALTH
IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS MEANS OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO ACCESSING HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES

From access to health care, nutrition and fitness, to preparing and responding to disasters and emergencies, United Way of the Wabash Valley and its partners are targeting health issues that not only affect individuals, but our entire community.

Unfortunately, too many of our neighbors lack access to basic health care - in particular preventive care which can reduce the incidence of chronic diseases like diabetes or diagnose problems early and intervene to prevent costly complications from conditions such as high blood pressure.

With health care costs outpacing inflation and growth in wages and with many Wabash Valley Hoosiers living without health insurance, even a minor health crisis can lead families to financial ruin. 

 

Our Initiatives are:

  • Increasing access to quality healthcare services, health education and preventive care.
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles.
  • Reducing substance abuse.
  • Reducing child abuse and domestic violence.


 The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. Nearly 9 million of these are children and more than 8 out of 10 are from working families. Today, more than 33 percent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s nearly 25 million kids and teenagers.  Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.  Of the 1 million family bankruptcies last year, over half were the result of inadequate health care coverage.


DID YOU KNOW THAT IN VIGO COUNTY? (Statistics courtesy of Kids Count)

# of Live Births (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1,283 1,297 1,309 1,280 1,375
% of Low Birthweight Babies (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
7.0% 6.4% 8.6% 7.4% 9.1%
Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 Females Age 15-17 (Rate per 1,000) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
19.8 20.6 20.8 21.9 21.3
% of Mothers who Reported Smoking During Pregnancy (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
27.0% 28.1% 29.4% 27.0% 26.1%
Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 Females Age 15-19 (Rate per 1,000) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
41.3 41.8 47.9 42.0 42.4
% of Mothers who Received 1st Trimester Prenatal Care (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
83.3% 82.5% 84.6% 85.8% 85.2%
Non-Marital Births as a % of All Births (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
41.9% 44.1% 47.7% 47.7% 49.2%
# of Babies Born to Single Mothers Under the Age 20 without High School Diploma (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
80 81 94 84 90
# of Children Enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
7,424 7,539 11,589 11,735 11,484
Total # of Infant Deaths (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
9 11 11 12 7
Total # of Child Deaths, Age 1-14 (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
6 5 5 5 6
Total # of Teen Deaths by Accident, Homicide, and Suicide (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
2 3 3 2 2


DID YOU KNOW THAT IN CLAY COUNTY?

 

 

# of Live Births (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
373 358 337 325 368
% of Low Birthweight Babies (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
7.0% 9.2% 7.1% 6.5% 5.7%
Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 Females Age 15-17 (Rate per 1,000) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
44.4 16.4 21.7 26.0 17.8
% of Mothers who Reported Smoking During Pregnancy (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
28.4% 25.7% 25.8% 26.2% 26.4%
Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 Females Age 15-19 (Rate per 1,000) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
52.5 41.8 52.3 45.1 41.3
% of Mothers who Received 1st Trimester Prenatal Care (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
83.9% 83.0% 83.4% 84.6% 82.1%
Non-Marital Births as a % of All Births (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
30.8% 34.4% 37.7% 38.5% 36.4%
# of Babies Born to Single Mothers Under the Age 20 without High School Diploma (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
31 16 19 23 22
# of Children Enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
1,698 1,757 2,879 2,841 2,844
Total # of Infant Deaths (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1 2 3 1 4
Total # of Child Deaths, Age 1-14 (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
0 3 0 1 1
Total # of Teen Deaths by Accident, Homicide, and Suicide (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1 3 3 4 0


DID YOU KNOW THAT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY?

 

# of Live Births (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
258 266 214 216 235
% of Low Birthweight Babies (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
11.6% 8.3% 12.1% 8.8% 5.5%
Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 Females Age 15-17 (Rate per 1,000) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
22.1 28.6 16.3 26.9 18.3
% of Mothers who Reported Smoking During Pregnancy (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
26.4% 24.1% 23.4% 31.5% 27.7%
Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 Females Age 15-19 (Rate per 1,000) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
43.2 48.7 48.8 44.1 44.8
% of Mothers who Received 1st Trimester Prenatal Care (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
83.3% 82.0% 83.2% 85.6% 86.0%
Non-Marital Births as a % of All Births (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
31.0% 30.5% 37.9% 37.0% 39.1%
# of Babies Born to Single Mothers Under the Age 20 without High School Diploma (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
13 13 15 13 12
# of Children Enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
1,444 1,433 2,277 2,214 2,042
Total # of Infant Deaths (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1 1 3 0 6
Total # of Child Deaths, Age 1-14 (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
2 1 1 0 0
Total # of Teen Deaths by Accident, Homicide, and Suicide (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
2 0 0 0 1


DID YOU KNOW THAT IN PARKE COUNTY?

 

 

# of Live Births (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
171 205 157 188 194
% of Low Birthweight Babies (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
10.5% 8.8% 8.9% 7.4% 6.7%
Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 Females Age 15-17 (Rate per 1,000) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
18.0 20.8 17.4 17.4 14.7
% of Mothers who Reported Smoking During Pregnancy (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
29.8% 30.7% 25.5% 25.0% 27.3%
Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 Females Age 15-19 (Rate per 1,000) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
36.4 30.6 42.1 42.3 41.2
% of Mothers who Received 1st Trimester Prenatal Care (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
74.9% 71.7% 81.5% 74.5% 77.8%
Non-Marital Births as a % of All Births (Percent) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
33.3% 36.6% 36.3% 34.0% 32.5%
# of Babies Born to Single Mothers Under the Age 20 without High School Diploma (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
9 8 15 10 10
# of Children Enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
921 945 1,432 1,493 1,479
Total # of Infant Deaths (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1 4 2 2 2
Total # of Child Deaths, Age 1-14 (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
0 1 0 1 0
Total # of Teen Deaths by Accident, Homicide, and Suicide (Number) Showing most recent 5 years
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
4 2 1 0 0

THE WORK OF UNITED WAY
Achieving this ambitious goal requires us to work together and become more aware of the factors that impact health
throughout our lifespan.
Expansion of health care coverage and prevention: Health care coverage for children means they are more likely to
receive preventive health care (such as immunizations, physicals, and non-emergency treatment). Those with health insurance are more likely to receive regular care. The percentage of children with health coverage has increased slightly, but data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that almost 12 percent (one in eight) of America’s children remain without such insurance coverage. United Way works to expand available access and coverage as well as coordinate existing opportunities.

Childhood nutrition and fitness: America simultaneously worries about obesity among children and adults and those that are underfed.


YOUR INVOLVEMENT
  

GIVE
United Way is focused on the building blocks for a good life-education, income, and health. We’re right here in Anytown is working to advance the common good. With your help we can reignite a movement that is committed to creating opportunities for everyone.

ADVOCATE
 Anyone can champion the cause. Whether you’re encouraging your local bank to offer affordable financial products or advocating for an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit with members of Congress, you can help inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. So go ahead and advocate in a LIVE UNITED world. Do it in public. Be visible. Be loud!

VOLUNTEER
 
Give an hour.  Give a Saturday. Give your best. We all have special talents. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Whether you volunteer at a free tax prep site, serve as a budget coach, or work at a local food bank, there are hundreds of volunteer options available every day.  Give the gift of you.  Volunteer. Search for volunteer opportunities at United Way of the Wabash Valley!

 

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