"Better health leads to better lives. When we are healthy, the world opens up to us – we are able to enjoy our lives, provide for our families, realize our dreams, and contribute to our communities."

The Challenge

Good health influences everything from how well a child is able to learn in the classroom to how much an adult is able to earn in the workplace. Its effects truly last a lifetime.

No single issue resulted in more discussion during our community conversations than drug abuse and the related community impact. Both opioid and meth addiction run high and show lasting impacts on parents and children negatively affecting community safety and our local economy. Additionally, local health data and statistics continue to paint a negative overall picture of health in the Wabash Valley.

Why it Matters

Good health is a cornerstone to succeeding in school, being financially stable, and maintaining independence. The health of individuals is a strong indicator of the health of a community. Achieving and maintaining good health is important during all stages of life. United Way partners with agencies to improve the health of our community through fostering wellness, treating addictions, and supporting mental health.

What We Are Doing

We will be creating two impact councils in order to create well-rounded approaches to improving addiction services, mental health care, preventative care and general access to healthcare.

Whether it is with our own Healthier by 2020! initiative, a teen struggling with addiction, a father without insurance in need of dental work, or a survivor of abuse seeking a safer environment; United Way is working to improve the quality of life for all.

Impact Councils

Support prevention and treatment solutions.
Currently Forming Council

Promote healthy lifestyles, improve access to preventative and behavioral health services.

The Health Impact Council is not currently formed, but is in the planning stages.  We will only be able to move forward on our plan when resources grow and money is available to fund these initiatives.

Healthier by 2020!

Healthier By 2020 is a United Way of the Wabash Valley initiative that fosters healthy lifestyles through improved access to healthy foods, health education, and active-living opportunities. By focusing on the community effort of healthy behaviors with its initiative programs, the goal is to decrease the percentage of adults and children who are obese from 30% to 25% by 2020.

Click here to learn more about Healthier by 2020!