Health Initiative

United Way works for healthier Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Carroll Counties

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

United Way of Northwest Illinois is committed to improving the health of our local community through a wide variety of programs and initiatives including but not limited to mentoring programs for children, Senior Services that increase an individual's ability to remain living independently in our community, and prescription assistance for individuals who are under insured or have no health insurance. 

Our Strategy

Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to educate our community, change policies and practices, and providing services that improve an individual's ability to care for themselves or others will enable more people to live healthier lives.

Our Results

  • CONTACT’s 24 hour help line provided 40 calls daily to seniors or individuals with disabilities as part of their “Reassurance Program”.  These calls include medication reminders and wellness checks.  100% of participants stated that they were able to remain living independently in their home and have an improved quality of life due to the program. 
  • United Way’s partnership with FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program has provided $455,896 of prescription assistance to over 4750 people.


New Community Impact Initiatives for 2018/2019


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



Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.
Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
Compiled 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.




Updated 8/30/2018