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Health: Healthy For Life

Our Results*

people acquired health insurance
people connected to a primary care physician
increased physical activity or consumption of fruits and vegetables

* Cumulative data from FY 2011-2015. Not all unique individuals.

Health Feature

Our Strategy


Ensure people are connected to a consistent, quality source of physical and mental health and a primary care physician and support programming that promotes healthy lifestyles for youth.

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By 2020, United Way will connect 200,000 people with preventive health care and provide young people with the education and opportunity to lead healthy, active lives.

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The Facts

For too many people in our region, good health—including access to adequate and affordable health services—is out of reach.

  • Chronic disease accounts for 7 out of 10 deaths in Illinois
  • Cook County ranks as one of the least healthy counties in the state based on length of life, healthy behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment
  • Life expectancy can vary as much as 15 years among neighborhoods in Chicago
  • 10.6% of Illinoisans lack any type of health care coverage
  • 48.6% of Chicago 6th graders are overweight or obese

What We're Doing

United Way makes targeted investments in programs and partnerships that show real results. This work makes a difference for people and families, ensuring that they have the opportunity to live healthier lives.

To achieve our goal, United Way is focused on the following strategies:

  • Reduce barriers to care and connect more families to physical and mental health services, a primary care physician, comprehensive behavioral health services and substance abuse care
  • Invest in school-based programs that educate youth about healthy behaviors and promote physical activity
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In our experience, no one agency or program can improve the health of individuals and families in our region. Our role as funder and coordinator allows us to deliver services that directly improve the health of our communities through practical partnerships with nonprofit agencies, businesses, government agencies and human service organizations.

Partner Agency Investments

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago invests in 63 nonprofit agencies across the region that provide high quality preventive services, mental illness and addiction treatment and health education.

  • 360 Youth Services
  • Access Community Health Network
  • Access DuPage/DuPage Health Coalition
  • Aging Care Connections
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Arab American Action Network
  • Asian Human Services
  • Association House of Chicago
  • Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center and Health Center
  • B.U.I.L.D., Inc.
  • BEDS Plus Care, Inc.
  • Blue Island Citizens for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Inc.
  • Bremen Youth Services
  • Bridge Youth and Family Services, The
  • Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Changing Worlds
  • Children’s Clinic, The
  • Community Nurse Health Association
  • Corazon Community Services
  • Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region
  • Ecker Center for Mental Health
  • Enlace Chicago
  • Erie Family Health Center
  • Esperanza Health Centers
  • Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero
  • Family Service: Prevention, Education & Counseling
  • Ford Heights Community Service Organization, Inc.
  • Gary Comer Youth Center
  • Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  • Heartland International Health Center Hephzibah Children’s Association
  • Howard Brown Health Center
  • IL-WI Regional Sertoma Center for Communicative Disorders
  • Inner-City Muslim Action Network
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Lawndale Christian Health Center
  • Lawrence Hall Youth Services
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • Namaste Charter School
  • NAMI of DuPage
  • National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
  • Near North Health Service Corporation
  • New Life Centers of Chicagoland
  • Outreach Community Ministries
  • Palatine Opportunity Center
  • Park Lawn School & Activity Center, Inc.
  • PEER Services Inc.
  • Pillars
  • Primo Center for Women and Children
  • Ray Graham Association
  • Saint Anthony Hospital
  • Salvation Army, The
  • Serenity House Counseling Services, Inc.
  • South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, The
  • South Suburban PADS
  • Teen Living Programs
  • Teen Parent Connection
  • Thrive Counseling Center
  • UIHSS Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships
  • Urban Initiatives
  • VNA Health Care
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago