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United Way announces investments to support healthy living

6/26/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

SUMMIT COUNTY — United Way of Summit County (UWSC) has announced investments in 2014-15 of nearly $1 million in programs and initiatives that will enable more people in Summit County live healthier lives.

United Way investments provide access to physical and mental health care services, help individuals and families learn healthy behaviors that prevent future problems and deliver services so older adults and people living with disabilities can remain active and independent.

“United Way is working to support health strategies at the individual and family level that will have an impact at the community level,” said Bob Kulinski, president and CEO of UWSC. “We envision Summit County as a community that embraces wellness and prevention and provides access to comprehensive, affordable, quality health care.”

The United Way investment review process looks for quality programming and results, integration of services, collaboration with other organizations and leverage through matching funds, as well as alignment with United Way’s investment priorities. As a result, programs that address three critical community issues received a significant part of the funding.

  • Access to mental health services:

√ Greenleaf Family Center — behavioral health services, to provide mental health counseling services for individuals and families, a significant majority from generational poverty, $245,500;

√ Child Guidance and Family Solutions — health care integration, to integrate mental health care and medical care within pediatric practices, $145,000;

√ Catholic Charities of Summit County — mental health counseling/case management, to provide counseling services for Hispanic youth and adults and case management and advocacy services for Hispanic parents of children ages 0-3, $50,000; and

√ Mental Health America of Summit County — education and advocacy, to provide support and advocacy for young people dealing with mental health issues, $15,000.

  • Access to prescription medications:

√ Info Line Inc. — MedAssist, to improve the health and well-being of low-income uninsured individuals by helping them secure essential prescription medications and apply for Medicaid and/or subsidized health insurance. The MedAssist program delivers leverage of funds by providing approximately $5.50 in value for every United Way dollar invested, $150,000.

  • Access to active and independent living for seniors citizens and persons with disabilities:

√ Jewish Family Service — counseling and care management, to help seniors maintain quality of life in their own homes and stay connected to the community through counseling and care management services, $65,000;

√ United Disabilities Services — All Star Training Club, to help young people with disabilities develop confidence, social relationships and lifelong healthy habits through competitive sports and recreational opportunities, $25,000;

√ Info Line Inc. — Lifeline, to provide personal emergency response services to frail seniors and persons with disabilities, $20,000;

√ United Disability Services — low vision services, to help the visually impaired or legally blind maintain employment and independence by funding low vision aids and services not covered by insurance, $20,000.

The following health programs also received funding awards from United Way:

√ Arthritis Foundation, chronic pain control, $13,880

√ Barberton Community Health Clinic, free clinic, $20,000

√ Legacy III, transitional housing for women in recovery, $34,500

√ Multiple Sclerosis Society, physical and emotional support, $10,000

√ North Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, patient services, $25,000

√ Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio Wellness, family planning and case management, $70,000

√ Stewart’s Caring Place, cancer support, $8,500

√ Woodridge Recreation Association, youth sports, $5,000

In addition to investing in health through its Community Impact Fund, United Way also invests in education, income stability and basic human needs. United Way’s investments in education and basic human needs were announced earlier this year. Investments in income stability for 2014-15 will be announced later this year.

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