UWM will ensure that by 2025, over two million services addressing basic needs will be delivered to our neighbors living in or at risk of poverty.

To foster an integrated and coordinated system of basic need supports to help individuals and families attain their full potential. 


1. Provide 30,000 quality physical and mental health care services to improve the health of individuals and families

2. Improve access to healthy food for 2,500 individuals.

The Challenge

Living in or at risk of poverty increases the chances of poor health, making access to health care even more important.  Connection to quality care improves health by encouraging preventive care and early treatment and also keeps costs down by reducing hospital stays and unnecessary emergency room visits.


  • Support provision of high quality healthcare and wrap around services across the lifespan to individuals living in or at risk of poverty, with an emphasis on preventive services.
  • Provide mental health services for at-risk populations through trauma informed practices.
  • Increase knowledge and skills regarding nutrition and preparation of healthy foods.
  • Increase availability of nutritious food in food insecure locations and populations.
  • Increase knowledge and skills of healthy parenting and childhood development.
Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

105,270 people in Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, and Pottawattamie counties struggle with putting food on their table.

¹2015, Based on data food insecurity rate estimates obtained from Feeding America.

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

Approximately 300,000 residents (33.9%) of Omaha Council Bluffs residents have had difficulty or delay in obtaining health care services in the past year.

2015, From the Community Health Needs Assessment.

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

12.3% of youth in Nebraska, and 11.9% of youth in Iowa have experienced a Major Depressive Episode, but only 35.5% in Nebraska and 50.9% of them reported receiving treatment.

2015, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Behavioral Health Barometer: Nebraska 2015. & Behavioral Health Barometer: Iowa 2015.

Right Now in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro:

4.4% of adults in Nebraska and 4.2% of adults in Iowa report having a serious mental illness in the past year which would translate to almost 28,000 adults in the Omaha-Council Bluffs community.

2015, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Behavioral Health Barometer: Nebraska 2015. & Behavioral Health Barometer: Iowa 2015

2017 Results


physical and mental health care services were provided.


people received healthy meals.
Community Care Fund – Basic Needs – Health Funded Programs
Physical Health

Charles Drew Health Center
– Mobile Dental Unit
Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance
– Project AIR
OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.
– Community Clinics Care for Children
– Health Outreach and Access for Refugee, Immigrant and Minority Populations
– Health Supportive Services
– Integrated Health Care for Uninsured Adults
Visiting Nurse Association
– Home Health Aide
– Home Health Care
– Maternal and Infant Home Health Care

Healthy Food

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands.
– Basic Needs Health 2018-20
City Sprouts Inc.
– City Sprouts Urban Farming Summer Internship
Latino Center of the Midlands
– Nutrition and Well-Being Program
No More Empty Pots
– The Community Market Basket

Mental Health

Charles Drew Health Center
– School-Based Intervention
Child Saving Institute, Inc.
– Child and Adolescent Therapy
Community Alliance Rehabilitation Services
– Crossroads to Health & Recovery
Completely KIDS
– Mental Health Services (TYPP)
– Professional Counseling – Behavioral Health
Jewish Federation of Omaha
– Mental Health Care and Counseling
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.
– LFS Behavioral Health Programs
– RSafe Therapies
The Salvation Army-NE
– Community Counseling and Wellspring Program

Family Support

Child Saving Institute, Inc.
– Teen and Young Parent Program (TYPP)
Family Inc.
– Parents as Teachers – Early Childhood Home Visitation
Heartland Family Service
– Community Education
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.
– Centers for Healthy Families
Nebraska Children’s Home Society Inc.
– Home Visitation – Healthy Families America®
Visiting Nurse Association
– Maternal Child Community Home Visitation

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