HEALTH

 

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. 

Goals:

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.

Strategies

  • 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

29,586

physical and mental health care services were provided.

29,090

people received healthy meals.
The areas of investment
Physical Health

Home Health Care
Community Health Clinics
Supportive Health Services
Health Education
Physical Activity
Dental

Food Security

Nutrition Education
Out of School Time Food Programs
Neighborhood Centers
Pantries

Behavioral Health

Mental Health
Substance Abuse Treatment
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Community Counseling
Social Inclusion

Family Support

Family Strengthening and Stablization
Parenting Support
Maternal/Child Programs
Home Visitation/In-Home Support
Child Abuse Prevention
Case Management

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