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.
In the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro, more than 100,000 people live below the federal poverty level. Thousands more live at risk of poverty. Ensuring critical supports are available for these individuals has always been at the heart of UWM’s mission. We know that when families receive crisis supports and can access the resources they need to live healthy lives, children are more likely to stay on track in school and adults are more likely to be productive at work.
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH:
Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age that affect a wide range of health outcomes.
Food insecurity can be defined as a lack of consistent access to the food needed for an active, healthy life. About one in seven individuals experience food insecurity in our community.
Families who spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.
Parenting can be challenging for individuals less likely to have resources, knowledge or examples to draw from. Differences in parenting can significantly impact outcomes for low-income children.
ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES/TRAUMA:
Adverse Childhood Experiences are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect, that occur during childhood. Trauma and chronic stress put individuals at higher risk of chronic disease and can make individuals less able to solve problems, cope with adversity and achieve success.
Access can be defined as 1) getting entry into the system, 2) accessing a location that provides the needed services and 3) developing trust with the provider. Some area residents experience difficulty or delay in obtaining services.
When families have stable food, housing and healthcare supports, children are more likely to stay on track in school and adults are more likely to be productive at work, creating a clear path to opportunity for generations to come.
- Provide access to a coordinated and fully-integrated system that improves access to emergency shelter, emergency food and/or crisis interventions.
- Employ formal screening procedures to identify and meet client needs.
- Provide access to immediate safe shelter and support services for individuals and families impacted by violence.
- Support the 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 the availability of nutritious food in food insecure locations and populations.
- Increase knowledge and skills of healthy parenting and childhood development.
- Healthy Food for All – A Community Food Security Plan for Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties
Crisis Intervention Investments
Access and Referral
UWM’s access and referral investments connect individuals and families in need with community resources that can assist.
Because one in seven individuals lacks reliable access to food, UWM invests in programs that provide food for those in immediate need.
Because many people with low incomes are at risk of homelessness, UWM invests in programs that provide immediate short-term shelter.
UWM’s investments promote stability by helping individuals and families move toward more permanent housing.
UWM’s investments support positive health outcomes by influencing the environment and behaviors that allow people to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
By investing in programs that provide mental health services on a sliding fee scale, UWM provides accessible opportunities for individuals to strengthen their resiliency, ensuring they can navigate life’s challenges today and in the future.
UWM invests in programs that increase the availability of nutritious food in our community and promote learning around nutrition and healthy food preparation.
UWM invests in programs that provide parenting education and home visits in order to set families up for success from the start.
Combined Health Agencies Drive (CHAD) provides funding to member charities for innovative research to improve lives and offers critical client services, education and prevention programs within our community.
• The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter
• Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter
• American Lung Association in Nebraska
• Arthritis Foundation Nebraska
• Autism Action Partnership
• Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska
• Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Nebraska/Iowa Chapter
• Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Nebraska Chapter
• JDRF – Heartland Chapter
• Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Nebraska Chapter
• March of Dimes, Nebraska & Western Iowa Market
• Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska
• National MS Society – Mid America Chapter
• Nebraska AIDS Project
• Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation
• Nebraska Community Blood Bank
• Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association
• Nebraska Kidney Association
• Susan G. Komen® Great Plains
• Team Jack Foundation
• United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska
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