70% of what determines a person’s health is the community in which s/he lives and their lifestyle behaviors

For the past decade, United Way has focused its work on creating positive, lasting change in Dane County, with the community guiding the way by determining the most pressing issues. This has become United Way’s guiding force for change called our community’s Agenda for Change. One of these three key pillars is the area of Health.

“Health is about more than access to health care,” says Karen Timberlake, Director at UW Population Health Institutes, and member of United Way’s Healthy for Life Community Solution team says. “70% of what determines a person’s health is the community in which he or she lives and their lifestyle behaviors.”

United Way’s Healthy for Life Community Solution Team, volunteers who make funding decisions in the area of Health, keep these socio-economic factors in their view when making funding decisions. It is this integration that makes all the work United Way does connected to Health.

“Solving problems at their root cause is what United Way is all about,” says Sandy Erickson, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Dane County.

Work in the Health area of ensuring people’s health issues are identified and treated early is touched by all the facets of United Way’s work.

“United Way is the key backbone organization, committed to principles of collective impact,” says Erickson. “We gather all facets of the community around a common agenda for solving a specific problem, share measurement of that progress and provide long term commitment to a solution.”

Click here to view a chart on how United Way’s Work likes into all aspects of Health