Helping individuals be physically and mentally healthy.

United Way works toward improving overall health in our community.  Physical and mental health are foundational requirements to a good quality of life. Without good, stable health, people struggle to provide adequate income and pursue education for reaching their potential. United, we’re providing improved access to prescription drugs, early childhood mental healthcare, addiction recovery support, wellness programs for seniors and their caregivers, and more to ensure the most vulnerable in our community can achieve optimal health.

Did you know...

·       29% of Olmsted County residents have ever had a mental health condition, and 32% of the population is living in a household with at least one individual with a diagnosed mental health condition.

·       Social isolation is considered a threat to physical health and in many studies is considered a risk factor comparable to smoking or obesity.

·       In 2013, 30% of uninsured adults went without needed medical care due to cost.

United Way and our community partners fight for:

·       Mental health awareness, support, and clinical care

·       Access to prescription drugs

·       Access to recovery from addiction

·       Social connectedness


Health: United Way of Olmsted County






United Way’s Health Programs


FamilyWize is a prescription discount card available to everyone in our community regardless of whether someone has health insurance. This card is accepted at major pharmacies in Olmsted County. Most individuals receive nearly 45% off by using the FamilyWize discount card. Learn more


Our Health Partnerships

Community Health Assessment and Planning Process

The Community Health Assessment and Planning (CHAP) Process is a collaborative community effort led by Olmsted County Public Health Services, Olmsted Medical Center, Mayo Clinic Rochester and partnerships with multiple community organizations.  It is a continuous, triennial cycle that assesses our community's health; prioritizes our top community health needs; and plans, implements, and evaluates strategies to improve our community's health.

Partner: Olmsted County Public Health Services


Friendly Visitors and Caregiver Support

The Friendly Visitor and Caregiver Support programs decrease the social isolation of seniors and their caregivers and create a web of connections that brings seniors and caregivers together in the community. Friendly Visitor volunteers visit program participants weekly to socialize or provide coaching supports. Visiting a senior will not only help the senior but has a positive impact on volunteers as well. Caregivers receive one-on-one coaching sessions from a trained coach with experience as a caregiver. Coaching sessions help caregivers identify strategies and goals that help extend the caregiver’s ability to provide care and manage stress.

Partner: Elder Network


Match Program

The challenges faced by newly-arrived refugee and immigrant families in our community are overwhelming, especially when facing them without a friend. Match Program recruits, trains, and pairs volunteer mentors with refugee and immigrant families. Mentors work one-on-one or family-on-family with mentees to ease the transition to their new life here in Rochester. The program is highly interactive, individual-focused, and adapted to meet each mentee family’s unique situation and needs.

Partner: Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association


Peer Support

Peer Support Specialists (PSS) use personal experience with mental illness to offer support and hope to others by sharing their story and helping peers discover their strengths. PSS work with peers along the spectrum of need, from those in active crisis to post-crisis support to stabilization to recovery. Appropriate peer support contributes to reduced hospitalizations, fewer relapses, enhanced self-advocacy skills, development of healthy coping mechanisms, and longer periods of recovery for individuals struggling to achieve optimal mental health.

Partner: NAMI Southeast Minnesota


Peer Recovery Housing

Peer Recover Housing offers democratically run, self-supporting, drug- and alcohol-free homes for people recovering from substance abuse disorders, increasing their chances at successful long-term recovery. People with substance use disorders live together with a shared goal of economic, civic, and social participation in their home and in the wider community. Developing a social network that supports ongoing sobriety is an important component of recovery.

Partner: Recovery is Happening


Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health conducts diagnostic assessments of a child’s development, the parent-child relationship, and parental stress. Stress can lead to parenting challenges that negatively impact children’s health. Providing parents with education, tools, and services improves family outcomes. Parents and therapists work together to develop individualized treatment plans to increase child mental health.

Partner: Family Service Rochester