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Helping individuals be physically and mentally healthy.

United Way works toward improving overall health in our community. Without good, stable health, people struggle to provide adequate income and pursue education for reaching their potential. Physical and mental health are foundational requirements to a good quality of life. Together, we're providing health and dental care to people who need it most, preventive dental care education, mental health education, and more to ensure the most vulnerable in our community are able to improve their health.

Did you know...

  • 1 in 4 adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−experiences mental illness in a given year. 1 in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness.
  • In 2013, only 35% of the 11,000 Olmsted County children enrolled in the MN Health Care Program received any preventative dental care. Tooth decay is nearly 100% preventable and is the most common chronic childhood disease.
  • In 2013, 30% of uninsured adults went without needed medical care due to cost.

The programs United Way is partnering with help improve:

  • Basic health care
  • Mental health care and mental health environment
  • Access to preventive dental care
  • Access to health insurance

Health: United Way of Olmsted County

Our Health Programs

Community Health Worker

This community-based model employs certified Community Health Workers (CHW) using a co-supervisory strategy. IMAA and Mayo Clinic both share in supervision responsibilities. The majority of care is provided in patients’ homes. Certified Community Health Workers (CHWs) partner with patients to engage and mobilize health access, community resources, and healthy behaviors. This CHW practice model links primary care, public health and community resources with a patient-centered care focus promoting health equity.
Partner: Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association

Families Matter

Families Matter is a community-based program that encompasses mental health based services provided by Family Service Rochester (FSR) and NAMI Southeast Minnesota. The program is a continuum of early intervention services ranging from education to support to therapeutic services that are easily accessed and increase community assets. Services range from community-based support and education groups, family based services, trauma focused interventions, phone support, and mental health first aid training.
Partners: Family Service Rochester, NAMI Southeast Minnesota

Good Samaritan Health Clinic

The Salvation Army Good Samaritan Health Clinic (GSHC) supports medical and dental programs serving persons from Olmsted and surrounding counties. GSHC services include acute medical care, tooth extractions, prescriptions, smoking cessation, diabetes and hypertension management, psychiatric, dietician consultation, eye clinic and assistance with health insurance coverage.  GSHC has served the community for over 20 years by professionals and other volunteers using their skills and time to help those who do not have access to other medical or dental services due to a lack of insurance or because of other factors.
Partner: The Salvation Army

Happy Teeth

Children’s Dental Health Services (CDHS) provides preventive dental care services to under and uninsured children. Services are provided in a portable model at elementary and middle schools; public health and WIC sites; and Head Start sites. By providing these important preventive dental care services directly to underserved children, the program is able to eliminate many barriers faced by underserved families and their children to receiving dental care. CDHS is dedicated to improving the oral health of underserved children by providing them with high quality dental care that fits their needs.
Partner: Children's Dental Health Services

Silver Creek Corner

Silver Creek Corner provides permanent supportive housing to 40 homeless chronic alcoholics. All residents have long histories of alcoholism and homelessness. Intensive 24-hour services are offered. The project operates as a housing first model and does not require abstinence to maintain housing. The overall goal of the program is for people to achieve safe, permanent housing.
Partner: Center City Housing Corporation