Health

Health

Health Discount Card Program - This partnership distributes n Free Health Discount cards throughout the county.  Partners include Santa Barbara County, more than 48 nonprofit agency partners and local businesses.  Annual savings total over $1.4 Million for a community economic impact of nearly $4 Million. Discounts of up to 50% are available to cover dental, vision, hearing, imaging and diabetes treatment and some veterinarian costs.

Nonprofit Agency Support:  Local and Federal Workplace Campaign designated contributions - Each year tens of thousands of dollars are designated, through United Way workplace giving campaigns, directly to nonprofit agencies such as Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Good Samaritan Services, Salvation Army, YMCA, and others.

Public Policy Initiatives - Issues Endorsements related to our 10 year goals.

Healthy Communities Are Strong Communities

Good health is both a community responsibility and a community benefit: It goes beyond the individual choices we make. Its roots are in the neighborhoods we build and environments we inhabit. Being healthy isn’t just about personal diet and exercise choices.

·         Healthy communities are ones that maintain parks and bike paths all across town, where all kids have access to safe playgrounds, eat healthy meals at school and engage in physical activity after school.

·         Healthy communities support social innovations, like farmers' markets in low-wage neighborhoods to offer more access to fresh food.  

·         Healthy communities are free of environmental toxins, where everyone has access to good medical care.

·         Healthy communities foster an active lifestyle and encourage people to care for and support each other.

The impact of poor health is felt across the community as a whole, too. Children who are absent from school because of sick days won't do as well in school, work or life.  When kids get a healthy start — everyone benefits.

Helping people make choices that promote healthy lifestyles and broadening access to health care are only part of the solution. United Way partners are creating solutions that help everyone thrive, creating healthier communities that improve our collective quality of life.