Advancing the Common Good: HEALTH

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health. That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life which are EDUCATION, INCOME and HEALTH. Advancing the common good is about changing systems and community norms to lift up everyone. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.


The United Way Campaign for the Common Good is mobilizing millions of people and organizations across the country to take action and improve the education, income and health of America’s communities.


Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Collective Goal

Since 2008, we’ve been working to achieve our bold, 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018.

Collective Strategy

Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.

Collective Focus Areas

  • Prevention, treatment and research
  • Home healthcare services
  • Mental health services

Our Community Partners in Income

Of our 24 current partner agencies, we support the following in their efforts around health:

  • Adventure Works of DeKalb County
  • Ben Gordon Center
  • Catholic Charities’ Long-Term Care
  • Omsbudman Program
  • Children’s Home + Aid
  • KishHospital System Hospice
  • Elder Care Services
  • Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois
  • Family Service Agency
  • Hope Haven
  • Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • RAMP Center of Independent Living
  • Voluntary Action Center
  • Youth Outlook

Our Local Initiatives
In our community, Kishwaukee United Way is a partner distributor of the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Cards.

Contact us to learn more about getting involved with our local health initiatives!

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