Health

United Way of Hernando County's Health Initiative

Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Way is hard at work to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Goal

Individuals and families in our community are able to access and benefit from affordable health services to better their overall quality of life.

Focus Areas

  • Access to health care and public awareness
  • Healthy beginnings and education
  • Mental health/substance abuse services
  • Senior/elder support
  • Support services for people with disabilities (physical, intellectual, developmental)

Health Initiative Programs

  1. FamilyWize: Discount Prescription Card
  2. Florida KidCare: Low Cost Children's Health Insurance
  3. Hernando Cares Behavioral Health Resource Guide
  4. Summer BreakSpot: Free Meals While School's Out
  5. Great Hernando Weight Loss & Wellness Challenge 

Health Facts

  • More than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers.
  • Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.*1
  • The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. More than 80% are working families.*2
  • 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools.*3

*1-Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press.)
*2-Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, Supplement.
*3-Compiled by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey 2007.