Focus Area: Health
Health impacts every aspect of a person’s life. Good health allows children to learn better and adults to live more productive lives. United Way funded programs address both the preventive aspect of health issues, while also addressing more intervention types of needs.
Through funding programs with our partner agencies and our involvement in various community collaborations, UWBC is creating opportunities for people to achieve their optimal health and independence. Programs supported by United Way address the preventative aspect of physical and mental health issues, while also addressing interventional needs.
- Community Health Needs Assessment: United Way, Penn State Health St. Joseph, Tower Health Berks County Community Foundation and Berks Community Health Center have jointly sponsored a new Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Mandated to be conducted by nonprofit hospitals every three years under the Affordable Care Act, we use this collaborative effort to get the latest data on key health issues in Berks County, followed by joint planning and development of new programs and better strategies to address those key issues.
- Veggie Rx Program: With more fast food and corner stores than grocery or market options, the City of Reading is considered a "food desert". To assist with improving access to fresh fruits and vegetables, United Way of Berks County has invested $25,000 in the Veggie Rx Program, a pilot program developed by Penn State Health St. Joseph.
- FamilyWize Prescription Drug Program: The FamilyWize Discount Prescription card is available free-of-charge to anyone who needs assistance in paying for prescriptions not covered by insurance.
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