Health

People’s health issues are identified and treated early.

Why It Matters

  • Healthier children miss fewer days of school and are more “ready to learn”
  • It’s difficult to hold a job when a person is not healthy
  • The uninsured are less likely to access preventive care or seek early treatment of illness and therefore may miss more time at work or school
  • Using health care appropriately, instead of the ER in non-emergencies, is better for patients and lowers cost of health care to society
  • Untreated mental health problems are a dimension of homelessness, academic achievement and independence
  • Children’s mental health issues effect the entire family and those around them

Dane County Facts

  • 32,000 uninsured live in Dane County, including 4,700 children.
  • In 2003, there were almost 1,000 visits to Dane County hospital emergency rooms for dental problems.

Vision

The Healthy for Life Community Solution Team envisions a Dane County community that guarantees opportunities for all residents to achieve optimal physical and mental health, promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy communities.

What We’re Doing

With our community partners, we are helping low-income, uninsured people access preventative and primary health care in Dane County.

  • Children’s Dental Care
    Dental pain is one of the top reasons children miss school. In 2005, we provided dental care to over 1,300 children, helping them feel better and do better in school. By tackling the root causes of problems, we are reversing negative trends and creating lasting solutions.
  • Mental Health Care for Children and Youth
    We are helping children deal with mental health issues that affect them in every area of their lives. Through group counseling, we are able to work through problems – such as depression, anxiety and anger – facing children in elementary, middle and high schools. With your support, we are helping the youngest segment of our population nurture their confidence and improve their performance in school.
  • 9,000 Individuals Accessed Needed Health Care
    Without health insurance, members of our community live without regular access to the preventative and diagnostic care that promotes physical and mental well-being. With our partners, each year we help more than 9,000 people access primary health care in Dane County. Together, we are helping people and building a healthier community.

Program Partners

  • Access Community Health Centers, Inc.
  • African American Health Network/Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care
  • AIDS Network Madison
  • American Heart Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate
  • American Red Cross, Badger Chapter
  • Catholic Charities, Inc.
  • Childrens Service Society of Wisconsin
  • East Madison Community Center
  • Family Service, Inc.
  • Hancock Center for Movement Arts & Therapies, Inc.
  • Home Health United
  • Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, Inc.
  • Mental Health Center of Dane County, Inc.
  • Canopy Center (f.k.a. Parental Stress Center)
  • The Rainbow Project, Inc.
  • Triangle Community Ministry, Inc.
  • Turtle Island Distribution Enterprises

Community Partners

  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Dane County Department of Human Services
  • Madison Community Foundation
  • Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Madison Office of Community Services

What We’ll Accomplish

  • People get care where it’s most appropriate
  • Increase access to appropriate health care
  • Less missed school days
  • Less missed work days

Past Success

  • Increase health and dental services available to low-income families
  • Provide transportation to children to ensure dental appointments are kept

What We'll Accomplish

What’s Being Said

April 26, 2010

Delegation to Improve Behavioral Health sheds light on the connection between mental illness and homelessness

The chronic issues of mental illness and homelessness are being evaluated by United Way’s Delegation to Improve Behavioral Health. Understanding the connection between the two is helping to achieve the most effective approach in solving the problems.

What You Can Do

Contact the staff of United Way’s Healthy For Life Community Solution Team.

Staff:

  • Sandy Erickson
  • Director Community Building
  • sandye@uwdc.org
  • (608) 246-4354

Chair:

  • Scott Lockard
  • US Bank

Vice Chair:

  • Anita Pramoda
  • Epic Health Systems

Volunteer. Call the United Way Volunteer Center at (608) 246-4380 or visit volunteeryourtime.org to search for area volunteer opportunities.

Donate now to United Way of Dane County.

For More Information

HEALTH

Highlights of Uninsured Visits to Madison Hospital ERs
Sample of visits to Madison ERs during a 3-week period in 1999/2000 and 2004/2005

Source: United Way of Dane County, Hospitals
Published:
2006

Healthiest Wisconsin 2010: An Implementation Plan to Improve the Health of the Public
State 10-year plan for public health. Includes framework for system transformation and public health priorities.

Source: WI Department of Health and Family Services
Published: 2005

 

Wisconsin Healthy People 2010 Local Data Package
72 sets of graphics comparing health information at the county level, along with comparable state, regional, and 2010 target information. Designed to help local health departments monitor progress toward Healthy People 2010 objectives.

Source: WI Department of Health and Family Services
Published: February 2005

Health Statistics
Data focused website that provides links to a wide range of health related statistics at state and County levels.

Source: WI Department of Health Services
Published: Annually

BadgerCare Enrollment and Medicaid Caseload Statistics
The ForwardHealth Portal serves as the interface to ForwardHealth interChange, the new Medicaid Management Information System for the state of Wisconsin. This Portal provides users with access to the current health care information available.

Source: WI Department of Health Services
Published:
Ongoing

Medicaid Caseload Statistics
Data focused website that provides information about the number of individual Medicaid recipients who are eligible to receive services from Medicaid-certified providers.

Source: WI Department of Health and Family Services
Published:
Ongoing

Kaiser State Health Facts
Data focused website that presents statehealthfacts.org, an innovative resource for free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Published:
Ongoing

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Linking Mental and Physical Health: Results from the Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Survey
Presents information about the relationship between mental health and physical health among Wisconsin adults for the years 2006-2007.

Source: WI Department of Health Services
Published:
April 2009

Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth in Dane County
Powerpoint update of children’s mental health data. Includes data from 5 community-based mental health agencies serving children that reflects numbers, types, and disposition of calls received for service.

Source: United Way of Dane County
Published:
November 2007

An Emerging Picture: Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth in Dane County
Powerpoint presentation of data from MMSD re: K-12 students with possible (not diagnosed) mental health issues as reported by school nurses, social workers, psychologists, etc. Identifies grade level & types of mental health concerns. Data collection will eventually expand to other school districts in the County

Source: United Way of Dane County, Madison Metropolitan School District
Published:
September 2006

ORAL (DENTAL) HEALTH

Give Kids a Smile Program Report – 2008

Reports on the Give Kids a Smile Program that provides donated dental care to low-income children in Dane County, WI. Includes six years of data.

Source: Public Health – Madison and Dane County
Published: August 2008

Oral Health Access Concerns: A National Issue and a Madison Perspective
Report addresses the relationship between oral health and well being, describes barriers to dental care based on local data, describes current dental systems, available community resources and identifies system gaps.

Source: Public Health – Madison and Dane County
Published:
July 2000

BEST PRACTICES

Child Trends: What Works: Six Comprehensive Tools for Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth

Database of cutting-edge research and best practices at every stage of development for children and youth. Includes physical health, social and emotional health, and mental health sections.

Source: Child Trends

Health Care Innovations Exchange
Web resource that is the federal government’s repository for successful health care innovations and descriptions of attempts at innovation that failed. Allows users to learn, share, and adopt innovations in the delivery of health services to reduce health care disparities and improve health care overall.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
A searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Promising Practices Network
Provides quality evidence-based information about what works to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. Features research and summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children and includes a section on healthy and safe children.

Source: RAND Corporation

WEBSITE LINKS

Frequent Users of Health Services Initiative
Reports and toolkit from a six-year project designed to test new models of care for “frequent users” of hospital emergency departments. Toolkit offers ideas, strategies, tools, and tips to help providers meet the needs of frequent users.

Kaiser Family Foundation
Non-partisan source of facts, information, and policy analysis. Many fact sheets and other resources on health topics ranging from AIDS/HIV to the uninsured and their access to health care. Fact sheets and reports are frequently refreshed as new information or statistics become available.

Independence

seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

Why It Matters

  • People live longer, happier lives when they are able to remain in their home
  • Seniors and people with disabilities can make great contributions to our society when they remain independent

 

Dane County Facts

  • Our population is aging – 41,000 people are 65 and older
  • 25 percent of seniors require assistance in daily living
  • The average annual cost of living in a nursing home is $53,000
  • Mean income of seniors is $33,495
  • There are 51,000 persons with disabilities of all ages in Dane County

 

Vision

The Self Reliance and Independence Community Solution Team envisions a Dane County community that is inclusive and enables people to live with dignity and self-determination.

What We’re Doing

With our partners, we’re sustaining people’s independence and providing them the opportunity to remain valued and involved in our community.

  • Volunteers in Gear Neighbor – Neighbor to Neighbor
    For many seniors and people with disabilities living in Dane County, a few hours of help each week can mean the difference between living at home or in a skilled nursing facility. In 2005, United Way and partners recruited and trained 283 volunteers who are helping older adults and people with disabilities preserve their independence, stay involved in their community and remain in their homes.
  • Caregiver Support
    With support from either family/unpaid or professional/paid caregivers, seniors and people with disabilities are able to remain independent and valued members of our community. By supporting caregivers through training, outreach and improved services, we are improving lives and building a stronger community.
  • Culturally-Competent Services
    We’re reaching out to communities of color in order to remove pockets of isolation and provide culturally-competent services. With your support, we are helping people reconnect with the community while continuing to live independently in their homes.

 

 

Volunteers in Gear Neighbor – Neighbor to Neighbor Partners

  • Access to Independence
  • Catholic Charities
  • Colonial Club
  • Community Development Authority
  • Family Support & Resource Center
  • Home Health United
  • Independent Living
  • Middleton Outreach Ministry
  • North/Eastside Senior Coalition
  • South Madison Senior Coalition
  • Triangle Community Ministry
  • West Madison Senior Coalition

 

Program Partners

  • Access to Independence
  • Advanced Employment
  • American Red Cross, Badger Chapter
  • ARC of Dane County
  • Atwood Community Center
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Madison
  • Colonial Club
  • Communication Development Center
  • Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin
  • Community Work Services
  • Cornucopia
  • Deerfield Community Center
  • DeForest Area Community and Senior Center
  • Elder Care of Wisconsin
  • Epilepsy Foundation – South Central Wisconsin
  • Family Support & Resource Center
  • Home Health United/Visiting Nurse Service
  • HospiceCare
  • Independent Living
  • Jewish Social Services of Madison
  • Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan
  • Madison Area Rehabilitation Center
  • Middleton Outreach Ministry
  • NAMI Dane County
  • Neighborhood House
  • North/Eastside Senior Coalition
  • Northwest Dane Senior Services
  • Options in Community Living
  • Porchlight
  • South Madison Coalition of the Elderly
  • Three Gaits Inc.
  • United Refugee Service of Wisconsin
  • West Madison Senior Coalition
  • Wheelchair Recycling
  • Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center
  • Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs
  • YMCA of Dane County

 

Community Partners

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Parkinson Disease Association
  • Area Agency on Aging of Dane County
  • Attic Angel Community
  • Care Team Ministry of Oakwood Village
  • Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
  • Community Living Alliance
  • Dane County Caregiver Alliance
  • Dane County Department of Human Services
  • Respite Care Association of Wisconsin
  • UW Health Geriatric Clinic
  • Verona Senior Center

 What We’ll Accomplish

  • Value community connections for seniors and persons with disabilities to help maintain independence
  • Develop support systems for caregivers, particularly for the Latino community
  • Support HospiceCare programs for caregivers coping with end-of-life issues
  • Increase awareness of the need for volunteers to help seniors and persons with disabilities and their caregivers
  • Conduct focus groups and interviews to better understand the needs of all ethnic groups in Dane County
  • Assist high school students with mental health issues transition from school district programming to community agencies

Past Success

  • Eliminated waiting lists for seniors and people with disabilities in need of the assistance that allows them to continue living in their homes
  • Recruited and placed 600 volunteers to assist with home chores and increased the support of other respite programs serving 2,461 people
  • Increased options and services for financial management counseling to 100 seniors and people with disabilities to prevent them from losing their homes
  • Increased the diversity among seniors seeking and receiving home chore and respite services resulting in aid to 824 people

What We'll Accomplish

What’s Being Said

April 26, 2010

The chronic issues of mental illness and homelessness are being evaluated by United Way’s Delegation to Improve Behavioral Health. Understanding the connection between the two is helping to achieve the most effective approach in solving the problems.

 What You Can Do

Contact the staff of United Way’s Self-Reliance and Independence Community Solution Team.

Staff:

  • Toya Johnson
  • Director of Community Impact and Strategic Collaborations
  • (608) 246-5499

Chair:

  • Dan Rashke
  • Total Administrative Service Corporation (TASC)

Vice Chair:

  • Enid Glenn
  • WI Dept. of Workforce Development

Volunteer. Call the United Way Volunteer Center at (608) 246-4380 or visit volunteeryourtime.org to search for area volunteer opportunities.
Donate now to United Way of Dane County.

For More Information

SENIORS

The Elder Economic Security Initiative™ Program: The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index for Wisconsin

The Index is a measure of income that older adults require to maintain their independence in the community and meet their daily costs of living, including affordable and appropriate housing and health care.

Source: The Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Wider Opportunities for Women.

Published: July 2008

 

Wisconsin – Rest of State Annual Care Costs

Interactive map allows comparison of costs of long-term care to other parts of the state and country.

Source: Genworth Financial

Published: 2008

 

Medicaid Caseload Statistics

Provides access to current information on Medicaid recipients in Dane County.

Source: WI Department of Health Services

 

Task Force on the Aging of Dane County

Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. This report looks at the effects of the “Baby Boomer” generation and how this will influence the social, economic, community, and political developments to come. Includes lots of statistics.

Source: Dane County Department of Human Services

Published: November 2004

 

Maintaining independence of seniors and those with disabilities through unpaid caregivers and informal supports

Considers the impact of the growth of the senior population and best practices and strategies for supporting unpaid caregivers that help to keep seniors and people with disabilities in their homes.

Source: United Way of Dane County

Published: October 2006

 

Annual Elder Abuse and Neglect Report

Annual reports on incidence of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation

Source: WI Department of Health Services

Published: Annually

 

People with Chronic Conditions – Community Health Profiles

Data focused website that provides links to a data about people with chronic conditions collected at a state-wide level.

Source: WI Department of Health Services

Published: Ongoing