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United Way of Southwest Alabama is building healthier,more resilient communities by promoting healthy eating and physical activity, expanding access to quality health care, and integrating health into early childhood development. By creating solutions that help everyone thrive, we create healthier communities that improve our collective quality of live.

Priorities:
  • Promoting Healthy Behaviors
  • Access to Quality Healthcare & Prescription Drugs
  • Access to Addiction, Behavioral, & Mental Health Counseling

Why It Matters

65

of individuals in our four-county coverage area do not live reasonably close to a park or recreational facility, thereby having little-to-no access to exercise opportunities

32

of adults in Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, and Washington counties, having a Body Mass Index of 30 or more, are considered obese

19

of adults report having a time in the past 12 months when they were unable to afford to see a doctor

What Is Working
  • More than 12,000 hours of programs and activities that lead to improving socialization skills and living a healthy lifestyle were provided to children in 2016 (Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama)
  • More than $33 million in medications were ordered and dispensed to patients at little or no cost in 2016 through the Patient Assistance Program (Victory Health Partners)
  • 13,232 continuous days of care were provided to 96 residential children who have been physically and/or sexually abused, emotionally abused, and have been removed from their own home (St. Mary’s Home)
  • 1,945 counseling sessions were provided to 281 new child abuse victims and ongoing counseling throughout 2016 for 817 existing clients (The Child Advocacy Center)
Health Collaborations

FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card
Locally, FamilyWize has helped over 21,000 individuals save more than of $1,800,000 and counting since 2013. Get your savings card and see how much you can save on your prescription costs here.

Washington County Dental & Vision Program
The Washington County Dental and Vision Program provides limited dental and vision care for residents of Washington County who meet specific requirements. The Dental Program will cover a maximum of $750 per year per patient. The Vision Program will cover a maximum of $300 per year for youths and a maximum of $450 per year for adults.

Who Is Eligible?

Full-time students in Washington County schools through age 19

Students who are home-schooled through Washington County Schools

Full-time residents of the Educational Center for Independence

Full-time residents of the Washington County Nursing Home

Participants in Washington County Senior Centers

For information, contact Anna Clark, Dental and Vision Coordinator at 251-847-2946 ext 25 or wcdv@uwswa.org.