HEALTH STRATEGIES

As the World Health Organization puts it, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Good health is fundamental to people’s capacity to enjoy their lives, to provide for their families, to realize their dreams and to contribute to society. But in Northwest Arkansas, we are not as healthy as we could be. 34.7% of the children in NWA are overweight. Race and socioeconomic factors affect health. It’s a fact that a person’s income and education, along with accumulated wealth, occupation and neighborhood socioeconomic conditions can influence health in many ways. The County Health Rankings show that where we live matters to our health, including how long we will live and how sick we might get.
The solution goes well beyond medical care and the health care system. Good health depends on personal choice and responsibility; however, people’s health behaviors are also shaped by conditions over which they as individuals have little or no control. Both public and private sectors are recognizing the major underlying factors that affect health and the roles they can play to contribute to the solution. Our building blocks for health include:

GOAL: Children and adults have access to affordable and quality health care

Access to Health Care

Getting needed health care is critical to good health. It is estimated that 1 out of 5 people living in Northwest Arkansas lack health care coverage. The biggest reason for not getting recommended health care is lack of health insurance. When individuals have the knowledge, skills, motivation, resources and opportunity to receive needed medical services, they are better positioned to have good health throughout their lives.

Potential Community Level Performance Indicators:

  • Number/percent of adults who are medically insured.
  • Number/percent of children who are insured or enrolled in ARKids.
  • Number/percent of reduction in number of persons accessing ER for non-acute care.

Potential Community Level Performance Indicators:

  • Number/percent of adults who are medically insured.
  • Number/percent of children who are insured or enrolled in ARKids.
  • Number/percent of reduction in number of persons accessing ER for non-acute care.
GOAL: Children and adults live free from abuse and violence.

Safe Environment

United Way NWA is committed to supporting families who are experiencing domestic violence, substance abuse and child abuse and works towards creating long-term solutions to prevent and end violence in our community. We do this by supporting shelters which provide safety and services to people in crisis due to domestic violence or abuse.

Potential Community Level Performance Indicators:

  • Number/percent of reported child abuse cases.
  • Number/percent of reported domestic violence cases.
  • Number/percent of youth/adults who report binge drinking/drug use in past year.
  • Number/percent of trained staff providing counseling/case management for clients.

Potential Community Level Performance Indicators:

  • Number/percent of reported child abuse cases.
  • Number/percent of reported domestic violence cases.
  • Number/percent of youth/adults who report binge drinking/drug use in past year.
  • Number/percent of trained staff providing counseling/case management for clients.