2020-2023 Health Priorities and Strategic Investment Plan

United Way of Central Illinois advances the common good by focusing on protecting services vital to the immediate basic needs of the most vulnerable members of our community; while making long term investments in education, financial stability and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

We bring together people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. UWCIL accomplishes this goal by targeting resources to a determined set of priorities that were selected and are continuously reviewed by Vision Councils with the help of the community, requiring consistency in outcome measurement and striving towards community wide shared metrics, and gradually increasing the proportion of funding directed toward BIG community change.

Below is information regarding United Way’s Strategic Investment Plan and Community Priorities for health. The Strategic Investment Plan and related information outline a multi-year funding plan that was developed in partnership with community leaders and service providers which will track community level indicators and the effectiveness of United Way funded programs.

United Way and its partners identified priorities, strategies and aligned outcomes to direct our work. Together, we identified and are working toward key indicators of success. We hold ourselves and our partners accountable to achieving success by using concrete metrics, based on local, state and federal data to measure our progress. We will adjust our programs and approaches as needed to ensure that we are making the most effective use of available resources.

United Way Health

Health Priorities

Health Engagement IconIndividuals are supported, connected, and engaged to lead healthy lives

Measuring Community Progress:

  • Number of individuals showing improvement in health outcomes
  • Number of individuals reporting greater connectedness and social supports within their community
  • Number of identified stakeholders supporting health
  • Number of individuals reporting continuous engagement in their healthy lifestyle

United Way Strategies

Strategy 1: Provide peer navigation, community health worker services, and/or other like methods aimed at locating, activating and supporting targeted, at-risk populations in improving their access to care, follow-through, social determinants of health, and ultimately health outcomes.

Strategy 2: Provide the knowledge, skills, and resources to stakeholders to support health outcomes

Mental Health IconIndividuals will have access to needed mental health services

Measuring Community Progress:

  • Number of individuals showing improvement in mental health outcomes
  • Number of individuals who have received appropriate treatment
  • Number of individuals who have maintained appropriate treatment

United Way Strategies

Strategy 1: At-risk/underserved individuals will have access to mental health services

Health Awareness
Unfunded Priority: United Way will advocate on behalf of health issues aligned with selected priorities/strategies

Measuring Community Progress:

  • Reporting the effects of public awareness campaigns

United Way Strategies

Strategy 1: Support and drive public awareness around healthy lifestyles and donating nutrient dense foods to increase access to healthy food for all

Strategy 2: Advance solutions to support Mental Health programs

Download a full copy of the Strategic Investment Plan of Health

2022-2023 Health Investments

Total Investment: $177,748

Funded Programs

  • Lutheran Child and Family Services
    Counseling – $33,600
  • Senior Services of Central Illinois
    Senior Connection and Transport Program – $29,400
  • SIU Center for Family Medicine
    CIRCLe 2-1-1 – $114,748