Improving Health for All
Williamson County consistently ranks as one of the healthiest counties in the State of Texas. Access to preventative hospitals and healthcare, comparatively high rates of insured people and the opportunity to take advantage of healthy choices for living - such as healthy food or access to recreational activities - keep individuals and families healthy.
Yet, there are still many Williamson County residents that struggle with health issues and access to healthcare.
- Almost 20% of the population is uninsured and that number continues to grow each year.
- Within the past few years, local nonprofit agencies have a growing waiting list for access to non-emergency medical, dental and mental health services.
- For the first time ever, senior citizens in need of first-time services are placed on waiting lists for meals on wheels or rides to appointments and other errands.
Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Way of Williamson County is working to create opportunities so that everyone has access to affordable and quality care.
Our goal is to create lasting change by increasing access to health care and preventative education, reducing substance abuse and domestic violence.
- Increase access to primary care for all.
- Increase access to prevention programs.
Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.
Our bi-lingual staff members are available to answer questions, educate, and help you navigate the various health insurance options available through the markeplace.
How You Can Help
To help more individuals and families, we need your help:
- Donate now to help us provide access to healthcare and increase availability of prevention services.
- Share this important work with your family, friends and co-workers.
- Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.1
- The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. More than 80% are working families.2
- 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools.3
1Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.)
2Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
3Compiled by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey 2007.