Health

Through an equity lens and a focus on minority and multicultural health, United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC), convenes community based organizations working to address chronic disease to ensure cultural competency within and among a service delivery method. According to research conducted by the CDC, individuals with the skills and confidence to become engaged in their healthcare have better health outcomes. Better health outcomes equate to an overall stronger, more self-sufficient Mercer County and countless savings in treatment costs to individuals. 
 
BARBERSHOP PROSTATE INITIATIVE
UWGMC is partnering with UIH Family Partners to implement the "Going to the Barbershop to Fight Prostate Cancer", an intervention program targeting Latino and African American men in Mercer County. The program is a collaboration between United Way of Greater Mercer County, UIH Family Partners, NJCEED, and barbershops which focuses on the training and reorientation of new and active barbers in the education of underserved men about the importance of prostate screening. Learn more...
 
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT
UWGMC and Quality Insights are partnering to bring Diabetes Education to more individuals in Mercer County! Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network offers Diabetes Self-Management Education and Diabetes Empowerment Education as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) initiative. With these programs participants learn to understand diabetes and its risks, as well as the importance of diet, exercise, keeping regular physician exams, receiving annual foot and eye exams, managing medications and much more. Learn more...
 
FAMILYWIZE
UWGMC and the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have teamed up to make prescriptions more affordable to the community. FamilyWize cards have provided needed relief with great success to individuals and families in Mercer County. Learn more...
 
SUMMERTIME FOOD INSECURITY
In Mercer County more than 20,000 students receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch every day in school (9,900 in the City of Trenton). On an average day in July only 1,800 students receive free summer meals. The costs to feed a person each day is $9.54, which many cannot afford.
 
This past summer we applied a three-prong approach to impact food insecurity: awarding $75,000 to 10 charities to expand their focus on summer hunger; packing 178,000 bowls of oatmeal at Strike Out Hunger; and partnering with local and statewide government and nonprofit agencies to promote awareness of free summer meals for children. Learn more...
 
EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federally-funded program administrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). UWGMC is the fiscal agent for these funds and convenes a local board that determines which local social service agencies receive the funds.  The local board does this through an allocation formula using the most recent national population, unemployment, and poverty statistics. Learn more...

 

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