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Burke County United Way works for a healthier community.

Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, Burke County United Ways is working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Health Facts

  • More than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers.
  • 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

 

1 Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.)
2 Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
3 Compiled 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.