Why We Fight

To build strong, healthy communities

Health and well-being are essential components of a productive, stable life.

Yet, many of our most vulnerable neighbors struggle to access quality health care, supportive services and a strong community network. Tennessee ranks 43rd out of 50 states for overall health. Together, we are helping people access quality health care, assisting those suffering from mental issues and chronic diseases, and bringing people together to make connections and build strong, supportive communities.

How We Win

Accessing quality health care

We work with our partners in the community to help those without health insurance to obtain affordable care and those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS to receive essential support and services. We also work with community-based clinics and care providers to link individuals to medical services, dental care and supportive services that promote healthy living.

Assisting those suffering from mental health issues and chronic disease

Living with chronic disease or mental health issues is a daily struggle for many in our community. We work with providers to help chronic disease sufferers receive the education and resources they need to manage their conditions so they can live healthy, productive lives. Our partners help individuals coping with mental health or substance abuse issues and provide wrap-around support and case management to ensure long-term success.

Building strong, supportive neighborhoods

The path to health and wellness does not end with a doctor’s visit. We bring neighbors together to make connections and build a sense of community. Through our Family Resource Center partnerships and services such as senior citizen meal delivery and teen outreach programs we help kids, families and neighbors make meaningful, lasting connections to those around them. It’s a simple thing that can make all the difference to a senior living alone, a veteran living on the street, or an immigrant family settling into their new hometown. Together, we’re making sure our neighbors are safe and cared for by others and have strong, supportive relationships that improve quality of life.

2018 Results

In 2018...

  • 11,266 individuals avoided the emergency room by working with local providers to meet their basic needs.
  • 2,741 individuals with chronic disease received the tools and resources to maintain optimum health.
  • 2,548 people affected by HIV/AIDS accessed vital support services.
  • 2,080 individuals reported a decrease in feelings of depression or hopelessness.
  • 2,132 individuals made or strengthened their connections and reported a sense of belonging. 


Family Empowerment Program

The Family Empowerment Program helps homeless students and their families (and those at-risk) find and secure stable housing. Learn more.

Family Resource Centers

United Way’s Family Resource Centers work to assist at-risk children and their families in meeting specific health and human service needs. Learn more.

Ryan White Part B

United Way partners with the Tennessee Department of Health to manage the Ryan White Part B and CDC Prevention grants. Learn more. 


The SPARK™ after-school program promotes physical activity and healthy eating for youth. Learn more. 

Health Funded Programs

United Way funds 46 partner agencies focused on health. Learn more.