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United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, income and health - the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. We invite you to be part of the change.

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The word health means different things to different people. At United Way, we believe a comprehensive approach to health is needed to help people begin and sustain healthy lives. As the World Health Organization’s Constitution states, “Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmary.”

A healthy community is one that supports individual health, safety and development; one where individuals can live free of violence and abuse; one where opportunities for physical activity are accessible to all; one where people of all ages have health care services for preventative, mental health and behavioral health care to support overall well-being.



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Louisiana Facts

In 2012, Louisiana ranked 49th for the Country’s Health Rankings.
~ We tied with Mississippi at 49th. There was no 50th ranking. ~ []

We ranked :

  • 44th in poor mental health days
  • 45th in infectious disease
  • 46th in diabetes and cardiovascular deaths
  • 47th in premature deaths
  • 48th in cancer deaths
  • 48th in preventable hospitalizations

Louisiana had the highest rate in the nation for primary and secondary syphilis and the highest gonorrhea rate. Additionally, Louisiana had the third highest rates in the nation for congenital syphilis and chlamydia. []

Nationally, Louisiana ranked 4th highest in estimated AIDS case rates with Baton Rouge ranking 1st for estimated AIDS case rates among the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. in 2010; New Orleans ranking 5th. []

When adults have health insurance coverage and a medical home, racial and ethnic disparities in access and quality are reduced or even eliminated.

We rank 24th nationally in the number of primary care physicians available and 13th on public health funding per individual. []

The need for behavioral health services since Hurricane Katrina has consistently placed pressure upon a behavioral health system that has waned in capacity to provide prevention and treatment services to the greater New Orleans area.

Our behavioral health system has failed to function as a comprehensive system that includes promotion, prevention, early identification and treatment.

As a city, the population of New Orleans has experienced a history of risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing a mental illness or substance use disorder. Additionally, the community wide stress and trauma since Hurricane Katrina have increased the need for behavioral health services. []

The Louisiana State University –Health Sciences Center (LSU-HSC) estimated that in December 2011, 21 mental health patients were responsible for 109 emergency room visits to the Interim LSU Hospital. []

Louisiana has the 4th highest rate of female homicide in the nation. 97% of these women knew their assailant and 70% of those victims were wives, ex‐wives or girlfriends of their assailant.[LCADV Fatality Review Report 2010 ‘The Killing Must Stop: Death at the Hands of the Person You Love’]

The number of elderly households will increase by 8,800 (or 34%) from 2010 to 2020.

44 % of older adults in 2010 in the city lived below 200% of the poverty level ($22,688 annually for a single person household) []

Louisiana ranks 49th in low birth weight babies and infant mortality. []

Our Strategies

  • Facilitate Physical & Behavioral Health Services: Infants Healthy Development, Access to Preventive Health Care & Treatment, Risk Avoidance & Wellness
  • Take Care of our Seniors: Supports for Independence, Care for the Caregiver, End of Life Care
  • Assist those with Disabilities: Early Intervention, Supports for Independence, Care for the Care Giver

The Results

Preventative Health Care

The State of Louisiana ranked 48th in preventable hospitalizations.


Our Strategy

Facilitate physical health services so individuals have access to preventive health care such as health screenings.


The Result

100% of the participating individuals are successfully engaging in healthy lifestyles.

Risk Avoidance & Wellness

Our behavioral health system has failed to function as a comprehensive system that includes promotion, prevention, early identification and treatment.


Our Strategy

Improve access to counseling and intervention services for individuals.


The Result

77% of individuals whose chief health complaint improved during treatment and 73% of participants improved, maintained, or slowed the deterioration of overall mental health.