United Way works every day to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a better life – Education, Income and Health.
The simple fact is in order to function at an optimal level one needs to be healthy. Regardless of age, good health practices are vital to our well-being, our ability to function in society, our ability to learn, and to our longevity. The health of our citizens is a strong indicator of the health of our community. United Way works to improve access to quality health care and improve the overall health and welfare of individuals. We work with partners to improve and support healthy lifestyles for infants, youth, adults, families, and elderly.
Our Community Plan:
Community Wide Health
Building a stronger, healthier community by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable difference in the health of our citizens
We invest in, and partner with, programs and organizations that target our focus areas (health promotion and safety, substance abuse prevention, and access to health care) by:
- Promoting healthy living and chronic disease prevention
- Focusing on preventing injuries, child abuse/neglect, or domestic violence
- Increasing health care coverage and access to health care
- Promoting resilience skills for our youth
- Engaging youth in meaningful, healthy alternative activities
- Coordinating health resources and services
- Providing services for the uninsured
How You Can Help:
As a part of the Mat-Su Valley, you can get involved in some of the programs that help the community become healthier as a whole:
Super Bowl Champion Seahawks Brought the Lombardi Trophy to the Mat-Su
On July 8th, 2014 Mat-Su youth participated in the 4th Annual Play 60 event at the Menard Sports Complex with team members from Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. A wide variety of fun physical activities for ages 6 to 15 were included. All participants received a shirt and lunch from SUBWAY. Mat-Su Borough School District students who completed the Play Every Day program logs were entered into a drawing at their school to have a private lunch with Seahawk players. The 13 winning students enjoyed visiting with Heath Farwell and Mike Morgan. Alaska State’s Play Every Day program and the Play 60 programs have very similar objectives. PLAY 60 is a national initiatives that grew out of the 40 year partnership of the National Football League and United Ways as they have worked together to advance health and education for America’s young people. However, it was the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers fan club that reached out to the Seahawk organization four summers ago to bring players and cheerleaders to the Valley. The combined efforts of the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers, Mat-Su Health Foundation and United Way of Mat-Su make the event possible.
In addition to PLAY 60, the Seahawks organization supported a fundraiser for United Way of Mat-Su and 12 fans won the opportunity for breakfast with Super Bowl Champion players and staff at Turkey Red in Palmer.
The three lucky winners for Breakfast with the Seahawks were Jeff Johnson, Austin Grimes and Doug Carney!!!! They each were allowed to bring 3 guests. Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets. The funds raised provide support for the many programs we fund and administer around education, income and health. To see pictures: visit and like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/unitedwaymatsu
More Information/Resource on Health:
Community Impact Summit Report (send file/pdf)
Kids Count Alaska - Collects and publicizes information on the health, safety and economic well-being of children in Alaska.
Alaska 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, health and human services information and referral system brought to you by United Ways of Alaska. Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and press “1” Monday through Friday or you may search our online data base 24/7.
2008 Mat-Su Substance Abuse Data Report
Alaska Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey (AK YRBS)