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Char-Em United Way


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, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

The Local Picture

2018 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps - The Rankings provides county level data on factors and behaviors that contribute to a community's health status.  The Roadmaps provides evidence based strategies for local health improvement. 

There is great health care up here, but it isn’t accessible to everyone.  Although the percentage as improved, 11% of adults 18 – 64 years of age are uninsured, and many more are underinsured.

Michigan has fallen from the 8th ‘fattest’ state in the nation, to the 17th, a good start! And our local obesity rates are closer to the state average. In our resort communities where outdoor activity abounds, there is still more work to be done.

We support a range of programs to address needs for health services – medical, nutritional, behavioral. We distribute the FamilyWize prescription discount card which has saved over 10,625 local residents over $1,340,200. (over 1.3 million) on their prescriptions, as of March 2018 .  Here is a historic look at savings:


New Hypertension guidelines released 11-2017                              

Early Childhood Behavioral Health:
Have you ever wondered if your young child is having trouble with speech, emotional development, social skills, physical coordination or problem solving? It can be difficult to know for sure, especially for first-time parents and for those without easy access to healthcare providers.
To that end, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, with support from United Way, has launched a portal to the Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaire. This interactive online screening tool to help parents connect with professionals and assess the development of their children, from birth through age five. The program is a confidential, free service that can be completed from the comfort of home.

Family Educational Materials

 Access SAMHSA fact sheets that help caregivers and young adults learn about symptoms of various mental illnesses, treatment options, and support services.

SAMHSA offers facts sheets on anxiety disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, depression, first episode psychosis, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). SAMHSA developed the facts sheets in collaboration with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychological Association, and American Psychiatric Association.

Community Needs Assessment:

In 2018 the Health Department of Northern Michigan launched a new comprehensive 10-county Community Health Assessment project. United Way was an active participant in the process. This regional approach to assessment will bring innovative solutions to community wide issues. 
The data, priority issues, and recommendations from the previous assessment can be found here. Click here to access the complete report.
The priorities identified in the Needs Assessment for Charlevoix and Emmet Counties have been adopted by Char-Em United Way as our Health Priority Objectives.

Health Facts

  • Strengths

    • Small disparity in health status by education level

    • High immunization among adolescents for MCV4

    • Low percentage of uninsured population


    • Low immunization coverage among children

    • Low immunization among adolescents for Tdap

    • High prevalence of smoking


    • In the past year, HPV immunization among females aged 13 to 17 years increased 19% from 34.5% to 40.9%.

    • In the past year, disparity in health status by education level decreased 13% from 29.7% to 25.8%.

    • In the past 5 years, lack of health insurance decreased 24% from 12.7% to 9.7% of the population.

    • Since 1990, children in poverty decreased 6% from 22.1% to 20.8% of children.

    • In the past 20 years, infant mortality decreased 32% from 10.3 to 7.0 deaths per 1,000 live births.