Healthcare Industry and United Way: Stronger Together

Over its 9-year history, United Way’s Healthcare Leadership Breakfast has raised over $2 million that  has been invested in our work with children, youth, and families.

These event sponsorships, however, are more than just seats at a breakfast; they are critical resources that also enable us to make an impact here in our local communities. This morning’s event celebrated the critical partnership between United Way and the healthcare industry, in our shared philosophy of addressing root causes, and taking a preventative approach to caring for the community.

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How does this support impact the community? Last year, United Way:

    • Provided high quality early education to over 66,000 children
    • Prepared 33,000 youth to be college- and work-ready
    • Helped 15,900 families at-risk of being homeless remain in safe, stable and affordable housing

Just as doctors do not measure success by the amount of patients seen, we do not just measure success by the number of people we serve.  We want to know, and more importantly measure, “Are they better off?”

For example, we know that:

    • 91% of the 13,000 young children who received early intervention showed improvement, better preparing their foundation for lifelong learning.
    • 89% of the 2,300 children in our summer literacy collaborative avoid “summer learning loss” that contributes to today’s achievement gap.
    • And 91% of the 25,000 young people receiving academic homework help have progressed to the next grade, a key indicator they will stay on track and graduate.

The support from the Healthcare industry, both in giving to United Way and in their daily commitment the the children, youth and families in our region makes this possible.

“United Way relies on the continued commitment of the healthcare industry to help us keep the community healthy and thriving. Together, we can accomplish more than any of us can alone,” said Mike Durkin, President of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

Special THANK YOU to our Co Chairs:

Dianne Anderson, President and CEO of LawrenceGeneralHospital
Trish Hannon, President and CEO of New EnglandBaptistHospital
Deborah Enos, President and CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan

As well as our Honorary co-chairs:

Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center

And our event sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield and Massachusetts General Hospital
Gold Sponsors: New EnglandBaptistHospital, Neighborhood Health Plan, Lawrence General Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute