Why Health Matters to UWNU
Many community members don't have access to the resources they need to lead healthy lives. Without the ability to meet their basic needs, community members struggle to thrive. Parents who are food insecure are at risk of developing chronic disease, such as diabetes or hypertension, and may struggle caring for their children. Children who are food insecure are more likely to struggle academically.
Two of the ways UWNU works to improve the health of the community is by referring people to the resources they need and convening community partners to develop long-term solutions to social issues impacting health, such as food insecurity.
We have expanded our efforts in the Ogden United Promise Neighborhood, with nine on-site Community School Coordinators at local schools. These advocates help families connect with resources they need to provide a stable, secure home for their children, and to access academic help and resources.
Over the past ten years, Utah 211 has become a critical part of Utah’s health and human service delivery system, by connecting the people of Utah to the housing, food,
transportation, and other essential resources that we all require to live healthy lives. 211 is more than a phone number to call. With support from state and local government, private donations, and other community groups, 211 continues to make critical resources easily available for more than 150,000 Utahns each year.
The Ogden Food Council is a multi-sector working group whose goal is to improve access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food for all Ogden residents. The group discusses food issues, fosters coordination between different sectors of the food system, evaluates and influences local policy, as well as supports programs and services that address local needs.
The Council is made up of a diverse group of individuals who represent all sectors of the food system, including but not limited to production, processing, distribution, retail, consumption, access, education, and nutrition.