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Letter from the Executive Director – Winter 2023

Our communities have many terrific healthcare professionals, hospitals offering comprehensive services and health clinics offering varied services to low-income folks. While we are fortunate to have such resources available locally, recent studies show that clinical care alone contributes about 20% to health outcomes. Social and economic factors (including education), healthy behaviors (like healthy eating) and physical environment (including housing) contribute the remaining 80% to such outcomes.

Most of the services offered at UCAN address these factors. We offer many programs that improve residents’ economic well-being. Our Early Childhood programs lay the foundation so young children succeed in school, and families receive support to flourish. We offer programs influencing healthy behaviors, such as nutrition education. And we have many ways we help folks with housing.

Why would non-clinical factors contribute so much to health outcomes? Take the example of physical environment, which includes the availability of housing. Those lacking housing typically live to about their mid-fifties. That’s over 20 years less than the rest of us in the US. Cold is often a contributing factor in these deaths. Those living in poorly ventilated or leaky homes are also at-risk for serious health issues. Children living in homes with mold often develop conditions like asthma that have lifelong impacts on their health.

This issue of our newsletter focuses on the many ways we help with housing. From affordable housing to weatherizing homes to providing regular and extreme weather emergency shelter, we offer a range of solutions that improve health. In the case of our extreme weather shelters, we may even be saving lives.

You can support these efforts by volunteering, by donating or both! As we enter the holiday season, my wish is that you and all our neighbors are healthy.

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Shaun Pritchard
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Letter from the Executive Director – Winter 2023

UCAN is known locally as an agency that addresses poverty, providing an array of services so local folks live self-sufficient lives. But our work goes well beyond addressing poverty. We play a major role in supporting the health and well-being of our residents. To find out how we improve health, click here.

Volunteers Needed for Roseburg and Grants Pass Warming Centers
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Volunteers Needed for Roseburg and Grants Pass Warming Centers

If you have some availability this winter, you could make a huge difference in your community by volunteering at a UCAN warming center. Not only will you provide comfort to our homeless neighbors, you will reduce the burden otherwise faced by local emergency rooms. UCAN will be supporting center operations, but without volunteers, we won’t be able to operate them. Click here to learn more about the vital role you can play in your community.

The Point-In-Time Count: A Day of Caring for Our Homeless
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The Point-In-Time Count: A Day of Caring for Our Homeless

On January 24, 2024, UCAN will host events in both Douglas and Josephine County for local homeless residents. Those attending will have opportunities to meet with many agencies, obtain services, and receive much needed supplies. Learn more about the events here.