United Way of Southwest Virginia is dedicated to the Health of every person in Southwest Virginia.

United We Win by leading our region to implement trauma-informed practices across sectors.

United We Win by building a more resilient community, and integrating health into childhood and youth success.

The Health team supports United Way of Southwest Virginia’s cradle-to-career approach.

Cradle to Career

United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change by creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce and through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals.

United We Achieve This By:

  • Integrating community-wide knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices

  • Incorporating trauma-informed care into child- and youth-serving networks

  • Supporting children so they are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and prepared for Kindergarten

  • Developing strategic work plans with community stakeholders to build a continuum of developmental and behavioral care for children and youth

The Health Programs department at United Way of Southwest Virginia is the SWVA hub that strengthens the network of providers working together to improve families’ Access to Health.  The core services offered by the Health team members include:


developmental promotion, early detection, linkages to services


Trauma-Informed Community Networks, strategic planning, regional goal-setting


data collection, data analysis, issue identification, community resource inventory


provide technical assistance and professional development, and training

United We Win. Live United

Our Health Initiatives

Al’s Pals

Al’s Pals is a comprehensive curriculum and teacher training program that develops social-emotional skills, self-control, problem-solving abilities, and healthy decision-making in children ages 3-8 years old. The Al’s Pal’s program is part of a grant initiative awarded through the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.

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Backpacks Unite

Backpacks Unite provides nutritious weekend meals during each school year to over 1,000 elementary and middle school-aged students throughout Southwest Virginia ensuring that students come to school Monday ready to learn and ready to succeed. 

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Developmental Screening Regional Hub

The Developmental Screening Hub ensures all children are screened early and continuously for special health care needs for early detection and linked to services so children enter school ready to learn and succeed.


FamilyWize improves the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through its partnerships with more than 100,000 community organizations to make prescription medication more affordable and more accessible for all.

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Tool Kit

This digital toolkit provides resources to the community to address the needs of substance-exposed infants and their families in our region. The content of the toolkit was developed by members of the Washington County Community Advocacy Committee

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Systems Building

Using the Collective Impact framework for community change, the Health Programs team leads a system-wide response to address trauma by fostering child and youth resiliency across sectors.  As the anchor entity the Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN) in Southwest Virginia, we guide the region to help critical stakeholders realize the public health crisis we are experiencing because of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and childhood trauma. United Way works with cross-sector partners to build a more unified trauma-informed system to build resiliency in children, families, and child-serving systems across the region.

Our Health Campaigns

Brushing is Fun!

Brushing is Fun educates parents and children about the importance of good oral hygiene and provides a tool to help parents and their young children form a habit of brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. To find out more, visit brushingisfun.comOur “Brushing is Fun” campaign is partially funded by a DentaQuest Foundation grant in partnership with the LENOWISCO Planning District Commission

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Tobacco Free Homes

Tobacco-Free Homes educates parents and children about the importance of staying tobacco- and nicotine-free to keep kids Healthy, Active, Strong, and Happy.  The Tobacco-Free Homes campaign was funded through a grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.

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Contact Information

Kristy Worley
Kristy WorleyManager of Childhood Success-Health Programs
United Way of Southwest Virginia
Office: 276-628-2160 Extension: 4103