Education, income and health are the building blocks for a good life. Access to quality health care keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work. United Way’s 10-year goal, established in 2008, is to increase by one-third the percentage of healthy youth and adults. This requires that more Americans have access to health coverage and to good primary care from (and even before) birth, as well as the resources to avoid or stop substance abuse and other risky behaviors.

United Way partnered with the Muskegon Community Health Project, Mercy Health Partners, Public Health-Muskegon County, Lakeshore Health Network and Community Mental Health on a 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment for Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo counties. To read the report, click here.


We know from experience that families living on the edge never struggle with just one issue; it’s the combination of several problems piling up that prevents families from finding stability and truly thriving. At United Way of the Lakeshore, we partner with FamilyWize to increase the Health and Financial Stability of families in our community. Through their prescription savings card, FamilyWize works to make prescription medications more affordable for all families, so that no one ever has to make the hard choice between the meds they need, and other basics like food or rent.

The FamilyWize free prescription card saves an average of 43% on prescriptions, savings that can mean the difference between taking a medicine and skipping it. There are no restrictions, no income limits, no fees, and no limit on how many times you can use the card. Since beginning our partnership with FamilyWize in 2007, our community has saved nearly $2,000,000!

Print a card and start saving!     Check out the Medication Price Lookup Tool.     Click here for available pharmacies.  

View information about community health issues and FamilyWize impact here.

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1 in 21 Healthy Muskegon County

The vision of 1 in 21 is that Muskegon will be the Healthiest County in Michigan by 2021. It is an ambitious goal, but one that can be achieved if we all work together!

The founding partners of the initiative, including United Way of the Lakeshore, were brought together by the Muskegon Rotary Club's Health and Wellness Committee.  In March 2011 a summit was convened to discuss Muskegon County's numbers in the University of Wisconsin's County Health Rankings. After the summit, core values were established to support the common vision of a healthier community:


Inclusive participation and ownership, from all levels of the community
Collaborative, cross-sector leadership and action
Reduction of health disparities
Emphasis on evidence-based, best practice strategies
Efficient stewardship of community resources
Sustainable initiatives and activities
Sub-committees were established to work on the strategic goals developed to make the vision a reality.


Reduce Obesity Rates in Muskegon County
Reduce Smoking Rates in Muskegon County


Educate the community on healthy choices
Increase the community’s access to healthy choices
Engage the community in making healthy choices
Measure and report successes annually in spring