Healthy People Strong Communities

Our Focus

The focus of healthy people, strong communities is to engage
and mobilize residents to take collective action to improve access to and availability of the resources needed to create safe and inclusive neighborhoods. We invest in programs that help ensure our communities are great for everyone by improving equity, connections and overall well-being.

Our Initiative

  • In 2020, 13 people in the Wood Buffalo region died due to drug overdose.
  • From March 31, 2018 until December 2019, a total of 15,838
    patients accessed Community Mental Health services in the North Zone.
  • Social isolation is one of the key concerns impacting the physical, mental, and social health and well-being of up to 30% of the over 65 population.
  • The most common non-official languages spoken at home in the Wood Buffalo region are Tagalog, Arabic, Urdu, Gujarati, and Spanish.
How We Help


We proudly support an English Language Learning Assistance
Program which helps newcomer children with their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Due to the language barrier, newcomer students in Wood Buffalo often struggle in school and frequently
do not have sufficient homework support at home, as their parents
may also be learning English.


We invest in socially supportive programming to promote social connectedness and mental wellness.


United Way funds various activities for seniors which provides a sense
of inclusion and the fellowship necessary for the well-being of all. 

Who We Support
By The Numbers

in 2020


was invested in addiction Pre-Treatment, Treatment, and Post-Treatment Programming.


Community members were trained in Opioid Awareness and Naloxone Training.


People were educated with Cultural Awareness Training to ensure our community members have the skill to understand, work, and flourish in and with cultures other than their own to promote inclusivity.


Seniors were supported by a United Way funded Senior Outreach & Advocacy program to promote and safeguard the health, dignity, rights, and quality of life of seniors.