Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Our Strategy

Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.

United Way of San Luis Obispo County sits on the advisory boards for Tobacco Control Coalition, Adult Services Policy Council, SUSTAIN, ACTION for Healthy Communities, and SLO Veterans Servcies Collaborative.

How You Can Help:

Learn more about United Way of San Luis Obispo County's Health programs:

Health Facts

  • More than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers.
  • Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.
  • The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. More than 80% are working families.
  • 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools.

Health4All Kids

Healthy kids make better learners, and now there is a new opportunity for children, regardless of immigration status, to enroll in health coverage and access the care they need.


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Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
Compiled by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey 2007.

GoodRx Discount Cards

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To help ensure residents have access to affordable prescriptions, United Way of SLO County is distributing both the Coast2Coast Rx and FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards to anyone who does not have health insurance or needs medication not covered by their insurance.  Everyone is immediately eligible to use the plan as there are no restrictions on age, health status or income. With no membership paperwork required, residents can simply pick up a card from pharmacy and clinic locations around the county or download and print a card from our website.  While the cards cannot be combined, families or individuals can ask a participating pharmacy to use the card that gives the greatest discount.  Use the links below to download Coast2Coast Rx and FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards. If you do not have access to a printer or would like multiple copies of the cards, call United Way at (805) 541-1234.


About FamilyWize 

Since 2005, FamilyWize has helped over 13 million Americans live healthier lives by saving them more than $1.5 billion on prescription medications. By aggregating large groups of patients, FamilyWize advocates and negotiates for deep discounts on prescription medications which it then passes on in full to patients. FamilyWize partners with some of the most respected community groups and health care providers in the country, including United Way Worldwide, National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health America, and American Heart Association, among thousands of other community organizations. To use FamilyWize, download the app at

About the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card

The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card enables everyone, both insured and uninsured, to have access to more affordable medications. By showing the FamilyWize card to a pharmacist when picking up a prescription, consumers can save on their prescription medications. The average savings for consumers is 45 percent. The card is free for all, has no eligibility requirements and is accepted at pharmacies nationwide, including chains and independents. FamilyWize Prescription Savings Cards are available to print from the website, as a free downloadable app, or by mail or text.

Click the English or Spanish image below to download a printable Prescription Card.
























Compassionate Communication (formerly known as Nonviolent Communication) is a practical framework for acquiring the skills and language tools that support positive, compassionate outcomes.

Sign up for an upcoming class at Ocean View Elementary School in Arroyo Grande!




Compassionate Communication is an opportunity to become more aware of the thoughts, words and behaviors that disconnect us from ourselves and each other, by increasing our understanding of a communication process that is founded on heart to heart connection. 

During this class we will begin to get clearer about healthier social emotional behaviors, while learning about behaviors that require mindfulness if we are going to be examples for our children.

By enhancing our insight into the linkage of feelings and needs, we can get to the bottom of what's making us angry by practicing the ten steps to transforming anger so everyone wins. Class based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) by Marshal Rosenberg PhD


Register Here for an upcoming class! 

United Way is using this framework to:

  • support productive classroom learning environments by delivering workshops to local teachers and administrators

  • improve mental health outcomes in transitional-age youth by offering workshops directly to at-risk teens and young adults ages 16-24

  • help formerly incarcerated inmates and family members stay on a positive path by conducting workshops at the SLO County Jail and Annex

All workshops are led by Nonviolent Communication Practitioners and help teach the principles of diplomatic communication in diverse settings.

“I'm really enjoying the class. I had the opportunity to use some of what we are learning with a teacher at my school. It's conference week and the teacher is about ready to meet with a parent who can be difficult. She shared that one of the things that she was going to tell the parent was that their child cheats if she (the teacher) is not constantly standing over him. I suggested that instead of using that approach, she rephrase it as an observation and explain what she sees the student doing. The teacher got it.” ~ Principal from a school in Morro Bay

To learn more about Compassionate Communication, we encourage you to view "Nonviolent Communication Workshop", with Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD. The following presentation is from


United Way also supports the Stop Bullying Campaign.