United Way of Yuma County Health Initiatives



Public Health Crisis: Undetected amblyopia may lead to blindess; new technology detects vision problems early.

Undetected vision orders may be a silent epidempic impacting children and could affect their ability to learn, and in some cases result in permanent visual loss. Identifying chidlren with vision problems is esstential, yet, not all children receive screenings. Traditional vision screening methods haven't changed significantly in more than 100 years. 

A lack of sufficient number of skilled personnel to administer millions of screenings may result in some children being overlooked.

In response to what some are calling a public health dilemma, children’s eye surgeon, James O’Neil, M.D. and technology developer Richard Tirendi created EyeSpy 20/20TM. Eyespy 20/20 is a video game that takes a child on a virtual treasure hunt during which they may wear eye patches or a pair of colored glasses. Designed to make the vision screenings fun, it uses intelligent software protocols that measure the child’s responses to customize the testing in real time. The result is a vision screening assessment that mimics the results of a trained specialist even when administered by a parent or untrained volunteer.

From the beginning, the founders recognized that changing a public health model through the use of technology was an enormous undertaking. VisionQuest 20/20 was established as a 501©(3) non-profit organization to facilitate the collaborations with vision experts, schools, parent groups, foundations and government agencies.

Vision experts agree that early detection of vision problems in children is critical.

United Way of Yuma County is bringing this latest and greatest way of vision screening right here to Yuma County starting September 2017.

We are currently seeking volunteers and laptops with Windows 7OS. Get involved and let’s get children in Yuma seeing!

Call our office for more details on how YOU can get involved today. (928) 783-0515



Health care coverage is one of the top concerns for people in our community. United Way of Yuma Countyis commited to helping increase access to affordable health care and getting everyone the medicine they need. We are pleased to partner with FamilyWize to offer this important Free prescription discount card program to help everyone in our community.

Since FamilyWize began in 2005, this free prescription assistance program has helped over 4.5 million people save money on their prescription medications. As you can see from the counter, United Way of Yuma County and other United Ways across the country are working with FamilyWize every day to help more people.

Who Can Use The Prescription Discount Card?

The FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards can be used by everyone in the community for prescription medicine. Not just people with no insurance. There are no usage, age, or income limits.

How Does the Card Work?

Simple give the card to the pharmacist with your prescription. An instant discount-varies by medication-is applied to the prescription medicine. The card provides pharmcy discounts (up to 75%) on all FDA approved prescription medicine not covered by insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or other benefit plans. You pay either the discounted price or the pharmacy's retail price, whichever is lower.

Where Do I Get a Card?

Just click the free prescription discount card above to print your own. Or text the word "family" to 700700 and receive card information on your phone. You can also contact the United Way of Yuma County office at 783-0515. Take the card to a participating pharmacy to begin saving immediately.

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You can change someone's life by printing FamilyWize cards and giving them out to your friends, neighbors and co-workers, or just handing one to someone in line at the pharmacy or supermarket.


If you are part of an organization that can help United Way of Yuma County distribute a large number of cards to your employees, members, or clients, please contact Hilda Nordell to join us in increasing access to healthcare in our community.