Valley Community Index: Understanding the Valley Region (2016)
Created in partnership with DataHaven, this 2016 Valley Community Index is the first single-source report of its kind that provides timely, comprehensive socioeconomic, education, health, and well-being data shaping the Valley region.
This report is part of an ongoing, 20-year tradition of analyzing the economy, health, and quality of life of the Valley region. The effort has included the 1996 Healthy Valley Report, the 2001 Mt. Auburn Report, the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center Community Health Profile, the 2010 Valley Cares Report, the 2013 Griffin Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment, and the Naugatuck Valley Health District's 2013-2015 Community Health Improvement Plan. In 2014, in response to the local desire for more comprehensive data collection, the Valley Community Foundation convened a new Advisory Committee and engaged DataHaven to produce The Valley Now: A 2015 Snapshot, a brochure on baseline indicators of community well-being.
The report is written by Mary Buchanan and Mark Abraham of DataHaven, with assistance from staff at the Valley Community Foundation. It relies on data from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as information collected directly from Valley residents as part of the statewide 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey.