Hard on the heels of the ALICE Report issued by the United Ways in Connecticut, the Valley has a full report of its own – Understanding the Valley Region, A Community of Well Being. The new report which was produced under the leadership of the Valley Community Foundation with financial support from the Foundation, Valley United Way, Bassett Family Fund, Griffin Health Services, and the Katharine Matthies Foundation.
The Foundation convened an Advisory Committee of Valley leaders in 2014 which helped produce a Snapshot in 2015 and the full report this year. The report was 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.
The report was unveiled with a panel of Valley leaders offering comments and an overview of the report held at the Scinto Auditorium in Shelton. Sharon Closius of the Valley Community Foundation served as the moderator. Panel members included Jack Walsh, Patrick Charmel, David Morgan, Bill Purcell, Suzanne Reilly and Chris Clouet.
It is expected that the report will serve as a basis for further discussion and action as happened with earlier reports such as the Healthy Valley Study and others.