Authored By

Alison Johnson (VCF), Mark Abraham, Kelly Davila, Camille Seaberry (DataHaven)


November 11, 2022


Valley Community Foundation, Griffin Hospital, Naugatuck Valley Health Department

This 2022 report is part of an ongoing, decades-long tradition of analyzing social and economic conditions and quality of life in the Lower Naugatuck 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, which was followed by the 2016 Valley Community Index report and 2019 Valley Community Index report.

The Valley Community Index relies on data from dozens of federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as information collected directly from live, in-depth interviews with more than 2,500 randomly-selected Valley residents as part of the statewide 2021, 2018 and 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey waves. It was produced with guidance from an Indicators Advisory Committee that included representatives from dozens of public and private organizations including municipal governments and school districts throughout the Valley.

The report serves as a Community Health Needs Assessment for Griffin Hospital and Naugatuck Valley Health District. An 8-page executive summary of the full report is also available via the Valley Community Foundation. Click the blue download button above to download the full report.