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WCSU worked with Danbury Hospital, the Danbury Health Department and the United Way of Western Connecticut to produce a Community Report Card on the health of residents in the region — the first such report in several years.

The report covers the towns of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman and measured indicators such as access to health insurance, diseases, emergency room visits and the like.

The research found that the region’s residents are generally healthier than state and national averages, but also suggested areas of potential improvement.

“What’s key about the report card is that we now have a tool that will be invaluable in helping us identify new trends and issues that require attention as well as a benchmark for measuring our success tackling our community’s challenges,” said Michael Johnston, chief executive officer of the United Way of Western Connecticut.