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Community Report Card

WCSU and several partners have begun to plan for the next installment of the Community Report Card, a comprehensive look at the region’s health care needs.

In preparation, Hartford-based insurer Aetna provided a $15,000 grant to support the project, which is also sponsored by Danbury Hospital, social service and public health agencies, and private sector businesses.

The Community Report Card is a joint project sponsored by Western Connecticut State University to provide biennial reports on the health and well-being of residents in the Greater Danbury and Housatonic Valley region.

The initial Community Report Card was released in January 2009 and measured and evaluated a total of 37 key indicators for factors such as incidence of major diseases, public health, dropout and graduation rates, households below poverty level, pregnancy, suicide, and health insurance access. Towns participating in the Community Report Card project include Danbury, Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman.

WCSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Linda Rinker observed after release of the initial report that the project has given governments, health care providers and social service organizations in the region an important new source of information and data to assess the present well-being of the community and to plan and coordinate efforts to address unmet needs.

Danbury Hospital Director of Public and Government Relations Andrea Rynn noted the Report Cards will help to stimulate community discussion and policy action by “giving us a roadmap to move into the future.”

Aetna joins a team of sponsors funding the Community Report Card project that also includes WCSU, the United Way of Western Connecticut, Danbury Hospital, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Fairfield County Bank, Poland Spring, Savings Bank of Danbury, and Union Savings Bank.

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