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Community Assessment research

Executive Summary

The United Way of Treasure Valley (UWTV) stands against poverty. UWTV fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community in the Treasure Valley. UWTV periodically assesses community needs, resources, and potential solutions to our common challenges.

The 2017 Community Assessment focuses on three of the most critical building blocks of a stable life for Treasure Valley residents—financial stability, health, and education. These continue to be priorities addressed by UWTV through collective impact initiatives.

The 2017 Community Assessment uses a combination of quantitative data (numbers) plus qualitative data (stories and observations) that were obtained via 14 focus groups and 22 one-on-one interviews conducted in the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017. This process helped to develop a consistent and comprehensive picture of the issues faced by residents of the Treasure Valley.

Overview of Results

A key theme that emerged in the qualitative data collection for this report was a shared sense of optimism among those interviewed that, although there are serious issues facing the Treasure Valley, these challenges are solvable if collaborative action is taken. Many stakeholders noted the strong community assets and partnerships that already exist. There are also synergies among some of the challenges, and in many cases, addressing one need (such as education) can help address other related problems (such as financial stability).

Full Report

Download the full 2017 United Way Community Assessment here

Executive Summary

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Press release

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  • Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
  • Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa
  • St. Luke’s Health System
  • Delta Dental of Idaho
  • Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children