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Statewide survey will assess residents' well-being

Several local health and community groups are among dozens of organizations involved in a statewide community well-being survey being conducted through this summer.

As part of the Community Well-being Survey being led by DataHaven, a nonprofit group, about 15,000 residents of Connecticut and adjacent areas of New York State are being contacted by pollsters at the Sienna College Research Institute.

The calls, which will begin this week, will be from the 518 area code. It will be the largest survey ever taken of area residents’ well-being.

The purpose is to "produce the highest quality, neighborhood-level information on issues that are most meaningful to local residents, and to foster collaboration between the hundreds of organizations, institutions, businesses and agencies that are working to build stronger communities," according to a news release from DataHaven.

“Make a difference: pick up your cell phone or home phone, help your community learn more about your needs and tell us what you want to see for greater happiness and well-being in your neighborhood,” said Mark Abraham, executive director of DataHaven.

About $200,000 in funding for the project has been provided by organizations in Connecticut’s smaller cities and rural areas, to ensure that residents of these areas are included at the same level as those from larger cities, the news release said.

Donors include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, the Ledge Light Health District in New London, and the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.

The Uncas Health District in Norwich, the Thames Valley Council for Community Action and Hartford HealthCare, parent of The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, also are involved in the project.

Survey questions will solicit information about vitality, health, family economic security, individual happiness, civic engagement, transportation, housing, employment and satisfaction with government and community life, among other topics.

The results will be shared with partner organizations.

“With such a detailed snapshot, state and local community leaders will be able to better serve the health and well-being needs of our communities,” Abraham said.

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