Our Research

2012-2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report >>

Summary

Study conducted by Excela Health and United Way to identify the health needs and issues of Westmoreland County. For the full report, please contact us.

Findings

Review and analysis determined the top issues facing the community as: elderly access to care, mental health/substance abuse, obesity, physical activity, diabetes, and hypertension/heart disease. Study also associated low socio-economic status with barriers to treatment and interventions across all areas.


2013 Fayette County Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan >>

Summary

Study conducted by the Fayette County partnership, which consists of representatives from several key community based organizations: The Fayette County Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP), The United Way of Westmoreland County DBA United Way of Fayette (now United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania) , The Fayette County Community Action Agency and Uniontown Hospital.

Findings

Review and analysis determined the top needs of the community as: improving access to affordable health care, improving healthy behavior and community development - specifically economic development, transportation, education and employment.


Pre-K Counts for Youngsters Early School Success (PA) - Derry >>

Summary

Study focused on relationship between investment in early-life learning and successes in life-long learning. Conducted by Dr. Stephen J. Bagnato’s, Director, Early Childhood Partnerships, University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Study conducted in Derry Area School District and New Kensington-Arnold School District.

Findings

Research indicates that investment in early education pays dividends for children's life-long learning in both districts studied.


Pre-K Counts for Youngsters Early School Success (PA) - New Kensington >>

Summary

Study focused on relationship between investment in early-life learning and successes in life-long learning. Conducted by Dr. Stephen J. Bagnato’s, Director, Early Childhood Partnerships, University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Study conducted in Derry Area School District and New Kensington-Arnold School District.

Findings

Research indicates that investment in early education pays dividends for children's life-long learning in both districts studied.


The Status of Women in Westmoreland County >>

Summary

Report examining the status of local women across a variety of indicators: pay equity, poverty, health and well-being, leadership and violence against women.

Findings

Research suggests that the status of women can be improved in a number of ways, which will in turn strengthen our community.


The Value of Faith in Action:  Building connections with older adults >>

Summary

Preliminary Program Evaluation Report of United Way's Faith in Action (now Open Your Heart to a Senior) program. Includes interview results from volunteers.

Findings

Early findings indicate that older adults who participate in this program benefit most from increased opportunities for social interaction and transportation to medical appointments.