Dear Friends:It is our pleasure to present the second edition of
Assessing the Region Via Indicators — Community Well-Being
, an update of a report first released in 2002.This is the eighth report in a series of regional studies measuring conditions in California’s fastest grow-ing region, the Great Central Valley. In annual installments, the Great Valley Center publishes a cycleof five reports that assess five topic areas: The Economy; The Environment; Community Well-Being;Public Health and Access to Care; and Education and Youth Preparedness."Community Well-Being" is a concept meant to recognize the social and cultural standing of Valley resi-dents, their family, institutions and communities. It indicates a necessity to consider all the aspects thatshape quality of life beyond the usual focus on economic data. This edition of documents indicatorsfirst introduced in 2002 and adds some new ones. These indicators, which underlie and correlate withmany of the other assessments of regional well-being, are grouped in sections describing civic engage-ment, public safety, community participation, organizational capacity, and youth well-being.
was written and researched by Univeristy of California, Davis' Jonathan K.London, Ph. D. and Graduate Research Assistant Samantha Sommer. Their hard work and dedication todetail can be seen throughout the report.Special support for this edition was provided by Kaiser Permanente and Citibank. The Great ValleyCenter thanks them for their ongoing support of this series of regional tracking and indices of progress.Sincerely,
Supporting the economic, social, and environmental well-being of California’s Central Valley
201 Needham StreetModesto, CA 95354Phone: (209) 522-5103Fax: (209) 522-5116 www.greatvalley.org