Greater Nashua Community Assessment

Continually, United Way of Greater Nashua assesses the status of our area’s physical, social, and mental well-being.

United Way’s volunteers use the assessment results as the basis for funding decisions through its Community Impact Fund. Non-profit agencies use the assessment in developing grant proposals and strategic plans, and community service clubs use it to help set priorities for annual projects.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Some risks to our community’s well-being can be connected to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which include various forms of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children who face four or more ACEs over the course of a childhood have a higher rate of chronic disease, underperform in the classroom, and lose 20 years of life expectancy. Children from low-income households are more likely to experience ACEs than those from middle-income and affluent households.

Latest Assessment Findings

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The percentage of Greater Nashua families living in poverty has increased by nearly one-third over the past decade. When coupled with multiple ACEs, poverty among disadvantaged children poses many risks to the community, including:

  • Food insecurity
  • Early drug use
  • Mental health disorders
  • Continued cycle of poverty

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Women in Greater Nashua face a 30% higher rate of sexual assault, which leads to:

  • Physical and emotional harm
  • Loss of human potential
  • Continued cycle of abuse and neglect

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Six of every 10 people in Greater Nashua are obese or overweight, which poses additional threats to the community’s well-being, including:

  • Chronic disease
  • Increased health care costs
  • Lower economic productivity

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During a typical month, 30% of teens surveyed in Greater Nashua smoke marijuana and 40% consume alcohol. Substance abuse among young people threatens our community through:

  • Lower academic performance
  • Increased crime
  • Continued poverty, neglect, and abuse

 

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United Way Attribution Data Sources Include:
Domestic Abuse Data: NH Violence Against Women Survey (2011)
Substance Abuse Data: Youth Risk Behavior Survey (2011)
Obesity Risk Data: Nashua Community Health Assessment (2011)
Poverty Data Source: http://KidsCount.org (administered in NH by NH Children’s Alliance)