To be an effective force for positive change in people’s lives in Southwestern Pennsylvania, we must rely on more than compassion and empathy. At Allies for Children, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the POISE Foundation, we look to data to drive our long-term strategic direction as well as our immediate response to the needs of our community.
The Community Pulse Report incorporates data from a variety of sources and tells us what our children and families are experiencing and need. Taking the pulse of our communities on Health & Wellness, Financial Stability, Food Access & Housing and Youth Engagement & Child Care improves our ability to join together to serve them and meet their needs.
This month’s report highlights that while the number of children enrolled in public health insurance programs is increasing, many more who are newly eligible due to pandemic-related income losses are not being reached. It points to a steady uptick in uninsured children prior to the pandemic, as well as a decline in use of health services like well-child visits and immunizations during the pandemic. Housing and utility payments remain top concerns for families as we approach the end of the eviction moratorium at the end of this month, and many families still lack access to high speed internet needed for virtual schooling and Telehealth.
A corresponding presentation has additional slides and information on these and other indicators we are monitoring.