Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation

Studies & Reports

Reliable resources that shed light on the health of Pottstown area communities.

Community Health Needs Assessments

The Foundation has conducted five Community Health Needs Assessments since 2004. These reports describe our community’s health outcomes and demographics. They also compared our community's health to the findings of the previous needs assessment and to the nation as a whole.

The most recent needs assessment, completed in 2023, was the Pottstown Community Survey, which focused on six lower-income census blocks within the Borough of Pottstown. These census blocks are comprised of a nearly two-thirds proportion of Black and Latino residents with a median household income of $25,000.

Below are the full reports on the the TriCounty Area's people, their interests, and their needs.

2023 Pottstown Community Survey
2018 Community Health Needs Assessment
2013 Community Health Needs Assessment
2008 Community Health Needs Assessment
2004 Community Health Needs Assessment

PAHWF Studies and Reports

The Foundation routinely partners with regional and national experts to explore the issues facing our community in depth. They are provided here as resources for grant-related requests and insight into opportunities for improving health in the Pottstown area.

These studies and reports contain a variety of data and insights we hope you will find interesting and helpful.

Please feel free to download any of these items, and contact us if you have any questions.

2020 COCSI Data Summary
2019 Urban Land Institute Report
2019 Pottstown Area Regional Park Study
2010 Pottstown Area Parks and Recreation Study
2004 Community Plan

Data for an Informed Community

The following links provide datasets that are vital to understanding our community and addressing obstacles that Pottstown area residents face as they strive to live healthy lives.

U.S. Census Bureau
Montgomery County Data
Chester County

Unemployment Claims

Food Insecurity
Feeding America

Future Ready PA Index
Open PA Gov

PA Department of Human Services
County Health Rankings

Built Environment
Park Serve
Environmental Justice

Social Determinants of Health

Creating healthy environments in our homes, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods are all key to improved outcomes for individuals in our community.

In addition to the daily choices we make that impact our health, such as diet and exercise, health is also determined by social and economic conditions. The CDC breaks those conditions into five categories:

The economic, environmental, and social conditions in which we live explain in part why some communities are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could be. Read more about the Social Determinants of Health at https://www.cdc.gov/socialdeterminants/about.html.