2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment has been approved by the Board of Trustees. Download the full Report or download the summary.

Please send your questions and comments to PublicCommentCHNA@uvmhealth.org.  In your message, please state if your comments relate to a specific page or are general. 

Thank you for your feedback and interest in our community’s health.

How Was the Community Health Needs Assessment Planned?

The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Community Steering Group began meeting in December 2014 to plan for the current assessment. Members include representatives from the following organizations:

  • Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
  • Community Health Centers of Burlington
  • Howard Center
  • OneCare Vermont
  • Synchrosaic
  • The United Way of Chittenden County
  • Vermont Department of Health, Burlington District Office
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties
  • The University of Vermont Medical Center

CHNA 2016 Timeline

Community Needs Assessment Breakfast  

A community-wide survey was released in April 2015 via Survey Monkey.  The survey was taken by approximately 1500 community members over three weeks.  Paper surveys were also available, along with translated surveys.  Download copy of the community survey.

A community leader breakfast was held in June 2015 for small group discussions around what makes our community strong and healthy. Approximately 100 participants attended. Download the community leader breakfast summary and topics discussed. Review the community fact sheets about each area of discussion.

Twenty-seven community leaders were interviewed between June and August 2015. Download the list of interviewees and questions asked

Quantitative data is being collected through the County Health Rankings. View County Health Rankings

CHNA Next Steps

Now that the CHNA has been completed, it is time to consider what The University of Vermont Medical Center can do to address the identified needs and develop an Implementation Strategy. Workgroups for nine of the topic areas have been formed and will be charged by an executive sponsor. Each group includes the following members:  a senior leader, a patient/family advisor, a medical student or resident, a representative from the VT Department of Health, and other relevant staff.  Penrose Jackson, Director of Community Health Improvement, and Ricky Padgett, Director of Corporate Accounting, will serve as project leaders for the nine groups. The meetings will be facilitated by Quality Consultants from the Jeffords Institute. 

Each workgroup will meet twice over the summer. A Community Leader Breakfast will also be held on July 26, where community members will convene to contribute their experiences and ideas to inform the implementation strategies of the work groups. 

The workgroups will be responsible for identifying existing internal and external programs that address the health needs, as well as developing ways in which the Medical Center can effectively respond to these needs. Workgroups will develop an aim statement, strategies, and measurable outcomes for their assigned community health need.

2016 Implementation Strategy

The Implementation Strategy was approved by the Board of Trustees on December 12, 2016. Download the publicationFor more information, please email Julie Cole.

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