The UVM Medical Center is committed to improving the health of the communities it serves.
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Working together to strengthen the health of our communities.
Every three years, the University of Vermont Medical Center conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This process helps us to better understand the challenges and opportunities involved in creating a healthier community.
The CHNA gathers information in a variety of ways, with the goal of reflecting the views of community members. This part of the process ends with a consensus on priority community health needs. The results then inform an implementation strategy, or Community Health Improvement Plan, which outlines how priority health needs will be addressed for the following three years by both the hospital and our community partners.
The UVM Medical Center's 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment covered our Health Service Area of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. The 2022 CHNA process was the most inclusive and robust yet in our history. We are proud to have collaborated with over 25 community partners on our CHNA Steering Committee, including:
Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi
Agency of Human Services
The Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV)
We collected data through interviews, surveys, and focus groups held in our local community, in addition to reviewing 70+ health indicators available for the two counties. Two virtual sessions were held in January 2022 to engage community leaders and champions in prioritizing six health priorities that emerged from the data gathering phase.
The top 3 community health priorities, in alphabetical order:
Cultural Humility and Inclusive Health Care
Mental Health and Wellbeing
The CHNA findings will inform the 2023-2025 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that UVMMC will develop in collaboration with key partners.
The CHIP process will:
Facilitate inclusive community engagement to generate solutions that build upon strengths and address inequities.
Communicate shared goals, strategies and resources to make measurable improvements.