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.
2022 Community Health Needs Assessment
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)
- Building Bright Futures
- Center for Health and Learning
- Champlain Housing Trust
- Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources (CIDER)
- Champlain Valley Office for Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)
- Champlain Valley Superintendents' Association, Winooski School District
- Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
- City of Burlington, Racial Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
- Community Health Centers of Burlington
- Howard Center
- Hunger Free Vermont
- Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce
- Mental Health First BTV
- Patient and Family Centered Care Advisor
- Pride Center of Vermont
- SASH at Cathedral Square
- United Way of Northwest Vermont
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
- UVM Health Network, Office of Government and Community Relations
- UVM Health Network Philanthropy
- UVM Integrative Health
- UVM Medical Center Community Health Improvement
- UVM Medical Center Department of Family Medicine
- UVM Medical Center Department of Pediatrics
- Vermont Department of Health, Burlington District Office
- Vermont Interfaith Action
- Vermont Public Health Institute
- Winooski High School
2022 CHNA Vision and Goals
The 2022 CHNA process will guide measurable community health improvements in our Health Service Area. The goals of this process are:
- To conduct, through the lens of racial and health equity, an inclusive, high-quality assessment of community health needs and assets in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.
- To partner with diverse stakeholders, resulting in:
- Consensus of priority needs to address
- Shared buy-in for implementation strategies
- Support of complementary community initiatives and assessments
Data Gathering and Community Health Priorities
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.