The UVM Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessments
The University of Vermont Medical Center routinely conducts community health needs assessments (CHNA) to understand current health trends, needs and assets. New federal legislation requires hospitals to conduct community health assessments every three years. Community assessments help us to identify areas of focus and are an integral resource for our community benefit plan.
The UVM Medical Center’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment covers the health service area of of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. The assessment includes information from focus groups, table discussions at a community breakfast, community leader interviews, and a community survey. The following topic areas were identified as the top ten needs in the community (in alphabetical order):
- Access to Healthy Food
- Affordable Housing
- Chronic Conditions
- Early Childhood & Family Supports
- Economic Opportunities
- Healthy Aging
- Mental Health
- Oral Health and Health Care
- Sexually Transmitted Infections and Teen Births
- Substance Abuse
The 2016 CHNA covers a large range of topics, but is not a complete analysis of any one issue. Rather, these data help to identify priorities which lead to productive community discussion and the creation of goals. We invite the reader to investigate and use the information in this report to move toward solutions for healthier communities.
To receive a paper copy, please email Julie Cole or call 802-847-2278.