- Part of more than $100 million in community benefits provided each year by the Medical Center
- Continues 30-year tradition of partnering with non-profits to improve community health
(Burlington, VT) The University of Vermont Medical Center invested $883,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 in a broad range of non-profit social service and health programs in Chittenden and Franklin counties through its Community Health Investment Fund. Support was directed to critical needs including affordable medical care, expanded free and reduced-cost school breakfast, transportation for seniors, and oral health care for children, among others.
This year's recipients include the Public Health Dental Hygienist program, the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance, KidSafe CHARM team, and the Vermont Ethics Network. See full list of organizations and grant amounts.
Funding priorities are informed by findings in the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) conducted by the UVM Medical Center in collaboration with a community steering group. Funding decisions are made by the Community Health Investment Committee, which includes hospital employees and community members. The Affordable Care Act requires tax exempt hospitals and health systems to conduct a CHNA every three years and develop an implementation strategy.
Five priority areas were identified in the 2013 Assessment: access to food and nutrition, dental health, mental health, removing barriers to health care (e.g. affordability, transportation, housing) and improving the well-being of seniors.
"This effort embodies our mission: working together we improve people's lives," said Penrose Jackson, director of Community Health Improvement. "Because medical care accounts for just a fraction of a person's health status, it's critical that we address broader factors like nutrition, housing and substance abuse treatment. We're proud to partner with community organizations which are doing such vital and excellent work."
The grants are part of more than $100 million in community benefits provided by the UVM Medical Center each year, including charity care. The Medical Center has been making grants of this type since the 1980's. The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment will be released later this month.
About the University of Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center is a 447 bed tertiary care regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York. Together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont's academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.
The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network, a four hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are:
- The University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network - Alice Hyde Medical Center
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