Working together to strengthen the health of our communities.

As required by the Affordable Care Act, the University of Vermont Medical Center conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years. This process helps us to better understand the strengths and most pressing needs impacting the health and wellbeing of our community.

The CHNA gathers information in a variety of ways, with the goal of reflecting the views of community members in our Health Service Area of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. 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 2022 CHNA process is currently underway. If you are interested in participating, click the link below to take the survey. Results of the assessment will be published in early 2022.

We are proud to be collaborating with over 25 community partners, 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
  • Mental Health First BTV
  • Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce
  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

2019 Community Health Needs Assessment

The UVM Medical Center's 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment covered our health service area of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. The assessment included information from community leader interviews and surveys, secondary data, a community survey, and table discussions at a community breakfast. The following topic areas were identified as the top six needs in the community:

  1. Mental health
  2. Substance use disorder
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Childhood and family health
  5. Disease prevention
  6. Cancer

The 2019 CHNA covered a large range of topics, but is not a complete analysis of any one issue. Rather, this data helps 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.

Contact Information

Please reach out to learn more about the CHNA, to provide comments or questions, or to receive a paper copy.

Contact: Molly Lawrence, Sr. Community Benefit Strategist, UVM Medical Center Community Health Improvement

Email: Molly [dot] LawrenceatUVMHealth [dot] org

Phone: (802) 847-8273

Mailing Address: 128 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 106, Burlington, VT 05401