Community Health Needs Assessment

Central Vermont Medical Center is committed to improving the health of the communities it serves. Learn more about our ongoing efforts to understand community health needs and trends.

Central Vermont Medical Center routinely conducts community health needs assessments (CHNA) to understand current health trends, needs, and assets. Federal legislation requires hospitals to conduct community health assessments every three years. The information gathered during this process is used to help CVMC and other organizations in our community develop plans that address our biggest needs and challenges so that we can better direct our efforts and resources.

Our Community Health Needs Assessment covers CVMC's health service area. We primarily serve the region of Washington County, VT with an estimated 2018 population of 60,317 people living in 20 towns in over 695 square miles. In addition to Washington County, CVMC’s service area includes a few outlying towns in Orange County: Brookfield, Orange, Washington, and Williamstown.

Our CHNA Reports

2019 Community Health Needs Assessment
2019 Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy

Past Reports

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment
2013 Community Health Needs Assessment


These reports cover a large range of topics but are 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.

CHNA Leadership

The 2019 CHNA was overseen by representatives from CVMC and the THRIVE Accountable Health Communities committee. The Community Action Network (CAN), a subcommittee of THRIVE, and CVMC representatives met monthly with our consultants to review and guide the CHNA process. Consultants assisted in all phases of the CHNA including project management, quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, facilitation, and report writing.

The CHNA Community Steering Committee includes representatives from:

Aldrich Public Library
Another Way Vermont
Barre Gardens
Barre Housing Authority
Barre Police Department
BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Bistate Primary Care Association
Building Bright Futures
Community College of Vermont
Church of The Good Shepherd Barre
Clara Martin Center
Central Vermont Council on Aging
Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice
Central Vermont Medical Center
Central Vermont New Directions Coalition
Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services
Disability Rights Vermont
Family Center of Washington County
First Presbyterian Church of Barre
Green Mountain United Way
Good Samaritan Haven
Greater Barre Community Justice Center
Green Mountain Natural Health
Green Mountain Transit
Harwood Unified Union School District

Hedding United Methodist Church
Hunger Free Vermont
Montpelier Community Justice Center
Montpelier Police Department
Morse Farm
MVP Healthcare
Norwich University
Northern Vermont Area Health Education Center
OneCare Vermont
Pathways Vermont
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Spaulding High School
The Health Center - Plainfield
Turning Point Center of Central Vermont
Vermont Center for Independent Living
Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
Vermont Agency of Human Services
Vermont Department of Health
Vermont Department of Health Access
Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Interfaith Action
Vermont Legal Aid
Washington County Mental Health Services
Washington County Youth Service Bureau