Health & Equity
Chittenden County receives many accolades for having a healthy population and for being a great place to live and work. Upon closer look, however, many residents, especially those with less education and lower incomes experience higher disease rates, food insecurity, and a lack of safe and affordable housing. The CCRPC works closely with the University of Vermont Medical Center, Vermont Department of Health, United Way of Chittenden County, and other organizations to improve social and physical environments that influence everyone’s access to social and economic opportunities, a healthy community, and a clean environment.
Our work on healthy & equity issues with our regional partners embodies the notion of a collective impact approach and that no single organization can solve a widespread social problem alone. The CCRPC represents an unusual suspect in the social issue arena and has a small area of influence on healthy and equity. However, it is through non-traditional collaborations that leaders come together on a shared agenda to make a positive impact on the community. The CCRPC’s interest in working on health and equity lies with its goal to ensure that all Chittenden County children and adults have the education, skills, and opportunities necessary to meet their full economic and social potential and well-being.
Activities under this topic implement ECOS Strategy 3.2.5 & 3.2.6:
3.2.5 INCREASE OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERY PERSON IN OUR COMMUNITY TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL HEALTH AND PERSONAL SAFETY
3.2.6 EQUIP OUR RESIDENTS WITH THE EDUCATION AND SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO THRIVE
For more information, please contact Melanie Needle, CCRPC Senior Planner, at (802) 846-4490 x *27.