Every three years, the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley (PHC) and our partners compile a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that highlights work occurring in health care, social service, and many other organizations across our region.
In March of 2023, the PHC’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council approved the release of our latest CHIP: Summary of Community Health Efforts Planned Across the Upper Valley: 2023 to 2025. We hope our partners and community members will use this plan to learn more about our region, find new partners, and mobilize to address concerns our residents care most about.
The CHIP starts with the results of the most recent Community Health Needs Assessments conducted by the region’s health care organizations to set the priority health concerns. We then gather information about the many ways partners plan to address the priority health concerns, especially through collaboration with others. The CHIP gives us a road map of what is being done, what is being planned, how we can participate, and what gaps we can fill to improve health in the Upper Valley.
Priority Health Concerns: 2023 to 2025
- Access to Mental Health Services
- Cost of Health Care Services, Health Insurance and Dental Care
- Access to Healthy and Affordable Food
- Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
- Child Wellbeing
- Socio-Economic Conditions: Housing and Others
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness
A Summary of a Lot of Work by Many Partners
This summary Community Health Improvement Plan certainly does not include all the community health work going on in our region nor does our listing of Lead Partners contain all the people, organizations and institutions collaborating to improve our community’s health. Please forgive us for glaring omissions and reach out to us to discuss what we can do better to reflect how our community responds to priority health concerns.
Measuring Our Impact
High level indicators should be reliable, comparable and available over time. We have selected a narrow set of indicators that meet these criteria. As strategies are further developed, we will look for ways to measure the process and impact of the work as well, but those measures are not yet available to include in this document. We will also be looking for ways to capture health disparities data for traditionally marginalized groups, explore measures of social vulnerability, and embrace new data sources and tools as they become available.