The Caledonia Essex Accountable Health Community is a network of community partners, established in 2013, working together to improve the health and well-being of the people in Caledonia and southern Essex Counties.
The Vermont Foodbank along with the other founding partners of the network form the Leadership Team, is committed to provide strategic direction for the Collective Impact Project, champion its work, and invest the resources of our organizations:
Additionally, the Vermont Foodbank and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital are committed to being the Backbone Organizations of the Collective Impact Project, guiding the vision and strategy and supporting the alignment of activities, building public will for the Project and mobilizing investors.
Our Community Partners help choose and implement strategies, engage community members, and guide working groups. Among them are the Green Mountain United Way, Umbrella, the NEK Collaborative, NEK Learning Services, The Community Restorative Justice Center, VT Department of Health, and VT State Agency of Human Services. Representatives of the business and economic development community—NCIC, NVDA, and NEK Chamber of Commerce– and the school supervisory unions are also community partners.
Our Data Partner is the Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at University of Vermont. They helped us create our goals, guide our use of shared measures, and track our success. They are experts in harnessing the power of data and helping us use it to attain our goals.
Geographic scope of the Collective Impact Project mirrors the Accountable Health Community:
Caledonia and southern Essex Counties. This area includes the towns of Barnet, Burke, Danville, Kirby, Lyndon, Newark, Peacham, Ryegate, Sheffield, St. Johnsbury, Sutton, Walden, Waterford, and Wheelock in Caledonia County; and Concord, East Haven, Gilman, Granby, Guildhall, Lunenburg, and Maidstone in Essex County.