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Vermont Community Health Partnership Grant

Addison County Community Health Equity Partnership
Community Project Funding to Address Health Inequities

The Addison County Community Health Equity Partnership invites proposals from local organizations and individuals in the Middlebury District of the VT Department of Health, which includes all towns within Addison County, who seek to reduce health disparities as defined in the following Problem Statement:

Through this grant we will address mental health and health care inequities by focusing on our community’s mental wellbeing and access to care through a lens focusing on training and capacity building, trauma-centered care, LGBTQIA+ support, culturally competent care, and projects to elevate and better support our marginalized populations. We strongly encourage community partners to apply for this grant and share person-centered initiatives that address health equity among populations that have traditionally been underfunded or underrepresented within this community. By the end of May 2023, this grant will have allowed us to support current and new efforts and continue conversations around the sustainably of supporting health equity efforts in Addison County.

Background

The VT Community Health Equity Partnership is a collaboration between the VT Public Health Institute, the VT Department of Health District Offices, and Backbone organizations, to support and fund local initiatives that aim to promote health and address health inequities that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. UVMHN – Porter Medical Center was selected as the Backbone organization for Addison County.

Historically, groups that have been economically and socially marginalized experience disproportionate adverse health outcomes compared to non-marginalized populations. Impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the many ways in which underserved populations experience inequities related to healthcare and social determinants of health. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges related to mental health, such as increased social isolation, depression, stress, and loneliness. Promoting supports for mental health and access to health care through a health equity lens have been identified as top priorities by both Addison County community members and stakeholders.

Addison County recognizes that improving health equity within our health care system requires long term learning from community members and establishing a culture that enables this work. Through the Vermont Health Equity Partnership Grant, we will build a foundation to address health inequities by increasing opportunities for prevention, treatment, and promotion of physical and mental wellbeing among underserved populations within our community.

How To Apply

To learn more about the application process* and to apply, please download this Application Packet.

Timeline

Thursday, November 17, 2022Release of Request for Proposals
Friday, December 9, 2022Completed Applications Submitted by 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 15, 2022 –
Friday, December 16, 2022
Project Proposal Conversations with Review Committee-
20 Minutes/Proposal
Tuesday, December 20, 2022Final Review Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 22, 2022Applicants Notified of Funding Decisions
January 2 – 9, 2023Final Documents Signed and Projects Begin

Contact for Questions or Technical Assistance

Courtney Thorn, cthorn@portermedical.org, (802) 388-8860

* Organizations and individuals without formal grant-writing experience are encouraged to apply. Individuals whose primary language is not English and who do not speak, read, write or understand English can request a translated application by contacting Courtney.