One of our goals is to improve health equity for Windham County residents by ensuring social position or socially-defined circumstances do not disadvantage anyone from attaining their full health potential.
- Continue to support United Way of Windham County’s flagship program, the Windham County Dental Center, as it transitions to nonprofit status and continues service delivery through outreach, communication, and governance support.
- Pursue and support funding for collaborative projects that advance community health equity goals.
- Leverage lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic to drive progress towards health equity.
Our key partners include healthcare providers, health equity practitioners and organizations.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Another goal of ours is to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion by creating welcoming communities and workplaces.
- Continually analyze United Way of Windham County's workplace culture and identity and make necessary changes to ensure internal workplace is diverse, equitable, and inclusive among staff, Board members, and volunteers.
- Collaborate with community partners to ensure diversity in workplace culture by providing training and coaching initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Explore and respond to opportunities to support community-driven initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Our Current Initiatives
VT Community Health Equity Partnership (VT CHEP)
The Community Resilience Grant initiative provides a $150,000 opportunity - funded directly by VtCHEP - to address health disparities in Windham County in accordance with the Social Determinants of Health. The Community Resilience Grant is a collaboration among the VT Department of Health, VT Community Health Equity Partnership (VtCHEP), United Way of Windham County (UWWC), and a Backbone Steering Committee (BSC) made up of 4 community members from around the county - facilitated by UWWC. The contents of this RFP were reviewed and approved by the BSC.
The VT CHEP believes that true change begins at the local level. Since its start in January 2022, the focus is to engage, empower, and support local communities. The VT CHEP operates statewide, with the twelve Vermont Health Districts.
Each District's work is informed by community member voices to fund local initiatives that address health inequities of those most negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Image Credit: VT CHEP