The Caledonia s. Essex Accountable Health Community is a network of community partners, established in 2013, working together via Collective Impact to improve the health and well-being of the people in Caledonia and southern Essex Counties. Collective Impact brings people together, in a structured way, to achieve social change.
Northern Counties Health Care, along with the other founding partners of the network who 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:
- Northeast Kingdom Community Action
- Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging
- Northeast Kingdom Human Services
- Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
- Rural Edge
- Vermont Foodbank
In addition to our Leadership Partners, our Community Partners help choose and implement strategies, engage community members, and guide working groups (like the Resilience Collaborative). 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.
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and the Vermont Foodbank guide the work of The Collective Impact Project in Caledonia and southern Essex counties, an anti-poverty project of the Caledonia s. Essex Accountable Health Community. Additionally Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, and the Vermont Foodbank 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.
The Collective Impact Project did not create a new anti-poverty program, but we agreed on a common set of goals, outcomes, and success indicators. We align resources, analyze and track progress, and coordinate practices to what has proven to work for families, children, and individuals in our region.
With a common agenda and shared tools for tracking progress, we coordinate our collective efforts, based on relationships of trust among participants. No more piecemeal approaches; no more siloes of programs and systems. We work together for systemic change.
The Collective Impact Project of the Caledonia s. Essex Accountable Health Community is one of five initiatives across the US sponsored by Feeding America.
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 Caledonia s. Essex 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.