Healthy Community Planning

The purpose of Fostering Healthier Communities is to facilitate and encourage municipalities to plan for and create vibrant, active places through their built environments that encourage healthy lifestyles.

How a community is designed has a direct effect on the health of its citizens. Land development patterns, zoning ordinances, and land use classifications impact walkability, access to services, and transportation options. Including a specific chapter in your Town Plan explicitly focused on public health ensures that a greater emphasis is placed on health throughout other plan elements.

If your town is interested in resources for developing a Health Chapter for your Town Plan, or a Health and Wellness Committee, please email Sarah Wraight at [email protected] or call 802-457-3188.


Planning Resources

Community Health Needs Assessments
Local Health District Office
  • White River Junction
    • Resources for WIC services, Maternal and Child Health, Healthy Community Design, Worksite Wellness, School Health, Immunizations, Infectious Diseases, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Tobacco Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention, Local Reports and Data
Statewide/Local Health Partners
Education, Health & Human Services
Food Security
Planning Toolkits


Health Services

Health Resource Manual– compiled by Mt. Ascutney Hospital

Health Centers
Food Security Resources
  • Upper Valley Haven– Along with shelter, UVH has a bread shelf open 24/7 to the community, a food shelf open Monday-Friday, and a cafe
  • Veggie Van Go– Vegetables are delivered at Mt. Ascutney Hospital twice a month (2nd Tuesday) and distributed to the community