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.

Currently, TRORC is working with the Mt. Ascutney Prevention Program (MAPP) to help towns create their own Health and Wellness Committees.

If your town is interested in resources for developing a health chapter for your Town Plan, or a Health and Wellness Committee, please email Kimberly Gilbert or call 802-457-3188 extention #112.


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

  • Food Research and Action Center– toolkit for addressing food security
  • Children’s Health Watch: Hunger Vital Sign
    • Households are identified as being at risk for food insecurity if they answer that either or both of the following two statements is ‘often true’ or ‘sometimes true’ (vs. ‘never true’):
      “ Within the past 12 months we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more.”“ Within the past 12 months the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have money to get more.”
  • Hunger Council of the Upper Valley– discussing ways to end hunger in the Upper Valley

-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