Benefits of a Health & Wellness Committee

Town Health & Wellness Committees Can:

  • Facilitate local governance of a town’s health and wellness
  • Promote priority setting at the community level, based on local needs
  • Build on local energy to make change, based on the community’s sense of urgency and understanding of the unique conditions

Ways a Committee Can Have a Positive Impact:

  • Advocate for new town policies or enhancements to strengthen existing policies
  • Collect/analyze local data to inform municipal decision making regarding health impacts
  • Increase alignment across sectors to target specific issues of concern in town
  • Recruit and organize volunteers to implement projects that improve health and wellness
  • Implement town-identified Action Items of Health Chapter in Town Plan

 

Are you interested in forming a Health & Wellness Committee for your town? TRORC and MAPP (Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership) have organized a Health & Wellness toolkit to assist you in forming the committee (see “How to Get Started”), policy and project ideas and impact measuring tools (see “Getting to Work”), and resources to support your work (see “Infrastructure and Support”). If you have any questions or would like assistance in these efforts, please contact Kimberly Gilbert at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get Started

 

Getting to Work

Policy Resources

Project Ideas

Measurement & Evaluation 

 

Resources

Support exists within many existing agencies that are able to provide resources, including:

  • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission: Health in planning resources to incorporate healthy community design principles (mixed-land use, public transit, pedestrian and bicycle-friendly communities, accessible and socially equitable communities, housing for different incomes and different stages of life, green spaces and parks, safe public places for social interaction, fresh and healthy food outlets)
  • Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership: Policies to support a healthy environment
  • Mt. Ascutney Hospital/Ottauquechee Health Center: Community health department
  • Vermont Department of Health: Health impact assessments, data, evaluation to gather local data, evidence-based interventions

 

Thank you to staff at SWCRPC for providing feedback and resources for this toolkit.