SEVCA Seeking Community Input on Forming New Community Health Equity Group in Greater Springfield

SEVCA is forming a new group that will have the opportunity to fund the work of community organizations addressing the health equity challenge of its choosing. We invite the public to join us virtually on June 30th at 5 pm to learn about this opportunity and to provide feedback on forming the group and taking the work forward. 

SEVCA has been contracted by the VT Public Health Institute (VtPHI) to facilitate the new Community Health Equity Partnership (CHEP) for the Springfield Health District through at least May of 2023. The Springfield CHEP is one of 12 partnerships statewide, which will assist the Vermont Department of Health to meet the goals of the CDC Grant to Address Health Disparities – specifically to “mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved.”  

As a part of this work, SEVCA will convene, facilitate, and support a Learning Collaborative which will decide upon a health equity challenge the community is facing, and distribute about $150,000 in low barrier grant funding to community organizations addressing that challenge. This effort will be community-led, and the Learning Collaborative will decide upon its own vision, process, and goals for this work.  

We are currently in the process of hearing from community members and local service providers about how they would like to approach this work and form the Learning Collaborative. Want to learn more? Have ideas to share? Join us for our virtual information and feedback session on Thursday, June 30th from 5 – 6:15 pm. More information/registration available here and event flyer available here. Not able to join us but interested in learning more or sharing your ideas? Watch this quick video and share your feedback via this form.

Please contact Kelsea Burch, Health Equity Network Development Specialist, with any questions, feedback or to express your interest in getting involved: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-464-9951 ext. 1107. 

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1937