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AHS Community Profiles

The Agency of Human Services knows that people are the most important resource in Vermont, and the well-being of Vermonters is the focus of the Agency's work. The Community Profiles tool is a way to visualize and track important indicators that serve to represent the well-being of all Vermonters across the state.

 

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AHS Community Profiles of Health and Well-being

AHS believes that in order to effect systematic change and improve population health for all Vermonters, access to data which measures such well-being is essential for communities, organizations, service providers, business, government, and policy-makers. Data is necessary to understand how Vermonters are doing and provide information on how we can better support our communities.        

About the AHS Community Profiles
The new Community Profiles project consists of three profiles highlighting important areas of community well-being which the Agency of Human Services is trying to improve. Each profile contains different population-level indicators showing how Vermonters overall, and members of smaller populations within specific geographic areas, are doing regarding economic opportunity, equitable access, and resilient communities. Each profile is available for viewing at 3 different levels of sub-geography: County, AHS District Office (DO), and Hospital Service Area (HSA). You can compare trends over time, by geography, and in relation to state averages.
 
For information about the history and context of the Community Profiles project, and to learn about the use and functionality of the tool, watch the following webinars:
 
AHS Community Profiles Webinars:
 

    Community Profiles Tutorial          

 

AHS Community Profiles Tool

(Not all indicators currently contain data specific to all three sub-geographies, and some may only contain state-level data)

For questions or comments about the AHS Community Profiles, please email: AHS.COCommunityProfiles@vermont.gov

 

***For each of the three profiles below, click on County, AHS DO, or HSA to see indicator data corresponding those geographical breakdowns. 

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                      PROFILE NAME                                                                                              SUB-GEOGRAPHY
                                                                                  County                                          AHS District                                 Hospital Service Area

                                                              

Economic Opportunity                             County                                          AHS DO                                          HSA

The population-level indicators displayed here quantify progress toward improving economic opportunity. Economic opportunity will exist when all Vermonters are supported in pursuing economic prosperity and free from poverty.

 
Equitable Access                                      County                                          AHS DO                                          HSA
The population-level indicators displayed here quantify progress toward achieving equitable access. Equitable access will exist when all Vermonters have access to program services and supports for healthcare, childcare, nutrition, and transportation. Equitable access is not equal access. Equity exists when all people have fair and just opportunities, especially those who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage, historical injustice, and other avoidable systemic inequalities that are often associated with social categories of race, gender, ethnicity, social position, sexual orientation, and disability.
 
Resilient Communities                         County                                        AHS DO                                      HSA
The population-level indicators displayed here quantify progress toward community resilience. A resilient community will exist when all Vermonters live in safe communities with the capacity to respond to disease, disability, and times of vulnerability.   
Click below for information about Community Profiles data: 
 
Indicator Quick Reference Guide
To see a list of all the indicators available in the Community Profiles, see our quick reference guide: Indicator Quick Reference
 
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, visit our FAQ page: Community Profiles FAQ
 
History of the AHS Community Profiles
In 1995, then Secretary of AHS Con Hogan established the AHS Community Profiles initiative, developed and produced annually by the Agency Planning Division.  The Profiles were published annually in a bound paper book and in PDF form online, distributed in communities, to service providers, and at the Legislature.  The profiles were last published in 2008.
 
The profiles were used to support data-driven planning at AHS, in communities, and in the state house, stimulate community-wide discussions about how to “turn the curve,” and to support data-driven grant applications.  Comprised of about 60 indicators, the profiles sought to quantify outcomes of well-being later established in statue in 1999.  The data provided reflected a partnership between AHS and the then Department of Education, encompassing key indicators for success in school, as well as foundational family, individual, and community conditions of health and well-being, by supervisory union.    

 

Other Population Data Resources:

AHS ACT 186 Outcomes of Well-being Scorecard

VDH Public Health Data Explorer

VDH Social Vulnerability Index

Vermont Insights