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Bolstering Health Equity in Glover

Glover, Orleans County, VT

Glover is a rural town with a long history of farming and milling. Located in the Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont, the town has many local assets including schools, ambulance crew, faith organizations, and strong community trust. Coming out of the global pandemic, Glover, like many rural towns, has been faced with many challenges due to the pandemic and unprecedented inflation. Locally, the town has observed rapidly increasing food insecurity, homelessness, substance use, and mental health crises. Additionally, the area faces the increasing threat of climate change to the community’s well-being due to extreme weather events. Glover relies on its existing community assets including its close-knit and trusting relationships with town leaders to address the systemic cause of health inequities and accessibility issues to create a thriving and resilient community

Project Goals Statement: 

Due to these overlapping crises being experienced in Glover, the town sought to build resiliency to minimize negative public health outcomes. Glover aimed to bolster its interconnected community health projects by leveraging local assets to address inequities in healthy food accessibility. To address food insecurity issues the town sought to develop an accessible community garden and track improvement and impact through trackable educational and preventative measures.

Partner Organization:
Glover Equity Committee
Town of Glover
Northeast Kingdom Organization

Health Assessment Outcome:

The Glover Community Health Equity Assessment collected input from community members on their top contributors to health, health issues, and health behaviors. The survey also assessed community residents’ level of food insecurity and where they obtained food over the past 12 months. The assessment also asked residents about their level of interest in supporting and maintaining community-supported gardens. 

 

Top 5 Most Important Factors for a Healthy Community

  • Affordable and safe housing 
  • Good schools
  • Places and opportunities for community connection
  • Access to health care (e.g., family doctor) 
  • Clean environment

 

Top 5 Most Important Health Problem in the Community

  • Mental health 
  • Aging Problems
  • Lack of health insurance 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Child neglect/abuse

Technical Assistance:

  • Streetscape enhancements
  • Planning and programming
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Marketing and communications
  • Fundraising resources

Technical Assistance Outcome:

The key deliverables of the technical assistance pilot project included using the health equity assessment to inform the development of rendings that depicted a community space reflective of residents’ needs and priorities. Subject matter experts also provided guidance on the development and implementation of intergeneration and inclusive programming. Additional support included providing grant writing, funding, and communication resources.

Pownal, VT

Demographics

Census Population

  • 2021: 1,105
  • 2020: 1,114
  • 2010: 1,122

(Resource: ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Age Profile

  • 0-14: 18.8%
  • 15-64: 59.2%
  • 65+: 22.1%

(Resource: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates)

  • 1-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous year): 4.2%
  • 5-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous 5 years): 29.6%

(Resource: ACS 5-Year Estimates from 2017 to 2021)

Population by Sex:

  • Male 55.5%
  • Female 44.5%

(Resource: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates)