During the period March through July, 2015, a Community Health Needs Assessment in the Mt. Ascutney region of Vermont and New Hampshire was conducted by Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in partnership with Valley Regional Hospital, New London Hospital, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The purpose of the assessment was to identify community health concerns, priorities and opportunities for community health and health care delivery systems improvement. For
the purposes of this assessment report, the geographic area of interest was 10 towns of the Mt. Ascutney region with a total resident population of 32,588 served by Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. Methods employed in the assessment included a survey of area residents made available through direct mail and website links, a survey of key community stakeholders who are agency, municipal or community leaders, a series of community discussion groups convened in the Mt. Ascutney Hospital service
area, and a review of available population demographics and health status indicators. The table on the next page provides a summary of high priority community health needs and issues identified through these assessment methods.