About

About the Community Health Hub (CHH)

The Community Health Hub (CHH) is an online resource for discovering health metrics and community priorities in the New Hampshire and Vermont region. It includes results from regional community health needs assessments, community priorities and plans. The Health Hub serves to communicate to the community in lay language about the value of community-engaged research. In addition, it helps researchers to tell the story of their research and invites the community to report on their experience. The site will evolve and expand to serve the changing needs of our communities and researchers. We welcome your feedback, questions or suggestions at any time by contacting us.

Community Engaged Research

The health challenges we face —as individuals and in our communities— requires a new way of discovering, testing and spreading solutions. Across the country, there is a growing recognition that our researchers need to focus on health challenges that matter to our communities and our communities need to work with researchers to inform research plans, how research is conducted, and how lessons learned can be shared amongst communities.

Learn more about Community Engaged Research by taking Mayo Clinic’s Online Community Engagement in Research Training Courses.

Where – Serving the New Hampshire and Vermont region

The Community Health Hub serves the regions of New Hampshire and Vermont around Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Centers and affiliated hospitals, our boundaries driven more by partnerships than political and geographic boundaries. Data presented here are available for a variety of locations including towns, counties and public health regions, depending on the data source.

History

The Community Health Hub grew out of the the work done by community stakeholders and leaders of various local community organizations in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, in partnership with National ReThink Health initiative (ReThink Health – Upper Connecticut River Valley). It became obvious the need for regional data that was collected using evidence based practices and methods, using validated indicators and measures. This inspired the idea of an online shared platform to support community engagement, communication, measurement, and evaluation for continuous improvements.

Based on Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) from regional hospitals and community health organizations, three health topics were selected as the initial focus areas:

Current partners include Dartmouth SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Science Institute and SYNERGY’s Community Engaged Research Advisory Board, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Population Health, Upper Valley Public Health Network, and Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network.

The ReThink Health – Upper Connecticut River Valley initiative and the Community Health Hub was made possible with generous support of the RX Foundation, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Endowment for Health, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Population Health.