Health Care Shares

Vision

It is our vision to partner with the Vermont Department of Health, local health care providers, and local farmers to provide fresh, locally grown, food to the county’s most vulnerable citizens; In accomplishing this vision, we will provide individuals with type II diabetes, heart disease and other preventable, diet-related illnesses with healthy food while providing our farmers with new and sustainable markets.

 
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WHAT ARE HEALTH CARE SHARES?

Prescriptions written by health care providers to provide free CSA shares furnished by local farmers (10-12 pounds per week)

  • Picked up by the patient each week at the health care providers
  • Are NOT presently paid for by insurance
  • Are being recognized across the state of Vermont
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NEED:

  • 14% of Vermont children live in food insecure households
  • 3 Behaviors – Eating a poor diet, smoking, and lack of exercise
  • 4 Chronic Diseases
  • Over 50% of Deaths in Vermont
this photos from the addison independent shows RACHEL EDWARDS, LEFT, who provides patient health education programming for Mountain Health Center in Bristol, hands off a bag full of locally grown veggies to MHC patient Charlotte Sullivan. The vegetable distribution program, Health Share Care, prescribes vegetables to Sullivan and 14 other MHC patients free of charge.  credit: addison Independent photos/Trent Campbell

this photos from the addison independent shows RACHEL EDWARDS, LEFT, who provides patient health education programming for Mountain Health Center in Bristol, hands off a bag full of locally grown veggies to MHC patient Charlotte Sullivan. The vegetable distribution program, Health Share Care, prescribes vegetables to Sullivan and 14 other MHC patients free of charge.  credit: addison Independent photos/Trent Campbell

VISION FOR THE FUTURE

Addison County Presently

  • Continue to support Bristol Mountain Health
  • Explore sustainable funding sources
  • Extend program to Porter practices
  • Increase to 75 Health Care Shares
  • Increase deliveries to 12 weeks
  • Use ACORN’s farmer networks to provide local CSA’s
  • Incorporate cooking classes into program
  • One pilot program (Bristol Mountain Health)
  • 15 Health Care Shares for 8 weeks
  • $250.00 per share
  • Food provided by local Addison County farmers
  • Facilitated by the Department of Health