The Vermont Blueprint for Health designs community-led strategies for improving health and well-being.
Current Blueprint programs include Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Community Health Teams, the Hub & Spoke system of opioid use disorder treatment, the Women’s Health Initiative, Support and Services at Home (SASH), Self-Management and Healthier Living Workshops, full population data and analytics for policy makers, communities, and practices, and a series of learning labs for providers and community teams.
The Blueprint’s design work responds to the emerging needs of Vermonters and the latest opportunities in health and human services reform, creating change in the delivery system. This work began with patient-centered primary care and community health, then a system of treatment for opioid use disorder, and is now addressing the social determinants of health. The Blueprint Transformation Network of locally hired Program Managers, Community Health Team Leaders, and Quality Improvement Facilitators work with ACO and community-based partners to lead the implementation of these innovations in practices and communities across Vermont.
The state-level Blueprint team is a unit within the Department of Vermont Health Access and collaborates with the Department’s payment reform, quality, and clinical units. As part of the Agency of Human Service’s leadership group, the Blueprint is positioned to contribute to both health and human services reforms. The program has consistently benefitted from strong support from the Vermont Legislature and the Governor.
Blueprint programs are continuously informed by comprehensive evaluations of health care quality and outcomes at the practice, community, and state levels. These evaluations have demonstrated that Blueprint programs slow the growth in health care costs while maintaining or improving outcomes.
As the care delivery system and payment model evolve, the Blueprint’s aim is constant: connecting Vermonters with whole-person care that is evidence-based, patient- and family-centered, and cost-effective.