Gifford is part of Blueprint for Health, a state‐led initiative designed to provide coordinated health services that stress prevention and wellness.
Our Community Health Team helps people with chronic conditions (like diabetes, asthma, and congestive heart failure) stay healthier and save money through reduced hospitalization and medical procedures.
The team includes nurses and specialists in nutrition, exercise, and health coaching who provide seamless care and support. We help patients get the information and tools they need to set and reach goals that improve their health.
We offer the following services:
- Help patients identify care issues and goals using patient-centered practices
- Helping with transitions of care
- Advance directives
- Health education including
- Healthier Living Workshops (Chronic Pain, Chronic Disease, Diabetes Management)
- Diabetes Prevention Program
- Tobacco Cessation Program
- Health coaching
- Address health and human services issues
- Make referrals to community resources and outside agencies
Your Community Health Team
Our team includes:
Care Coordinators: Our care coordinators help patients identify care issues and goals, and help with challenges to access, including transportation, food, fuel, and housing assistance.
Health Coaches: Our Health Coaches provide free support and guidance to anyone wanting to make a lifestyle change. Possible coaching topics include weight loss, stress management, establishing an exercise routine, medication adherence, smoking cessation, and improving diet. A healthy lifestyle is your best defense against the most common diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
Tobacco Cessation Specialists: Our specialists help people work towards becoming tobacco-free in a group setting or through individual counseling.
Healthier Living Workshops
Our FREE programs can help you get started – and provide the support you need to keep going. We’re ready to help if you need support in any of these areas:
This self-management program offers guidance on lifestyle changes to help you lose weight, become more physically active, and reduce stress. This is a year-long program that meets weekly for the first 6 months then once or twice a month for the remaining 6 months.
This self-management program offers support to help you eat better and exercise to lower your risk of developing serious health risks related to diabetes. This workshop meets once a week for 6 weeks.
When you’re ready to quit, the Vermont Quit Partners are ready with the support and motivation you need to quit tobacco (be it smoking, chewing, or e-cigarettes) in a small group with others who are also trying to quit. This is a 4-week program with classes meeting once a week.
If you strive to be more mindful and are struggling with work-life balance, depression, or anxiety this self-designed program offers support, tips, and advice from people who are also working toward emotional well-being. This class is for anyone (individuals, supporters, or caregivers) looking to get well, stay well, and make life the way you want it to be. This workshop is completed over the course of 2-consecutive weekends.
Chronic Disease Management
If you’re managing a long-lasting (chronic) disease – like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, obesity, or heart disease – you are not alone. This self-management program can help you learn how to make choices so you can live healthier with a chronic disease and lower your risk of developing other related health problems. This workshop meets once a week for 6 weeks.
Chronic Pain Management
If you suffer from long-lasting (chronic) pain – from an injury, surgery, or health condition – this self-management program can help you learn ways to reduce pain, deal with related issues like trouble sleeping, and more. This course meets once a week for 6 weeks.
Visit our Events listing for upcoming classes or call 728-7714 for more information.