Welcome to Population Health Services

The Population Health Department at Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) sits at the intersection of clinical care, preventative care, and community support services to improve the lives of our friends, neighbors, and family members. We work to support the Community Health Team across multiple care delivery sites in our region.

We are a team that creates linkages for policy makers, providers, and community partners about health equity, the pathways between primary prevention strategies and the treatment of disease.

We offer education and workshops (online and in person) to individuals, businesses, and schools about vaping and quit strategies, chronic disease management, diabetes management, chronic pain management, and hypertension.


Our initiatives


Our initiatives focus on leveraging the best team based approach to caring for our community by nurturing relationships to achieve patient centered, cost effective, and high quality health care. Some of our primary focus is on:

Health equity

Equitable access to care means you are receiving the right care, in the right place, at the right time no matter who you are or what your care needs are.

Preventative screenings for cancer

The Northwestern Medical Center team is actively working with our partners and throughout our community to decrease the impact of cancer.

Read more about screenings »

Transitions of care

The Population Health Team is working with the hospital, agencies, and primary care providers to ensure health care transitions are safe, effective, and clearly communicated.


Health resources



Vermont’s resource for quitting smoking and other tobacco. Wherever you are on your path to quitting, 802Quits offers help.


My Life, My Quit™

A free and confidential service by National Jewish Health for young people who want help quitting all forms of tobacco including vaping.



Partnering with other Vermont organizations to help Vermonters get the support they need to take control of their health.


The Population Health team


Denise Smith, MS

Director of Population Health | Blueprint Program Manager

Oversees all aspects of population health programming and strategies in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. 

Amy Brewer, MPH

Health Educator | Coordinator of the Franklin-Grand Isle Tobacco Prevention Coalition

Long time advocate and instigator within the community, supporting meaningful changes.

Courtney O’Brien

Quality Improvement Practice Facilitator

Supports high quality primary care and builds linkages in care delivery systems in our region.

Nichole Cunningham

Regional Self-Management Program Coordinator

Collaborates with community partners to bring the MyHealthyVT programming to Franklin, Grand Isle, and Lamoille Counties.