NEKProsper CAN Financially Secure

All people in the NEK feel safe, experience wellness and connection, as well as have equitable agency and access to resources.

Measures and Indicators:

The Financially Secure CAN is trying to turn the curve on financial security in our region.


Everyone in Cal-Essex Counties is financially secure.

% of Vermonters living below the Federal Poverty Level

  • Actual Value Essex County 12.7% 12.7%
  • Actual Value Caledonia County 11.0% 11.0%
  • Target Value 9.0% 9.0%

Story Behind the Curve

As income increases or decreases, so does health. Income shapes choices about housing, education, child care, food, medical care and more. Income also supports healthy lifestyle choices. Income can provide accumulated assets and savings to help cushion in times of economic stress.


Community Members, Employers, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development, Financial Institutions, Education Institutions

What Works?

Improve educational outcomes; increase income and employment; build family and social support (County Health Rankings and Roadmaps; What Works?  September 2022)


Examining the root causes of inequities and making more of what works to build personal and social capital.

  • Primed for Success Financially Secure Pilot Program 
  • The St. Johnsbury Community Hub
  • Working Bridges

How to Get Involved

CAN members have strong expertise, influence, interest and/or resources in area of focus.

Currently Financially Secure CAN members include representatives from:

  • Community Members
  • NKHS


  • Northern Counties Health Care

  • The Hub
  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
  • Department of Labor

  • St. Johnsbury Academy

  • Green Mountain United Way

  • For profit employers

If you are interested in joining the CAN or want to learn more about our work contact Annie Christoni at

Join Us

Check out these upcoming events supporting financial security and social capital.