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Green Mountain Care Board Meeting, Afternoon Session 05/29/2014

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) “traveling board meeting” with brief presentations from Vermont health leaders.

The traveling board meeting will feature several Vermont health leaders discussing topics of interest in the Burlingtonarea:

The role of Vermont’s academic health center, with John Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO, Fletcher Allen Health Care; Frederick Morin, M.D., dean, University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine; and Patricia Prelock, Ph.D., dean, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Community health centers, with Jack Donnelly, CEO, Community Health Centers of Burlington.

Community mental health and substance abuse services, with Todd Centybear, executive director, HowardCenter.

Home care and end-of-life care, with Judy Peterson, RN, president and CEO, Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.

The GMCB is an independent state agency charged with regulating Vermont’s health system; evaluating the health and financial impacts of health reform; and promoting innovations to make health care affordable and to improve Vermonters’ health.

“Vermont’s Legislature created the GMCB with transparency and public involvement in mind,” said Al Gobeille, chair of the GMCB. “We have designed these two events to encourage public participation, and we hope people in the Burlington area take the time to get involved.”

For more information http://gmcboard.vermont.gov/

Green Mountain Care Board: "Health Insurance Rate" Public forum 05/29/2014

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) public forum on health insurance rates.

The health insurance rate forum will focus on understanding the cost of health insurance and on efforts to contain the growth in insurance rates – which the GMCB regulates. The forum will feature a panel of Vermont leaders in insurance, hospitals, and consumer advocacy:

Kevin Goddard, vice president of external affairs and sales, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont.
Susan Gretkowski, senior government relations strategist, MVP Health Care.
Peter Sterling, executive director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security.
Lila Richardson, staff attorney, Office of Health Care Advocate.
Michael Del Trecco, vice president of finance, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.
The GMCB is an independent state agency charged with regulating Vermont’s health system; evaluating the health and financial impacts of health reform; and promoting innovations to make health care affordable and to improve Vermonters’ health.

“Vermont’s Legislature created the GMCB with transparency and public involvement in mind,” said Al Gobeille, chair of the GMCB. “We have designed these two events to encourage public participation, and we hope people in the Burlington area take the time to get involved.”

For more information http://gmcboard.vermont.gov/

Chittenden Solid Waste District 05/28/2014

Chittenden Solid Waste District's mission is to provide efficient, economical, and environmentally sound management of solid waste generated by residents and businesses within its member towns and cities of Chittenden County. 

Burlington's North Ave. Corridor Study 05/21/2014

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Organization (CCRPC) promotes cooperation among the 19 municipalities of the Chittenden County region.

The Future of North Avenue 05/20/2014

What's next? The draft North Avenue Corridor Plan, identifyies short- and long-term improvements that the city and partners will prioritize and complete in June. Some improvements can be achieved quickly, while others will need additional study. The Plan will be presented to the Transportation, Energy, and Utilities Committee of the City Council in June, followed by adoption by the full City Council late this summer.This meeting will help refine and prioritize concepts for inclusion in the final Corridor Plan.  Can't attend the workshop or just want to see what others are thinking of the possible changes? Our online public input tool will be launched soon, so stay tuned to the project website (http://bit.ly/north-ave), Front Porch Forum, or DPW's Facebook and Twitter pages to add your comments! Questions? Call Diane Meyerhoff at 802-865-1794 or diane@thirdsectorassociates.com.

The Queen City Police Foundation and Burlington Rotary Awards Luncheon 05/19/2014

Among the top awards will be the Chief’s Award, this year going to Officer Krystal Wrinn for her comprehensive efforts, including special emphasis on domestic violence. Also receiving top honors will be United States Attorney Tristram “Tris” Coffin, Henry “Skip” Gates, and Aimee Stearns for their opiate addiction prevention efforts via the film “The Opiate Effect.” Details of that award follow:

As Vermont continues its’ efforts to respond to the emerging issues of addiction and drug related crime there is exceptional work being done in a variety of areas by a host of people. There are a few efforts that rise directly to the surface as examples of truly exceptional work. In 2009 Skip Gates lost his son to a heroin overdose. What followed was a partnership to produce an educational effort to help Vermont's young people stay clear of opiate addiction. In the years that followed, Skip and our United State’s Attorney – Tris Coffin and his staff, with the help Derek Hallquist, Green River Pictures LLC, created a short movie entitled “The Opiate Effect.” Skip and Tris have traveled Vermont showing the movie and talking to young people about addiction and the challenges of drug abuse. Simultaneously, Tris and his staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office have been on the forefront of holding drug dealers – who prey on our communities by bringing the most destructive substances imaginable to our streets – accountable.

Their combined efforts are remarkable and are emblematic of the best Vermont and New England have to offer. For those efforts they will be awarded the 2014 Queen City Police Foundation Antonio B. Pomerleau Medal of Honor.

No outreach effort can occur with key people who are the “glue” that makes things work. As Tris and Skip have been in the forefront of the efforts to get “The Opiate Effect” widely viewed and fully incorporated as a centerpiece of Vermont’s prevention message, Victim Advocate Aimee Stearns provided and still provides the “glue” that helped to form the concept for the film and to ensure that it is widely seen. Her efforts have been exceptional and have earned her the 2014 Queen City Police Foundation Community Hero Award.

For over thirteen years, the Queen City Police Foundation has worked closely with the Burlington Police Department to provide funding for projects to better serve the community. The Foundation is continually looking for innovative ways to provide the tools needed for the Burlington Police Department to work more efficiently, with enhanced safety, and with greater impact on community health and well being. Simultaneously, the Burlington Rotary has consistently sponsored an annual awards ceremony honoring police employees and community members who make a real difference in public health and safety. This year, for the first time, the two organizations are combining events into one comprehensive ceremony.

Full list of award recipients:

Certificate Of Recognition
Corporal Steven Dumas
Sonny Provetto

Traffic Safety Award
Sergeant Paul Glynn
Senior Officer Dwayne Mellis

Life Saving Award (civilian)
Laurie Chassereau
Chris Haley

Life Saving Award
Officer Jason Bellavance

Community Hero Award
Aimee Stearns

Distinguished Service Award
Senior Officer Erica Schaller
Senior Officer William Drinkwine
Senior Officer Paul Leclerc

Coveted Badge Award
Street Outreach Team
Matt Young
Tammy Boudah
Justin Verette
Wayne Bishop
Stephanie Tanner

Chief’s Award
Senior Officer Krystal Wrinn

Antonio B. Pomerleau Award
Tristram Coffin
Henry “Skip” Gates 

Burlington Ward 1 NPA Meeting 05/14/2014

Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to encourage citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies help improve communication between the citizens of Burlington and City government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Ward 1 meets the second Wednesday of the month.

Burlington Telecom Advisory Committee and Board: Burlington Telecom Advisory Board 05/14/2014

Agenda: http://www.burlingtontelecom.net/About-Us/Burlington-Telecom-Advisory-Board

Burlington Parks and Recreation: Burlington Parks & Rec. Commission Meeting - Burlington Bike Path Part 2 05/13/2014

Burlington Board of Parks & Recreation Commission takes public comment on Burlington Bike path rehabilitation, Perkins Pier to North Beach improvements. The project team shares proposed bike path concepts and improvements, answers questions, and solicits input, comments, and concerns at this public meeting. The team will be seeking input from the community, abutting property owners, regulatory/resource agencies, and municipal officials – specifically in regard to the proposed path improvements from Perkins Pier to North Beach – to incorporate into the final design.  http://www.btvbikepath.com/

Burlington Parks and Recreation: Burlington Parks & Rec. Commission Meeting - Burlington Bike Path Part 1 05/13/2014

Burlington Board of Parks & Recreation Commission takes public comment on Burlington Bike path rehabilitation, Perkins Pier to North Beach improvements. The project team shares proposed bike path concepts and improvements, answers questions, and solicits input, comments, and concerns at this public meeting. The team will be seeking input from the community, abutting property owners, regulatory/resource agencies, and municipal officials – specifically in regard to the proposed path improvements from Perkins Pier to North Beach – to incorporate into the final design.  http://www.btvbikepath.com/

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