Health

Senator Bernie Sanders: Primary Care in Vermont 04/24/2014

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosts state leaders, Mary Wakefield, who heads the Health Resources and Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services, and Associate Administrator Jim Macrae to discuss what the senator has called a crisis in primary care in the United States.

A Sanders provision in the Affordable Care Act authorized $11 billion to build, expand, and operate Federally Qualified Health Centers. The locally-run centers offer affordable primary, dental and mental health care and low-cost prescription drugs. In Vermont, there were only two community health centers a decade ago. This year, 11 centers across the state will serve about 163,000 patients. That’s more than one in four people in the state and one of the highest participation rates in the country.

Sanders, who chairs a Senate panel on health care, has introduced legislation to attract more doctors and other health care providers to primary care. His bill would boost funding for community health centers; dramatically increase opportunities for medical school graduates to go into family medicine; raise Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care providers; and expand National Health Service Corps loan and scholarship programs for primary care providers.
 

Burlington Wards 4 & 7 NPA Meeting 04/23/2014

Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to empower citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies facilitate communication between the citizens of Burlington and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Wards 4 & 7 meet the third Tuesday of the month. Meeting place: Robert E. Miller Community Center 130 Gosse Court.

More on Redistricting: http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CityCouncil/Ward-Redistricting/

Vermont Access Network (VAN): Forum for the Future: Vermont's Single Payer Health System 04/18/2014

An Update with moderator Deb Richter, MD and VT House Reps. Leigh Dakin, Kathy Hoyt, Alison Clarkson, and Jim Masland, panelists.

2014 KidSafe Collaborative Awards 04/17/2014

Annual awards presentation for this collaborative organization.

Local Matters: Chittenden Solid Waste District Update 04/14/2014

Chittenden Solid Waste District General Manager Tom Moreau, shares insights into the status of electronic recycling, trash hauling and bills working their way through the legislature.

Near & Far Video, Introduced by Richard Kemp: The Road to Recovery 2014: Young Adults in Recovery: Meeting the Needs of the “Millennial Generation” 04/10/2014

Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Young adults increasingly are joining the ranks of people in recovery. The needs of young adults (ages 18–25), an age group sometimes called “the Millennial Generation,” differ from the needs of older and younger generational groups. This show will focus on the particular needs and preferences of young adults as they engage in treatment for mental and substance use disorders and follow their journey of recovery. Effective strategies for preventing young adults from initiating substance use, escalating their substance use, or developing mental disorders will also be explored. Young adults have been raised in an era in which the Internet provides vast quantities of information with rapid access to this information facilitated by mobile technologies. Also, these lifestyle factors—which have strong implications for prevention strategies, treatment approaches, and recovery systems for this age group—will be examined.

If you have questions or comments about this program, please contact Richard Kemp at rtkemp@aol.com.

Near & Far Video, Introduced by Richard Kemp: The Road to Recovery 2014: Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out! 04/10/2014

Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

This episode will highlight the many accomplishments of the 2013 Recovery Month campaign and look forward to a successful September 2014 Recovery Month.

If you have questions or comments about this program, please contact Richard Kemp at rtkemp@aol.com.

Vermont Blueprint for Health 2014: Empowering People - Part 2 04/09/2014

The Eleventh Vermont Blueprint for Health Annual Conference explores how empowered patients, providers, and organizations are building energized, engaged, and activated communities of health.

This year’s speakers include John Santa, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Consumer Reports, who oversees the Health Impact team of Consumer Health Choices and Kevin Grumbach, MD, Professor and Chair, UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine and leading researcher in how primary care transformation is shaping and fitting into other national reforms including ACOs.

This panel included:

  • Vermont Blueprint for Health - Criag Jones, MD
  • The Swiss Heatlhcare System: Integration of Public Health and Prevention Programs - Ursula Kock, MSc, MPH, MS , Kevin Grumback, MD
  • Practice Profiles: Using Data to Drive Change - Craig Jones, MD
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