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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

Vermont Blueprint for Health 2014: Empowering People - Part 1 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.

The Morning Sessions include: 

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks by Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board, and Dean Frederick Morin, III, MD. 
  • Choosing Wisely: Culture, Strategy and Transformation - John Santa, MD, MPH
  • Medical Homes, Medical Neighborhoods, and the Transformation of Health Care - Kevin Grumbach, MD
  • Empowering Patients, Providers, and Organizations: A Panel Demonstrating What It Looks Like - Kristin Bigelow-Talbert, MSH, Stefani Harsfield, BA, Joan Bowman, Peter Park, MD

Howard Dean - Does Obamacare Have a Future? 04/07/2014

Howard Dean, Former Governor of Vermont, Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Founder of Democracy for america, speaks to the national health care efforts.  Part of the UVM Marsh Lecture Series.

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Action Alert: Burlington City Council to Finalize BT Sale on 11/17

The City Council is scheduled to finalize the “sale-leaseback” of Burlington Telecom to Bluewater Holdings. This agreement was approved by the Vermont Public Service Board in late October. The sale of BT to Bluewater Holdings enables Burlington to generate $6 million of the $10 million settlement agreement reached with Citibank to resolve the City's $33 million loan default of 2009. 

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