Health

All About Alzheimer's: 2013 National Alzheimer's Plan Update 08/28/2013

The 2013 National Alzheimer's Plan Update was released on June 14th. This 2013 Vermont Town Hall Meeting offers insights into what progress is being made and how to continue the momentum on the federal and state level.  Guests & Panelists include: ● Susan Elliott, Community Liaison for Representative Peter Welch - ● Phil Fiermonte, Outreach Director for Senator Bernie Sanders - ● Kelly Mazza, Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador to Senator Leahy, member Governor's Commission on Alzheimer’s and related Dementias and Executive Director at The Arbors at Shelburne - ● William Pendlebury, MD, Medical Director, The Memory Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care and Director of the Center on Aging at UVM - ● Karel Samsom and his wife Cynthia Foster. Karel is living with Alzheimer’s disease and is a recent appointee to the national Alzheimer’s Association Early Stage Advisory Group - • John Tracy, State Director for Senator Patrick Leahy - ● Susan Wehry, MD, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Aging, Disabilities, and Independent Living.

More information at: http://www.alz.org/vermont/index.asp

Vermont Workers' Center: Paid Sick Days Campaign 08/23/2013

Hosts Stauch Blaise and Sandra Schlosser, are joined by Ashley Moore of the Vermont Workers' Center and Lindsay DesLauriers of Voices for Vermont's Children on the Paid Sick Days Campaign.

Vermont Exchange - Vermont Health Connect Public Forum 08/20/2013

Vermont Health Connect is a new health insurance marketplace, launching October 2013.  At this community forum, Deputy Commissioner Lindsey Tucker covers topics including insurance market reforms that start in 2014, who can get coverage through the Exchange, what the Exchange will offer, financial help available to many Vermonters and more.  For more information: www.VermontHealthConnect.gov

One Alcoholic to Another 08/19/2013

Filmmakers, Bobbie Lanahan and Orly Yadin, demystify Alcoholics Anonymous an organization that has helped millions to achieve sobriety. They provide an introduction of their film which traces the organization's roots in the Oxford Group and provides insight into the way it works today. They embark on a rollicking road trip, exploring the Vermont childhoods of AA's pioneers, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith.

Near & Far Video, Introduced by Richard Kemp: The Road to Recovery 2013: Prevention and Early Intervention in Behavioral Health: Promising Practices 08/16/2013

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).

There is a strong consensus that prevention and early intervention for mental and substance use disorders is a highly effective public health strategy. Are we reaching young people with effective prevention messages? For young people and adults who show signs of having a mental or substance use disorder, are we able to intervene effectively and prevent a major problem from developing? What role can family and friends play in prevention and early intervention for mental and substance use disorders? One of the more promising developments in this field is the emergence of defined screening techniques to detect problems. When integrated into primary health care systems, school settings, and community-based programs, screening can lead to early interventions that can help individuals before problems arise. This show will examine the use of screening techniques in behavioral health care and point to the positive elements of screening, prevention practices, and intervention in the context of health reform.

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 2013: Recovery Is a Family Affair: The Complex Dynamics in Families Struggling With Mental and Substance Use Disorders 08/16/2013

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).

The process of recovery applies not only for the person with a mental and/or substance use disorder but for all family members as well. A mental and/or substance use disorder in one or both parents can traumatize children, which often has a lasting impact and can lead to multigenerational behavioral health problems. Similarly, a mental and/or substance use disorder in a child has a strong impact on siblings and parents. More and more, the field of behavioral health is recognizing the importance of engaging the entire family in treatment and recovery. This show will demonstrate the positive results gained from taking a whole family approach in treatment and recovery, one in which all family members are engaged and supported in the healing process. Also, family issues in certain settings such as military families and nontraditional families will be explored.

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

Ken Lawless on Drones and the F-35s 08/15/2013

Ken Lawless shares three songs from his CD "The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate."  and talks about his views on drones and the basing of F-35 production in Burlington, VT.

Feminist Media Review: Host Peggy Luhrs 08/12/2013

Host Peggy Luhrs speaks to issues of the day.

Vermont's Health Insurance Exchange 08/08/2013

Vermont is rapidly moving toward implementation of the health insurance exchange, which is called Vermont Health Connect. A number of organizations (called Navigator organizations) have received state grants to help do outreach and education about the Exchange, and help individuals and small businesses when enrollment starts October 1.  Nick Carter from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England,  Jon Bourgo of Community Health Centers of Burlington and Donna Sutton Fay of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security Education Fund share with Vermonters information on Vermont Health Connect.  more information at: http//:healthconnect.vermont.gov

"The Opiate Effect" Community Conversation 08/07/2013

Will Gates, a former UVM student, died from a heroin overdose in 2009. His father Skip began a journey to try and educate as many people as possible of the harm in not only the drug, but how we are dealing with the problem. Through the voices of Skip, his son Sam, former opiate abusers, The HowardCenter, Senator Leahy, U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin, Attorney General Holder and more; we find ourselves amidst reality in, "The Opiate Effect."
The documentary, "The Opiate Effect," is followed by a panel discussion about this issue in our community today with:

Tristram Coffin, U.S. Attorney for Vermont
Bob Bick, Director of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services,
Howard Center
Mary Alice McKenzie, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Burlington
Annie Ramniceanu MS, LCMHC, LADC, Associate Executive Director of Clinical Programs, Spectrum Youth & Family Services
Chief Michael Schirling, Burlington Police Department
Dr. Carlos Pino, Medical Director, FAHC Center for Pain Medicine

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