VT State House - Cost Crisis in Health Care Pt. 2 01/15/2016

Senate Committee on Finance - Robert Kaplan, Ph.D, Senior Fellow, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus.

VT State House - Cost Crisis in Health Care Pt. 1 01/15/2016

Senate Committee on Finance - John Wright W.D, Brigham and Women's Hospital - January 15, 2016.

VT State House - All Payer Model Update 01/14/2016

Joint Committees Human Services Health Care - All Payer Model Update from the Green Mountain Care Board - January 14, 2016.

VT State House - All Payer Model Update 01/13/2016

Joint Committees Human Services Health Care - All Payer Model Update from the Green Mountain Care Board - January 13, 2016.

Positively Vermont: Vermont Foodbank 01/12/2016

Host Dennis McMahon speaks with John Sayles, CEO of Vermont Foodbank.

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Representative Peter Welch: Importance of Advance Care Directives 01/05/2016

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) unveils his bipartisan legislation offering an incentive to Medicare beneficiaries for completing advance care directives which specify preferred medical treatment should they become unable to make their own decisions. Welch is joined by Cathy Frank, former chair of the Vermont Ethics Network, Dr. Bob Macauley, Director of Clinical Ethics at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, and Asaad Trina, a third year UVM medical student. The legislation has been endorsed by a broad coalition, including the American College of Physicians, the National Right to Life Committee, the American Nurses Association, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.

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Update on 12/17/2015

Rik Carlson, Director of is joined via skype by Dr. Kenneth J. Friedman, Ph.D, Author and Board Member of multiple national and international Chronic Fatigue Syndrome organizations, including VT CFIDS ( The two share information on the activities and mission of VT CFIDS whose mission statement reads: The goals of the Vermont CFIDS Association are to: (1) raise public awareness of Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), (2) support and advocate for Vermonters who suffer the debilitating symptoms of this and related disorders, and (3) facilitate the education of patients, families, healthcare providers and primary care physicians in order to validate and establish a recognized and acceptable protocol for the diagnosis and treatment of CFIDS.

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Judge Ben: Pot or Not? With Dr. David Rettew 12/17/2015

Judge Ben Joseph hosts a conversation with David C. Rettew, MD and Associate Professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, on the issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana in the state of Vermont.

Burlington Ward 4 and Ward 7 NPA Meeting 12/16/2015

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.

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Preservation Burlington: Vermont Author Vincent Feeney 12/16/2015

Ron Wanamaker and Liisa Reimann speak with Vincent Feeney, author, historian and educator, on his most recent book, 'Burlington: A History of Vermont's Queen City'.

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Vermont Nonprofits Take Up Responsible Digital Data Practices

Lucy Bernholz is serious about data rights and responsibilities. Digital Civil Society Chief at Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy, she travelled to Vermont mid-May to meet with 100 nonprofit leaders across Vermont (Burlington, Montpelier and Brattleboro). The arts, community development, libraries, coders, human services folks wanted to learn how to better handle sensitive data, figure out the pros and cons of Google for Nonprofits, and improve their archival management.


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