United Way of Chittenden County and a group of community partners are inviting residents countywide, aged 60 and over, to participate in a survey on the unique services and activities that help them stay healthy and feel good. The survey will gather information about what types of services older adults want, where they want to receive them and how they want to hear about them.
Work has begun on Northwestern Medical Center's project to relocate Crest Road which provides access to the hospital, Doctor’s Office Commons, and Cobblestone Health Commons. This project will provide greater access to parking in close proximity to the main entrance to the hospital, increase parking, improve pedestrian and traffic safety throughout campus, and improve the overall look and feel of the campus through lighting upgrades and landscaping.
Perhaps the single biggest assumption that public health campaigns make is that humans are logical creatures. Give them good information and they’ll act on it. But, what if we’re not logical? On March 26, Matt Dugan of Shadow Associates in Behavior Change presented A Case for Evidence-Based Health Communication at the Vermont Department of Health. This hour-long presentation explored how advances in behavior science are benefiting public health campaigns.
More than 100 Gifford Medical Center employees raised $505 for the March of Dimes by wearing “Blue Jeans for Babies” to work on Friday, March 20, 2015. Each March the Randolph medical center and its outlying health clinics participate in the fund-raiser, which allows employees who donate $5 to the March of Dimes to wear jeans to work for the day. The March of Dimes is the nation’s leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health. It raises funds through a variety of events to help prevent birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.
Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE: BHLB) has completed the acquisition of Hampden Bancorp, Inc, and the merger of Hampden Bank in Springfield, MA, into Berkshire Bank, effective today. Shareholders of Hampden Bancorp as of the close of business on April 17, 2015 will receive 0.81 shares of Berkshire common stock for each share of Hampden stock. Based on Berkshire's $27.38 closing stock price as of April 17, 2015, the value of the merger to Hampden shareholders is $22.18 per Hampden share. Berkshirepays a quarterly shareholder dividend, which was increased to $0.19 per share in the first
Burlington-based 1% for the Planet, one of the world’s largest environmental networks, is excited to announce that Kate Williams, the network’s Director of Partnerships, will step into the role of CEO, effective May 1, 2015.
Champlain College today announced that it has formed an alliance with the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to bring its online programs to the Federal government's more than two million employees. Through truED, federal employees, their spouses and legal adult dependents will pay up to 70 percent less than standard tuition rates for the College's online programs and can make monthly tuition payments under Champlain College's unique payment model.
Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies has launched its third online degree completion program, the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security. The program is set to begin its first trimester in the fall. “Norwich is a leader in information assurance and security education and has a nearly 200 year legacy of training leaders in the government, military, and private-sector,” said William Clements, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has formally adopted the regulations implementing Act 120, the law requiring the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering (aka, genetically modified or GMO). The new rule is Consumer Protection Rule CP 121.
For the second year in a row, Efficiency Vermont is launching a grant program for non-profit organizations to help low-income Vermonters reduce their energy bills. The grant program was first launched in January 2014 with participation from the Committee on Temporary Shelter, Energy Coop of Vermont, Onion River Exchange, and Capstone Community Action.
Protesting a trade deal that he said would throw Americans out of work, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) today planned to march with leaders of the AFL-CIO and other labor organizations to a rally outside the US trade representative’s office. Sanders’ leading role in opposing the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership follows a long record of opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement, Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and other job-killing trade deals.
Patients choosing prostate cancer treatment at the Southern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC) have some additional options. Patients began enrolling on two new clinical trials for radiological treatment of prostate cancer last month. Both of the newly available trials are in phase III, which is the last phase before a course of treatment becomes standardized, after phases I and II have shown the treatment in question is safe and effective. SVRCC participates in mostly phase III clinical trials.