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Gifford Pediatrics recognized for high immunization rates

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 5:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On April 26, 2017, Gifford Health Care Pediatrics was recognized by the Vermont Immunization Program for achieving high immunization coverage rates and meeting CDC’s Healthy People 2020 goals for all recommended vaccines for children two to three years of age. Jan Eberly, Public Health Nurse for the State of Vermont, presented the Pediatrics team with a framed certificate and a copy of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases.

Roper: If science is the standard…

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 4:30am -- tim

by Rob Roper Folks celebrated Earth Day this year with a “March for Science” around the nation. The marchers’ message is, ostensibly, that policy should be based on science and not things like emotion, morality, or politics. But is this really what they’re after? Or is this more of an attempt to legitimize their own emotions, morality, and politics by claiming for them the label of “science”?  

Governor pushes statewide teacher health plan in Brattleboro

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 4:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In an address to the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce Monday, Governor Phil Scott highlighted an opportunity for the state to realize up to $26 million in savings a year. The federal Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama put high valued health plans at risk of a Cadillac tax. The Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) is transitioning to new plans, which are projected to cost substantially less than existing plans and will not be subjected to the federal penalty.

BMH and CCV offer accelerated medical assistant program

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) and Community College of Vermont (CCV) are launching an accelerated program to prepare qualified candidates for jobs as Certified Medical Assistants. Enrollment in the one semester program will be limited to twenty participants. Classes will be held on the CCV Brattleboro campus, and all clinical aspects of the course work will be completed at BMH. As part of the joint initiative, BMH is providing full scholarships for eight successful applicants to the program.

VSAC to open college savings accounts for babies born on ‘529 Day’

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 2:47pm -- tim

Lucky babies born May 29 in Vermont will receive $100 deposit into a Vermont 529 college savings account opened in his or her name by the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is joining VSAC, which administers Vermont’s 529 college savings plan, to help educate Vermont families about saving for college for their children.

BioTek opens second solar facility, 88KW in Milton

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 2:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine BioTek Instruments continues to strengthen their commitment to sustainability by announcing the opening of their second solar facility. In addition to the company’s existing 500 kilowatt solar farm in Whiting, Vermont, a new, 88 kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy farm is now on line in Milton, Vermont. The new facility was developed in agreement with ABJ Property Management, LLC, and installed by Norris Brothers Solar Development, LLC.

Homelessness falls in Chittenden County for third year

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 2:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Members of the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance and Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced more progress towards their shared goal of eliminating homelessness in Chittenden County, with this year’s Point in Time count indicating a 12 percent drop in the number of homeless individuals. This progress includes a reduction in both the number of families experiencing homelessness and those who are chronically homeless. The 12% drop brings the overall decrease in homelessness to 45% over the past four years. The January count found 291 people in shelters, other temporary housing options, or completely unsheltered.

Leahy releases summaries of Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bills

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Monday released a 51-page summary of the fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill that totals $1.070 trillion in discretionary spending in compliance with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The bill funds the government through September 2017. Negotiators reached agreement late Sundy night.

On May Day, Migrant Justice to march on Ben & Jerry's

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont dairy workers will lead what they believe will be hundreds of supporters through Burlington in a march to Ben & Jerry’s flagship store on Church Street. Marchers are calling on the iconic ice cream company to end human rights abuses in its dairy supply chain by signing onto Migrant Justice’s Milk with Dignity program. The march will then head to the US federal building, with recently-detained immigrant leader Enrique Balcazar leading denunciations of President Trump’s attacks on working people.

New advisors to VCW: Vermont Early Childhood Alliance and Let's Grow Kids

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) recently announced the addition of the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance and Let's Grow Kids to its Advisory Council. The Council is made up of organizations whose interests align with the Commission's mission to advance rights and opportunities for Vermont women and girls.

Leonine: No more smooth sailing

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 12:01pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs Despite the first year of divided power after six years of Democratic control, elected leaders avoided partisan differences for most of the session. There have been disagreements along the way but with near unanimous votes on the budget and the least controversial tax bill in recent memory, those differences have been minor. That all changed this week.