Vermont Business Magazine RiseVT, a primary prevention strategy of OneCare Vermont, has partnered with Springfield Medical Care Systems to bring health and wellness opportunities to the Springfield area as part of a massive statewide expansion to improve the health of Vermonters where they live, work, learn, and play. OneCare Vermont is the Accountable Care Organization for the state, working with providers to improve patient health and lower healthcare costs. Embracing healthy lifestyles is key to reducing chronic illness and RiseVT works to create the environments where people spend their days conducive to making the healthy choice easy, or even the default.
“It’s a lot easier to get more exercise in if your school hosts regular walk to school days or incorporates yoga into the classroom daily routine,” remarks Marissa Parisi, Executive Director of RiseVT, “When you are at work it helps employees lead healthful lives if the cafeteria or catering options are all healthy or there is time set aside for walking groups—or if your town installs sidewalks so it’s easier to move around on foot, or your local libraries loans out snowshoes. All of these sorts of small changes can really add up for individuals to make an impact on their health outcomes.”
RiseVT started in Franklin & Grand Isle Counties with a commitment from Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans to invest in preventive health for the community served by the hospital. In 2018 OneCare Vermont took on the RiseVT model as its primary prevention strategy—the goal to bring RiseVT to every region of Vermont by the end of 2019. Springfield Medical Care Systems is the eighth health provider to now have RiseVT as part of its preventive health strategy, hiring Laura Jensen as its onsite RiseVT Program Manager in February. Jensen comes to RiseVT with a background in public health and Lifestyle Medicine. Jensen’s understands how social and environmental factors directly correlate to health and is committed to amplifying efforts in the Springfield area to make it easier for her neighbors to embrace healthy lifestyles.
“I am excited to be working in the Springfield area where there are many existing organizational and natural resources available that encourage health and wellness,” Laura Jensen remarks, “I look forward to drawing attention to these efforts, working with the community to provide capacity, resources, and develop strategies to fill any gaps in services.”
Springfield Medical Care Systems is among the first health systems in Vermont to offer Lifestyle Medicine - the department out of which Laura Jensen will do her population health work for RiseVT. “Our commitment to preventive health is clear with our new Lifestyle Medicine program that can help address individual’s health issues through lifestyle changes. The addition of RiseVT will make it easier for our patients to keep up with their lifestyle change options, while also preventing chronic diseases in the first place,” states Joshua Dufresne, Acting CEO of Springfield Medical Care Systems. “We are in the business of treating the sick when they need us but, equally important are our efforts in keeping people healthy and improving overall population health.”
Part of RiseVT’s strategy is to seek out wellness opportunities already happening in Windsor County, spread the word, and offer resources to reduce barriers to participation. Windsor County has an additional RiseVT program manager based out of Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center serving Windsor, West Windsor, Weathersfield, and Hartland. Laura Jensen will work in the Springfield area. For local organizations looking to partner with RiseVT, visit windsor.risevt.org to connect with your RiseVT Program Manager and learn about “amplify grant” opportunities.
About RiseVT: RiseVT helps make the healthy choice the easy choice for Vermonters, improving health and reducing healthcare costs. RiseVT utilizes an evidence-based model that engages public-private partnerships, community campaigns, and a scientific advisory board to achieve measureable and sustainable improvement in population health. RiseVT was created in Franklin & Grand Isle Counties out of a collaboration with Northwestern Medical Center and the Vermont Department for Health. RiseVT is now the leading primary prevention strategy for OneCare Vermont and is expanding to every county in Vermont by the end of 2019.
Source: Springfield, VT— RiseVT 4.15.2019. Learn more at risevt.org.