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Steph Yu: A giant leap backward

Wed, 06/29/2022 - 11:25am -- tim

by Steph Yu The US Supreme Court’s decision last Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade has devastating effects on anyone who can get pregnant. Plain and simple, this ruling is a clear effort to assert control over women’s bodies and therefore our agency, our autonomy, and our freedom. Vermont has codified the right to reproductive health care in statute and will vote on a constitutional amendment to reinforce that in November. The governor issued a statement  on Friday in support of that right and the amendment. But none of that means that Vermonters are shielded from the consequences of this decision.

AARP Vermont awards $54,000 in grants

Wed, 06/29/2022 - 10:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, AARP Vermont announced that five organizations around the state will receive 2022 Community Challenge grants totally more than $54,000. The grants are part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.4 million awarded among 260 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital access; and civic engagement, with an emphasis on the needs of adults age 50 and over.

Cathedral Square receives AARP Community Challenge grant

Wed, 06/29/2022 - 10:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Cathedral Square has received a 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant, which will be used to install a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) at an existing crosswalk on Route 116 in Hinesburg near Kelley’s Field, a Cathedral Square and Evernorth affordable-housing community for older adults. Cathedral Square was one of just 260 grantees selected from 3,200 applications submitted nationwide.

UVM Medical Center publishes 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 6:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As communities across the country grapple with access to health care, and with longstanding disparities negatively impacting the health and wellness of historically marginalized groups, the University of Vermont Medical Center released the findings of its 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment. This year’s report, conducted every three years, was the most inclusive and robust in the organization’s history of conducting the assessment. The top six community health priorities and key findings identified in the 2022 CHNA are: accessible and coordinated care, cultural humility and inclusive health care, food access and security; safe, affordable and healthy housing; mental health and wellbeing; and workforce development.

Comcast expands services to more than 2,000 addresses in Vermont

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Comcast today announced it will expand its fast, reliable and fiber-rich network to five new communities – Elmore, Eden, Hubberdton, Stratton and Wardsboro – and further into four communities it already serves – Jamaica, Sudbury, Wolcott and Morristown – as part of its latest project to make broadband available to more Vermonters. This network expansion delivers Comcast’s innovative portfolio of Xfinity and Comcast Business services, including residential broadband speeds up to 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) and business speeds up to 100 Gbps.

VNRC signs onto SCOTUS brief to uphold federal clean water protections

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 4:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Along with more than 100 environmental and community groups around the US, the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has signed on to a United States Supreme Court brief in a case that will determine which waters will receive protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA), to protect small tributaries and wetlands.  The brief is filed in support of the Environmental Protection Agency in the case, Sackett v. EPA.

VNAHSR partners with Stratton Foundation in Caring for the Community initiative

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 2:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region is pleased to partner with the Stratton Foundation, a community-based non-profit organization caring about the health and welfare of children and families in Southern Vermont. Through the Stratton Foundation’s “Feed the Community” initiative and outreach in times of crisis, the agency received $2000 in gift cards for groceries and gas. The cards will be distributed to patients served in Arlington, Danby, Dorset, Manchester, and Sunderland.

McClaughry: Maine decision points the way toward universal school choice

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 2:40pm -- tim

by John McClaughry The US Supreme Court’s June 21 decision in the Maine pupil tuitioning case (Carson v. Makin) brings to a head a long-simmering issue in Vermont education. Under what circumstances, if any, may public money find its way into sectarian elementary and secondary schools? Like Vermont, Maine has many lightly populated school districts that do not contain a public secondary school. For over a hundred years Maine and Vermont law has allowed such districts to tuition secondary and sometimes elementary school pupils to schools of their choice, even schools in other states or abroad. In Vermont some 7,000 K-12 pupils benefit from tuitioning.

Building Vermont’s Clean Water Service Provider network

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 2:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Starting this summer, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and its partners will implement a piece of landmark legislation, revamping how funding is distributed to clean water project implementers. Vermont’s Clean Water Service Delivery Act (Act 76 of 2019) establishes a decentralized network of entities called “Clean Water Service Providers” who, under advisement of "Basin Water Quality Councils,” will administer Water Quality Restoration Formula Grant funds to project implementers to identify, implement, and maintain clean water projects at a river basin level (eg, the Winooski River basin). June 30th, 2022, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Vermont announces Medicaid flexibility to support Vermonters’ health

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 2:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott announced today an agreement with the federal government cementing Vermont’s role as a national leader in health care innovation. The Global Commitment demonstration increases Vermonters’ access to health care services, strengthens the health care system, and supports health care providers recovering from disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement, which begins July 1 and extends for five and half years, provides Medicaid coverage to 200,000 Vermonters and grants Vermont flexibility in its use of federal Medicaid dollars. This funding is critical to the state’s goal to build a more accessible, equitable, and coordinated system of care.

Medical Matters Weekly welcomes pioneer in art’s role in healing

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 2:21pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Shaun McNiff, PhD—artist, art therapist, professor, and author—is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly. Viewers are invited to tune in at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. The show will address the power of art as a component of health and wellbeing in addition to the mental and physical healing processes.

Vermont Flannel enters new partnership called USA Brands

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 2:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today The Vermont Flannel Company and All American Clothing Co. announced a new partnership to support domestic apparel production in the United States. The strategic partnership, called USA Brands, will: Combine two of the country’s best-known USA-made brands of blue jeans and flannel clothing; Provide quality-made domestic clothing to consumers on a national scale at reasonable prices; Strengthen Vermont Flannel and All American Clothing’s commitment to American jobs and American craftsmanship.