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SVCOA​​​​​​​ seeks applicants for National Family Caregiver Support grant funds

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) today announced that it is seeking applicants for National Family Caregiver Support (NFCSP) grant funds available to local agencies providing supportive programs and services for caregivers, as well as individual caregivers age 55 and up who are caring full-time for children under the age of 18. The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides caregiver support and services for unpaid caregivers including information and assistance, respite, counseling, support groups, trainings and other evidence-based educational programs. 

Fox US Open of Mountain Biking announces race event schedule starting Thursday

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 11:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Fox US Open of Mountain Biking has released its event schedule for racing this weekend at Killington Resort, September 15-18.  Athletes will kick off the epic competition on Thursday, September 15, with the Bike Park remaining open to the public, while racers begin preparing for the Open Downhill event. Known as a true family-friendly mountain bike festival, this event is free to attend and watch.  Visitors will enjoy the excitement of the competition among some of the biggest names in the sport and the incredible experiences Killington Resort has to offer.

LoveYourBrain and Jack Mitrani to host 6th annual golf tournament

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 9:15am -- katie

VermontBiz The LoveYourBrain Foundation, a Vermont-based national nonprofit, is set to host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 19th at Burlington Country Club. This annual event, presented in 2022 by Vermont-based Bitter Bubble, invites golf enthusiasts, corporations, professionals and philanthropists to join LoveYourBrain in raising money for their community-based and online programs for people affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Falls prevention key to healthy aging

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 9:00am -- katie

VermontBiz Falling is not a normal part of aging, yet 31% of Vermonters ages 45 and older report experiencing a fall that results in injury. A serious injury ─ especially when you are older ─ can limit a person’s mobility and independence and increase social isolation, which can lead to additional health problems.

In 2020, 171 Vermont residents ages 65 and older had a fall-related death. To help reduce the risk of falls, state health officials and Falls Free Vermont, a statewide resource for fall prevention information and training, are urging Vermonters to know the simple steps that will help avoid falls and injuries. 

Hoffer: Council did not confirm that law enforcement officers met training requirements

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 8:18am -- tim

by Vermont Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer Imagine this scenario: A police officer from a small police department is patrolling in his cruiser late in the evening when the dispatcher directs him to respond to a 911 call at a local residence. Little is known other than that the caller says a family member is threatening violence against the caller. The officer arrives at the home. The front door is open. After announcing his arrival and that he is an officer, the officer gauges the situation. An adult male is screaming at the top of his lungs, the caller is crying, and the adult male is now threatening the caller and the officer and begins to aggressively approach the caller... There may be no greater power granted by the State than that which it gives law enforcement to perform their public safety functions. With that power comes enormous responsibility.

Medical Matters Weekly features Girls on the Run leader Rachel Desautels Sept 14

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 3:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The next guest on Medical Matters Weekly is Rachel Desautels, the executive director of Girls on the Run Vermont. The show airs on Facebook Live at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14. The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Desautels has been the executive director of Girls on the Run Vermont since 2019, before which she served as a statewide program manager, program coordinator for Northern Vermont, and a volunteer coach.

American Lung Association seeks grant applications from innovative researchers in Vermont, NH, ME

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 3:11am -- tim
Organization opens application process for 2023-2024 awards and grants funding

Vermont Business Magazine The American Lung Association has announced the start of its 2023-2024 research awards and grants cycle. The organization is now accepting research grant applications from researchers across the nation with the potential to improve prevention, detection and treatment options for all lung diseases including lung cancer.

Short term stabilization drives FY2023 hospital budget decisions

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 5:17pm -- katie

VermontBiz Today, the Green Mountain Care Board completed its review and approval of the Fiscal Year 2023 budgets for Vermont’s 14 community hospitals.

“Like households and other businesses, Vermont hospitals have been challenged by historically high inflation rates, supply chain breakdowns, and workforce shortages,” said Jessica Holmes, Interim Board Chair.  “The continuing impacts of COVID-19 have led hospital costs to outpace revenues, with 9 of our hospitals currently experiencing operating losses. Every year, we work hard to balance cost containment with the need to ensure that Vermont’s hospitals have the resources necessary to provide high-quality care in their communities. This year, we paid close attention to restoring the financial stability of the hospital system and preserving access to care.”

Brattleboro Union High School to receive national recognition from Special Olympics for achievements with inclusion

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 4:36pm -- katie

VermontBiz Special Olympics Vermont has announced that Brattleboro Union High School, a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, is receiving national banner recognition for its efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. Brattleboro Union High School is receiving this honor as a result of meeting national standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy, and respect.

Vermont Arts Council opens new $9 million grant program for state’s creative sector

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 3:09pm -- katie

VermontBiz Creative Futures Grants, with $9 million in funding from Vermont’s last legislative session, will be available beginning Thursday, Sept. 15, to help the creative sector recover from economic losses due to the pandemic.

Grants of up to $200,000 will be available to creative sector non-profits and for-profit entities, including sole proprietors, that have sustained substantial losses from the pandemic. Losses include decreased revenue or gross receipts; financial insecurity; increased costs; and challenges covering operating expenses.

Four caregivers of vulnerable adults charged by AG's office

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 3:04pm -- katie

VermontBiz The Attorney General’s Office today announced it charged four caregivers after Vermont Superior Court, Franklin Criminal Division, found probable cause for multiple criminal charges. The charges, including abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults, are against David Mumley, 29, formerly of Swanton, Vermont; Heather Mumley, 30, formerly of Swanton, Vermont; Krystal Grenier, 30, of Milton, Vermont; and Nicholas Grenier, 29, of Milton, Vermont.

UVM Health Network disappointed and concerned by Green Mountain Care Board’s cuts impacting patient care in FY2023 budget

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 3:01pm -- katie

VermontBiz “We are extremely disappointed and concerned that the Green Mountain Care Board has dismissed the severity of the financial situation facing Vermont’s hospitals – and with it, our patients’ ability to access the care they deserve – with today’s decision to make deep, arbitrary cuts in the UVM Health Network’s carefully constructed FY2023 budgets for the UVM Medical Center and Central Vermont Medical Center.

These budgets included what was needed to protect critical services while continuing vital work to improve access. After finding reductions, tightening our belts, and significantly dipping into our reserves, these were the most responsible budgets possible given ongoing steep inflation in the cost of providing patient care.