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The staff and volunteers at Vermont 2-1-1 send you wishes for a happy holiday season and a reminder that you can dial 2-1-1 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 

Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Contact Statistics

A message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl


October’s call volume of 2,540 is indicative of the changing season and 2-1-1 Contact Specialists are hunkering down for another very busy season helping those in need escape the often life-threatening cold nights. This month’s housing-related calls continue the historical trend of a significant uptick in the requests for referrals to housing resources. The Adverse Weather Conditions set forth by the Department for Children and Families started on November 1st , but the race to escape the cold weather had already begun during October. The number of referrals in the Housing/Shelter sub-category shows an 18% increase over September. This month these referrals make up 77% of the total in the Basic Needs category. October’s prelude to Vermont’s winter weather has local non-profits actively planning and preparing for the opening of their warming shelters. These mostly volunteer-run, cold weather shelters will serve the most vulnerable members of our Vermont communities and most will fill to capacity each night.

Another noteworthy increase in requests for assistance this month can be seen in the Public Assistance Programs sub-category.  These types of calls are clearly in line with the numbers we saw this past winter in January of 2017. Primarily, referrals were made to General Relief, an income maintenance program administered and funded entirely by each county, that provides basic financial assistance for people who are “indigent” – a term that should be understood as describing individuals in need who are truly down and out. This sub-category also includes referrals to Reach Up, 3SquaresVT, WIC and other State and Federal public assistance programs.

October’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day proved to be another successful, single-day push to remove unused prescription drugs from medicine cabinets as a preventive measure against misuse of leftover medications. Once again Vermonters were encouraged to participate by turning in unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs at specified, local collection sites. This nationwide collection effort is held twice a year, but Vermonters can drop off their prescription drugs any day of the year at numerous local sites. Governor Phil Scott is promoting Vermont 2-1-1 as the number to call for a list of collection sites and Vermont 2-1-1 is working closely with the Vermont Department of Health to keep the medication drop-off information accurate and up-to-date. Contact Specialists responded to more than 60 calls and the Vermont 2-1-1 website showed 100 hits for this information in October alone, a good sign that Vermonters are interested in properly disposing of their unused medications.

Finally, October’s data reveals 67 referrals to the Disaster Services sub-category. The referrals were in response to sheltering information requests due to the worst recorded wind storm to hit Vermont. This powerful windstorm moved into regions of Vermont during the early morning hours on Monday, October 30th, downing trees, cutting power to thousands of homes and shuttering dozens of roads. While responding to requests for storm-related information and assistance, 2-1-1 Contact Specialists were also tracking Vermonters’ needs and sharing that with Vermont Emergency Management, the Agency of Human Services, American Red Cross, and other state and local partners. The information collected at the 2-1-1 Contact Center helped to identify the regions where community emergency shelters might be needed.

Read Vermont 2-1-1’s monthly contact volume report here.


Emergency Housing in Vermont


Through a partnership with the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division, Vermont 2-1-1 administers the After Hours Emergency Housing Program beginning at 4:30pm weekdays, throughout weekends and on state/federal holidays. Housing in Vermont has reached a critical need.

Vermont 2-1-1 Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists responded to 203 calls regarding housing needs. I&R specialists provide needs assessment, problem-solving support, and information and referrals to a wide range of services to each caller. Review Vermont 2-1-1’s Emergency Housing Report for October here.

Did You Know…?


You can reach us by phone 4 ways by:

  1. Simply dialing 2-1-1 – a local call from anywhere in Vermont
  2. Dialing 1-866-652-4636 – toll free in Vermont
  3. Dialing (802) 652-4636 – from outside of Vermont
  4. Texting your zip code – to 898211

The Vermont 2-1-1 Contact Center is available 24/7. Texting is only available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Vermont 2-1-1 Web Statistics


In addition to the contact statistics, the following data is from the 2-1-1 website and shows how the public used the database search engine during the month of October:

Top Services: Homeless Motel Vouchers (310 searches); Christmas Programs (166 searches); Clothing Donation Programs (153 searches); Community Meals (144 searches); Pet Care Services (140 searches)

Top Agencies: Salvation Army (Rutland); Champlain Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO); Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA); Salvation Army (Burlington); Vermont Department for Children and Families – Economic Services Division

Top Search by City: Burlington; Essex Junction; Hancock; New Haven; Rutland

Total Site Visits: 4609

Unique (First-Time) Visitors: 2013

Kids and Screen Time


Smartphones, computers and other media devices are a part of our every day lives. But research has shown that when it comes to kids, too much tech and too little face-to-face time with family and friends can delay the development of communication, language and social skills.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children 18 months and younger should not use screen media other than video-chatting with family and loved ones. For children 18 months to 5 years, parents should choose high-quality programming and apps that they view with their children and limit screen use to 1 hour or less per day. Parents should avoid letting children use media by themselves.

Here are some helpful tips for managing your family’s media use:

  • Make a family media use plan. This can help parents think about how to use media thoughtfully and make sure other important activities like sleep, outdoor-play, reading and family activities get priority. The AAP has a useful link to help families get started.
  • Set limits. In addition to limiting the amount of time your child uses media, know what platforms and apps your children are using, what sites they are visiting on the web, and what they are doing online.
  • Make unplugged playtime a daily priority. Unstructured play stimulates creativity and engaging in back-and-forth “talk time” is critical for language development and improves language skills much more than one-way interaction with a screen.
  • Be a good role model. Limiting your own media use means you will be more engaged with your child and be able to give them your full attention while setting a good example.
  • Create tech-free zones. Keep meal times and children’s bedrooms screen free. This encourages healthier eating habits and better sleep, which are critical for children’s wellness.
  • Don’t use technology as an emotional pacifier. Children need to be taught how to identify and handle strong emotions, learn how to come up with activities to manage boredom and ways to calm down and solve problems.  These are important skills for the healthy development of your child.

 

 

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It’s #GIVINGTUESDAY – Help us raise $2500 to create financial stability for families in our communities!


It’s #GIVINGTUESDAY – Help us raise $2500 to create financial stability for families in our communities!



Dear Supporter,

It’s GIVING TUESDAY! Your support throughout the year means everything to the people in our communities who need your help, so today we are asking you to help raise $2500 toward our K.E.E.P. Financial Coaching initiative to helps families in our five counties become financially stable.

We know that when a family is financially stable they are less likely to face food insecurity, they have the ability to weather life’s storms better, and their children have better access to educational opportunities that can offer a chance for a better future. This work is so important to the families in our communities and your gift could give them the help they need!

A gift of just $25 can help families in our communities get on the road to a more stable future. Give today and be of the solution our communities need!

In gratitude,
Tawnya Kristen

Executive Director

P.S. Simply donate online through our secure giving link, or send your check to Green Mountain United Way, 73 Main Street #33, Montpelier, VT 05602 and remember to put Giving Tuesday in the memo line!

Green Mountain United Way Events

 

WORKING BRIDGES LUNCH & LEARNS
Does your business struggle with employee retention and productivity, or with employees’ changing needs and have 25 or more employees? If so, join us for a Lunch & Learn to hear about how the innovative Working Bridges program could help you meet your business goals by bringing human service resources to employees at their workplace. Learn more…

  • December 12, 2017, 12:00-1:30 pm at NVDA in St. Johnsbury or
  • December 14, 2017, 12:00-1:30 pm at the Gateway Center in Newport, VT  
 

RESILIENCE COMING TO NORTHFIELD
Join Green Mountain United Way and the Northfield Promise Community for the latest showing of this ground-breaking film on Tuesday, December 5th at Northfield Middle High School Auditorium, 6:30PM – 8:00PM. Admission is FREE and open to the public. There will be a facilitated panel discussion following the film. Read more…

Volunteer Opportunities in our Communities

Check out our up-to-date listings for Volunteer Opportunities in your area on our website and give the Gift of Time this year!

Community Notes

 

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Vermont 211 Resources:
SEASONAL RESOURCES

Vermont 2-1-1 has just updated their Seasonal Resources page including information about Fuel Assistance, VITA Tax Prep, and Flu Season resources for all vermonters. Learn more…

Join the #GIVINGTUESDAY Movement today!
Help us raise $2500 to help families in our community become financially stable!

 

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New Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines to Follow

 

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Health and Wellness Newsletter – November, 2017

Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines

New Blood Pressure Treatment Guidelines to Follow

Our partners at the American Heart Association have shared new blood pressure treatment guidelines that will change the way high blood pressure is diagnosed and managed in America

They are now defining high blood pressure as a systolic measurement of 130 and higher, or a diastolic measure of 80 and higher. Previously the blood pressure definition was set at 140 and 90 respectively. By lowering the definition of high blood pressure, the guidelines recommend earlier intervention to prevent further increases in blood pressure and the complications of hypertension.

They also eliminated the “pre-hypertension” category for blood pressure ranging from 120 to 139 systolic, and 80 to 89 diastolic. The team of experts who wrote the guidelines determined that people needed to understand their increasing risk to take swift action.

High blood pressure accounts for the second largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths, second only to smoking. It’s known as the “silent killer” because often there are no symptoms, despite its role in significantly increasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.

The guidelines will replace the 2003 guidelines published by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health entrusted the AHA and ACC to produce the first comprehensive guideline update in 14 years.

The new guidelines also stress the importance of using proper technique to measure blood pressure. Blood pressure levels should be based on an average of two to three readings on at least two different occasions.

You can find updated resources for patients at www.heart.org/hbp. Clinical tools have also been updated on www.targetbp.org.

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Last Minute Volunteer Request – Carrot Harvest!

Hi Friends,

We just received an urgent request from our friends at Community Harvest of Central Vermont. Tomorrow (Friday) from 9am – 10:30am and Saturday 9am – noon they have two-600 ft beds of carrots to harvest. 

This food feed those in our community who have limited access to healthy, fresh local food. These carrots will go directly to our local Central Vermont food shelves, senior meal programs and schools with free and reduced meal programs. Can your employees help? If you have a few employees who would like to help feed their neighbors on Friday or Saturday, or BOTH, please direct them to email Allison Levin to sign up and get the details about locations and recommended attire (it may be muddy): communityharvestvt@gmail.com.

They are invited to bring friends, relatives, anyone – this is a TON of carrots!

Thank you all for helping us get this last minute request out – I can attest to the fact that this is one of the BEST ways to help get nourishing food to our friends who need it while having fun!

Carrie

Carrie Stahler / Director of Funding & Program Development / Green Mountain United Way 

Montpelier Office / 73 Main Street, #33, Montpelier, VT 05602 / tel: 802-613-3989

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The Word Gap

 

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Become A Life Saver!


Vermont 2-1-1 is hosting an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop on Wednesday, November 8th and Thursday, November 9th 2017.

ASIST is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented workshop.

For more information on this training, please see our informational flyer or contact Cathy Nellis with questions.

Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Contact Statistics

A message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl


This year’s “summer season” started late and lasted well into September!  This resulted in a calmer September in the 2-1-1 Contact Center, as reflected by the 1,861 contact total. Although phone lines may have been a bit quieter, September was a busy and exciting month at the contact center with the third year anniversary of Vermont 2-1-1’s participation in the Vermont Department of Health’s statewide Help Me Grow initiative!  Our Help Me Grow Specialized Information and Referral line is staffed by trained Child Development Specialists who are available to answer parent and caregiver questions about children’s behavioral and developmental needs. These specialists are providing families with tools to track development milestones and are connecting families to the appropriate resources in their communities. Parents, grandparents, service providers and doctor’s offices contacted the Help Me Grow line during its first year. Child Development Specialists responded to child development concerns and to parent and caregiver requests for help with meeting basic needs. Help Me Grow Child Development Specialists are available from 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting option 6, or by texting HMGVT to 898211. You can also go to helpmegrowvt.org to learn more.

Statewide referrals to housing/shelter resources remind us of what is to come as the season changes and state parks come to close…Vermonters are beginning to prepare for the winter months. September continues the historical trend of a rise in the requests for referrals to housing resources.

September was also National Preparedness Month (NPM). NPM encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. FEMA’s Ready Campaign, the correlating public education outreach campaign, disseminates information to help the general public prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. We should all take action to prepare! Go to ready.gov for more information. On October 21, Aaron Titus, author of How to Prepare for Everything: Empowering You to Face Disruption with Your Community and to Feel Good About the Future, will be presenting about his book in Montpelier. The first 25 registrants will receive an autographed copy of his book. For more information and to register, you can go to our website or Facebook page. You can also follow the link on the second page of this newsletter.

Read Vermont 2-1-1’s monthly contact volume report here.


Vermont 2-1-1 Web Statistics


In addition to the contact statistics, the following data is from the 2-1-1 website and shows how the public used the database search engine during the month of September:

Top Services: Homeless Motel Vouchers (326 searches); Assistive Technology Equipment Loan (148 searches); Clothing Donation Programs (138 searches); Pet Care Services (121 searches); Christmas Programs (120 searches)

Top Agencies: Salvation Army (Rutland); Vermont Department for Children and Families – Economic Services Division; Vermont State Housing Authority; Champlain Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO); Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA)

Top Search by City: Burlington; Hancock; Brattleboro; New Haven; Saint Johnsbury

Total Site Visits: 4008

Unique (First-Time) Visitors: 1815


Emergency Housing in Vermont


Through a partnership with the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division, Vermont 2-1-1 administers the After Hours Emergency Housing Program beginning at 4:30pm weekdays, throughout weekends and on state/federal holidays. Housing in Vermont has reached a critical need.

Vermont 2-1-1 Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists responded to 145 calls regarding housing needs. I&R specialists provide needs assessment, problem-solving support, and information and referrals to a wide range of services to each caller. Review Vermont 2-1-1’s Emergency Housing Report for September here.


How to Prepare for Anything
Workshop


Aaron Titus, Executive Director with Crisis Cleanup, is coming to Vermont to conduct a workshop to promote his latest book, How to Prepare for Anything, on Saturday, October 21, 2017, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VTVOAD), in conjunction with UpStreet Consulting, is proud to sponsor Aaron’s workshop to promote his new book. The event will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Montpelier Ward, 224 Hersey Road, Berlin, Vermont. This workshop will provide attendees a great opportunity to learn how to prepare for unexpected events and disasters, Please click here for more information and to register.

October Is LGBT History Month


October is LGBT History Month, which originated in the United States in 1994, celebrating the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender “Icons” every year. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, a biography, and other resources. Vermont’s own cartoonist/author Alison Bechdel has been among the 341 Icons featured over the years.

To view the list, go to the LGBT History Month website. Searching the Vermont 2-1-1 database under the following terms will get you to the agencies that specialize in LBGT issues:

Cultural Awareness/Competencies Training* Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/Bisexual Issues

Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/Bisexual Advocacy Groups

Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/Bisexual Community Centers

Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/Bisexual Support Groups

Suicide Prevention Hotlines* Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/Bisexual Individuals

The Word Gap


In the 1990’s, researchers conducted a study on the number of words spoken in households of children from poor, middle-class, and wealthy families. This landmark study discovered what we now call the word gap. They found that on average poor and low-income children were hearing about 616 words per hour, the average working-class child 1,251 words per hour, and affluent children 2,153 words per hour. According to NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children), a recent study shows the word gap between children in different socioeconomic groups grows significantly from 18 months to 3 years. By the time children turn 4, children from high-income families are exposed to 30 million more words than children from low-income families.

The word gap shows us how poverty can influence the opportunities children have for learning. Language and literacy skills early in life predict future success in kindergarten and beyond. These skills aren’t just about learning words; they are also about communication and social interaction, which, in addition to improving their school readiness, builds a child’s social skills and supports healthy development.

Language and literacy skills begin at birth through everyday interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, singing songs and talking to one another. Help Me Grow VT has resources for families looking to bolster their child’s language and literacy skills and help close the word gap with parent tip sheets and information on story times at local libraries and area playgroups. To contact a child development specialist at Help Me Grow VT, dial 2-1-1 ext. 6 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., or visit Help Me Grow VT’s website.

 

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

 

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Health and Wellness Newsletter – October, 2017

Mental Illness Awareness Week

As you may have seen on our Facebook page, October 1st – 7th was Mental Illness Awareness Week. We work with our partners at Mental Health America and National Council on Aging to help educate and inform as many people as possible. While the first week of October has a special focus on mental illness, our goal is to be a resource for patients 365 days of the year.

Here are some important facts & tips to consider:

    • Did you know that 58% of older adults have had symptoms of depression that significantly impacted their lives? Visit www.mhascreening.org to take a quick and confidential depression screening.

 

  • About 15% of adults aged 60+ struggle with mental illness. If you or a loved one have a diagnosis, FamilyWize can help you save an average of 51% on mental health prescriptions.

 

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Small Towns Making Big Changes to Support Healthy Lifestyles

One of the harbingers of fall at the Vermont Department of Health is the release of the latest Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data. The 2016 data related to our work includes updated obesity and overweight rates as well as the rate of leisure time physical activity among Vermont adults. (Other physical activity and nutrition questions are asked on the odd number years.) Our data is mixed this time around:

  • Adult obesity rates are at 28% up from 25% in 2015. This difference is not considered statistically significant.
  • The adult overweight rate is 34% down from 35% in 2015.
  • 18% of adults reported no leisure time activity, the same rate as in 2014, the last time this question was asked.
We know it takes a long time to change overweight and obesity rates and most experts in the field view rates staying level from one year to the next as a small victory. We also know that if we follow the evidence base and continue to encourage Vermonters to be more physically active and eat in a healthy way, we will see results. This newsletter highlights efforts to increase healthy eating and physical activity. Please share this information with others so we can all work together to see positive change soon.

Enjoy the lovely Vermont fall! 

Vermont Outdoor Economy Public Forums

The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) is hosting Vermont Outdoor Economy Public Forums around the state in September and October. Please consider participating, as outdoor recreation has both health and economic benefits.
Almost one quarter (20%) of VT adults do not get any leisure time physical activity and over three quarters of Vermont youth (77%) do not get the recommended 1 hour of PA a day, every day. Investing in outdoor recreation will likely lead to increased physical activity, and can help change these numbers and ultimately health care costs associated with chronic conditions related to inactivity.

According to the National Association of Realtors, not only is outdoor recreation good for health, but outdoor recreation opportunities are good economic drivers for communities. People want to live in places where there are parks, trails, and all-user paths. Parks should be connected to other amenities via sidewalks, multi-use paths, and public transit where it exists. Having the ability to get to parks and other amenities (food, schools, shops, housing) by walking, biking, “rolling” or public transit encourages people to be physically active in their everyday lives and increases use of all connected facilities. More…
Small Towns Making Big Changes to Support Healthy Lifestyles
Communities can play an important role in supporting lifelong health and wellbeing for residents by offering amenities for safe and accessible walking, rolling, biking and playing, and providing access to healthy foods. Vermont is made up of hundreds of small towns, places where people often think it is not possible or practical to implement these types of strategies, yet it can be done!
The  Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends combining new or enhanced transportation systems (e.g., pedestrian and cycling paths) with new or enhanced land use design (e.g., proximity to a store, access to a public park) to promote physical activity among residents. They found that “combinations of activity-friendly built environment characteristics are associated with higher levels of transportation-related physical activity, recreational physical activity, and total walking”. More…
Be recognized! The 2018 Worksite Wellness Award Application Now Open

 

The application for the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Worksite Wellness is now open. These awards recognize employers that have a commitment to staff wellness. They will be presented by the Governor at the 2018 Worksite Wellness Conference on March 21st, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington. Worksites are encouraged to apply regardless of how long wellness initiatives have been in place. Wellness initiatives might include policies or changes to the built environment that support healthy choices, programs and activities that promote healthy behaviors, or other strategies that demonstrate a commitment to staff wellness.The deadline for applications is October 31st, 2017. Click here to submit your application. Registration for the conference will open in December. Contact Ashwinee.Kulkarni@vermont.gov with any questions.

Back to School: It’s that Time Again!

This is an exciting time of year for students and families. As kids head back to school, it’s important to remember that healthy students are better learners. The data published in the September 8 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest that high school students reporting lower academic scores also reported greater health risk behaviors associated with substance use, violence, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and sex.

The Vermont Department of Health promotes the use of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. With this model, various sectors can work together to ensure that every young person in every school in every community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model: A Guide to Implementation. The guide is designed to assist schools and school districts interested in adopting and implementing the model. See how it can support your school!

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2018 Worksite Wellness Conference

 

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2018 Worksite Wellness Conference
When
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington, VT
870 Williston Road
Burlington, VT 05403

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Greetings!

Save the Date! The 2018 Worksite Wellness Conference will be taking place on March 21st, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.  Registration will open in December!

We are also excited to share that the 2018 Worksite Wellness Award Application is open!  This application is open to all workplaces in Vermont, regardless of size or industry, and everyone is encouraged to apply!  The awards are given out by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports on behalf of the Governor of Vermont and are an opportunity for workplaces to be recognized for the their commitment to staff wellness.  Please note that there is no funding associated with the award, however it is an excellent opportunity for recognition.  The awards will be given out at the 2018 Worksite Wellness Conference.   Award applicants receive a discounted rate for conference registration.  Applications are due end of day October 31st, 2017. Please email ashwinee.kulkarni@vermont.gov with any questions. Apply now!

 

Sincerely,
Ashwinee Kulkarni
Vermont Department of Health & The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
802-859-5916

 

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Vermont 2-1-1 Monthly Contact Statistics

A message from the Director, MaryEllen Mendl


August’s increase in contacts over July’s total reveals, once again, the start of the annual trend of climbing contact totals that the close of summer brings. The end of August marks the long slow slide into another winter of stressful planning and difficult choices for many Vermont families. The increase in August contacts over July can be attributed primarily to increases in three categories: Basic Needs, Educational Support and Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Specific examples are Rutland County’s increase in its contact total due to increased referrals to the Mental Health and Substance Abuse category, Franklin County’s increased referrals to public assistance programs, and Windham County’s additional contacts related to requests for housing and temporary financial assistance.

A steady increase in referrals to housing and shelter resources reminds us of those who recall all too well what being out in the cold feels like and what is soon to come. The increase in referrals in August to housing and shelter resources pushed August numbers closer to those of this year’s chilly month of March. The onset of longer, cooler nights will continue to make for higher numbers of requests for emergency shelter. In anticipation, our local communities are once again coming together to plan on how to keep their most vulnerable residents warm and safe from the elements this winter. Many local efforts exist and information about those efforts and the services they hope to provide can be found by contacting Vermont 2-1-1.

Vermont’s United Ways understand just how crucial access to essential services is for children and youth to achieve their potential and strives, through strategic initiatives and by funding local agency and nonprofit education programs, to see that all children enter school ready to succeed. August’s increase in referrals to Educational Support Services speaks to the number of parents who are concerned with sending their children off to school prepared to learn. Referrals were made to parents looking for information about assistance with provision of school supplies, Head Start Programs and GED instruction, just to name a few of the types of education related requests made by Vermont families.

United Way campaigns are “kicking off” in September! Please support your local United Way in its continued efforts to address the needs of our Vermont communities.

Read Vermont 2-1-1’s monthly contact volume report here.


Vermont 2-1-1 Web Statistics


In addition to the contact statistics, the following data is from the 2-1-1 website and shows how the public used the database search engine during the month of August:

Top Services: Homeless Motel Vouchers (344 searches); Community Meals (162 searches); Pet Care Services (152 searches); Assistive Technology Equipment Loan (151 searches); Clothing Donation Programs (128 searches)

Top Agencies: Salvation Army (Rutland); Lamoille Family Center; Vermont Department for Children and Families – Economic Services Division; CVOEO; Caroline Baird Crichfield Fund

Top Search by City: Hancock; East Fairfield; Burlington; Brattleboro; New Haven

Total Site Visits: 4709

Unique (First-Time) Visitors: 1825


Local United Ways Kickoff Annual Campaigns


Each year we see United Way volunteers and staff put on their campaign hats and venture out to raise money for the organization. Your local United Way is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in your local communities by addressing critical human needs in the critical cornerstone areas of education, financial stability, and health. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, our local United Ways impact thousands of lives every year. These collaborative, community-based, community-led solutions advance the common good and strive to create a good quality of life for all. The United Way delivers the solutions needed to drive change, but the change starts with each of us. Together we are stronger!

As a program of the United Ways of Vermont, Vermont 2-1-1 asks you to join us in living united! Your contributions will be working year-round building a brighter future for our children, enriching the lives of our elderly, giving hope to those who are hurting, strengthening families, and so much more.

Please join us in helping to build a better future! Thank you.


Mentorship: A Game Changer in the Life of a Child


Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations. Adult role modeling through informal and/or formal relationship-building initiatives has a transformative effect on both the youth within a community and on the community itself.

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Ultimately, mentoring connects children and youth to positive personal growth and development which in turn connects them to greater social and economic opportunity.

Mobius, Vermont’s lead mentor matching agency, provides the Vermont Youth Mentoring Partnership Program that assists with recruitment and placement of mentors throughout the state. Vermont’s regional United Ways also provide opportunities to connect with local mentoring programs via their Volunteer Center Programs.

For information about becoming a mentor or about starting a mentoring program explore Vermont 2-1-1’s database using the following terms:

How to Prepare for Anything

Workshop


Aaron Titus, Executive Director with Crisis Cleanup, is coming to Vermont to conduct a workshop to promote his latest book, How to Prepare for Anything, on Saturday, October 21, 2017, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VTVOAD), in conjunction with UpStreet Consulting, is proud to sponsor Aaron’s workshop to promote his new book. The event will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Montpelier Ward, 224 Hersey Road, Berlin, Vermont. Please contact us if you would like to join Aaron and others interested in preparing for unexpected events and disasters.

Click here to visit Help Me Grow VT's website!
Making School Day Mornings Easier


In Vermont, it can be hard to say good bye to the warm, long summer days. While many families stay busy through out the summer, it’s a time when routines can become a little more relaxed. But now school has started and for many families mornings can be hectic. Getting kids ready for their day and out the door on time can be a struggle. Here are some helpful tips to make school day mornings a little less stressful:

  • Get done what you can the night before. Pack lunches and backpacks before bed. Help your child lie out their clothes for the next day.
  • Make a routine schedule or “Morning To-Do List”. Whether it’s a written list for kids who can read or a visual chart with pictures for the younger ones, list routine items in order (i.e. get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth…) it helps kids know what comes next and keeps them on track.
  • A good morning starts with a good night’s sleep. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 3-5 year olds should get 10-13 hours sleep (this includes naps) and 6-12 year olds should get 9-12 hours. Getting enough sleep makes getting up in the morning easier and helps children focus and learn at school. Make sure your family sticks to a bedtime.
  • A good breakfast starts a good day. Breakfast is the fuel every kid needs to start their day right. It improves concentration and helps them do better in school. It’s essential but it doesn’t have to put your family in a time crunch. There are plenty of easy to make and even “eat on the way” options that give kids the protein and nutrients they need, such as yogurt with fruit and granola
  • End on a positive note. Whether it’s a hug or a wave and a smile, your send-off is how your child is starting their day at school. Make it a good one, even if you’re running late. It sets the tone for your child’s day.


Emergency Housing in Vermont


Through a partnership with the State of Vermont’s Economic Services Division, Vermont 2-1-1 administers the After Hours Emergency Housing Program beginning at 4:30pm weekdays, throughout weekends and on state/federal holidays. Housing in Vermont has reached a critical need.

Vermont 2-1-1 Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists responded to 139 calls regarding housing needs. I&R specialists provide needs assessment, problem-solving support, and information and referrals to a wide range of services to each caller. Review Vermont 2-1-1’s Emergency Housing Report for August here.

 

 

 

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FamilyWize Health & Wellness Newsletter – September 2017


FamilyWize September Newsletter

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Health and Wellness Newsletter – September, 2017

Ask an Expert

Ken Majkowski, Pharm.D and Chief Pharmacy Officer at FamilyWize, explains three “don’ts” for your prescription medications. Ken brings more than 40 years of healthcare experience to the FamilyWize team, including 14 years of clinical pharmacy experience in retail, hospital, and home care. Read his full bio here.


In healthcare, there are very few universal “dos and don’ts.” Every patient is unique and you should always discuss your healthcare questions with a qualified medical professional to understand what is right for you. That said, today I am sharing three “don’ts” – or three things never to do – when it comes to your prescription medications.

Do NOT Split a Pill Without Speaking to Your Pharmacist First

Pill splitting is a common practice and often encouraged by clinicians and payers as a way to save money. But,
before you split (or crush) any pill at home, please speak with your prescribing pharmacist first. Why? Because not every pill is approved to be split. If the FDA can ensure that each half of a split pill will contain the same amount of active ingredients, then it will approve the drug for splitting. If a tablet is FDA-approved to be split, this information will be printed in the “HOW SUPPLIED” section of the Rx label insert and in the patient package insert. Also, the tablet will be scored with a mark indicating where to split it. If the tablet is not scored and you do not see any related information on the label, then the FDA has either not approved it to be split or it has not evaluated that particular drug. Pills that are extended release or coated should also not be split. The release of the drug in your body is dependent on the whole pill being ingested as is. Never try to split a capsule. It is important to note that splitting a pill that is not approved to be split may not be safe.

If you are having a difficult time swallowing a pill, please speak with your doctor or pharmacist. He or she may be able to help.

Do NOT Store Your Medications in a Hot or Humid Environment, Such as in a Car During the Summer or in a Small Bathroom Where You May Shower

Many medications should be stored at room temperature, which is considered to be 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit and some can handle a temperature range of 59 to 86 degrees for short periods, according to Emily Holm, Pharm.D., Mayo Clinic Health System pharmacist.

Drugs that are the particularly sensitive to heat and humidity include:

  • Insulin
  • Antibiotics
  • Sublingual nitroglycerin tablets
  • Oral chemotherapy drugs
  • Any type of hormone medication
  • Many anti-seizure medications

Do NOT Adjust Your Own Dose

Though it may be tempting, adjusting your dose of a prescribed medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist is never a good idea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that medication is not taken as prescribed approximately 50 percent of the time. Patients have many reasons for not following their doctor’s instructions – e.g. they may be trying to save money by making their drugs last longer or they may be trying to speed up their recovery by taking a double dose of antibiotic. Both approaches are dangerous and should always be avoided.

If you are struggling to pay for your family’s prescription medications, FamilyWize.org can help. Regardless of your insurance situation, the Free FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card can help you to spend less money on your family’s prescription drugs. Download the free app today.

 

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