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June 18, 2019

Gaining Confianza: Cross-Cultural Lessons on Community Progress

by Deb Kitzmiller, Brattleboro District’s Maternal and Child Health Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Health Twenty years ago, in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, I was taught a life lesson that proved so valuable that I’m still reflecting on it within my work today. In 1999, Brattleboro based SIT/ World Learning taught me […]

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June 3, 2019

Regional Shared Services Hub Comes to the Northeast Kingdom

It is an all too familiar scenario being played out over and over across our region and state:  Childcare centers struggling to stay open and struggling to find qualified staff while parents struggle to find quality care.  “Promoting, supporting and creating high quality childcare in our region” is a priority identified by the Orleans and […]

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May 31, 2019

State Advisory Council Recap, May 2019

At the May meeting, after passing the FY20 budget for Building Bright Futures, the SAC delved into both of its priority areas for 2019, early childhood and family mental health (ECFMH) and supporting the early childhood workforce. In past meetings, the SAC heard from designated agencies and participated in small group discussions, leading to the […]

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May 29, 2019

The Chittenden Clinic Takes a Family-Centered Approach to Opioid Treatment

Reducing the stigma of Substance Use Disorder, and reflecting on how we can do better for individuals and families that are receiving treatment supports in our community is a key action item that the Chittenden Regional Council has prioritized. Whether folks are trying to quit a substance for the first time or whether they have […]

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May 22, 2019

Orleans and Northern Essex Recap, May 2019

“Families and Communities play a leading role in children’s well-being” seemed to be a theme during April and May in the ONE BBF Region! The Council coordinated the annual “Dabble Day” event, where young children had an opportunity to learn while having fun participating in a variety of activities hosted by community partners.  There were […]

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May 22, 2019

Northern Windsor and Orange Recap, May 2019

The Northern Windsor and Orange County BBF Council has been focusing on its priority “Professionals have knowledge and resources regarding children’s social and emotional health” and “Professionals have access to and participate in the Developmental Screening Registry”.  At the April meeting the council watched the film Broken Places and discussed locations or groups that may […]

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May 22, 2019

Lamoille Recap, May 2019

At the Council table this year there is increasing appreciation of Federal and state support for building more holistic family engagement, developing customer feedback systems, and building family leadership. Basically, the social science shows that we are better able to support folks when they need support if they themselves tell us what they need, and […]

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May 22, 2019

Franklin Grand Isle Recap, May 2019

Through an on-going process and revision of the BBF Regional Council Action Plan since January 2019, the council is happy to announce that the FY19-FY21 Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Action Plan has been updated! This process was a group effort and each member was able to offer insights to what’s working well in the region and […]

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May 22, 2019

Chittenden Recap, May 2019

Chittenden’s BBF Regional Council is currently working on updating our Regional Action Plan to better reflect a few new key priorities in our community. We plan to add pieces on supporting breastfeeding, aligning efforts to better serve families with substance use disorder, and keeping equity and inclusion at the center of our work.  Measuring our […]

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May 22, 2019

Addison Recap, May 2019

It may not seem that substance use disorder is a family matter, but the struggles are complex and come with very real consequences.  Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view. Substance use disorder can have a ripple effect. A […]

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May 16, 2019

The HEART Program in the Franklin/Grand Isle Region

Having a baby is one of the most profoundly impactful experiences of any parent or caregiver. With our society creeping in with visions of what pregnancy and post-partum life looks like for parents, caregivers and whole families, the reality of what this time can feel like looks different for every individual and family. From lack […]

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May 1, 2019

Addressing Opioid Misuse in Chittenden with a Community of Practice

Building Bright Futures believes that the severity and complexity of impact that substance use disorders are having on children and families and our community is significant, and requires a continuum of care and services that include promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery. Working to integrate our care and treatment across children’s and adults’ services and programs […]

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