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July 21, 2020

Central Vermont Tackles Connectivity Barriers for Families During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across Vermont in March, Central Vermont BBF and community partners rallied to address the needs of its residents. Early childhood partners in Central Vermont sought to help children and their families access health, mental health and education services that suddenly moved on-line and left them disconnected without devices or […]

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February 26, 2020

Central Vermont Regional Recap, February 2020

As a neutral convenor, Building Bright Futures does not advocate for legislative action, nor for rule or policy changes in the administration. However, the Councils do support their members in being connected to their lawmakers and to the administration. The Councils also collect data and work to establish best practices across the system of early […]

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January 3, 2020

Central Vermont Regional Recap, December 2019

Significant excitement and progress continues in the region around perinatal mental health work. New partnerships and initiatives are being developed to elevate knowledge and competencies around perinatal mood and anxiety disorders or PMADs. Collaboration with the state STAMPP grant as well as the Department of Health’s Breastfeeding master plan is ongoing. We’re pleased with the […]

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October 31, 2019

Central Vermont Recap, October 2019

Our Council meetings have brought together a number of new partners during the last few meetings. As we’re gearing up for Universal Pre-K conversations (taking place at our November meeting – please note the changed location!- Barre’s Department of Health Penthouse) we have been delighted to be having some very valuable meeting time with Rebecca […]

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July 17, 2019

The Miracle of Breast Milk

By Mary Letourneau, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, CVMC Women and Children’s You probably have heard about some of the benefits of breastfeeding – it’s cheaper than formula, helps mom lose weight, fewer ear infections, allergies and colds for baby. But there’s so much more, and we are learning everyday about the amazing qualities of […]

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July 3, 2019

Central Vermont Recap June 2019

We were pleased with the attendance, the conversations and feedback at the first and the seventeenth STARs Evolution Phase 2 Road show. Increased focus and collaboration around Perinatal Mental Health has been working well in Central Vermont as a number of Council Members found themselves around the table at the Central Vermont Medical Center assisting […]

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April 1, 2019

Central Vermont Recap, March 2018

As Central Vermont approaches a revision of our Regional Action Plan, we are excited to be adding a focus on enhancing and improving family leadership and family engagement in the systems of supports for Vermont’s young families. We begin this work by mapping out where current family engagement is most effective, and then by using […]

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March 25, 2019

How Families Stay Strong

Speaking to a legislator earlier this session, I came to realize that not everyone knows about the significant integrated approach to prevention the state and a large number of partner organizations take, sometimes called upstream strategies, to ensure kids and families succeed in life. Data shows that focusing on prevention efforts has significant impact on […]

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February 5, 2019

Central Vermont Regional Recap November 2018

The Regional Council was able to leverage funds and networks at the Council table to make a significant investment in professional development activities in this last two months. The well-organized efforts of our partners at Help Me Grow and the Universal Developmental Screening Registry efforts were key to these successes. We supported a diverse array […]

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February 1, 2019

Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Central Vermont

By Steve Ames As we begin to realize the overwhelming importance of the social determinants of health in building resilience in people and in community, new and innovative ideas are taking hold. In Central Vermont, an exciting new collaboration has begun. The Family Center of Washington County, Washington County Mental Health, and a Central Vermont […]

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