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Webinar on HPV Related Diseases of the Head and Neck

“HPV Vaccination: A Pinch of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure” Thursday, April 6, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Live* Please join the Vermont AHEC Network and The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont colleagues as featured co-presenters in this nationally broadcast webinar. Webinar co-presenters are: Lori Racha MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and Damon Silverman MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. HPV is one topic that primary care and oral health professionals have in common and both agree on the need for prevention and early detection of HPV. Dr. Racha is concerned that not enough 11 and 12 year olds are getting vaccinated against HPV. Dr. Silverman is seeing a growing number of life-threatening HPV-related diseases of the head and neck in his practice, many that could have been prevented. Both Dr. Racha and Dr. Silverman recognize the important role primary care providers have in preventing HPV by recommending HPV vaccination for their patients. Register at:  http://nao-ntc.adobeconnect.com/hpvvaxprevention/event/registration.html. * The webinar will be archived. You can watch the archived version online shortly after April 6th at: https://nationalahec.org/hpv/. CME’s from Postgraduate Institute for Medicine are being finalized. Continuing education credits for dental professionals has been approved for 1 CEU for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants by Ghareeb Dental Group, which is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider FAGD/MAGD by the Academy of General Dentistry. Credit approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. Provider #219335. Please note that CME and dental credit is not available for […]

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Vaccine Hesitancy webinar

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET “The Immunity Community: Evidence-Based Strategies for Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy” Todd Faubion, PhD, and Mackenzie Melton, MPH, of the non-profit WithinReach, will share lessons learned in a three-year intervention that engaged parents to advocate in favor of immunizations in their communities and review strategies that have been shown, with statistical significance, to change immunization attitudes and beliefs. You may may use this link to register: http://nao-ntc.adobeconnect.com/immunitycommunity/event/registration.html This webinar will be archived for later viewing at https://nationalahec.org/hpv/

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Fall Into Our October Newsletter!

Our October Newsletter is now available. Check it out here.

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“Bridging the Divide: Primary Care and Public Health Conference”

November 4, 2016 7:30 am – 5:30 pm The Essex, Essex, VT The goal of this conference is to bring together health care and public health professionals to learn more about their respective points of view and priorities. Sessions will be offered regarding the role for community health workers in our evolving health system, health promotion and illness prevention, and a variety of workshops with a primary care/public health focus. Click here for detailed conference information and to register! Any questions, please contact Natalie Remillard at (802) 656-4120 or (802) 656-2292.

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Champlain Valley AHEC Achieves Rise VT Bronze Award!

Champlain Valley AHEC joined the RiseVT community a few months ago and earned our Bronze status in July. RiseVT is a collaborative, grass roots initiative that aims to lift the health and wellbeing of Franklin and Grand Isle residents by offering memberships to individuals, group and businesses. RiseVT team members help people transition from basic dieting to creating a lifestyle that includes regular exercise and healthy nutrition. There is a points system that recognizes and encourages participation in healthy habits and businesses start by partnering with RiseVT and then progressing form Bronze to Silver to Gold status as they create a healthier worksite for employees. Bronze status means a business promotes a tobaccofree environment, is a breastfeeding friendly employer, encourages daily physical activity like walk breaks, offers healthy snack options at office events and other core activities. We are happy to reach Bronze but are actively working on earning our Silver status in the coming months and we’ll keep you posted! For more information on RiseVT or to take the pledge and join the movement, go to www.risevt.com.

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2017 Vermont Educational Loan Repayment applications are now available!

The 2017 Vermont Educational Loan Repayment applications are now available. Click here for more information and application materials. Please read the program overview and participant eligibility carefully since this is updated by the State of Vermont annually and changes based on the greatest, current statewide workforce shortages and needs. Applications must be typed and received by September 15, 2016. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that the application has been received and is complete by the deadline.

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Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis & the Zika Virus: 2016 Update for Vermont Healthcare Professionals

Saturday, May 7, 2016 8:30 am – 1:30 pm Rutland Regional Medical Center CVPS/Leahy Education Center 160 Allen Street Rutland, Vermont Ticks are out! What will 2016 bring? Rates of Lyme disease continue to rise in Vermont. Be sure you are up to date on the research and guidelines for diagnosing and treating Lyme and Anaplasmosis. Also, come learn the current science and recommendations for Zika Virus. Click here for more information including the registration form.

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Vermont Ethics Network Conference – Friday, May 6, 2016

The Vermont Ethics Network, in partnership with the Palliative Care and Pain Management Task Force, is pleased to present their 7th Annual Spring Conference: Practical Solutions: Addressing the palliative, pain management & end-of-life care needs of seriously ill patients. This event will take place on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington. Register online at https://www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=VEN211E&OID=50 or at the VEN website at http://www.vtethicsnetwork.org/. Click here for the full brochure. Hear presentations by speakers on: “Dealing with medically futile & irrational medication regimens at the end-of-life” “Pain Management in the Setting of Addiction & Serious Life-Limiting Illness” “Capacity Assessment in Palliative Care Patients with Co-occurring Psychiatric Illness” “Practical Clinical Management Strategies for Palliative Care Patients with Co-occurring Psychiatric Illness” You will also hear from local experts speaking on a range of topics related to hospice length of stay, code status discussions, and care transitions. Register online today!

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Free HPV Webinar Training with CE Credit

As part of our ongoing mission to provide relevant training, we are pleased to invite you to a free HPV webinar sponsored by the National AHEC Organization. “You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” is set for 3 pm ET on Thursday, January 14. This training, conducted by Dr. Robin Curtis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will do the following: Describe the burden of HPV disease; Define the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention; Explain the rationale for vaccinating youth at ages 11 or 12; List the recommendations for HPV vaccine for girls and for boys; Provide useful and compelling information about HPV vaccine to parents to aid in making the decision to vaccinate; Locate resources relevant to current immunization practice; Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families; and Provide accurate and appropriate counsel as part of the treatment team. One hour of credit will be awarded upon attendance by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine: ACCME credit hours for physicians; ANCC contact hours for nurses; ACPE contact hours for pharmacists. For others, a certificate of attendance can be issued upon request. For full information, click here. Consider registering now for this exciting webinar!

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No CollegeQuest in Summer 2016

To our community partners, colleagues, students, and friends: It is with regret that we at Champlain Valley AHEC announce that CollegeQuest will not take place in the summer of 2016. The Vermont AHEC Network is unable to hold CollegeQuest because we do not have a sustainable source of funding currently for this program. Northeastern Vermont AHEC is preparing to analyze and organize four years of data on CollegeQuest outcomes into presentations and reports to reach partners and potential funders. The evaluation findings are compelling. CollegeQuest has made measureable impacts on students’ knowledge, confidence and behavior as it relates to collage and career success. Students that complete CollegeQuest are demonstrating rates of college enrollment and persistence much higher than expected. A full report of findings will be available January 2016. Furthermore, Northeastern Vermont AHEC wants to share the reports and findings from the CollegeQuest data with organizations or groups that are interested in learning more. If you would like to receive this information, let us know. If you know of a potential partner or someone who might be interested in sponsoring CollegeQuest, please contact Jane Nesbitt, Executive Director at jnesbitt@cvahec.org. She will forward requests and information to our colleagues at the Northeastern Vermont AHEC. We want to thank you for your continued support of CollegeQuest and all the Health Careers Exploration programming that reaches students in our region. Supporting these programs and students benefits the future of quality health care in Vermont – and for that you have our eternal gratitude. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

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