July 12, 2022



Thursday: VMS Hosts U.S. House Primary Candidate Health Care Policy Forum

Do you know who you are voting for in Vermont's Primary Election on August 9th? With so many candidates, it can be difficult to know who will best lead on health care issues. Please join us this Thursday, July 14​th, from 12-1pm for the VMS U.S. House Primary Candidate Health Care Policy Forum. This event is the first of two health care policy candidate forums the Vermont Medical Society is hosting before Vermont's Primary elections. The VMS invited all of the Democratic and Republican candidates for the Congressional races to give each candidate the opportunity to explain their positions on health care reform, public health and what they would do to improve Vermont's practice environment. 

The U.S. House forum will take place on Thursday, July 14th from 12-1pm via Zoom and will be moderated by VMS President-Elect Ryan Sexton, M.D. The confirmed candidates that will participate are:

  • Becca Balint - Democratic candidate
  • Sianay Clifford Chase - Democratic candidate
  • Molly Gray - Democratic candidate
  • Louis Meyers, M.D. - Democratic candidate
  • Liam Madden - Republican candidate
  • Ericka Redic - Republican candidate
  • Anya Tynio - Republican candidate

July 14th 12-1 pm: U.S. House forum (registration not required) - Click Here to Join

The U.S. Senate forum will take place on Thursday, July 21st from 12-1pm via Zoom and will be moderated by VMS President Simha Ravven, M.D. The confirmed candidates that will participate are:

  • Isaac Evans Frantz - Democratic candidate
  • Gerald Malloy - Republican candidate
  • Myers Mermel - Republican candidate
  • Niki Thran, M.D. - Democratic candidate

July 21st 12-1 pm: U.S. Senate forum (registration not required) - Click Here to Join

If you are unable to join the forums, they will be recorded and posted to the VMS website.​

Governors Press Conference for July 12th Focuses on Mental Health

The Governor’s weekly press conference this week focused on mental health in Vermont, acute/crisis needs as well as underlying stress/anxiety and how to take care of yourself and engage in resiliency. Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, Jenny Samuelson urged Vermonters to pause and reflect on their own mental health, how to improve and seek help when needed. Deputy Secretary of the Department of Mental Health, Alison Krompf spoke about new services being rolled out as well as existing services that Vermonters have access to for general mental health, not just crisis or acute needs. These services include:

  • 988 the national suicide and crisis hotline that will begin this Saturday – anyone facing issues dial 988 to access free, confidential, and compassionate care. 988 is not only for your own mental health challenges but also serves as a resource for help with children, family, friends. 24 hours a day staffed by human beings.
  • 211 for referrals for services and supports
  • Pathway support line – peer support/shared experience
  • Crisis text line – text VT to 741741

Katina Idol of Lamoille Valley Mental Health acknowledged that the silver lining of the pandemic is that it has been recognized that mental health is for all and spoke about healing and ways to build resiliency. For VMS staff notes on the full press conference read here. Also view the most recent notes from the VMS Commissioner of Health call held on July 7th here.

Executive Order on Protecting Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services:

In the wake of the supreme court decision and the consequential state decisions banning abortions, the president signed an Executive Order to protect healthcare service delivery and promote access to critical reproductive healthcare services, including abortion. The Executive Order states that “It remains the policy of my Administration to support women’s right to choose and to protect and defend reproductive rights. Doing so is essential to justice, equality, and our health, safety, and progress as a Nation”.

The Executive Order sets forth action to do the following:

  • Safeguarding access to reproductive health care services, including abortion and contraception;
  • Protecting the privacy of patients and their access to accurate information;
  • Promoting the safety and security of patients, providers, and clinics; and
  • Coordinating the implementation of Federal efforts to protect reproductive rights and access to health care.

For more detail on this action, read the full Fact Sheet as well as the Statement by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on President Biden’s Executive Order to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care.

Immigrant Health Insurance Plan (IHIP) Provision

Vermont Department of Vermont Health Access (VT Medicaid) - As of July 1, 2022, the IMMIGRANT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN (IHIP) PROVISON is amended to current provider agreements. The provision can be found here. If you wish to opt out, you must inform Suellen Bottiggi at Suellen.Bottiggi@Vermont.gov or 802-241-9305 and ensure IHIP enrollees presenting to you know you don’t participate with the IHIP program prior to providing services.

Application Open Until July 15th: Clinical and Translational Scholarship Program

The Clinical and Translational Scholarship Program provides two days of in-person comprehensive training and consultation with the University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction (UVM CORA) clinicians, faculty, and staff experts. The Program is intended for teams of up to four individuals from practices in rural counties in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York who are hoping to:

  • Learn how to better support patients in rural areas with complex needs related to substance use disorders (SUD) including opioid use disorder (OUD)
  • Receive extensive training on topics related to OUD/SUD with a specific focus on evidence-based best practices and how to enhance prevention and treatment in rural communities, and
  • Explore issues or challenges occurring within their own practice with other experts in the field and gain the skills and resources necessary to make improvements.

The application deadline is July 15, 2022! Applicants will ne notified by early August, and the program will take place in Burlington, VT on October 27th through the 28th. 

For more information and to apply, click here




The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is coming on July 16th

On July 16, 2022, 988 will be the new three-digit number for call (multiple languages), text or chat (English only) that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. People can use 988 if they are having mental health or substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

U.S. Surgeon General Launches New Podcast: House Calls With Dr. Vivek Murthy:

United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy launched the inaugural episode of his new podcast, House Calls with Dr. Vivek Murthy , featuring chef and humanitarian José Andrés. The Surgeon General’s podcast will highlight the vital need for people to build connections with one another, not just for individual health and wellbeing, but for our collective recovery as a nation. Guests on the House Calls with Vivek Murthy will include experts and thought leaders in their field who have found ways to forge deeper connections, showcase a human-centered view of public health, and build community and healing.

Funding Opportunity

The RCORP-Medication Assisted Treatment Access program will provide funding to rural communities to establish new MAT access points and increase their capacity to provide sustainable MAT services. While this program is primarily intended to support MAT to treat opioid use disorder, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) encourages applicants to also target alcohol use disorder (AUD) with MAT if the need exists.
The funding opportunity is now available on grants.gov (HRSA-22-165). HRSA anticipates making 10 awards at $1,000,000 per award, per year, for a 3-year period of performance. Applications are due on July 29, 2022. 

Please CLICK HERE for more information


Join us for the next conversation with the Commissioner - Thursday, August 4th @ 12:30!

Join us the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 12:30pm to 1pm as Commissioner of Health, Mark Levine provides us with the most pressing information affecting the state and nation. You will have the opportunity to submit questions to Dr. Levine who will answer them, time-permitting.

You can join the zoom meetings here or add to your calendar by following this link and clicking download (you will then need to open the downloaded file and click save to add to your calendar).

No Cost Well-Being Workshops

VMS is continuing our partnership with Doug Wysockey-Johnson of LumunosWellBeing to offer no-cost clinician wellbeing workshops at up to 10 Vermont medical staffs/practices over 2022. There are 3 remaining slots available this summer.  New topics for 2022 include A Clinician’s Guide to Recovering from the COVID Marathon and A Realistic Look at ‘Work-Home Balance’ for Clinicians. See the full list and additional details here.  Members can contact jbarnard@vtmd.org or doug@lumunos.org for more information or to schedule a workshop. 

Strategies for Distributing Naloxone to Rural Communities

July 13, 2022, 12pm to 1pm EST

Join the UVM CORA Community Rounds Workshop series session on, “Strategies for Distributing Naloxone to Rural Communities.” Our speakers are Geoff Capraro, MD, and Brooke Lawrence, co-founders of NaloxBox, an organization whose mission is to reduce harm from opioid use disorder by improving access to naloxone. This presentation will explore the need for naloxone distribution in rural areas and discuss innovative methods and technologies for increasing access.

Register here.

Can't make it? Watch the webinar recording to claim Continuing Education credits (within one month of the live event). Register for the webinar before July 13th so that you'll receive the recording later!

Providing Healthcare to Afghan Refugees: Strengths and Challenges of Afghan Resettlement in VT

July 14, 2022, 12:15pm to 1pm EST

This webinar will discuss strengths and challenges of Afghan resettlement in Vermont and both general Afghan culture as well as cultural considerations applicable to providing health care.

This webinar is a part of a series of webinars on Health Care for Afghan Refugees hosted by the Vermont Medical Society. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. Registration is required here.

To learn more about what other topics will be included in this series, click here.

NYSARH/NERHA Presents "Syphilis: Not Just an Urban Legend"

July 21, 2022, 1pm EST

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are one of the largest public health crises of our time. The short and long-term impact of exposure to ACES can be profound, and can negatively affect all facets of life. Healthcare and social service organizations provide a vital role in supporting those who have experienced ACEs. Becoming a trauma-informed organization is essential to offering care to survivors of ACEs. There are concrete tools and skills that can be implemented to provide a safe and healing environment for the community.

Register here.

Vermont ACP Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting

October 14, 2022

Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT

The Vermont ACP Chapter's Annual Scientific Meeting will occur on Friday, October 14, 2022. The ACP is optimistically planning for an in-person meeting. The ACP will host a virtual poster competition for resident and student members.

Update your medical knowledge, engage with colleagues, and receive CME credits and MOC points.

Meeting details and agenda forthcoming.

Vermont Medical Society Annual and Collaborative Meeting

November 4th and 5th, 2022

The 209th VMS Annual Meeting will be held on November 4th and 5th in person at Topnotch Resort, Stowe, VT, with virtual options. The weekend will be filled with educational content, time to spend with colleagues, policy-setting meetings, and the opportunity to honor physicians and other health care leaders across the state. VMS’ Annual Meeting, hosted in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, the Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and the Vermont Psychiatric Association, is a celebration of the unwavering commitment Vermont clinicians have to their practice and to the deep connection VMS members have with each other.

To view more information or submit nominees for 2022 leadership awards, please click here. Registration information will be shared in the future.

UVM will have more primary care conferences in Fall 2022. Sign-up to get updates via email for topics that are of interest here.


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