Vermont Health Centers get $1.5 million in stimulus funds

first_imgIn another round of economic stimulus funds for Vermont, eight community health centers in the state will receive more than $1.5 million to expand services and create jobs. The Vermont grants include $229,967 for Community Health Centers of The Rutland Region in Bomoseen; $157,958 for Little Rivers Health Care of Bradford; $294,562 for Community Health Center of Burlington; $192,281 for Community Health Services of the Lamoille Valley in Morrisville; $146,390 for The Health Center of Plainfield;  $164,980 for the Richford Health Center in Richford; $254,463 for Northern Counties Health Care in St. Johnsbury, and $100,000 for Springfield Medical Care Systems in Springfield. This is one of the most significant steps forward that we have seen in decades in addressing the primary health care crisis in our country, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said of the funds, part of $2 billion for Federally Qualified Health Centers included at his urging in the economic recovery bill that Congress passed on February 13. Health centers provide affordable primary care, dental care, mental health services and low-cost prescription drugs.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said community health centers are part of Vermont s health care infrastructure. Rural areas like much of Vermont depend on these vital community-based resources to ensure the availability of local dependable health care services.  Even so, some Vermonters are still without a regular source of care.  With this timely addition of funds from the economic recovery plan, Vermont s eight Community Health Centers can reach more Vermonters during these difficult economic times. Vermont s community health care centers have played an extraordinary role in ensuring that Vermonters can see a doctor when they need medical attention, said Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.). This additional funding will help health centers reach more patients with quality services, which is all the more important as Vermonters continue to struggle in this difficult economy.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Vermont grants as part of $338 million distributed nationwide to expand services offered at the nation s community health centers. In an earlier round of funds released under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Springfield Hospital was awarded $1.3 million to become Vermont s eighth Federally Qualified Health Center. With that addition, health centers will provide primary health care to more than 100,000 Vermonters regardless of their ability to pay.A cost-effective alternative to hospital emergency rooms, community health centers offer basic services like prenatal care, childhood immunizations and cancer screenings. Open to everyone, the centers care for patients covered by Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance as well as those who have no insurance.The National Association of Community Health Centers last night gave Sanders its 2009 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award, citing his dedication and leadership ¦to preserve, strengthen and expand access to quality health care.WASHINGTON, March 27last_img read more

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Alpena Resident Makes National News With ‘Ice Waves’ Video

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena was put on the map thanks to a video that went viral last week. Hatch made national and international news including, ABC News, the Weather Channel, Accu Weather and Australian news. Here’s more.If you asked someone where’s Alpena, they’d probably tell you, I really don’t know. But this small town was recently put on the map-making national news when one local decided to post a video showing what she described as ice waves to her hobby YouTube page.“My husband, and I basically had ‘cabin fever’ like everybody else does during the winter time and every once in a while we go out for a drive, and I always want to go to the lake. Even living here and seeing it almost every single day I want to see the lake. We just stopped by and walked out on the pier and filmed for maybe 5 minutes because it was cold and windy I got what I got, and it turned out to be very beautiful,” Videographer, Jessica Hatch said.When hatch thinks of ice waves she said it reminds her of glass.“You know to me, it just sounded like glass when I walked out on the pier. The way that the ice was breaking up and the way the wind was moving it just sounded like glass. When you watch the video you can see how the waves come up and go to the shore, as the waves would start to go back they would build more and more, and then they would actually crash and then you could see all of the ice breaking up at the top and it just looked like ice waves,” Hatch added.Hatch said she was pretty shocked about her video going viral, but glad that she could make Alpena a little famous.“It makes me happy, it makes me smile. I wish people knew more about how many amazing things Alpena really has to offer. The lake I think is our biggest asset and I think more people need to realize that ‘s beautiful and it changes everyday and you can go to the beach everyday, and the lake has something new to show you. I wish people would go experience that,” Hatch said.For WBKB News in Alpena, I’m Star Connor.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Ice Waves, Lake Huron, National NewsContinue ReadingPrevious AHS Teams Gear Up for 2nd District FIRST Robotics Competition in Traverse CityNext New Band Program Needs Instruments for Alcona Community School Studentslast_img read more

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