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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Beyond Camping: 5 Other Activities for a Mountain House Meal

first_imgA lot of people associate Mountain House with backcountry camping, and that makes perfect sense.  Mountain House makes the best meals to add to your pack before a long backpacking adventure.  But, the truth is: we make Adventure Meals™. And adventures come in all shapes and sizes. With a trusty spork and access to water, you can take Mountain House with you wherever that adventure may take you.  Here’s just a few ideas to get you thinking outside the tent:1. Climbing! After so many pitches or boulders and so many bags of trail mix, there are few things more refueling than a warm, delicious meal.  Taking a break from the crag and heating up a Mountain House meal will take only a few minutes and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to get back to the task at hand(s).2. Tailgating! Eating is one of the best parts of tailgating.  But, it’s always one of the most time-consuming parts as well.  It’s a challenge to pack up the grill and make sure you have enough hot dogs and potato chips to feed the family.  Next time, think smaller, more convenient.  Try serving up some Chicken and Dumplings instead, for the win!3. Hunting! When you’re hunting, you are locked in and focused on what’s around you.  Your senses are engaged and you are on a constant lookout. Reserve your energy and let Mountain House keep you fed, distraction-free4. Moving! This is one of the most stressful events that anyone will ever endure.  And most likely this will happen to you several times over your life!  Forget trying to unpack your kitchen and just boil some water.  Once you’ve finished, have your furry friend clean the dishes (aka pouch) and then toss it straight in the trash.  No mess, no clean-up, and certainly no fighting over who has to do the dishes.5. Cycling!  Whether you’re going for a short day ride or packing up the paneers for an overnight haul, you’ll need to stay energized.  And with limited space, you’ll need to pack light.  Just bungee a couple pouches to your saddle bag and you’re good to go. last_img read more

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Jennings to retire at the end of the season

first_imgThe 33 year old Leinster and Ireland back row says it’s been on his mind for a while and the decision hasn’t been taken lightly.Jennings enjoyed a successful spell at Leicester earlier in his career winning a Premiership title.Staying with rugby and several of the extended Six Nations squad have been selected in Leinster’s starting 15 for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro 12 clash with Zebre at the RDS. Marty Moore is at tight head while Fergus Mc Fadden, Gordon D’Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald and Eoin Reddan are in the backs.Cian Healy is on the bench along with Sean Cronin, Isaac Boss and Dave Kearney.Iain Henderson starts in the second row for Ulster ahead of their clash with Edinburgh in Murrayfield.Robbie Diack misses out after picking up a knock in training.Ulster are fourth in the table, 2 points ahead of Leinster.last_img read more

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