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Health Committee Meeting Notes – February 16th, 2021

The notes from the Health Committee’s February meeting. 28 attendees participated in this virtual Zoom meeting.

 

To download the meeting notes, click here. Or, continue to scroll to view the notes below.

 

  • Introductions of new participants

  • Announcements

    • United Way is kicking off another grant season to disperse funds to regional organizations – if you wish to apply, first mandatory meeting is this Friday (2/18) at 12:30
    • Ashley Bride is the new executive director for United Way of Rutland County once Caprice steps down in the coming weeks
    • A Yale School of Public Health and VT Law School joint student team is working involved in a project on the barriers and solutions to issues surrounds rural transportation in VT, specifically Rutland and St. Johnsbury
      • Reach out to Laura Bozzi, the faculty mentor, at bozzi@yale.edu if you are interested in listening to the students’ initial findings, giving feedback, or being interviewed
  • Subcommittee Updates

    • Mentoring and Youth Engagement Subcommittee
      • Three focus groups in the subcommittee and VT Youth Project of Rutland County – Third Space committee, Youth Engagement committee, and Parent Engagement committee
        • Third Space committee is building a community and asset map
          • Assessment of who is doing what in the county for youth third space – what resources do we currently have, how are they being utilized, where are the gaps, and how do we get this information out in a useable manner
        • Youth Engagement committee is striving to build a county-wide Youth Council, building off the current ones in Fair Haven and Rutland City
          • How do we get to know and engage the youth voice
        • Parent Engagement committee is pursuing a media campaign to provide information on helpful avenues for parents to follow to support their youth and helpful and creative ways
          • Using Rutland Herald, Rutland Freepress, and Lakes Region News to distribute information and build connection with parents, community advocates
        • Reach out to Chris Hultquist at chris@mentorconnector.com if you want to be involved in any of these projects
    • Housing Update
      • Youth housing project will lease first unit in either March or April
      • VT State Housing Authority will process $110 million of CoVid-relief funds
        • Will go to landlords whose tenants are 3 or more months behind
        • Forward pay up to 15 months
      • Angus Chaney of the Homeless Prevention Center sent out memo last week on potential changes to the General/ Emergency Temporary Housing Waiver program
        • GA restructure is delayed for this year, but it is still expected to happen
        • Conversations will still be happening locally even if change is delayed
          • This delay is an opportunity to inform legislature of Rutland’s points of concern, local-centric suggestions, and rally local resources in preparation for the change
        • Follow this link to view Angus’ memo and connect with Jamie Bentley at jabentley@rrmc.org to receive the original GA restructure proposal
          • There is a Continuum of Care meeting on Thursday (2/17) noon to hold a detailed conversation on local strategies and the best course of action
    • Food Access Subcommittee
      • There is a drive to unify the language used for discussions around food access and security among county actors
      • In collaboration with Hunger Free VT, the subcommittee is building a centralized calendar of all food access programs and opportunities throughout the county
        • How to keep people looking for food up to date in the constantly changing information related to food distribution
      • The subcommittee and VT Foodbank is currently involved in program advocacy work
        • Universal Free Lunch for schools
        • Vermonters Feeding Vermonters
          • Purchasing food from farmers at wholesale cost and distributing among those in need
        • Farm to school efforts
        • VT Foodbank is organizing a food drop program throughout the state
      • In response to a question, enrollment in 3SquaresVT does automatically qualify school children for free school meals
      • Reach out to Kimberley Williams at kwilliams@vtfoodbank.org for clarifying information on the always changing food assistance programs
    • Non-Opioid Subcommittee
      • All current projects are completed, now in the phase of brainstorming the next ones
      • Comparing notes with Rutland Community Collaborative’s Behavioral Health Subcommittee to map out their goals compared to PV Non-Opioid to identify specific future projects that don’t overlap each other
        • PV Non-Opioid Subcommittee tends to focus more on educating the community on substance abuse whereas RCC Behavioral Health group focus more on education professionals around substance abuse
  • Darla Senecal on Building Bright Futures (BBF) presentation

    • Connect with Darla at dsenecal@buildingbrightfutures.org
    • BBF’s role within VT Act 104 – Federal Head Start Act
      • BBF has twelve regional jurisdictions throughout VT
      • One of BBF’s jobs is to convene councils of anyone with interest in supporting VT’s children and families, and report out to state oversight and police makers
    • BBF regularly releases reports, annual snapshots in time, and action plans on family/ children health and systems of support
    • Vermont Early Childhood Resource, Data, and Policy Center is now live as of January 2021 at https://vermontkidsdata.org/
      • Catalog of resources for families, communities, and early childhood professionals
      • House of national and Vermont-specific data sets
      • Reports and publications from BBF and community partners
      • Recorded presentations and webinars
      • A portal for stakeholders to ask questions, make recommendations, and connect
    • Rutland region data from recent BBF reports
      • A 4% decrease in the number of children under the age of 9 living in Rutland County from 2013 to 2018
      • A 27% decrease of children under the age of 6 living in poverty in the county from 2013 to 2018
      • 40% increase of children living in out-of-home custody in the county from 2014 to 2018
      • Educational Assessments
        • Percentage of kindergarten readiness among supervisory unions in Rutland County ranges from 68.5% to 91.7% for Fall 2019
        • Percentage of 3rd grade students with reading proficiency among supervisory unions in the county ranges from 41% to 66.6%
        • County average in each of these stats are in the middle when comparing all of Vermont’s supervisory unions
          • The drop in kindergarten readiness to 3rd grade reading proficiency is a pattern throughout the state, as well
    • Are there ways that the organizations of PV Health Committee can support actors in early childhood educations
      • Early childhood educations are too few in this county, and the educators that are present are overworked and in need of support
        • Lisa Lynch is offering distant healing for adults to relax and rejuvenate in a structured, time-out zone. This free session offer is available for early educators as well as all folks involved in PV. Learn more on her website https://www.holistichappiness4u.com/get-started
    • Addressing early childhood stressors is not simply a family issues, but a whole community issue
      • Parent engagement is heavily influenced by issues of social access and financial equity. Greater socioeconomic restraints on the parents restricts their ability to expand their parent engagement, which cascades to increased childhood stressors
      • The solutions are beyond the capabilities of singular family units, but require wholesale community action and policy review at all levels of government from local to federal
  • Next Meeting

    • March 16th, 11am-noon on Zoom
    • Will include an overview of the Rutland Community Collaborative
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