Mind & Body
Diabetes Educator Available at Grace Cottage
Grace Cottage Family Health’s Community Health Team (CHT) now includes the full-time services of a diabetes educator, thanks to a grant from the Fannie Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund. Deborah Brown joined the CHT in January as RN Outreach coordinator and became the diabetes educator in May. The diabetes education services are offered to the community free of charge. Brown provides coaching for clients with pre-diabetes or a diabetes diagnosis, supporting them through lifestyle changes such as healthy diet, appropriate exercise, blood sugar monitoring and regular health check-ups.
The CHT also includes two RN care coordinators, two health coaches, and a behavioral health specialist offering short-term counseling. The CHT is funded in part through a program established by the Vermont Department of Health. The recent grant from the Holt Fund has allowed Grace Cottage to expand its CHT services.
The Grace Cottage CHT works with individuals to assess their health situations, develop plans and establish attainable goals. This service is especially helpful for managing chronic conditions. A referral from a medical provider is not necessary. Any resident of southern Vermont can contact the CHT directly for an appointment at 802-365-3715. No insurance is needed, and there are no co-pays or deductibles. For more information, visit gracecottage.org.
Community Health Clinics
RAVNAH foot clinics, below, are $10. For more information, call 802-775-0568. Thursday, September 1, Rutland, Parker House, 10 a.m. Friday, September 2, Poultney, Young at Heart Senior Center, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 6, Brandon, Forestdale Senior Center, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, Wallingford, Wallingford House, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 8, Benson, Benson Heights, 10 a.m.; Castleton, Castleton Meadows, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 14, Rutland, Templewood Court, 10 a.m. Thursday, September 15, Rutland, Maple Village, 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, Brandon, Conant Square, 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 21, Dorset, Dorset Area VNA and Hospice, 8:30 a.m.; Rutland, Sheldon Towers, 9 a.m.; Linden Terrace, 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, Rutland, Godnick Adult Center, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, North Clarendon, North Clarendon Community Center, 12:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Cholesterol screenings are available monthly for $30. Rutland Office first Wednesday; call 802-775-0568 for an appointment. Dorset Office third Wednesday; call 802-362-1200 for an appointment. It’s never too early to start thinking about flu prevention. Our flu clinics will be starting up shortly. Call our flu hotline at 802-770-1574. RAVNAH’s monthly bereavement group is held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church, Rutland, with Chaplain Andrew Carlson facilitating. Call 802-770-1613. The group is free and open to the public.
BAVNAH Seeking Volunteers for Hospice Care Program
The Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice starts its fall course for hospice volunteer training on Tuesday, September 13. This nine-week course will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights at SVMC, and is free and open to the public. Hospice volunteers provide support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. The training will include an introduction to hospice and palliative care, education on death, dying and grief, and the development of communication and support skills. For more information, call Mary Pleasant at 802-442-0540. Pre-registration is requested by Tuesday, September 6.
Talk on Presidential Election: Who Will Win, and Why?
Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about the Presidential Election with Matthew Dickinson on Tuesday, August 30, at 5:30 p.m. The talk will take place at the Manchester Community Library. On the eve of the traditional kickoff to the general election, this talk will assess the state of the 2016 presidential race. How did each party arrive at its particular nominee, and what can political science forecast models tell us, if anything, about the factors that are likely to influence voters as they go to the polls? Based on this knowledge, can they forecast who is likely to be the next President? Dickinson is professor of political science at Middlebury College. He taught previously at Harvard University where he also received his doctorate in government. His blog on presidential power can be found at blogs.middlebury.edu/presidentialpower. He is the author of ‘Bitter Harvest: FDR, Presidential Power, and the Growth of the Presidential Branch’ and has published numerous articles on the presidency, presidential decision making and presidential advisers. Registration for the talk is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org.