Vermonters: The time is now to reach out to your legislators and insist they protect the mission of the Green Mountain Care Board to protect and improve our access to healthcare in Vermont.

    Unlike prior columns on healthcare, this column will be short, concise and easily understood… in essence, a call-to-aims (sic) for all Vermonters concerned about their access to quality… Read More

VT Legislators

  Vermont State Legislature Title Member / Email                                             … Read More

A Legislative and media initiative to give voice to our young people

By its own description, House Bill H.714, currently in the Legislature: “… proposes to create the two-year Child and Youth Representation Policy Fellowship Program and a related fellowship position to… Read More

Leadership and the Governor’s “Affordability Crisis”

For over 70 years, I’ve confronted each New Year reviewing what got better, what got worse, and what I hope for in the ensuing year. At 78, I’m grateful that… Read More

It’s Time for the UVM Health Network Board to Talk with the People They Serve

Talk With Us The stated mission of the UVM Health Network (UVMHN) is “… to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care,… Read More

A Community-Engaged Hospital in Vermont

Photo courtesy of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Too often I write about our misunderstanding of the complex systems that plague us and our failure to reimagine them as functional solutions to… Read More

Memo to Board members: It’s Unwise to Try to Intimidate, Insult, or Challenge the Authority of your Regulator

  I have grave ethical concerns about the behavior, governance, and board leadership at the UVM Health Network (UVMHN) and its network of Vermont hospitals (Porter, Central VT, and UVM Medical Center… Read More

A New Asylum for our Communities

The Weeks School Girls’ Dorm When I was young growing up in Morrisville, there were certain institutions that were invoked largely in an effort to ensure that we behaved. One… Read More

Do UVM Medical Center or its Parent UVM Health Network Continue to Deserve their tax-exempt Status?

  During my long life, I’ve chaired 13 statewide nonprofit organizations, including the former Fletcher Allen Hospital, and served as a trustee on nine others. The first was the Vermont… Read More

Vermont Needs a Human Library

  Image Couresty of the Human Library.org The Human Library movement has been with us since 2000. Human libraries have opened on six continents, with libraries in Louisiana and Indiana… Read More

Education or Childcare?

    In the final moments of this legislative session, the legislature passed H.217, in which a combination of revenue resources will inject $130M a year into Vermont’s struggling childcare… Read More

An Ethical Vermont Addiction Policy

Photo by Nancy Stevens A measure of the Vermont legislature’s commitment to Vermonters’ well-being is the extent to which it commits the money earned from licensing and taxing addictive substances… Read More