Burlington to fight opioid epidemic as public health challenge

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The City of Burlington has established CommunityStat, which will attempt to reverse the opioid crisis by approaching it as a public health challenge that requires collaboration and coordination of efforts among all the community stakeholders engaged in responding to it. Mayor Miro Weinberger made the announcement today, along side Burlington Police Department (BPD) Chief Brandon del Pozo, new BPD Opioid Policy Coordinator Jackie Corbally, CommunityStat Co-Chair Jane Helmstetter, Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen, Howard Center Chief Client Services Officer Catherine Simonson, Chittenden County Opioid Alliance Project Director Cathy Aikman, and United Way of Northern Vermont Executive Director Martha Maksym.The new, innovative, public health effort, they said, will bring an end to the opioid epidemic that has profoundly impacted residents of Burlington. CommunityStat will be coordinated by Corbally, who brings 30 years of experience engaging in a vast array of both practical and policy-oriented public health initiatives, and directed by Chief del Pozo and the Mayor. CommunityStat is one of four Action Teams working under the umbrella of the newly formed Chittenden County Opioid Alliance.Stakeholders include the Vermont Department of Health, University of Vermont Medical Center, Community Health Centers of Burlington, the State’s Attorney’s Office, State Attorney General, the Community Justice Center, Howard Center, United Way, Turning Point Center, Steps to End Domestic Violence, Champlain Housing Trust, Burlington Housing Authority, King Street Center, Outright Vermont, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, and many more.Many of these stakeholders participated in the City’s first CommunityStat meeting on November 10. The BPD held an initial stakeholder meeting in September of 2016 to explain the goal of and solicit input on CommunityStat, an adaptation of a tool for transparency and mutual accountability that has been shown to bring about meaningful progress in response to problems confronting municipalities such as crime, homelessness, domestic violence, and in this case, substance abuse.CommunityStat will adhere to the four traditional core principles of its model:Accurate and timely data and informationEffective tactics and strategiesRapid deployment of resourcesRelentless follow-up and assessmentCommunityStat will provide coordination of effort among the police, public health and safety professionals, and social service providers to more effectively reduce the impact of opioid addiction in Burlington.“On Chief del Pozo’s first day a little more than a year ago, I directed him to assess the Police Department and the City’s efforts to address the opioid challenge,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “Since that time we have dramatically increased foot patrols, deployed Noloaxone to all officers, and advocated strongly for treatment without delay in Chittenden County. Today, with the launching of CommunityStat, we have opened a major new front in our critical effort to address our most urgent public health challenge.”“If you follow the four principles of CommunityStat in good faith, you can’t help but see better outcomes,” said Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo. “I’m excited by the widespread commitment so many of Burlington’s community partners have made to working together in a transparent and accountable way to help improve the lives of the people in the greatest state of need. I’m looking forward to the Police Department leading by example in our willingness to innovate and collaborate with our partners in response to this public health crisis.”“I am thrilled to work with the City and with our vast array of community partners as we develop an innovative approach to address the opioid epidemic,” said Jackie Corbally, Burlington Police Department Opioid Policy Coordinator. “I look forward maintaining our transparency and accountability as we coordinate our efforts to reduce the burden of an epidemic that affects all residents of Burlington.”“It has taken us a long time to get here, and I’m very heartened by the good questions that people came up with at our first CommunityStat meeting, and the difficult conversations that we were able to have around the table instead of out in the parking lot,” said Jane Helmstetter, CommunityStat Co-Chair and Vermont Agency of Human Services Field Director, Burlington District. “I’m excited to be here representing the Agency of Human Services in the Burlington District, and to be co-chair of this effort.”“I am pleased to see the City and so many agencies taking a leadership role to address a serious public health challenge in our community,” said Dr. Harry Chen, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health. “I am hopeful that this new, cooperative approach will yield positive results, and look forward to future CommunityStat meetings.”“We are excited and proud to be a partner in addressing this critical issue,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, President and COO of the University of Vermont Medical Center. “By working together and coordinating our resources, all of the agencies addressing opioid abuse and dependency can make a larger impact.”“Howard Center has a long history in this community as a treatment provider for those impacted by opioid addiction,” said Catherine Simonson, Howard Center Chief Client Services Officer. “We welcome the commitment of the City and other key community leaders to collectively focus our efforts toward a common agenda to address this serious public health crisis in our community.  Howard Center will be actively involved in the CommunityStat efforts as part of the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance.  We owe our citizens this collective effort.”“The Chittenden County Opioid Alliance is based on a collective impact approach where a variety of organizations that share a common agenda and goals join together to have a greater effect than they might have on their own,” said Cathy Aikman, Project Director for the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance. “CommunityStat is an important part of the Alliance, and we are looking forward to all of our collaborators working together to create a common data system to monitor key opioid measures across all partner organizations. This collective work to establish shared program measures is essential to evaluate and employ successful strategies to impact the opioid crisis in Chittenden County.””United Way of Northern Vermont is proud to stand with so many different partners from across the county working together as a collective to tackle this serious challenge faced by our community,” said Martha Maksym, Executive Director of United Way. “One of our top priorities as an organization has been to find ways to align the different strategies to respond to the opioid challenge that cross agencies, sectors, and professional fields. CommunityStat is a bold and innovative piece of the collective response we need.”Vermont’s growing opioid crisisIn his landmark 2014 State of the Union address, Governor Peter Shumlin called attention to the state’s growing opioid crisis and highlighted the need for Vermont to change its approach from conducting a war on drugs through the criminal process, to working with police, courts, prosecutors and defenders, and the treatment community to treat addiction as an issue of public health. By the time of the Governor’s address, Vermont had seen a 771% increase in treatment for all opiates since 2000, over five times as many federal indictments against heroin dealers as had been obtained in 2010, and nearly double the deaths from heroin and opioids in Vermont in 2013 as in 2012.Since the time of Governor Shumlin’s address, Vermont has become a recognized leader in its response to opioids. In Burlington, police officers now carry and use naloxone to save lives. Chief del Pozo has increased foot and bike patrols in the neighborhoods most affected by opioid abuse and stepped up coordination between law enforcement and other agencies with the knowledge that addicts in many cases require treatment instead of incarceration.In spite of these efforts, Burlington, like many of the state’s cities and towns, is still seeking to determine the full scope of its local opioid challenge so that it can strengthen and focus the collaborative efforts between stakeholders addressing different aspects of the epidemic. Current data suggests Burlington is still in the grip of the opioid crisis, but more data is needed. The new efforts announced today will allow the City, BPD, and stakeholders for the first time to coordinate and comprehensively measure their progress, making that data and its findings available and accountable to the public. This combination of innovation, data-driven policy and strategy, collaboration, and accountability to citizens will provide a clarified and transparent process by which Burlington can continue the life-saving work of resolving the opioid epidemic.CommunityStat stakeholders are as follows:Boys and Girls ClubBurlington Housing AuthorityBurlington Police DepartmentChamplain Housing TrustChittenden County Opioid AllianceCity of BurlingtonThe Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)Community Health Centers of BurlingtonHoward CenterKing Street CenterLundMatrix Health SystemsNew England HIDTAOutright VermontPartnership for ChangePathways VermontSara Holbrook Community CenterSpectrum Youth & Family ServicesSteps to End Domestic ViolenceThe Turning Point Center of Chittenden CountyUnited WayUniversity of Vermont, Vermont Center on Behavior and HealthUniversity of Vermont Medical CenterVermont Agency of Human ServicesVermont Attorney GeneralVermont Department for Children and FamiliesVermont Department of CorrectionsVermont Department of HealthVermont Department of Justicelast_img read more

NFL suspends Brady for four games, fines Patriots $1 million over ‘Deflategate’

first_img KEYWORDS Ted Wells, an attorney hired by the NFL to investigate the allegations, said in his 243-page report that it was “more probable than not” that Patriots personnel “were involved in a deliberate effort” to circumvent rules by using deflated footballs in the team’s 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.“We reached these decisions after extensive discussion with Troy Vincent and many others,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. Vincent is the NFL’s vice president of football operations.“We relied on the critical importance of protecting the integrity of the game and the thoroughness and independence of the Wells report,” it added.The victory in the Jan. 18 game propelled the Patriots into the Super Bowl, which they won over the Seattle Seahawks 28-24, clinched by a dramatic interception in the waning seconds.Although there was no smoking gun, the Wells report, which took nearly four months to complete, found Brady and two members of the Patriots’ equipment staff were all likely culpable NFL, Tom Brady, deflategate IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up ahead of the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Arizona, in this file photo taken Feb. 1. The National Football League on Monday said it suspended star quarterback Brady for the first four games of next season and fined the New England Patriots $1 million for its role in “Deflategate.” | REUTERS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in NFL Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 1. The NFL Monday suspended Super Bowl MVP Brady for the first four games of the season. | AP BOSTON – The National Football League on Monday fined the New England Patriots $1 million for its role in “Deflategate” and will suspend star quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of next season.The NFL also said the Patriots will forfeit their first-round selection in the 2016 draft for using under-inflated footballs in last season’s AFC Championship game.last_img read more

This week in esports: Evil Geniuses, MAD Lions E.C., Rogue, Puma

first_imgInvestments and acquisitions, these are two actions that happen quite often in this industry. This week in esports has been no different, with a few prominent organisations announcing a business move involving one of those two things.We have a twice-weekly newsletter that informs you of every significant happening in the business and industry side of esports, feel free to subscribe here.Evil Geniuses acquired by PEAK6 Investments Image credit: Evil GeniusesNorth American organisation Evil Geniuses announced that it had been acquired by Chicago-based firm PEAK6 Investments.Nicole LaPointe James, who formerly worked in the strategic capital branch of the firm, has been appointed as the CEO of Evil Geniuses moving forward.Read the full article here.OverActive Media announces acquisition of MAD Lions E.C. Image credit: MAD Lions E.C.OverActive Media – the parent company of Splyce, Toronto Defiant, and an unnamed Call of Duty franchise – added another esports brand to its portfolio.Spanish organisation MAD Lions E.C. is now under ownership and control of OverActive Media, expanding the company’s reach in Spain and Latin America.Read the full article here.ReKTGlobal welcomes investment from Tainy and Lex Borrero Photo credit: Roc NationRogue’s parent company, ReKTGlobal, added to its music-heavy ownership group after receiving investment from Latin music figures Marco “Tainy” Masís and Lex Borrero.The producer and manager duo will help with the growth of Rogue in Latin America through strategic partnerships and streaming content.Read the full article here.Cloud9 expands sponsorship deal with Puma Photo credit: LoL EsportsNorth American organisation Cloud9 extended and expanded its sponsorship deal with Puma after an initial deal with its LCS team for the 2019 Spring Split.The German athletic apparel company has signed a multi-year deal with Cloud9 that will see them work on a full apparel collection that involves all of the teams under the organisation, besides its Overwatch League franchise London Spitfire.Read the full article here.Join our Discord Server!last_img read more