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

P&O Ferries presents record-breaking cheque to RNLI

first_imgP&O Ferries has presented volunteers and officials from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with a cheque for £14,018.54 at its Dover HQ, beating its previous year’s donation by £495.95. The amount raised by the ferry operator’s employees and customers represents its largest ever donation to the charity. P&O Ferries has a long-standing association with the RNLI, which is one of its two official charities. Raised through collection boxes placed on all six of its ships serving the English Channel throughout 2019, allowing donations of any currency, P&O Ferries’ own crew and shore staff also added to the total through various fundraising activities. The latest contribution puts the total amount raised for the RNLI’s Dover branch by P&O Ferries since 2010 at over £111,000. In attendance at the presentation and the lunch that followed was a range of figures from the RLNI’s Dover branch along with representatives from P&O Ferries. The donation will go towards the vital, first-class training of RNLI’s crew members – which has an annual cost of £1,600 per individual – who work tirelessly to save lives at sea. Joe Ciantar, Head of Security, Gaming and Financial Services at P&O Ferries, said, “It’s a great pleasure to present the RNLI with a cheque for over £14,000. Given its strong seafaring tradition, P&O Ferries has supported the fantastic work of the RNLI for many years, and it’s thanks to the generosity of our passengers and employees that we have had yet another record-breaking year of fundraising.” James Clapham, Coxswain at RNLI’s Dover branch, said, “We are enormously grateful to P&O Ferries for their continued support and latest contribution. Its valuable donations go a long way in ensuring our crew have everything they need to continue their life-saving work.” Sea News, March 13 Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Bart Starr walking again after stem cell treatment

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Bart Starr had quite a meal Tuesday morning in Alabama — three pancakes and an omelet with three eggs and cheese.Bart Starr condition deteriorated after suffering a heart attack, two strokes and a four seizures in September.Bart Starr condition deteriorated after suffering a heart attack, two strokes and a four seizures in September.It was made by his wife Cherry, his bride of 61 years. And it didn’t take him long to eat it.“He fed himself the entire breakfast,” Cherry Starr said. “It was great.”It was another small but significant moment for Starr, the legendary former Green Bay Packers quarterback. Before he underwent an experimental stem cell treatment in June, Starr, 81, could barely walk or feed himself. His condition had deteriorated after suffering a heart attack, two strokes and a four seizures in September.But now he can walk and eat unaided, seemingly sparked back to his feet with the help of this treatment.“It’s just been really exciting to witness,” Cherry Starr told USA TODAY Sports. “Some of it might have been natural. It might have happened without the stem cells to some degree. But there’s no question that has absolutely helped him, and some of his cognition has improved rather dramatically really. He can do things like tie his shoes. He’s feeding himself. He can read. I could go on and on about a lot of things that we’re witnessing that are really, really exciting to us.”She said Starr received an infusion of 90 million stem cells in June, when he traveled to the San Diego area for treatment. During the trip, they also met with two other sports heroes who previously received similar treatments: hockey great Gordie Howe, 87, and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie, 79.Fetal stem cells and the sports legends they revitalizedIt was quite a moment — three iconic former athletes disabled by strokes but brought together by their faith in an experimental new medicine that has not yet been approved for widespread use in the U.S.Brodie and Starr both were NFL MVPs and had competed against each other as recently as 1970, when Brodie led the 49ers over Starr and the Packers 26-10. Starr received his stem cell treatment the same week Howe had returned to the area for a second round of a similar treatment.“We had a good visit when (Starr) and Gordie were here, and John was chief of enthusiasm,” John’s wife Sue Brodie told USA TODAY Sports. “I think it rubbed off on Bart, as he now has a personal trainer and has had numerous improvements. He realized that he can get better. That is the key also. He is being treated like an athlete and not a patient. Very important for these guys.”Both Brodie and Howe received stem cell treatments at a clinic in nearby Tijuana, Mexico. Cherry Starr said she agreed not to talk about the companies and location involved in her husband’s treatment until a later time. But she described a treatment pattern similar to Brodie’s and Howe’s.She said Bart Starr is returning to the San Diego area for more stem cells in September, this time to receive stem cells that are believed to help the brain. Similarly, Brodie and Howe received two separate injections of two different types of stem cells — mesenchymal stem cells derived from the bone marrow of an adult donor, and neural stem cells, derived from a single donated fetus. Those stem cells were manufactured by Stemedica, a company in San Diego, which didn’t return a message seeking comment about Starr.Such a two-cell treatment is not yet available in U.S. clinical trials, but a spokesman for Stemedica previously told USA TODAY Sports that the company soon would apply to begin one in the U.S. In the meantime, its products have been tested in foreign clinical trials, including at a licensed clinic in Tijuana, where it’s less expensive to conduct.“I think people have a strong and legitimate interest in what’s happening with stem cells, and I’ll be glad when this country will permit stem cells for the brain,” Cherry Starr said. “You shouldn’t be forced to go out of the country to receive this help.”Experts caution that this is unproven medicine and that natural healing and physical therapy also can cause improved conditions. That’s why it’s being tested in clinical trials — to determine if it’s safe and effective. Experts also generally caution against getting unproven medicine in foreign countries because they don’t have the same safety and efficacy standards as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).“It is understandable that patients and families facing major health issues such as strokes are looking for hope from stem cells, and I wish them the best,” said Paul Knoepfler, a biomedical scientist and associate professor at the University of California, Davis. “At the same time, there is little if any evidence that these kinds of non-FDA approved treatments actually work and are safe.”On the other hand, some families just don’t feel like they have other options after a loved one suffers a debilitating stroke.“Honestly this (condition) is the just the most undignified thing that can happen to a person,” Cherry Starr said. “It totally robs a man or a lady of their dignity.”How Soviet Union science helped American sports heroesCherry Starr said her husband wasn’t expected to live much longer after suffering his strokes, a sequence that started with a rare complaint of a headache. About three weeks after returning from San Diego in June, she said they started noticing significant improvements.“This last week, he’s been walking all by himself,” she said. “It’s been pretty amazing.”Starr spoke briefly in a video that aired in Green Bay Saturday honoring Brett Favre, another legendary quarterback who was joining him in the Packers Hall of Fame.“Four weeks ago, he could not have done this,” Cherry Starr said. “He was able to read the teleprompter, and that was just amazing to me.”His son, Bart Jr., spoke at the ceremony and said his father “had begun turning the corner in a significant way.”Cherry Starr declined to say what the procedure cost. “It is an expensive procedure — that I will say,” she said. “And I’ll be glad when it’s more affordable for more people.”She said the family has hired a therapist to work with him and is anxious for their upcoming return to the San Diego area. The two are high school sweethearts from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Ala.“I just want a better quality of life for him, and I’ll do anything to make that happen,” she said. Follow sports reporter Brent Schrotenboer @Schrotenboer. E-mail: [email protected] VIDEO: JOHN BRODIE’S ROAD TO RECOVERYPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWNlast_img read more