Community Spotlight

  • UVM & VT United Ways Survey Puts Health Priority-Setting in Hands of Community
    September 24, 2020
    Vermont United Ways and the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont are providing Vermonters with a say in prioritizing community health needs via a survey that is the largest and most comprehensive public health project ever conducted by UVM medical students.
  • New $5.4 Million NIH Grant Funds UVM Center for Biomedical Shared Resources ​
    September 21, 2020
    A new $5.47 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine will support the creation of the UVM Center for Biomedical Shared Resources. The grant will fund completion of the Center's home on the first floor of the new Firestone Medical Research Building, which will be located on the south end of the Larner College of Medicine complex.
  • Larner Team Plays Role in NIH COVID-19 Blood Clotting Treatment Trials
    September 10, 2020
    The University of Vermont (UVM) is participating in a major national research effort to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID-19—the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.
  • Sigmon Featured on Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business List
    August 11, 2020
    University of Vermont Associate Professor of Psychiatry Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D., has been selected by Fast Company for its 11th annual list of the Most Creative People in Business, which honors an influential and diverse group of leaders from a vast range of global industries including tech, design, entertainment, healthcare, media, government, nonprofit, sports, food, and more.
  • Larner Students Lead Advocacy for Protection in Admissions for Activism Legal History
    August 3, 2020
    Medical students at the Larner College of Medicine led a national movement in June to appeal to key national medical education organizations to advocate for a change in assessing a record of arrest stemming from social justice-related protesting. Larner students built a coalition of eight national student organizations, and crafted a letter signed by thousands of student supporters that was sent to the members of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • VT Substance Use Prevention Studies Use Novel Approach to Keep Young People Engaged
    July 28, 2020
    Ensuring the effectiveness of policies and media campaigns targeting young people is critical to achieving substance use prevention, but state surveillance systems are often not nimble enough to capture quickly changing substance use trends. New findings from UVM researchers and colleagues highlight how a uniquely flexible survey instrument and use of incentives help capture relevant data and keep young Vermonters engaged.
  • Kids Rarely Transmit COVID-19, Say Pediatric Infectious Disease Experts Lee and Raszka
    July 13, 2020
    A commentary published in the journal Pediatrics by Benjamin Lee, M.D. and William V. Raszka, Jr., M.D., concludes that children infrequently transmit COVID-19 to each other or to adults and that many schools, provided they follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and take into account rates of transmission in their community, can and should reopen in the fall.
  • PACE Studies Seek Feedback on Substance Use and Vape Prevention Messaging
    June 23, 2020
    ​Earlier this spring, the PACE (Policy and Communication Evaluation) Vermont team, led by UVM Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychological Science Andrea Villanti, Ph.D., M.P.H., a member of the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, received funding (R21DA051943, U54DA036114) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, to conduct two studies: The PACE Vermont Study will assess perceptions and problems associated with vaping in youth and young adults, and the PACE Vape Messaging Study will focus on identifying effective vaping prevention messaging in Vermont young adults. The PACE Vermont team will be recruiting approximately 1,200 youth (aged 12-17) and young adults (aged 18-25) for these two research studies in summer 2020 via pacevt.org.
  • Atherly Receives RWJ Grant to Study Vermont Community Health Teams
    June 18, 2020
    A new, three-year $500,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will allow members of the UVM Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) at the Larner College of Medicine, led by center director and Professor of Medicine Adam Atherly, Ph.D., to explore the effectiveness of community health teams in improving the quality and efficiency of health care delivery.
  • Health Workers, Students Demonstrate Support at #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives Vigil
    June 16, 2020
    More than 250 University of Vermont Medical Center staff members, Larner College of Medicine students and leaders gathered June 5 at 1 p.m. for a silent demonstration of support for racial justice in honor of George Floyd and others who have died due to racism and police brutality.