Highlights of TalkVermont to date:
TalkVermont began in the Spring of 2017. We identified 30 clinicians from throughout Vermont and the Adirondack region of New York to become TalkVermont Communication Coaches. Each coach completed an in-person 5-day certification course over a 6-month period of time to teach the VitalTalk communication method.
To date, we have completed 12 TalkVermont communication workshops throughout Vermont (Burlington, Berlin, Middlebury) and Adirondack Region of New York (Glens Falls) and we will continue monthly workshops to reach clinicians in all regions of Vermont. More than 130 physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and chaplains have completed our full day course, “Mastering Late Goals of Care” communication course. Clinicians report improvements in their communication skills and greater satisfaction with patient interactions after taking the course.
We have also initiated the Serious Illness Care Program in two Premier Demonstration Sites: UVM Health Network Home Health and Hospice, and Colchester Family Practice.