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James T. Bowse Health Trust Announces 2019 Grant Awards

January 06, 2019

A Department of Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland, Vermont: The Bowse Health Trust Committee is pleased to announce that they have approved funding for three new programs. The projects will receive up to 3 years of funding starting in 2019. For over twenty years the Bowse Health Trust has funded a total of 63 programs, which target residents of all ages in a variety of Rutland County communities. With the additional $269,994 awarded in this round, the Bowse Health Trust has now committed over $4 million to improve the health of the community.

The projects chosen include:

Farm-Based Experiential Learning hosted by the Vermont Farmers Food Center

The goal of the Vermont Farmers Food Center is to provide ground-to-table experiential learning surrounding local produce for K-12 students in Rutland County. By helping students discover and participate in how their food is made, and the relationship is of food and agriculture to their own bodies and health, VFFC is looking to develop a life-long investment in nutrition. Partners include: Rutland City Rotary, Green Mountain College, University of Vermont Extension Program, Come Alive Outside, College of St. Joseph, and Rutland County Schools.

Mill River ENGAGE! Hosted by Mill River Unified Union District

The goal of Mill River Union is to provide robust out-of-school-hours opportunities to enhance the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of students in grades 5-8. The program hopes to re-engage youth with creative endeavors, physical activity, and STEM applications, in order to positively impact the behaviors and emotional concerns faced by middle schoolers.  Partners include: Wonderfeet Kids Museum, College of St. Joseph, the MINT Maker Space, Vermont State Parks, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

Suicide Safe Care hosted by the Center for Health and Learning 

The goal of the Center for Health and Learning is to reduce barriers to mental health services and to decrease the deaths by suicide in Rutland County. By training a multitude of health care, mental health care, and social service providers in the principles of Zero Suicide, the Rutland region will be ready to respond and provide suicide safe care to all community members. Partners include: Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region, Rutland Mental Health, and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

The Bowse Health Trust was developed in 1996 by the Rutland Regional Health Services, the parent company of Rutland Regional Medical Center. The Health Trust provides seed money to fund projects in the Rutland Region that are aimed at improving the health status.

The next grant cycle will be announced in April 2019. Grants are awarded on an annual basis, and the application information is posted on the RRMC website (www.rrmc.org). For more information, please call Marjanna Barber-Dubois at 802-776-5503 or email at healthtrust@rrmc.org. 

Members of the Health Trust Committee for 2018: Joan Gamble, Chair; Victoria Young, Vice Chair; Claudio Fort, President; Judi Fox, Treasurer; Renee Bousquet, Rick Lovett MD, Jo Ann Riley, Jeff McKee PhD, Pam Reed, Nanci Gordon, Dick Courcelle, and Caprice Hover.