Increased investments in community health coming to Island Pond

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ISLAND POND — Increased investments in community health will be coming to Island Pond and St. Johnsbury with the addition of RiseVT, the prevention program of OneCare Vermont, and its Amplify Grant program.

Led by Jen Grant, RiseVT Program Manager at Northern Counties Health Care, Amplify Grants are intended to provide financial support to local projects that focus on key health and wellness priorities, like promoting walkable communities, supporting nutrition education, increasing opportunities for physical activity, improving stress management, enhancing support for breastfeeding, or supporting tobacco-free environments.

Grant will work with a team of community members to seek out and expand opportunities for everyone to get active, eat well, and enjoy local connections in St. Johnsbury and Island Pond.

“RiseVT has placed program managers at hospitals and health centers across Vermont with the goal of working with local stakeholders across all sectors of the community to invest in local health and wellness initiatives,” said Marissa Parisi, Executive Director of RiseVT.

Grant has worked at NCHC since 2018 as a Community Resource Coordinator, connecting patients with local resources to meet their needs.

In her capacity as a RiseVT Program Manager, Grant will be able to expand on her direct service work to promote local efforts supporting health and wellness where local community members live, work, learn, and play.

“I look forward to digging deeper into the infrastructure, policy, and programming changes necessary to address the social determinants that impact the health of those in the Northeast Kingdom, and amplifying local efforts that make the healthy choice, the easy choice.” said Jen Grant. “

Grant says OneCare Vermont, RiseVT, and the Accountable Health Community at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, known as NEK Prosper, are all committed to community-based population health in the region.

She says she is looking forward to supporting community-based initiatives in the St. Johnsbury and Island Pond areas in collaboration with local community partners.

Organizations in St. Johnsbury and Island Pond that are looking to collaborate with RiseVT should visit www.risevt.org to connect with RiseVT Program Manager, Jen Grant, and learn about the Amplify Grant program.

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