Category Archives: Health

UVM Master of Public Health Alumna Sets Her Sights on Improving Water Quality

Rachel Danis’ interest in water quality started in college and exponentially flourished after graduation. While volunteering for a wetland conservation organization in Valencia, Spain, Danis realized how much she enjoyed collecting water samples and analyzing water quality data. When she returned home to Plattsburgh, New York, she eventually enrolled in the online UVM Master of Public […]

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Health Care Management Classes Help Hospital Employee Refine Her Skills

-Health Care and Leadership Management Certificate student Kathleen Merrick Kathleen Merrick approaches patient care from a holistic point of view. As an ophthalmology patient service specialist at UVM Medical Center, Merrick is on the front lines of health care customer service as she spends her days guiding patients as they schedule appointments or register for […]

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An End-of-Life Doula Guides Loved Ones through Death and Grief

-UVM’s End of Life Doula Certificate Program teaches caregivers how to support the dying as well as families and friends. When Kelly Coffey’s childhood friend lay dying in the hospital, she used her end-of-life skills to provide comfort and support. Coffey, who works as a staff assistant in the Employee and Family Assistance Program at […]

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Interpreting EMS Data through the Lens of Public Health

When Chelsea Dubie responds to a 911 call or analyzes emergency services data, she applies the skills she learned in UVM’s Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health. Dubie is an advanced emergency medical technician and assistant chief of the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department in northwestern Vermont, as well as the emergency medical services data […]

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How the Master of Medical Science Degree Prepared Nate Dow for Medical School

Nate Dow will head to medical school this fall at the UVM Larner College of Medicine. The UVM alumnus, who earned his undergraduate degree in biological science in 2014, enrolled in UVM’s Master of Medical Science Degree program (MMS) after deciding he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Dow, who is from West Newbury, […]

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UVM’s End-of-Life Doula and Palliative Care Programs Create Community Event About Care Conversations and Options

Having a conversation about death and dying isn’t typical dinner table chat. But if you ask Kimberly Paul, it probably should be. Paul, author of Bridging the Gap, Life Lessons from the Dying, is traveling around the U.S. in her RV to encourage people to have the hard conversations about the end of life, because […]

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Gerontology Certificate Focuses on the Health and Personal Growth of Elders

In a little over a decade, an important demographic turning point will happen in the United States. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65, and one in every five residents will be retirement age, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections. The 2030s are projected to be a transformative […]

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Epidemiologist and Data Expert Vicki Hart Joins UVM Public Health Program

Vicki Hart believes in the power of data. In the field of public health and epidemiology, she believes that quality data can provide an accurate picture of the world and help shape important policy measures. “There are so many questions and so much misinformation out there about health and health policy, and the only way […]

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Healing the Mind and Body with Cannabis

Gyan Devi suffered from debilitating migraines that traditional medicine couldn’t treat effectively. She experienced serotonin poisoning and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS), a disease characterized by a weeks-long course of thunderclap headaches, sometimes focal neurologic signs and occasionally seizures. Her condition left her sick in bed for days at a time and even in a […]

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Summer Medical Mentorship Program Provides an Inside Scoop About Applying to and Succeeding in Medical School

Imagine getting the opportunity to ask a first-year medical school student what med school is really like. That’s just what Program Director & Professor of Biochemistry, Paula Tracy, PhD is hoping students do. UVM’s Medical School Mentorship & Enrichment Program, a 4-week program starting in June, is designed to help prospective medical students truly experience medical […]

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