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A Hospice Volunteer Supports the Dying, Loved Ones from a Distance

After losing her mother and grandmother a month apart, Alana Osher felt compelled to learn more about end-of-life support. “When my mom got sick—she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of terminal cancer—I was her caregiver at the end, and it was kind of crazy and a whirlwind,” Osher says. “I remember feeling so frustrated […]

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How Can Parents Support Children’s Well-Being During COVID-19?

Children and young adults may be feeling significant stress during the coronavirus pandemic. Stress is a normal, healthy biological response to perceived threats and challenges, but too much of it can be harmful for our well-being. Research shows that being in the presence of a compassionate, safe adult can help kids and young adults feel […]

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In the Age of COVID-19, An End-of-Life Doula Looks for Ways to Support the Dying

Henry R. Carse is a writer, author, pilgrim theologian, and peace activist with more than 40 years of experience living and working in the Middle East. Carse is the Founder of Kids4Peace International, a non-profit interfaith dialogue and action movement that engages Palestinian and Israeli youngsters and their families across the lines of conflict. He […]

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Dr. Jan Carney: Social Distancing is a Proven Public Health Strategy

Over the past few weeks, the term “social distancing” has entered the public lexicon. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, public health experts are urging social distancing as a way to flatten the curve. Data from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic suggests that strict social distancing slowed disease spread and decreased […]

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In Her Grief, Virginia Chang Set Out to Support Others as an End-of-Life Doula

Personal, profound loss made Virginia Chang want to become an end-of-life doula. After losing three loved ones in a seven-month period, Chang felt powerless, helpless, and grief-stricken. “I was 52 years old and had not experienced any other deaths in my life. I really knew nothing about death or the dying process. I didn’t know […]

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A Retired Dentist Explores Medical Cannabis Through UVM

James Brent is starting a new chapter in retirement. Once he retired from dentistry after 42 years in private practice, the Missouri resident enrolled in UVM’s Cannabis Science and Medicine Professional Certificate. Brent was eager to learn the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and dosing for medical cannabis. “I’m kind of an herbal hobbyist. I took some classes […]

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Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile Part 2: Making Connections, Communicating Well

By Kate Whitney You’ve created your LinkedIn profile, filled in your basic information, and have chosen a headshot that speaks to your professionalism and is industry-appropriate—but your only connections are your brother, your mom, your college roommate, and your old high school librarian. In Part 2 of our series on Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile, […]

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UVM High School Summer Program Helps Students Explore Health and Medicine

Shaye Squillante wants to study science and medicine in college. So when she learned about UVM Summer Academy’s Health and Medicine course, the high school student jumped at the chance to enroll. Summer Academy’s Health and Medicine course exposes students to the world of medicine and bioscience through active learning in labs, lectures, demonstrations, and […]

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How Doulas Honor the Individual Needs of the Dying and Their Loved Ones

When it comes to death and grief, everyone responds differently. That’s the number one lesson Judy Ashley, alumni and instructor, learned in the UVM End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program. Ashley, who retired in August as director of the Vermont Department of Health’s St. Albans District Office, has long been interested in death, dying, and grief. […]

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A Former Sports Therapist Finds Relief with Cannabis Treatment

Ken Johnson used to be the go-to person for injured athletes. The recreational gymnast spent the early part of his career providing sports therapy to elite athletes competing in everything from gymnastics and bobsledding. The Attleboro, Massachusetts, resident accompanied athletes to the Olympic Games in 2002, 2004, and 2006. But when Johnson became sidelined with […]

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