Annual collaborative meeting to be held Nov. 3-4; Registration now open

Registration for the annual collaborative meeting between the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Medical Society, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians, Vermont Psychiatric Association, and University of Vermont Office of Primary Care is now open. 

The meeting will be held during the 204th VMS annual meeting, Nov. 3-4, at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vt. 
For more information, including hotel reservations, schedule of events, leadership award honorees and event sponsors, click here.

Chapter President Dr. Rhinehart discusses immunizations on PBS Newshour

AAPVT President Dr. Jill Rhinehart was recently featured on PBS Newshour discussing the importance of immunizations and successful efforts to strengthen regulations in Vermont. 

Dr. Hagan honored with national AAP award

Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter member Dr. Joseph Hagan received the Clifford G. Grulee Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago on Sept. 18, 2017. The award, one of the highest bestowed by the AAP, recognizes outstanding service to the Academy.

AAPVT and VMS statement on the failure of marijuana legalization

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter (AAPVT) and Vermont Medical Society (VMS) are pleased that our policymakers have chosen not to pass legislation legalizing marijuana at this time, and we thank them for their commitment to the health of Vermont’s citizens, especially its children. 

AAPVT statement on Gov. Scott's veto of marijuana legalization

MAY 21, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter (AAPVT) applauds Gov. Phil Scott’s decision to veto legislation legalizing marijuana in Vermont.  

As numerous health experts testified throughout the legislative session, legalizing recreational marijuana would have created substantial risks to the health and development of Vermont’s children and adolescents, and normalized use of the drug in ways that had great potential to increase youth use rates.  

Marijuana legalization passes legislature, heads to Gov. Scott's desk

With the House and Senate’s passage of S.22, a bill that legalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and two mature (and four immature) marijuana plants per household, marijuana legalization now moves to the Governor’s office

Vermont House passes marijuana legalization bill

The Vermont House on Tuesday (May 2) passed legislation that would legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and two mature (and four immature) marijuana plants per household. 

The legislation will come to the House floor for a third, and final reading, Wednesday.  The legislation’s future in the Senate, and if approved there, once it's on the Governor’s desk, is uncertain. 

For more information, read this VT Digger article

Tobacco 21 fails in close Senate vote

After a seesaw legislative session, the effort to raise the age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 has failed, suffering defeat in the Vermont Senate today by a vote of 13 (in favor of raising the age) to 16. 
To view how each senator voted, click here.  Please reach out to senators who supported this important public health measure and thank them.


Senate re-confirms Marijuana legalization on third reading

The Senate today reconfirmed on third reading its passage of legislation that would legalize marijuana.  The legislation, initially passed Friday by a vote of 21 to 9, would create a system to regulate and tax retails sales of marijuana - largely mirroring legislation passed last year by the senate - while also allowing home-grown marijuana and small-scale farming operations. 

New AAPVT member e-newsletter

Introducing the first issue of AAPVT's new member e-newsletter. Topics in this issue include tomorrow's House floor vote on marijuana legalization, a new "In the Statehouse" section on aapvt.org, and free “curbside” child psych phone and e-mail consultations.

Check out the first issue here