Vermont’s new dental periodicity schedule finalized

Last year, The American Academy of Pediatrics released Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition. Bright Futures is an essential resource that provides health care professionals with recommendations for pediatric health promotion, health supervision, and anticipatory guidance.  Bright Futures is also Vermont’s early, periodic, screening, diagnosis, and treatment (EPSDT) periodicity schedule for medical services.   The 4th edition includes several themes.

AAPVT meets with Gov. Scott to discuss legislative priorities

A handful of AAPVT members met with Gov. Phil Scott last month to discuss the chapter’s 2018 legislative priorities.  

Participating in the meeting were Lewis First, M.D., Barbara Frankowski, M.D., Jill Rhinehart, M.D., Wendy Davis, M.D., AAPVT Executive Director Stephanie Winters, and pediatric resident Hans Moen, M.D.

Dr. Mike Kilcullen honored with Green Mountain Pediatrician award

Mike Kilcullen, M.D., was awarded the AAPVT’s Green Mountain Pediatrician award, the chapter’s highest honor, for his 38 years of dedication and service to his Woodstock-area patients. 

The award, which recognizes an outstanding pediatrician who has made a significant contribution to childhood health in Vermont, was presented to Dr. Kilcullen at the 204th annual VMS collaborative meeting in November. 

Chapter President Dr. Rinehart 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.