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Published on November 6th, 2015 | by Burlington Partnership

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Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community Builds Roots of Prevention in Burlington

On October 21st, we held our 7th annual Roots of Prevention award celebration and breakfast at the ECHO Center. Over 100 community members and local leaders attended this inspirational annual event that recognized outstanding individuals and programs supporting prevention and health and wellness in Burlington.

The keynote speaker, Tracy Dolan, Deputy Commissioner from the Vermont Department of Health spoke to the audience about the policies, practices and interventions that support public health and make it easier for community members to make healthy choices. She acknowledged the importance of the connection between the work of the individual award winners and state laws that support healthy decision making related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Deputy Chief Bruce Bovat also spoke about the role of the Burlington Police Department in supporting substance abuse prevention in the Burlington Community as part of community policing efforts and BHS senior Andrew Ely shared info about what the youth prevention group Students Taking Action and Risks Together at BHS have been doing to support positive choices for their peers and of the importance of having positive caring adult role models in the life of teens.

The following four awards were presented to very deserving recipients who have supported our community:
DG Weaver Award: Patty Wesley, School Counselor and Director of Guidance and Counseling, Burlington High School
Outstanding Individual Award: Melanie Needle, Senior Planner, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
Youth & Families Award: Nurses of the Burlington School District
Outstanding Program Award: Jack Stackhouse & Jeff Thompson, Teen Program, Burlington Boys and Girls Club

Our Director, Mariah Sanderson, says she believes “that one of the best ways to achieve positive outcomes for our community is to bring the community together to address our own problems and enhance our strengths.” The President and CEO of Burlington Labs (the presenting sponsor for this event), and BPHC Board Chair, Michael Casarico, has this to say about the award celebration, “My philosophy of life is to think globally and act locally, and that’s what Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community does. All of BPHC’s projects are about increasing the quality of life for people and Burlington Labs supports those who help people grow and live healthier. We want to reward the commitment of this year’s Roots of Prevention award recipients by showing our support at the ceremony because they help make Burlington a safer and healthier community every day.”

Want to get involved and help this amazing work in our community continue? Consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation to BPHC. A common phrase among people working in substance abuse prevention is “prevention works!” The reason we say that is because researchers at Iowa State University found that for every $1 spent on prevention efforts, it saves $10-20 that would later have been spent on treatment, associated health costs, emergency room services, and incarceration. Truly, every gift – regardless of its size – will help us reduce youth substance abuse rates in Burlington and makes a big impact in our community’s future!

Donations can be mailed to the BPHC office, or you can donate here on our secure website. Thank you!


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