Recent News and Updates

Vermonters must be 21 to purchase and possess tobacco products starting Sept. 1

Law aims to protect youth from harms of e-cigarettes and reduce smoking rates BURLINGTON, Vt – Starting September 1, [2019] Vermonters must be at least 21 years old to purchase and possess tobacco products or paraphernalia. The new law also includes tobacco-substitute products, such as e-cigarettes. Health officials say the increase in buying age will […]

Gaining Confianza: Cross-Cultural Lessons on Community Progress

Note: Trust is at the heart of the Public Health Council’s work. Are we representing our community partners fairly? Are we truly listening to them? Are we promoting work that addresses issues of concern to our community in a way that is meaningful and respectful? Every once in a while someone manages to describe the […]

A Workshop Explores Racism

On May 20, 2019, The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley and the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation presented a free full-day public workshop, Racism of the Well-intended: Examining Privilege and Power. “Racism of the Well-intended.” It’s a somewhat unusual title for a workshop, which is why presenters Art Woodard and Jim Wuelfing asked 100 participants […]

Mental Health Month is May

For Mental Health Month, Donna Stamper, Public Health Council partner and volunteer with the NAMI Upper Valley Affiliate Support Group, submitted the following Letter to the Editor to the Valley News. It appeared in the Forum on Wednesday, May 08, 2019. We reprint here with permission of the writer.   Because May is Mental Health […]

Exploring Community Health Priorities in the Upper Valley

Improving community health is at the core of the mission of the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley. Most of our partners share this goal, but contribute in different ways to reaching that goal. Some partners are health care providers, some provide treatment for substance use disorders or mental illnesses, others support people in […]