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Published on December 05, 2014

Bowse Health Trust Announces 2015 Grant Awards

The Bowse Health Trust Committee made decisions regarding projects to fund in its recent grant cycle.  Four projects will receive up to 3 years of funding starting in 2015. In eighteen years the Bowse Health Trust has funded a total of 52 programs, which target residents of all ages in a variety of Rutland County communities. With the $300,000 awarded in this round, the Bowse Health Trust has now committed over $3.8 million to improve the health of the community.

 The projects that are chosen include:

  • Outdoor Adventure Series hosted by Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (VASS)

The Outdoor Adventure Series will offer children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience a variety of activities during the summer weekly sessions. Activities offered will include cycling, paddling, swimming, hiking and fitness tracking. The program is targeting individuals who can benefit from wellness coaching and engagement in adaptive physical activity. Partners include area schools, Rutland Mental Health, Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Killington Arts Guild.

  • Rutland Health Care Share hosted by Vermont Farmers Food Center

The Health Care Share is a twelve week nutrition program that will provide local produce and nutrition education to patients who are in need of nutrition supports to improve their health. This program is modeled after a program that exists in Chittenden County and Central Vermont.  Health care providers will identify the patients who qualify for the program. During the growing season, these patients will receive weekly supplies of local produce, participate in cooking classes and attend grocery store tours. Partners in this program include health care providers, Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, Hunger Free Vermont, and area farmers.

  • Cooking and Nutrition Education Program hosted by Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL)

Cooking classes will be modeled after the evidence based program call Cooking Matters, and will be offered throughout Rutland County. These classes will target both those patients receiving the Health Care Share and lower income populations who what to learn hands on cooking skills. The focus will be on planning, budgeting, shopping, and preparing health meals that focus on increasing the number of fruits and vegetables consumed. Partners in the program include many referring organizations, the Rutland Nutrition Coalition, area colleges, Vermont Farmers Food Center, and area churches and community centers for the use of kitchens.

  • MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) Clinic Hosted by Recovery House

This clinic will provide buprenorphine treatment for individuals who are addicted to opiates. This clinic will be located in Rutland and add to the existing MAT services. It will start by treating 25 patients and expand as the need is determined. The partners in this program include Westridge Treatment and Recovery Center, Rutland Mental Health, Rutland County Rapid Intervention, Turning Point, and Vermont Department of Health Division of Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Prevention Services.

The Bowse Health Trust was developed in 1996 by the Rutland Regional Health Services, the parent company of Rutland Regional Medical Center.  The Health Trust provides seed money to fund projects in the Rutland Region that are aimed at improving the health status.

The next grant cycle will be announced in April 2015. Grants are awarded on an annual basis.  The application information is posted on the RRMC website ( For more information call 802-747-3770.

Members of the Health Trust Committee: Larry Jensen, Chair, Victoria Young, Vice Chair, Tom Huebner, President, Ed Ogorzalek, Treasurer, Joanne Calvi RN, Rick Lovett MD, Jo Ann Riley, Jeff McKee PhD,  Pam Reed, and Joe LaRosa.

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