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Published on December 06, 2021

James T. Bowse Health Trust Announces 2022 Grant Awards

The Bowse Health Trust (BHT) committee is pleased to announce funding for three important projects over the next three years.

For 25 years BHT has awarded grant funds to collaborative community programs which measurably improve the health of Rutland County residents. The 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment identified significant needs locally in Housing, Mental Health, the Aging Community, and Childcare and Parenting. In addition, COVID-19 has further illustrated disparities for some of the most vulnerable in our community, increasing the need and visibility for addressing Health Equity. For these reasons, the 2022 grant recipients are: Come Alive Outside, Vermont Adult Learning, and Vermont Farmers Food Center. Starting in January 2022, these organizations will receive BHT funding for their selected projects because of critical need for these services within our community.

Come Alive Outside – Outdoor Passport Mobile Application for Underserved Populations

Bowse Health Trust funds will support the evolution of Come Alive Outside’s (CAO) Flagship Outdoor passport program into a new model that focuses on specific populations using technology to maximize impact and reach. CAO will work with new and existing community partners to connect older Vermonter’s who use technology and lower-income adults who are at risk of or already suffering from chronic physical and mental health issues. The mobile app will be free for target populations and create hyper-localized outdoor activities aimed to improve health and connection to the community.

Vermont Farmers Food Center- Everyone Eats 2.0

Everyone Eats 2.0 is an extension of the COVID relief effort to address food insecurity. The low barrier access to nutritious prepared meals will provide food to Older Vermonters and community members in transitional housing situations where cooking and preparing meals is not easily achieved. With established partnerships of local restaurants, food producers, and volunteers, Bowse Health Trust will support this innovative program to continue using their existing structure to feed those most in need.

Vermont Adult Learning – Energy Works

Vermont Adult Learning has partnered with statewide agencies and BROC to provide an Integrated Education and Training (IET) to grow and advance the weatherization labor force. Bowse Health Trust will help this project prepare individuals for well-paying stable careers in weatherization and solar panel and heat pump installation. Not only will Energy Works to support those enrolled in the IET program but will ultimately increase the needed weatherization of Rutland's housing stock and improve the health of all those involved.

As our community evolves, the Bowse Health Trust is committed to improving the health of Rutland County Residents. While COVID-19 has drastically changed the way in which we connect and help each other, our ability to be collaborative, caring, and innovative endures. Our three new grantees and five current grant recipients, along with 60 programs funded in the past, touch and improve many lives. The next grant cycle will be announced in April 2022, as grants are awarded on an annual basis. To view our Annual Report and the application information, please visit www.rrmc.org/about/bowse-trust; or for more information, please contact Jamie Bentley at 802.282.9585 or email healthtrust@rrmc.org.

Members of the Health Trust Committee include Joan Gamble, Chair; Victoria Young, Claudio Fort, Renee Bousquet, Nanci Gordon, Lisa Ryan, Doug Norford, Kate Bosnich, and Mary Beerworth, MD.

About the James T. Bowse Health Trust

Established in 1996 by Rutland Regional Medical Center, the Bowse Health Trust works to fund collaborative, community-based programs aimed at creating a healthier community. A resolution by the Rutland Regional Health Services (RRHS) Board of Directors renamed this initiative in memory of James T. Bowse, President/CEO of Rutland Regional and RRHS. Jim died unexpectedly on June 17, 1997. He came to Rutland Regional in 1989 and, during his tenure, maintained an active interest in the health and wellness of the community. Jim was instrumental establishing the Trust in the fall of 1996. In naming the trust after Jim, we recognize the contributions he made to our community. Since then, the Bowse Health Trust has funded $4.5M to 64 programs in the Rutland Region.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

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