SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – RiseVT, a primary prevention strategy of OneCare Vermont, has partnered with Springfield Medical Care Systems to bring health and wellness opportunities to the Springfield area as part of a massive statewide expansion to improve the health of Vermonters where they live, work, learn, and play. OneCare Vermont is the Accountable Care Organization for the state, working with providers to improve patient health and lower healthcare costs.
“It’s a lot easier to get more exercise in if your school hosts regular walk to school days or incorporates yoga into the classroom daily routine,” remarks Marissa Parisi, executive director of RiseVT. “When you are at work it helps employees lead healthful lives if the cafeteria or catering options are all healthy or there is time set aside for walking groups – or if your town installs sidewalks so it’s easier to move around on foot, or your local libraries loans out snowshoes. All of these sorts of small changes can really add up for individuals to make an impact on their health outcomes.”
RiseVT started in Franklin and Grand Isle counties with a commitment from to invest in preventive health for the community served by the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. SMCS is the eighth health provider to now have RiseVT, hiring Laura Jensen as its onsite program manager in February.
Jensen comes to RiseVT with a background in public health and lifestyle medicine. “I am excited to be working in the Springfield area where there are many existing organizational and natural resources available that encourage health and wellness,” Jensen remarks. “I look forward to drawing attention to these efforts, working with the community to provide capacity, resources, and develop strategies to fill any gaps in services.”
“Our commitment to preventive health is clear with our new lifestyle medicine program that can help address individual’s health issues through lifestyle changes. The addition of RiseVT will make it easier for our patients to keep up with their lifestyle change options, while also preventing chronic diseases in the first place,” states Joshua Dufresne, acting CEO of SMCS. SMCS is among the first health systems in Vermont to offer lifestyle medicine – the department out of which Jensen will do her population health work.