Out & About: Vital Communities launches E-Bike Subsidy Program

Published: 8/22/2021 10:02:39 PM
Modified: 8/22/2021 10:02:40 PM
Vital Communities launches E-Bike Subsidy Program

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Low and moderate income Vermonters can now receive financial assistance to purchase e-bikes to use for their daily transportation needs.

The E-Bike Subsidy Program, which was started by White River Junction-based nonprofit organization Vital Communities and is being sponsored by the Vermont Department of Transportation, is now accepting applications at vitalcommunities.org/ebikeapp, according to a news release. The program will cover 25% to %100 of the e-bike’s cost, depending on the applicant’s income level. The goal is to assist 12 people in the first year of the program.

Those who are accepted will attend workshops at Vital Communities related to their e-bikes and participate in surveys for two years.

For more information, contact Vital Communities Program Coordinator Anna Guenther at 802-291-9100, ext. 117, or anna@vitalcommunities.org.

D-H nurse scientist gets grant for remote sleep study

LEBANON — Cassandra M. Godzik, an advanced practice registered nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Dartmouth Centers for Health & Aging, has been awarded a $20,151 grant from the Rockefeller University Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing Scholars to study how sleep environments relate to disease prevention, with a focus on older adults.

Gozik, who previously worked as an EMT, will spend the next year conducting her study, according to a news release from DHMC. She chose to study sleep, in part, after witnessing the unsafe sleep environments of people she would care for while going out on calls. Her study will be conducted remotely, meaning people will sleep in their own beds and use sleep lamp technology to participate.

“There haven’t been many sleep studies done in the space where people actually sleep most of the time; usually, it’s in a clinical setting. The insight I got as an EMT going into people’s homes was shocking and a lot more accurate than what a patient might share at their doctor’s office,” Godzik said in the release. “By studying people’s sleeping habits at home, I hope to get more accurate and valuable information about the quality of people’s sleep, and how improving their sleep environment and habits can improve their lives.”

Bayada Hospice names associate medical director in Norwich

NORWICH — Dr. Barbara Lazar, MD, is the new associate medical director for the Bayada Hospice, nonprofit organization in Norwich.

Lazar graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1987 and worked on normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease projects as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania while attending medical school there, according to a news release from Bayada. Lazar did her residency in family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University before working for seven years on the Navajo Reservation, in Shiprock, N.M. She has also worked at the Dr. Lazar worked in the Department of Family Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for Elderly) VT, in Rutland and Gifford Hospital before returning to DHMC to care for older adults.

“My decision to join the Bayada team is based on many years’ experience of sharing the care of elders at the end of life with this amazing team,” Lazar said in the release. “I am blessed to be part of this team of bright, deeply caring and hardworking people all pulling in the same direction to serve people facing death.”

WISE starts support group for teenage survivors of sexual violence

LEBANON — People ages 14-18 who have experienced a form of sexual violence are invited to participate in a new Teen Group started by WISE, a nonprofit organization that support survivors of sexual violence.

The group will meet over Zoom for eight weeks each Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. from Sept. 29 to Nov. 17. Among the topics covered will be gender stereotypes, body image, media, trauma, coping, and healthy relationships, according to an announcement from the Lebanon-based organization.

To join, email kimberlyknowltonyoung@gmail.com or celine@wiseuv.org.

Upper Valley Trails Alliance seeks volunteers for Tour de Taste event

NORWICH — Volunteers are needed to register participants, serve ice cream, direct traffic and take photographs on Sunday, Sept. 12, during the Upper Valley Trails Alliance’s Tour de Taste event.

The fundraiser, which involves cyclists biking along scenic routes as they stop to sample food from area eateries, is the nonprofit organization’s largest annual fundraiser.

Email volunteer@uvtrails.org to volunteer. Volunteers can participate in the event for free.

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