Resources for Vermont Cancer Survivors Have Improved

survivor resources

With the release of the new resource page at, the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network has provided an easy to use resource that allows you to search by location and need.

Whether a provider trying to refer a patient to a physical activity program in their area, a survivor looking for information on temporary housing while receiving treatment, a family member searching for additional support resources, this page offers over 150 community, statewide, and national resources for cancer survivors.  Check it out and share it with those you know impacted or working to change the face of cancer in Vermont.

How Can You Help Prevent HPV? Read, Share, and Post These Important Oral Health & HPV Resources

Designed and developed by Team Maureen with the support of the Massachusetts Coalition for HPV-Related Cancer Awareness and the MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the materials below are available to help you positively influence patients to make well-informed oral health and cancer preventive decisions.  Go to to learn more.

Resource Sheet with Tips for Talking About HPV: Tips for Talking about HPV at the Dentist

HPV and Cancer Office Poster: Cancer Prevention for Your Child Starts at the Dentist!

HPV and Cancer Brochures for Patients: Understanding HPV & Cancer at the Dentist

HPV and Cancer RxPad: Referral for HPV Vaccine Series 


What is Research in Action?

On April 12, participants at VTAAC’s 11th Annual Meeting will discuss the importance of making cancer a preventable, treatable disease in Vermont  during the “Research in Action” luncheon.

Thank you to our wonderful moderators and the research teams, lawmakers, survivors, and advocates supporting this panel and this this day!  We look forward to seeing you all during this interactive discussion on Wednesday.


2017 VTAAC Impact Award

Please help us by nominating a colleague or associate for this important award

Form available here:  Annual VTAAC Impact Award – 2017

The VTAAC Impact Award is to recognize excellence in reducing Vermont’s cancer burden.  Awards will honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to addressing cancer prevention, detection, treatment and/or survivorship.  Two awards will be given out, to support the efforts of individuals supporting (a) VTAAC-related activities and (b) Activities external to VTAAC.  The awards will be presented at the VTAAC Annual Meeting on April 12, 2017 in Montpelier, Vermont at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center.

The nomination deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017.  Please download the form above and send it back to Jessica French at or hardcopy to Jessica French, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.



2017 VTAAC Annual Meeting


Our Plan in Action: Making Cancer Preventable and Treatable

Join us for a celebration of statewide partnerships in the changing landscape of cancer

Members of Vermont’s cancer coalition, Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer (VTAAC) will be meeting at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier, Vermont on April 12, 2017 for our 11th Annual Meeting.  From 9-3:30pm, community partners and other members are invited to discuss the work that has been done in research, prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship.  We will be celebrating the work of our VT community, clinical and local partners alike, and the statewide partnerships that are advancing quality of life and reducing the impact of cancer.

Last year’s meeting kicked off the new Vermont Cancer Plan and included a formal recognition of a bi-partisan resolution to support the 2016-2020 Vermont Cancer Plan by the Vermont Legislature.  For the past year we have been discussing, promoting, and implementing many of the strategies within that plan.

This year’s theme, Our Plan in Action: Making Cancer Preventable and Treatable, recognizes the importance of statewide collaboration and the role that research and community health initiatives play in cancer survivorship in Vermont.  It will be a celebration of the strides we have made to reduce the impact of cancer in our communities, but also an honest discussion of the work we still have to do.

Please click below for additional information.  Registration is required and capped at 100 participants. 

               2017 VTAAC Annual Meeting Registration           

Following the event, everyone is invited to State House for a possible visit with the Governor and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Legislative Reception from 4-6pm in the Cedar Creek Room.  Please click here to register for this portion of the day:

2017 RSVP for Vermont Cancer Action Day Registration 


Vermonters, the HPV Vaccine, and the New Recommendation – Data Brief Released from the VT Immunization Registry

Earlier this winter the Vermont Immunization Registry released a new data brief on HPV.  New recommendations for the vaccine were unveiled by the CDC in 2016 and providers and community health workers around the state enhanced their efforts to raise awareness of these new recommendations, the importance of the vaccine, and the risk of HPV-associated cancers.   Please click below to download the full document, read more about HPV in Vermont, and spread the word!

-> HPV Data Brief – Vermont Immunization Registry <-



Are you familiar with the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report?


February celebrates both National Cancer Prevention Awareness, but also World Cancer Day on February 4th.  This month VTAAC is focusing its efforts on prevention and we will be sharing resources both here and on our Facebook for providers and public.

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is a series the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases as “the agency’s primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations.”

A recent MMWR report highlighted data from the 2013 U.S. Cancer Statistics Data set analyzed by the CDC.  Registries from around the country helped to report this data, aiding the CDC in monitoring the objectives of Healthy People 2020.

As we focus on awareness this month both personally and professionally, take moment to consider some of the information that this report presents:

1) “Conclusive evidence links cancer at multiple sites with tobacco use, alcohol use, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, excess body weight, and physical inactivity”

2) “Many cancers could be prevented by implementing evidence-based interventions to reduce cancer risk factors, promote healthy living, and encourage appropriate cancer screening”

Read more from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released on 1/27/17 thanks to the CDC here: Invasive Cancer Incidence and Survival – United States, 2013


Related Resources:

Healthy People 2020

Providing science-based, 10-year national objectives to improve health, Healthy People is responsible for establishing measures and monitoring progress to achieve these goals.  The initiative aims to improve collaboration, decision-making, and prevention among communities nationwide.  In December 2010, Healthy People 2020 was introduced thanks to the collaborative efforts of many health care professionals and providers.

Healthy Vermonters 2020

Healthy Vermonters 2020 is the state health assessment plan that documents the health status of Vermonters, guiding the work of public health across the state, and presenting more than 100 indicators and outcomes provided through the Healthy People 2020 initiative.


Check out the latest newsletter from Office of Primary Care at the Larner College of Medicine

If you have yet to check out the latest issue of Primarily Vermont, it opens with an interesting article on population health improvement efforts and the challenges prioritized by facilities statewide.  Summarizing the reports from Community Health Needs Assessments at hospitals around Vermont, the article offers the chance to review and reflect on how we are working to meet these needs.

Published by The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Office of Primary Care, the newsletter is dedicated to those that deliver and teach primary care.  Click below to read more from this issue or visit to learn about what the Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers are doing to improve the health of Vermonters.

Primarily Vermont Winter Annual Report 2016

Primarily Vermont