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S.20 has been officially signed into law.

Governor Shumlin has officially signed S.20 into law, establishing dental therapists in Vermont!

Vermont Digger article: Gov. Shumlin Celebrates Law to Expand Dental Services to More Vermonters

“The new law creates a licensing level of dental care providers that is mid-way between a hygienist and a dentist, and sets high standards for education, testing and supervision. Dental therapists will be able to perform more procedures than a hygienist, such as fillings, simple tooth extractions, temporary crowns, and more procedures aimed at treating children.

‘Our coalition has been working for six years to raise awareness about the connection between dental health and overall health, and the lack of equitable access to care. Children, older adults, people with disabilities and those with low incomes find it particularly hard to access dental care,’ said Michelle Fay, Associate Director of Voices for Vermont’s Children. ‘It’s gratifying to know that dental therapists will help bridge this gap in Vermont.’”

Learn More:

Marketplace podcast: Big Smiles in Vermont over Dental Therapy

Vermont Business Magazine article: New Law Will Expand Dental Services in Vermont

Huffington Post article: Organized Dentistry Loses Big in Another State as Propaganda Stops Working

W.K. Kellogg Foundation post: Grassroots Efforts Lead Change in Oral Health Care in Vermont

Vermont ranks 6th for child well-being in annual KIDS COUNT Data Book

The 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a state-by-state index of the well-being of America’s children, ranks Vermont 6th in the nation for overall child well-being. Vermont’s ranking has fallen in recent years; in 2013 and 2014 the state was ranked 2nd but in 2015 it fell to 5th place. The Data Book determines a state’sContinue Reading

Equity In Vermont Education System Requires Multi-Level Approach

Equity In Vermont Education System Requires Multi-Level Approach

Voices for Vermont’s Children, an independent child policy research and advocacy non-profit, released a new report today. Education Matters: The Impacts of Systemic Inequity in Vermont examines the impacts of rising social inequality on Vermont students and student achievement by looking at indicators like standardized test scores, school size, disciplinary practices, out-of-school time, and graduationContinue Reading

VT Digger: Patrick Rowe: Dental therapists could boost access to dental care

Patrick Rowe: Dental therapists could boost access to dental care Apr. 26, 2016, 6:55 pm by Commentary 1 Comment Editor’s note: This commentary is by Dr. Patrick Rowe, a dentist at Red Clover Family Dentistry in Bristol.   When I started practicing dentistry in 2003, the only thing I focused on was providing theContinue Reading

Budget Update

Voices for Vermont’s Children stands with the many organizations serving and giving voice to Vermonters who are being left behind by an uneven economic recovery in asking the legislature to increase investments in children and families. Almost 16% of Vermont children (more than 18,000) are living below the poverty line, a higher rate than whatContinue Reading

Increasing access to oral health care in Vermont

Voices has long been concerned with health disparities that are masked by Vermont’s relatively good record on providing health care. One of the most significant disparities exists in access to oral health. Because oral health is integral to overall health, the lack of access to dental care in Vermont undermines the health and well beingContinue Reading

We need dental therapists in Vermont. Read Megan’s story:

We are advocating for increased access to oral health care in Vermont. One Vermonter shared how helpful this will be for her, read her story below: We are a self-employed family of six—my husband works as a carpenter. We grow our own food and are thrifty in every possible way. Yet, we cannot afford healthContinue Reading

Paid Sick Days Testimony 1/20/16

Annie Accettella of Voices for Vermont’s Children testified to the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs. Read her testimony here:   January 20, 2016 To: The Senate Committee on Economic Development Re: Testimony on H. 187 Healthy Workplaces Bill Provided by: Annie Accettella Campaign Director, Voices for Vermont’s Children   Good MorningContinue Reading

JOIN US for our conference!

Advocacy Matters: Transforming the State Together Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Montpelier, VT What would happen if the people devoted to serving Vermont’s most vulnerable people came together, created a shared vision and worked together to make that vision a reality? What if we really could change the world? Get tickets now! At thisContinue Reading

Testimony to the Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee, November 18, 2015

Testimony to the Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee November 18, 2015 Prepared by Michelle Fay, Associate Director Thank you for the opportunity to testify. As you know, Voices for Vermont’s Children advocates for policies that enhance the well-being of children and youth in Vermont. We bring our legislative priorities related to child protection todayContinue Reading