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UVM health director quietly resigns after a year on the job

Dr. Harry Chen, Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

January 29, 2020

The executive director of UVM’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and the University’s chief public health officer has stepped down from his role.  Harry Chen, former Commissioner of Health for the state of Vermont, is “transitioning” from his role as executive director of the Center for Health and Wellb...

Ambassadors advise smokers

A popular place to smoke on campus is outside Williams Hall. The Center for Health and Wellbeing is attempting to limit on-campus smoking by hiring student cigarette ambassadors to engage with students smoking on campus and post informational signs.

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019

Smokers on campus can now expect to interact with the new cigarette ambassador program while taking a drag. The Center for Health and Wellbeing is attempting to limit student cigarette use by engaging with smokers on campus and posting informational signs, said Parker Holloway, program coordinator f...

Cigarette ambassador role created

A sign indicating UVM's tobacco-free policy on campus in front of University Heights Feb. 24. The Center for Health and Wellbeing is hiring two students for paid ambassador positions to enforce the tobacco-free policy.

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

The Center for Health and Wellbeing plans to hire student ambassadors to remind students of UVM’s tobacco-free campus policy. A grant, which was just approved, will help pay the students, said Dr. Harry Chen, executive director for the Center for Health and Wellbeing. “Two student ambassadors [will be] w...

Opioids on campus: with no consensus, a problem goes unchecked

Opioids, pills and substances like heroin have gotten national attention as more and more states declare health-related emergencies. Experts are in agreement that substances like heroin are present on UVM's campus.

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

January 15, 2019

Sarah came to UVM ready to start the next chapter of her life. As the daughter of a heroin addict, she knew the dangers of the drug. But to her surprise, opioids followed her to campus. The scope of the opioid problem is not clear at UVM, but the experts are in agreement that substances like heroi...

Students struggle to book health appointments during finals

Students struggle to book health appointments during finals

Joey Waldinger, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2018

Students are struggling to schedule appointments essential to their physical and mental health, often in the days leading up to finals. Due to increased demand for Center for Health and Wellbeing appointments – including Counseling and Psychiatry Services and Student Health Services – students say t...

Health center director steps down after two decades

Health center director steps down after two decades

Lindsay Freed, Senior Staff Writer

December 5, 2017

The director of the Center for Health & Wellbeing is stepping down after eight years in the role. Though he has loved working with students, Jon Porter wanted to return to an environment where he would be doing more long-term clinical work, he said. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” ...

University recognized for reduction in high risk drinking

University recognized for reduction in high risk drinking

Lauren Schnepf, Staff Writer

July 10, 2017

UVM was one of three universities to receive recognition for its efforts to reduce high risk drinking and substance abuse on campus. The University was presented with the Prevention Excellence Award at the annual Campus Prevention Network Summit June 12 in Boston by EVERFI, an education technology co...

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