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Vermonters usually get their basic health care in a primary care setting – in the office of a family physician, pediatrician, obstetrics and gynecology or general internist practice, or dental practice.
Primary care practitioners (who may be physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, physicians' assistants, or dentists) screen for disease, counsel patients about their health-related behaviors, treat illness, refer for specialty care, and manage an individual's or a family's total health care. A long-term relationship between a patient and provider or provider group ensures that a complete medical history and other health information are easily available, and that care is consistent and coordinated over time. The place where a person receives these primary care services can be called a "medical home".
Public health professionals are concerned with creating the conditions in which everyone can have an equal chance at health. The Vermont Department of Health employs public health nurses who work in our central office and in the 12 local health offices around the state to promote and protect the health of whole communities and populations. We also work to attract and retain an adequate supply of health care professionals so that every Vermonter can have a medical home.
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More than 200 primary care practices and 350+ individual and group dental practices are located throughout Vermont. Here is information about FQHCs, Rural Health Centers and free clinics.
Public health nursing is a specialty practice within nursing and public health, using knowledge from nursing, social and public health science to promote and protect the health of populations.
We gather data on 40+ health care professions. From this we can calculate ratios of population to provider full-time equivalents, identify and direct resources to areas of greatest need.
A variety of federal and state funded educational loan repayment and loan forgiveness programs are available to health care providers to help meet the needs of Vermonters.
Community Health Workers can play an important role in supporting peoples' health in community settings. They connect people to services, reduce barriers, and serve as a peer or professional resource for patients.