March 20 Neighborhood Planning Assembly 6:45 pm Miller Center

In Vermont alone, 215,000 people no longer have a lifetime limit on coverage; 47,000 women have seen their coverage for preventive services like mammograms expanded; 78,000 seniors and people with disabilities who have Medicare have already received free preventive care; and 4,000 young people who would otherwise be uninsured are staying on their parents' insurance plans until they turn 26.

 March 20 guests will include:

·         Mark Larson, head of Dept of Vermont Health Access, will update us on health care legislation. Commissioner Larson oversees management of Vermont's publicly funded health insurance programs. He has a key role in moving forward Vermont’s health care reform efforts, including the new Vermont Health Benefit Exchange and Green Mountain Care.
·         Alan Sousie RN and Mary Hart, RN, Board of Health, will present the revised city water fluoride guidelines. Discussion with Paul Kenworthy DMD, Chuck Seleen DMD, and Donna Hayes RDH.
·         David Rome will take a closer look at the statistics in the school district's Diversity Report, and Peter McConville will update us on the Nellie Mae grant and the high school transformation.

Business includes a proposal that we move the assembly to fourth Wednesday (starting in May) because there are no conflicting city meetings that night.  Elected and appointed officials will be there to discuss issues with residents.  Appointees to boards and commissions are also invited -- to familiarize residents with the work of boards, to encourage residents to attend board/commission meetings, and to serve on one of  the many citizen boards that make up city government.

Come join us and find out what your neighbors are talking about !!!  All are welcome !!

Facilitator:  Jason L’Ecuyler, Ward 7
7:00  Welcome people at home, Introductions, Announcements, Agenda, Ground Rules.

7:05  Business: Change assembly date to fourth Wednesday, Urban Reserve Task Force.  
7:10  Discussion with Elected and Appointed Officials about city issues. Facilitator will ask elected/appointed officials to come forward, and share the available time. Residents may comment, ask questions.
7:40  Open Forum for Residents - Brief statements of neighborhood/citywide interest or concern. Questions, comments. (Please come to the mic so all can hear you clearly.) Officials remain in place so issues can be directed to them for action, explanation, and resolution. 
8:00 PROGRAM: Vermont Health Care, Fluoride in H2O, *Response to BHS Diversity Report
9:00  Reflections:Thoughts/ideas that came up  during the evening.

Task Force Report on the Recommended Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Burlington School District: http://bit.ly/GYq2ui

*Response to the “Task Force Report on Diversity, 
Equity and Inclusion” of October, 2011:http://bit.ly/GYpRiA