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Vermont deserves to celebrate the remarkable public health campaign that has pushed the state’s vaccination rate past 80 percent and dramatically reduced the threat of COVID-19. But as we savor the return to normal, we cannot forget that a different public health challenge has only become more urgent. Last year opioid-related deaths in Vermont were up 38 percent from 2019. But before the pandemic, Vermont was making progress in the effort to help people climb out of addiction, and it can do so again. Here’s how.

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Can We End Gun Violence in Vermont? One nonprofit believes we can

In a statement on May 25, 2022, Vermont Community Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith emphasized the need for gun control policy in response to the major mass shooting incidents that occurred last month. The Insight Hub researched the topic of gun control, and the following article is a result.

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The Stranglehold of Student Debt: How charitable giving can bring relief

In 2020, a study by the Vermont Futures Project found that after paying for rent, childcare, food, cars, insurance, and an estimated $635 a month in student loans, a couple with one child would have about $75 a month in disposable income. Philanthropy can pave the way for new strategies to minimize debt and increase education attainment.

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