SpeakSooner Presents…

March 28, 2016 by celia

Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman have been invited to share their groundbreaking work throughout the region.

On January 21, 2016 the Bandmans presented, “Difficult Conversations in Community Healthcare” at Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Community Health Rounds, a forum for providers participating in the Vermont Blueprint for Health. The group was introduced to the Difficult Conversations Toolkit and SpeakSooner initiative.

On April 2, 2016 the Bandmans will present a workshop in Montpelier, VT addressing communication issues surrounding the use of complementary care at the Vermont Cancer Survivors Network conference “Expanding Cancer Care: Exploring Choices in Complementary Integrative Medicine” .

On May 2, 2016 the Bandmans will be in Burlington, VT to speak on “Difficult Conversations in Primary Care” at the University of Vermont Medical Center Family Medicine Grand Rounds.

CCM’s outreach programs are aimed at educating patients, loved ones and healthcare professionals about the SpeakSooner initiative. The next SpeakSooner community program in Bennington, VT Finding Your Path Through Illness & Getting The Help You Need is scheduled for April 26, 2016.

Small Town—Not So Small Talk

March 21, 2016 by celia


I recently ran into a friend at the Price Chopper, a local supermarket and frequent meeting place. “I love reading your blogs. Sorry I missed your community program last November on dealing with illness,” he said. “But you know me,” he continued, “I don’t want to talk about it.” (more…)

April 26, 2016 – Community Education Program

March 16, 2016 by celia

SpeakSooner Community Education Program – April 26, 2016

Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street Bennington, VT from 5:30 – 7:00 PM

 Illness forces us to ask: what do I need and to whom do I turn?

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 the Bennington-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present, “Finding Your Path Through Illness & Getting The Help You Need,” the first in the 2016 SpeakSooner community education series builds upon last November’s program attended by over 120 people. As one attendee noted, “The overwhelming attendance reflected the thirst and need for your expertise.” The program is free and open to the public.

This event will assemble a panel of experts to discuss resources available in our region that help to support patients and loved ones facing healthcare challenges. Learn to be better prepared to ask for the supports you need.

The panel includes: patient Lindy Lynch; SVMC hospitalist James Poole, MD; SVMC cancer patient navigator Rebecca Hewson-Steller, RN; licensed acupuncturist Cindy Reilly, Dipl.Ac.; Reverend Lucy Ijams; and medical humanist Celia Engel Bandman. The program will be moderated by CCM co-founder Bernard Bandman, PhD. There will be time for audience questions and a reception will follow.

CCM’s SpeakSooner initiative is committed to getting patients living with serious illness, their loved ones and healthcare providers on the same page sooner in the course of illness through timely, open and honest conversations about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality-of-life considerations and supports, respectful of one’s needs, values and goals.

Through the generosity of sponsors, all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of CCM’s Difficult Conversations Toolkit.

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