New Regional Coordinator for Healthier Living Workshops and Tobacco Treatment

July 14, 2016

BENNINGTON—July 14, 2016—Kathy Dockum has joined the Vermont Blueprint for Health team as the regional coordinator for self-management workshops and as a tobacco treatment specialist. Both positions are funded through a grant and cover Southern Vermont.

Vermont Blueprint for Health offers many helpful workshops for patients that are struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, emphysema or COPD. There are also workshops for people coping with chronic pain and those interested in quitting tobacco. The workshops are based on research conducted at Stanford University and are designed on the most effective principles for helping people manage their conditions or quit smoking. Registration is ongoing.

Previously, Dockum worked for more than 20 years as an office manager and patient coordinator with Dr. Michael Algus, MD, FACP, at SVMC Pulmonology in Bennington. She also worked as a volunteer with Hospice and the Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) for more than 10 years. She is certified tobacco treatment specialist.

“I am excited to be in this position. I have always encouraged patients to be informed about their condition and taking charge to improve their health,” Dockum said. “I look forward to helping patients discover how they can use new and old skills to improve the quality of their life.”

To learn more about upcoming Healthier Living, Chronic Pain, and FreshStart Tobacco Cessation Workshops, contact Dockum at 802-440-4098 or For more information about all Blueprint programs, visit or

About Vermont Blueprint for Health:

The Vermont Blueprint for Health is a state-led, nationally-recognized initiative that helps health care providers meet the medical and social needs of people in their communities. Medical Homes are the foundation of the Blueprint, along with practice facilitators who help them continuously improve care and community health teams, who expand available services to include free care coordination, counseling, substance abuse treatment support, health coaching and more. The Blueprint also helps design innovative interventions, like Support and Services at Home (SASH) for elders and Hub & Spoke Medication Assisted Therapy for individuals battling opioid addiction. All Blueprint work is closely integrated with health and human service organizations through Community Collaboratives that guide care delivery and payment reforms at the local level. As our health care system evolves, the Blueprint's aim is constant: better care, better health, and better control over health care costs.