Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Names Treasurer, Trustee

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — W. Scott Rogers has joined the Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires as treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees. 

Rogers has more than 30 years of experience as a professional economist, including more than 20 years in senior roles at the International Monetary Fund. His expertise in both the government and corporate sectors covers fiscal, monetary and exchange rate policy, debt management, inflation risk management, and national energy planning. 

"Scott's extensive international experience will bring a new, broader perspective to our board," said Arthur M. Peisner, VIM's chairman of the board.  "At the same time, his current service as chair of the Finance Committee for the town of Windsor ensures he's deeply aware of the needs of our rural population. He will be an integral member of the VIM team at a time of unprecedented challenge for our patient base."

From 1992 to 2014, Rogers served in a variety of roles at the International Monetary Fund. As mission chief to Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cape Verde, Burundi and Eritrea, he led the IMF's financial negotiations and annual country consultations and helped design economic and financial policy frameworks to promote sustainable economic growth.  While at the IMF, Scott also served as senior resident representative to Nigeria, Kenya and the Federal Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and was a senior economist and desk officer for Uganda.  

Before joining the IMF, Rogers was a senior economist in the International Economics Department at DRI/McGraw Hill, an economist in the Industrial Countries Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and an economic associate in the National Center for the Analysis of Energy Systems at Brookhaven National Laboratory. 

Rogers and his wife Susan Phillips live in Windsor, Mass. They have two grown children whom they don't see enough. He received a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics, with concentrations in applied macroeconomics, and international and development economics from Boston University. 

VIM's mission is to provide access to quality health care for income-qualified, uninsured and underinsured adults living in the Berkshire region. VIM provides free, integrated medical and dental care, behavioral health services, optometry, nutrition counseling, massage and acupuncture and has pioneered Shared Medical Appointments and a Non-Opioid Pain Management Program in Berkshire County.  

In 2019, VIM’s volunteer and staff clinicians treated nearly 1,000 individual patients over more than 6,000 visits. In addition, VIM volunteers provided nearly 900 free rides for patients to and from critical medical appointments. VIM also made over 800 referrals to address patient needs for housing, personal safety, legal aid and other social determinants of health. We envision a society in which all members of our community have an equal opportunity to achieve good health.

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It's World Breastfeeding Week

By Kate Hylan

This week, Aug. 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, a global campaign to support, raise awareness and engage in conversations about breastfeeding.

At Community Health Programs and Barrington OB/GYN, we strive to help our patients feel informed and supported in their breastfeeding journeys. We have a team of lactation consultants, certified nurse-midwives, doctors, and nurse practitioners who are ready, willing and able to answer any breastfeeding questions and help our patients succeed in reaching their goals. In fact, many of us have breastfed (or are breastfeeding) our own babies and/or supported partners; so we can speak from both clinical and personal experience.

We understand that breastfeeding exclusively is not an option for some moms. We are also here to support these moms in ensuring babies' nutrition.

Breastfeeding is one of the most important actions a family can take in order to provide a baby with the best start possible in life. It is recommended to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of baby's life and to continue breastfeeding until at least the child's first birthday. Breastmilk includes cells, hormones and antibodies to help protect babies. This mixture is unique and ever-changing with a baby’s growing needs throughout their early life.

Babies who are breastfed are at lower risk of many childhood illnesses and diseases including asthma, obesity, ear infections, childhood leukemia, type 2 diabetes, eczema, lower respiratory infections and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

For mom, breastfeeding can help to decrease postpartum blood loss, promote maternal-infant bonding and decrease risks of type 2 diabetes and ovarian cancer. Plus, breastfeeding can burn as much as 500 calories a day, promoting healthy, sustained weight loss! In addition, formula costs on average $1,500 and $1,800 per year, so it is can be a big money saver.

Breastfeeding has enumerable benefits for both mother and baby, but it truly does take a family effort to be successful. For moms, breastfeeding is a full-time job! A year of breastfeeding calculates as almost the exact same hours as working a 40 hour workweek, with three weeks' vacation – both nearly 2,000 hours a year.

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