Waterbury, Vt.-A website created to inform mothers across the nation about the quality of healthcare in each state recently ranked Vermont first in the nation for maternal and early childhood health.MomScore, an interactive tool that presents moms and moms-to-be with relevant, comprehensive data about maternal health in their states, was created by RevolutionHealth.com, a leading comprehensive health and medical information site.The website reviewed over 50 quality indicators of maternal and infant health from federal and state government sources, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Census Bureau, and leading non-profit organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In consultation with clinical and public health policy experts, they identified ten key indicators of maternal and early childhood health.Vermont ranked no. 1 in five of the ten indicators, boasting the best family paid leave policy, lowest risk of pregnancy complications, most affordable children’s health insurance, and the lowest infant as well as maternal mortality. In each of the other indicators, access to prenatal care, availability of childcare, air quality, low incidence of violent crime, and affordable health insurance rates, Vermont ranked within the top 10 states.”I am pleased that MomScore confirms that Vermont is the best place in the country to support maternal and early childhood health,” noted Governor Jim Douglas. “This ranking highlights the commitment my administration, state legislators, our congressional delegation, and our community partners have made to ensuring that all Vermonters have access to excellent pre-and post-natal care and affordable, high quality health care through innovative and affordable programs like Green Mountain Health.”Governor Douglas noted, however, that this success must be replicated across the entire healthcare system. “Every family deserves the peace of mind that affordable and accessible healthcare provides. That is why I am absolutely committed to taking more bold steps to reform our healthcare system and reduce the cost of care.”Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency Human Services, agreed. “This website is wonderful acknowledgment of the hard work the Governor, AHS staff, particularly at the Health Department, the Office of Vermont Health Access, and the Department for Children and Families’ have done to ensure Vermont mothers and their children receive the best possible start in life. While we should never be completely satisfied, clearly we can be proud of all we are doing to promote maternal and child health.”Revolution Health Group is a leading consumer-centric health company founded to transform how people approach their overall health and wellness. The cornerstone of Revolution Health is RevolutionHealth.com, a free, comprehensive health and medical information site, specifically designed with women and other caregivers in mind. The site offers respected, scientifically sound health information as well as more than 125 online tools aimed at helping individuals take control of their well-being.Please visit: www.revolutionhealth.com/momscore(link is external) for further information.
Mikey Dancer motored to the season-opening IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win at Lincoln County Raceway. (Photo by Steve Towery)By Kelly NinasNORTH PLATTE, Neb. (April 28) – Perseverance was tested but it was worth the wait for the 2018 Lincoln County Raceway season opener in North Platte on Saturday evening. The heated action was highlighted with the pits being jam packed with competitors looking to start their season off on the right foot in front of a large crowd.Earning IMCA feature wins were David Murray Jr., Danny Concelman, Mikey Dancer, Jeromy Wagner and Andrew Baumgarder.No stranger to the winner’s circle, Murray weathered a storm restarts to earn his career 550th IMCA Modified feature victory. Coming from the middle of the pack, Cale Osborn pressured Murray on the final restart, only to be forced to settle for runner-up accolades.Wasting no time to get to the front, Dancer cruised to the feature win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. Dancer started on the outside of the second row, took the lead on the second lap and never looked back.Grabbing the lead near the halfway point and winning the sprint to the finish was Concelman in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Starting on the pole was a great foundation for success for Jeromy Wagner to earn the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature victory. Wagner paced the field after garnering the point position on the third lap.It was like a movie story line for Baumgardner in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. Baumgardner started on the front row and led the first three laps before relinquishing the lead as a result of a flat tire.After restarting at the rear, Baumgardner zigzagged through traffic to chase down leader Daryl Cauffman on the 12th lap and drive his way to the winner’s circle.
The men’s hockey team may finally be able to shed the youthful tag it’s been wearing all year.After sweeping Alaska Anchorage (6-14-2, 3-14-1 WCHA) with 4-0 and 3-2 decisions at home, Wisconsin (12-10-2, 7-9-2 WCHA) earned its second conference sweep of the season – third sweep overall – and finally broke above a .500 record.Junior forward Derek Lee broke the sweep down to the bare essentials that made the distinction between a win and a loss.“It’s the little things that we did this weekend,” Lee said. “And a lot of guys stepped up for us.With seven goals on the series coming from seven different Badgers, Wisconsin was looking consistently stronger than it has throughout the first half of the year.But it was two key performances that made the difference in each game.Schultz continually a game-changerJunior defenseman Justin Schultz will always be a catchy topic. It’s rare for him to not make a difference in any performance and whether by assist or goal, he – along side sophomore Mark Zengerle – is normally quarterbacking UW’s offense.With four assists and a goal on the weekend, Schultz ended with a plus-7 on the ice.But without a beautiful backhanded pass from Schultz, UW wouldn’t have swept UAA and could be cemented at its .500 status.Streaking up the right side, Schultz took a pass from freshman forward Joseph LaBate at center ice. Schultz drove all the way to the net before tapping it out to LaBate in the slot, who notched the go-ahead goal.“I don’t think he gets tired, to be honest with you,” Lee said. “He’s just so effortless when he skates. Basically he’s so competitive that he wants to be out there. It showed tonight once again; every night it shows. He’s a game-changer. It was a real nice pass over to LaBate to finish it.”While Lee joked about his fellow Canadian’s playmaking ability, Eaves spoke about Schultz’s heightened fitness and mechanics.“I think one of the Justin has going for him is because he’s such an effective skater, he doesn’t have to work as hard as some people do when they skate,” Eaves said.Rumpel stone cold in shutoutIn a 4-0 decision Friday night, freshman netminder Joel Rumpel could not have been more solid in net or look more sure of himself. After turning away 23 shots, Rumpel earned his second shutout in a three game span and of the season.The last time a rookie posted two shutouts in a single season for the Badgers was in the 1980-81 season.Head coach Mike Eaves broke Rumpel’s performance down to the simple metaphor – that incidentally mixed two opposites.“His virtue is his vice,” Eaves said Friday night. “His virtue of having ice in his veins is a very good thing as a goaltender because he’s not going to get rattled. At the same time that pilot [light] in his belly has got to be lit.”And it certainly was.While Rumpel gave up two goals the following night, he still faced a total of 50 shots on the weekend, resulting in 48 saves.Rumpel has started all six games since the break and has only allowed eight goals through that stretch, going 5-1.“He’s patient in there, and his rebound control has been looking really good,” Zengerle said, speaking to Rumpel’s development throughout the season. “There were some shots today, they were tough shots, a lot of deflections that he moved and got the save on.”Notoriously one of the most laid-back players on the team, Rumpel’s calm demeanor and maturing confidence in the crease has started to trickle through the rest of the locker room.“He’s one of the most laid back goaltenders I’ve ever played with; I think all the guys would agree with that,” freshman Jake McCabe said. “It was kind of scaring us at first. Usually your goalies are all nervous before the game, but he’s nice and relaxed. I think it’s starting to get us relaxed. We see him in net, nice and confident.”While Rumple wasn’t able to cap off the sweep with another shutout, he still made key saves that kept the Badgers in the game.Through the beginning of the second half of the season, Rumpel has started to pull away as Eaves’ go-to goalie, but the freshman can’t lose whatever is currently fueling his play.“We as a coaching staff don’t to want him to ever lose that ice in the veins because that’s one of the skills he has, but he … is raising that level of competitiveness by turning up the flame in his belly,” Eaves said.