Perspectives on Homelessness: With and Without the COVID-19 Pandemic

Raghav Goyal and Ronni PearlmanWritten by Raghav Goyal '22 and Ronni Pearlman
My understanding of homelessness has built over the last three years here in Burlington, Vt., and has revealed, for me, some basic truths: Homelessness is a transient condition that many people go in and out of; not everyone has mental health or substance abuse issues; and the people in the homeless community are unbelievably diverse in age, nationality, race, political bent, and education, with stories you would never anticipate. Read more...

Larner Responds: Setting Up a Field Hospital

Hillary DanisWritten by Hillary Danis '21
I have volunteered and worked in EMS for my entire adult life. Many of my friends are part of the Vermont emergency services community. Being part of that team is the greatest honor I can imagine. When it became clear that COVID-19 was reaching pandemic level and that it would inexorably affect the healthcare system, I watched my colleagues spring into action. Read more...

Larner Responds: Fourth Year Student Return to ED as Nurse

Jack DubuqueWritten by Jack Dubuque '21
Before entering medical school, I worked for eight years as a registered nurse in the emergency department at UVM Medical Center, finally hanging up my nursing scrubs at the start of my clerkship year at the Larner College of Medicine. I did not expect to return to my roots, but as the COVID-19 pandemic began to upend the lives of everyone in our community, I started to explore how I could help. Read more...