Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley has a new population health manager. Lorrie Dupuis BSN, RN, CPN returned to the Community Health Team (CHT) in the summer of 2018. She had been the team’s manager from 2011 to 2013. Recently her old position became available. She applied for it and was rehired.
The CHT helps patients navigate the health care system, utilize community services, keep their medical appointments, and find affordable prescriptions and ways to manage chronic health conditions. The CHT, which consists of care coordinators and case managers, uses a holistic and team-based approach to health care, and their services are free. The program is supported by the Blueprint for Health Initiative.
“I live locally and coming back to CHSLV is a great opportunity to be a part of the community,” Dupuis says. “This community is very good at working together and continuing that collaboration is a goal of mine. There are great ideas and initiatives and they can really make a difference.”
A graduate of UMass, Lowell, Dupuis began her nursing career at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she worked on the clinical research unit, the pediatric oncology unit, and then as a clinical research nurse at Dana-Farber. In 2002 she and her family moved to Vermont, where she took a staff nurse position at UVM Medical Center. She has also worked at Copley Hospital and at a pediatric office.
Dupuis says her clinical and management experience have given her a broad knowledge base. “I bring an openness to ideas and initiatives to support the CHT staff, as well as the people we serve. I like to help facilitate changes, I embrace new ideas, and I enjoy working together as a team.”
Dupuis is available to her team and those who may have questions about the CHT and the community’s other resources. “The people who live in Lamoille Valley want to have a healthy community, and we are always looking for ways to achieve that.”