Public Health Grand Rounds

Our Public Health Grand Rounds series features presentations about significant public health issues and the challenges they pose. This series is intended to promote a dialogue within the department and with the Vermont professional community.

Schedule   |   Join Live Online via WebEx   |   View Recorded Presentations


Public Health Grand Rounds are conducted monthly except during the summer. Time and location are the same unless otherwise noted. You can also join live online via WebEx.

Time: 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Location: Health Department Conference Room 2B; 108 Cherry St., Burlington (Google map)

Feb 26 Nancy Erickson, Communication Director
Vermont Department of Health
Health Communication, Marketing, and Media at the Health Department
Mar 26 Matt Dugan, President
Shadow Associates in Behavior Change
A Case for Evidence-Based Health Communication
Apr 23

Ilisa Stalberg
Office of Maternal and Child Health

Sexual Violence and College Campuses

May 28

Laurin Kasehagen
Office of Maternal and Child Health

Jun 25 Mike Leyden, Deputy Director
Office of Emergency Medical Services


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Join Online

Health Department Grand Rounds is broadcast live via WebEx, and will be recorded for later viewing. Connection information is available at our website shortly before the presentation

Health Communication, Marketing, and Media at the Health Department

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m.

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View Recorded Presentations


Feb 26 - Health Communication, Marketing, and Media at the Health Department WAV format
Nancy Erickson, Communication Director, Communication Advisory Team


Jun 26 - Workforce Development at the Department of Health WAV format
Amy Malinowski, RD Prevention Team Leader; Jan K. Carney, MD, MPH Associate Dean for Public Health: Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine

May 22 - The Hungry Heart: Prescription Drug Addiction in Vermont WAV format
Bess O’Brien, Filmmaker, Theater Producer

Mar 26 - Trends in Oral Health and Health Care Reform WAV format
Craig Stevens, MPH, Senior Consultant, JSI Research and Training Institute Inc.

Feb 26 - Youth Risk Behavior Survey WAV format
Shayla Livingston, MPH, Public Health Analyst 

Jan 23 - You Can Do It, WIC Can Help: The WIC Mother/Baby Breastfeeding Study YouTube
Lynne Bortree, MS WIC Nutrition Specialist; Caitlyn Dayman, MS Public Health Analyst; Karen Flynn WIC Program Administrator (NOTE: Grand Rounds recording not available. This same presentation was recorded from a Jan. 22, 2014 webinar to the National WIC Association Leadership Academy)

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Jan 24 - VPQHC: Turning Healthcare Inside Out WAV format
Catherine Fulton, MS, CPHQ, Executive Director, Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care

Feb 28 - The Agency Improvement Model: Quality Improvement at the Health Department WAV format
Jessie Baker, Performance Improvement Manager; Megan Lausted, Public Health Nurse (Middlebury); Daniel Smith, Manager in Information Technology

Mar 28 - Rapid Referral Program WAV format
Annie Ramniceanu, MS, LCMHC, LADC, Spectrum Youth & Family Services

Apr 25 - Worksite Wellness: Creating a Culture of Wellness in Vermont WAV format
Susan Coburn, Nutrition and Physical Activity Chief; Tanya Weigel, Statewide Worksite Wellness Coordinator. Audio begins at 2:34

May 23 - Women’s Health and the Affordable Care Act
Thérèse Fitzgerald, Director, Women's Health Policy and Advocacy Program at the Connors Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital. (Recording not available. Contact us for information)

Oct 24 - Adverse Childhood Experiences and their Relationship to Adult Health, Well-being, and Premature Death WAV format
Vincent J. Felitti, MD, Kaiser Permenante, Co-Principal investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
Note: periodic static in audio due to recorder feedback.

Nov 21 - Public Health GIS "Digital Map Fair" WAV format
Presentation leaders Peter Young, GIS Manager; John Olson, Rural Health & Primary Care Chief; with other Health Department staff presentations

Dec 19 - Using Behavioral Economics to Understand and Impact Health Decision Making
Lizzy Pope, PhD RD, Postdoctoral Research Associat,e Cornell Food and Brand Lab, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Recording not available. Contact us for information)

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Jan 26 - Getting to Outcomes: How We Know We're Making a Difference WAV format
Anne Lezak, ADL Consulting

Feb 23 - Environmental Public Health Tracking (recording not available)
Lori Cragin, Division of Environmental Health

Mar 22 - Advances in Developmental and Autism Screening Practices (recording not available)
Breena Holmes, Maternal & Child Health; Sarah Berry, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

Apr 26 - Effectiveness of Community-Based Substance Abuse Prevention in Vermont: Findings from the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) Evaluation WAV format
Dr. Robert Flewelling,Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation; Amy Livingston, SPF-SIG Evaluation Coordinator

May 24 - The Importance of Oral Health during Pregnancy and Early Childhood: Two is Too Late! PDF document
Accompanying video: Dental Health in Pregnancy (UK) MOV format
Steve Arthur, DDS, MPH Director, Office of Oral Health

June 28 - Healthy Vermonters 2020 WAV format
Debra Wilcox, Department of Health Director of Planning and Healthcare Quality, and Jennifer Hicks, Research, Epidemiology and Evaluation Unit Chief, share how HV2020 will support and guide the state's efforts for improving the health of all Vermonters, and discuss the actions taken to bring the HV2020 document to fruition.

Aug 23 - Vermont Health Care Reform PowerPoint
Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, Vermont Department of Health
Note: Video and audio recording not available due to a technical problem.

Sep 27 - Sexual Health Education and High Risk Youth WAV format  Presentation Slides PowerPoint
Ilisa Stalberg, SIG Coordinator; Breena Holmes, MD, Director Maternal & Child Health; The Bristol Hub

Dec 20  - Digital Library & Dana Medical Library Resources for Department of Health Staff WAV format
Tracy Dolan, Deputy Commissioner for Public Health; Bob Sekerak, Dana Medical Library
Note: Recorder problems created frequent, brief breaks in audio. Audio begins at 5:20.

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