2017 News Releases

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Health Department Launches All-New HealthVermont.gov Website
JAN 4, 2017: The Health Department today launched a redesigned and reorganized website at healthvermont.gov, making it easier for Vermonters to find the health information they need.
01/04/2017 PDF Download
Team Infinity Sweeps Radon Action Month Poster Contest
January is National Radon Action Month, and the Vermont Department of Health poster contest offers elementary and middle school students a chance to use art to help spread the word about the dangers of radon.
01/18/2017 PDF Download
Health Department Releases PFOA Blood Test and Exposure Assessment Results
Vermont health officials hosted a community meeting in Bennington to present the results of its PFOA blood test analysis and exposure assessment. The study was conducted as part of the State's response to PFOA contamination of drinking water wells in North Bennington.The study confirmed that drinking water from contaminated wells was the primary source of exposure to PFOA.
01/26/2017 PDF Download
Vermonters Urged to Donate Blood to Meet Urgent Need
Severe weather in the region and across the U.S. has triggered an emergency need for donors, and the Department of Health and the Red Cross of New Hampshire and Vermont are encouraging Vermonters to make an appointment to donate blood and platelets.
01/31/2017 PDF Download
Vermont Youth Take on Flavored Tobacco
Students from across the state will gather in Montpelier on February 3, 2017, as part of the youth-led Our Voices Xposed (OVX) rally and march to the State House to raise awareness about the dangers flavored tobacco products and advertising pose to young Vermonters.
02/02/2017 PDF Download
Opinion: Smile! It’s Children’s Dental Health Month
In this opinion piece, Dr. Harry Chen talks about how, for our children and teens, healthy teeth matter more than you might think.
02/27/2017 PDF Download
Health Department Releases Healthy Vermonters 2020 Midterm Report
On his final day as Vermont’s health commissioner, Harry Chen, MD announced the release of the Health Department’s Healthy Vermonters 2020 midterm report card. The report summarizes where we’ve made significant progress, what challenges we still face, and where we’ve met our targets.
03/03/2017 PDF Download
Wellness Without Borders: Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference
A capacity crowd of employers, business leaders, wellness experts and human resource professionals attended Vermont’s annual Worksite Wellness conference. Awards to more than 90 employers recognizing their employee wellness programs were presented by Governor Phil Scott, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
03/23/2017 PDF Download
ParentUpVT.org Helps Start Discussions about Substance Misuse
All teens are at risk for substance misuse. To help families start the conversation in a meaningful with their teens about drugs and alcohol, the Health Department has expanded its ParentUpVT.org web resource to include more interactive tools and how-to guides for parents and caregivers.
04/11/2017 PDF Download
Presentations for Health Care Providers to Cover New Opioid Prescribing Rules
The Vermont Department of Health is conducting a series of presentations for health care professionals about revised rules governing opioid prescribing. The rules are intended to minimize opportunities for misuse, abuse, diversion, addiction and overdoses.
04/18/2017 PDF Download
Vermont is Number One in the Nation for Health Security Preparedness
For the second year running, Vermont scored highest among the 50 states and District of Columbia in public health protection readiness, according to the new National Health Security Preparedness Index. The Index measures the nation’s ability to keep people safe and healthy in the event of epidemics, foodborne disease outbreaks, terrorism and other large-scale public health emergencies.
04/21/2017 PDF Download