Health Status of Vermonters Report Tracks Public Health Successes & Challenges
Vermont Celebrates Public Health Week with Real-Life Stories, Events

Vermont State Seal

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Contact: Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

Montpelier, Vt. — Gov. Jim Douglas and Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN today released The Health Status of Vermonters — a report by the Vermont Department of Health that tracks progress on key public health measures related to illness and disease, clinical preventive services, health insurance, access to medical care and personal health behaviors.

“Vermont is rightfully earning its reputation as the healthiest state in the nation,” said Gov. Douglas. “We’ve come a long way, thanks to Vermont’s public health leadership and workforce — and the efforts of many in government and in our communities. However, we still face challenges as this new report quantifies.”

The 44-page booklet shows data and trends through 2005 (generally the most recent available data) to present a picture of the health of Vermonters. The report measures how the state is doing in key areas, progress in meeting nearly 100 public health goals, and where we stand compared the nation as a whole.

“Vermonters are getting healthier — but we’re not yet as healthy as we can be,” said Commissioner Moffatt. “One of the most important jobs in public health is to analyze trends and use what we learn to improve the health of the population. This is the time to celebrate our gains and also to take a clear-eyed look at our challenges.”

Midway to 2010, The Health Status of Vermonters shows that Vermont is doing measurably better than the rest of the nation in 19 areas and measurably worse in two. The report is available online at healthvermont.gov and from the Vermont Department of Health’s district offices.

Gov. Douglas also proclaimed April 7 – 13 Public Health Week in Vermont. Every day during the week, the Health Department will feature stories and events that bring the health status data to life.

For on online copy of The Health Status of Vermonters, featured stories and events during Public Health Week visit Health Status of Vermonters.

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