Commissioner of Health Stepping Down
Governor, Secretary of Human Services, Praise Moffatt for her Service

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State of Vermont
Agency of Human Services
Office of the Secretary

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 15, 2008

Media Contact: Kim O’Leary
Agency of Human Services
802-241-2222 or kim.oleary@ahs.state.vt.us  

Waterbury, Vt.—Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, announced today that Acting Commissioner of Health, Sharon Moffatt, MSN, BSN, RN, is stepping down from the position she has held for nearly two years, to spend more time with her family.

“I cannot thank Sharon enough for her dedicated service to Vermont,” noted Governor Jim Douglas. “She has done a phenomenal job in promoting my Fit and Healthy Kids Initiative, the Blueprint for Health, and worked hard to help make our state first in the nation for maternal and early childhood health, among other top priorities.”

Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, agreed. “Sharon has been an invaluable addition to the Agency’s leadership team and to the administration in her capacity as the state’s top public health official. She performed her duties with great compassion and commitment. She will truly be missed, and we wish her the very best.”

Prior to her appointment as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health in 2006, and Deputy Commissioner of Health in 2002, Moffatt was the State Director of Public Health Nursing and Assistant Director of the Division of Community Public Health for seven years. She has worked as a public health nurse for over 25 years in clinics, homes, schools and numerous other community settings. Since 1997, Moffatt has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont, School of Nursing. Throughout her public health career, she has worked with a wide variety of public health and health care professionals and key community partners to systematically improve the health of all Vermonters.

Acting Commissioner Moffatt added, “I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to serve under Governor Douglas and Secretary LaWare, and it has been an honor to promote the health of Vermonters throughout my 20 year career in State government.”

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