Annual Meeting 2022
The Vermont Public Health Association's 2022 Annual Meeting: Vermont's Mental Health Crisis Opportunities and Solutions for Creating a Better System of Care was held Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Panel Presentation - Download a copy of the event's slides here and see the evening's video recording below.
Vermont’s Mental Health Crisis Opportunities and Solutions for Creating a Better System of Care was hosted by:
Alison Krompf, MA, Deputy Commissioner, VT Department of Mental Health
Alison moderated the panel presentations and provided perspective on the data we have about the current state of the VT mental health system of care and solutions on how we move forward.
Kristy Hommel, M.Ed., Ending the Silence Coordinator, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Kristy shared her own personal story and her lived experience in the mental health system as both a child and an adult, as well as provide insight as a Program Coordinator for NAMI VT.
Haley McGowan, DO, Co-Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consult Service, The University of Vermont Medical Center
Haley shared about her role in helping patients and families navigate an overburdened mental health system while also improving quality of care and facilitating access to services through collaboration with community-based supports.
Katina Idol, MA, LCMHC, ARC Trainer, Lamoille Community Connections
With years of experience working with children and families in a variety of school settings, and supervising school based clinicians, Katina shared her views on the mental health system with her unique clinical perspective.
Public Health Champions
The Vermont National Guard COVID-19 Mapping Team was presented the 2022 Public Health Champion Team Award for their outstanding contact tracing efforts with the Department of Health and collaboration with community partners ensuring cultural humility and linguistic sensitivity. The team served as an important source of information to individuals, communities, the Department of Health, and area healthcare centers.
Dr. Mark Levine, Commissioner of Health was presented the 2022 Public Health Champion Individual Award for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as his work in advocating for preventative health practices in primary care prior to COVID-19. Wendy Walsh, RN, Public Health Nurse also received the 2022 Public Health Champion Individual Award for her 44 years of service to Vermonters as a Public Health Nurse and staff Vermont Department of Health as she assumed increasing responsibilities to meet emerging needs during the pandemic.
About the association
VtPHA is a membership organization which facilitates collaboration among people who care about public health and are interested in protecting and promoting the health of Vermont residents.
VtPHA is an Affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. They are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health and a member community from all public health disciplines and over 40 countries. Learn more at www.apha.org.
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