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Vermont Public Health Association Elects New Board Officers and Board Members

6 Jul 2021 8:53 AM | Vermont Public Health Association (Administrator)

For Immediate Release

July 6, 2021

Contact: Kenneth Allen

Company: Vermont Public Health Association

Email: vtpublichealth@outlook.com

Website: www.vtpha.org

Vermont Public Health Association Elects New Board Officers and Board Members

BURLINGTON, VT, July 2021.  The Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) has elected a new slate of officers to lead its membership for the 2021-2022 operations year.

The incoming President, Kenneth Allen, MBA, Ed.D., will succeed outgoing President Joyce Gallimore. Allen, a senior lecturer at the University of Vermont Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences, will assume his responsibilities July 1, 2021. Also elected are: Theo Studdert-Kennedy, J.D., M.P.H., President Elect; Ashley Foutz, Senior Accountant, University of Vermont Medical Center, Treasurer; and Sally Kerschner, RN, MSN, Secretary. Additionally, Katina Cummings, the Healthcare Workforce Program Manager at Northern Vermont Area Health Education Center based in St. Johnsbury, VT, joins as a new Board member.

“The past two years have exemplified the extent to which inequities in health and access to the social determinates still exist in Vermont, nationally and also globally,” said Allen. “Vermont has just emerged from a devastating pandemic and we need to remain vigilant in fighting COVID-19. While the impacts of COVID-19 have resulted in devastating consequences across demographic groups, we recognize the disproportionate impacts suffered by historically marginalized groups.  The VtPHA can be a significant partner in the statewide effort to address health inequity in all its forms. The VtPHA acts to achieve Health Equity in an effort to ensure that all people have fair and just opportunities to be healthy. This includes having equal access to health care and access to the social determinants of health such as housing, safe work places, livable wages, education, as well as the justice and political systems. We are especially concerned about disparities related to race/ethnicity, the urban/rural divide, income, sexual orientation, and disability.”

The members of the VtPHA are using our partnerships and energy to advocate for better health for all Vermonters by continuing to be an independent voice for a healthier Vermont. This is what guides us at the VtPHA.

For more information please visit our website at www.vtpha.org 

Kenneth Allen MBA, Ed.D

President, Vermont Public Health Association

Theo Kennedy, J.D., M.P.H.

Vice President/President-Elect, Vermont Public Health Association

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The VtPHA is a statewide membership organization that seeks to positively influence the health of all Vermonters. The VtPHA does this by providing a strong, independent voice for public health in Vermont through advocacy, education, and community engagement, and by bringing together professionals, policymakers, and partners. 


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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.

Contacts

vtpublichealth@outlook.com
Vermont Public Health Association
P.O. Box 732
Burlington, VT 05402-0732

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