Welcome to the Vermont Public Health Association..Happy New Year!
The New Year marks the end of an extraordinary year of activities and development for VtPHA. It also brings new opportunities and new leadership for VtPHA as I end my time as President and pass the baton to our new President, Penrose Jackson.
But first, the 2013 wrap up. Among the highlights were:
- Convening our annual meeting featuring Dr. James Hudziak, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont College of Medicine on "Adverse Childhood Experiences"
- Enhancing our public policy work by bringing together advocates at our public policy breakfast, expanding our public policy agenda, and acting on state and national issues
- Continuing the planning for a public health institute in Vermont in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and Community Health Improvement at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
- Producing two webinars: What is Healthy Community Design? Healthy Community Design Case Studies
Please take a few minutes to read about VtPHA Public Policy Positions and let us know which activities interest you most.
Our Mission Statement:
VtPHA is a membership organization whose purpose is to protect and promote personal, community and environmental health within our State.
Statement of Purpose:
The Vermont Public Health Association is a statewide membership organization that seeks to positively influence the health of all Vermonters and provide an important voice on public health issues at the national, state and local level
Working through its membership, the Association:
- Advocates for policies that improve the public's health;
- Provides a public forum for discussion and dissemination of information that concern policy and practice;
- Organizes educational programs to increase the knowledge and skills of it's membership;
- Collaborates with health professionals, health organizations and the educational community.
In May 2000, there was an initial organizational meeting to assess the interest of forming a public health association in Vermont. At the time, Vermont was the only state in the country without an association that was an affiliate of the American Public Health Association.
In September 2000, there was a meeting attended by staff from APHA, and the President of the Maine PHA, as a representative of the NEPHA. APHA offered staff support to Vermont in its organizing efforts.
The Vermont Public Health Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization in April 2002.
In November 2002, at the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Bob Costantino, VtPHA President, was invited to give a welcome at the opening session of the APHA Annual Meeting. Gov. Howard Dean was the keynote speaker at the meeting. It was at the beginning of his Presidential campaign. Vermont was officially voted in as an affiliate of APHA by the Governing Council the following day. There was then an APHA affiliate in every state.
VtPHA obtained 501c3 status in 2003 and held its first Annual Meeting in April 2003 that year.