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Vermont Public Health Association Applauds Governor Shumlin's "Health in All Policies" Executive Order

Interagency Task Force Can Chart Course to Healthier, More Affordable Vermont

Burlington, VT - The Vermont Public Health Association (www.vtpha.org) applauds Governor Peter Shumlin's new Executive Order No. 7-15, establishing an interagency "Health in All Policies" task force, bringing together nine core state agencies to integrate consideration of public health and well-being impacts into a variety of state policies and programs. The Task Force's clear charge and cross-sector composition position it to optimize collaboration among state agencies that are not focused exclusively on public health, but whose decisions can and do have important consequences for health outcomes and health care spending.

The VtPHA first called for creation of the Task Force in 2014 as part of its broader, ongoing advocacy to emphasize disease prevention and increase awareness of the role that social factors such as economic opportunity, education, environmental quality, and the built environment play in determining health outcomes. "State agencies make critical decisions about how we build and maintain our transportation systems and housing, provide access to education and social services, create jobs and train workers, protect our natural environment, respond to climate change, and grow and distribute food; all of these factors affect Vermonters' health and quality of life" said Brian Flynn, chair of the VtPHA board. "We thank Governor Shumlin for his leadership and vision in launching a focused effort to ensure that state government creates policies that prevent illness, enabling Vermonters to lead healthier, happier lives and to spend less on health care treatment."

"The Governor's executive order is exactly the sort of innovative action we need to address the rising cost of health care and the epidemic of preventable chronic illnesses caused in part by social and environmental factors" said Anthony Iarrapino, VtPHA executive advisor. "The Vermont Public Health Association has an active membership of public health professionals, health care providers, and researchers that are excited to support the work of the Health in All Policies Task Force."

Submitted/Posted by: VTPHA