BURLINGTON, VT, August 2022. The Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) has elected a new slate of officers to lead its membership for the 2022-2023 operations year.
President, Kenneth Allen, MBA, Ed.D., a senior lecturer at the University of Vermont Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences, will continue for a second year as President. The Association’s Executive Board will consist of: 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, Molly Lawrence, MPH, the UVMMC Community Health Needs Assessment Project Manager, joins as a new Board member.
“The past two years of COVID-19 have magnified the extent to which inequities in health and access to the social determinates still exist in Vermont, nationally and also globally,” said Allen. “Vermont is emerging 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 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
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.