We should be using every tool available to us to prevent addiction of any kind, be it tobacco, marijuana, alcohol or opiates.
In other moves, Health Commissioner Harry Chen will keep his job through March, and former state Rep. Mike Fisher will go to the Office of the Health Care Advocate.
Dr. Harry Chen will not seek to be reappointed as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health. Chen told his staff in an email Tuesday that he decided over the Thanksgiving holiday not to apply to continue under Gov.-elect Phil Scott’s new administration. “In the short run, I will finish out my appointed term through […]
The proposal, which must go through the rulemaking process, would set limits on the number of opioid painkillers prescribed for certain minor procedures.
There is no significant public health risk associated with 100 Syrian refugees coming to Rutland.
News Release — Vermont Department of Health May 19, 2015 Media Contact: Communication Office 802-863-7281 BURLINGTON – Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, will be anchoring a five-person relay team of organ donors and recipients at the Vermont City Marathon on May 24. “Organ donation is one of the most selfless and meaningful acts a person […]
Editor’s note: This commentary is by Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen. he year is 2000 and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention declared that measles is eliminated in the U.S. This is a triumph of vaccination, one of the most important tools in the public health toolbox. No longer could America expect the hospitalizations […]
A third report on the Department for Children and Families came to similar conclusions as the other two: DCF needs more front-line staff, better training, and a stronger focus on opiate addiction’s impact on families.
An advisory panel suggests changes in policy at the Department for Children and Families in the wake of two child deaths. Report cites a desire to reunify families at possibly placing children at risk.
In light of its troubles with IT contracts for Vermont Health Connect, the state is changing its oversight structure for the next massive project, an overhaul of Human Services information technology.
The Vermont Health Connect website, offline since September, will go live on Nov. 15. State officials say the site will offer a better user experience, but some business will have to be done by phone or mail. There may also be cost overruns next year, when the state budget already faces a large deficit.
Trainings for health care providers emphasize asking patients about travel history and use of personal protective gear.
Doug Hoffer says the Agency of Human Services doesn’t always compare contractual requirements with services actually delivered by nonprofit contractors. As a result, he says, “the state cannot ensure that clients are receiving the services they need and the public is paying for.”
A new report calls for more staff, better training, and stronger coordination of services at the Department of Children and Families. The recommendations could run afoul of a Shumlin Administration drive to hold the line on spending in next year’s budget.