Vermont Department of Health

Green Thumbs at Work: Employee Garden Grants Application Deadline Feb. 10

News Release — Vermont Community Garden Network Jan. 17, 2017 Contact: · Ashwinee Kulkarni, Vermont Department of Health, 802-859-5916, [email protected] · Libby Weiland, Vermont Community Garden Network, 802-861-4769, [email protected] The Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network, in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Gardener’s Supply Company, and gardening expert […]

State to brief public on PFOA test results and implications

The Jan. 26 meeting in Bennington will include information on how people were exposed to the contaminant and whether any links to health problems have been found.

Another member leaving Green Mountain Care Board

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.

All-New HealthVermont.gov Website Goes Public

News Release — Vermont Department of Health January 4, 2017 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 Responsive design and intuitive navigation makes it easier for Vermonters to find the public health information they need BURLINGTON – After 12 months of preparation, the Vermont Department of Health today launched a newly redesigned and reorganized website […]

Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill to temporarily close next week

While the state is investigating complaints against the drug treatment facility in Underhill received in December, the closing was a decision between Maple Leaf’s administration and state officials because of staffing issues.

State sets limits on initial painkiller prescriptions

Doctors and other clinicians will be limited to prescribing up to seven days’ worth of opioid painkillers at a time for adult patients who don’t take them on a regular basis.

Chen won’t seek reappointment as health chief

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 […]

Health Department Applauds New Federal Rule Banning Smoking in Public Housing

News Release — Vermont Department of Health December 2, 2016 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 BURLINGTON – Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD praised the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its approval this week of a new rule that requires a smoke-free environment in public housing residences. “This is a […]

Department of Health Urges Vermonters Get Flu Shots

News Release — Vermont Department of Health November 4, 2016 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 BURLINGTON – When 2-year-old Eleanor Wallace-Brodeur was diagnosed with leukemia and started chemotherapy, one of the first things her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins had to do before they could see her was to get the flu vaccine. […]

Health Department proposes rules to cap prescription opiates

The proposal, which must go through the rulemaking process, would set limits on the number of opioid painkillers prescribed for certain minor procedures.

Painkiller addiction, overdoses affecting older Vermonters

Experts and national data say addiction is prevalent in people over 50.

New Report Ranks Vermont 2nd in the Nation for Health of Women, Children and Infants

News Release — Vermont Department of Health September 29, 2016 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 BURLINGTON – A new report ranks Vermont second overall in the nation for women and children’s health. United Health Foundation’s 2016 America’s Health Rankings® Health of Women and Children Report provides an in-depth look at state successes and […]

Avoid Tick Bites to Prevent Anaplasmosis

News Release — Vermont Department of Health September 27, 2016 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 The ticks are out before winter sets in BURLINGTON – Vermont is on pace for its highest number of reported cases of anaplasmosis – a tickborne disease that is becoming more common in the state. Anaplasmosis is transmitted […]

State pays for Bennington water line design as company balks

The state will pay $2 million for the final design of extended water lines to serve an area with wells contaminated by PFOA. Talks with the company that’s blamed for the pollution have stalled.