Thursday July 12, 2018
The Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) presented Jan Carney with a Public Health Champion Award for career-long contributions to the health of Vermonters. The inaugural award was one of two presented in late May by VtPHA President Sally Kerschner. The other went to Paul Bengtson, chief executive officer for the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.
Kerschner stated, “Jan and Paul have long been leaders in helping make Vermont a healthier place. They embody the idea that when we combine creativity, passion, and knowledge, we really can improve the health and wellbeing of our neighbors.”
Carney is professor and associate dean for public health at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. She said, “Public health focuses on prevention with the perspective of helping entire populations. It is only with this public health perspective will we ensure a healthier population, locally, and globally. Though issues change over time, the same public health strategies successfully used to prevent and control infectious diseases, reduce smoking, and improve maternal and child health will also help us ensure health insurance in the U.S., address social determinants, and impact climate change. These are just a few examples of public health’s vital role in the health and well-being of our society.”
The awards were presented May 30 at VtPHA’s annual meeting and dinner where Kerschner remarked, “These are unprecedented times for public health, with the urgent need for action on issues such as health care access, climate change, health equity, and federal funding for the safety net for vulnerable populations. But Vermonters have the ability to make a difference here at home, and they’re doing so.”
The VPHA is a statewide membership organization whose mission is to protect and promote personal, community, and environmental health within the State of Vermont.