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Vermont Department of Health

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Debra Wilcox
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05402

Performance Improvement Manager
Heidi Gortakowski

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Sandra Cashman

Grants Management Specialist
Shicann Phillips

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Jurisdiction: Statewide
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Vermont Department of Health

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $607,600
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Implement a performance dashboard that publicly presents population objectives, performance measures, and trends over time
    • Facilitate the Public Health Stat process, a management tool that enables data-driven decision making through cross-divisional meetings for program planning and resource allocation around high priority goals
    • Facilitate internal quality improvement activities that include providing training to quality improvement champions, identifying projects and priorities, and coaching staff through the improvement process
    • Prepare to apply for national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board
    • Improve infrastructure to provide epidemiologic data to staff and stakeholders to enhance use of data
    • Fund community coalitions to implement evidence-based practices
    • Implement and guide integrated prevention team efforts by establishing model benchmarks, facilitating efforts at the central office and the district offices, and providing technical assistance

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $607,600
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Prepare for accreditation readiness, enhance performance management and quality improvement activities, and expand the implementation of best and promising practices in prevention and performance management
    • Enhance and expande year one activities (i.e., building a comprehensive performance management and quality improvement system, implementing the use of integrated prevention teams, working with community coalitions to build capacity around healthy retailers and built environment promising practices, and undertaking work to prepare for national accreditation)
    • Offer CDC the opportunity to showcase best and promising practice implementation in a small rural state

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $100,000
  • Description of Project:
    Awardee will:
    • Focus on building, institutionalizing, and implementing performance management capacity within health departments
    • Support full-time "Performance Improvement Manager" who will participate in a national network of performance improvement professionals supported by CDC

Component II

  • Amount of funding: $1,000,000
  • Description of Project:
    Awardee will enhance public health improvement efforts beyond Component I through two or more categories including: performance management, policy and workforce development, public health system development/redevelopment and best practice implementation.

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