Vermont

Montpelier, Vermont
At a Glance
  • State Population: 626,299
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Utility Failure (during ice storms), Flooding, Tropical Storms/Hurricanes
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2018: Ricin Exposure;  2019: Lead in Water Testing
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $5,210,000
    FY 2020: $5,169,900
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $4,649,471
    FY 2020: $4,902,840
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 1
  • Laboratorians: 7
  • Educators: 1
  • Health Professionals: 2
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 1
  • Other*: 16

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  2. Emergency Operations Coordination
  3. Volunteer Management
  4. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration
  5. Community Preparedness
Stories from the Field
PHEP Funding Helps Vermont Address COVID-19 Staffing Issues

In 2020, Lauren Ho, a PHEP-funded preparedness field assignee in Vermont, helped the state health department address COVID-19-related staffing issues, including burnout. Ho and her team analyzed the overtime hours of 246 full-time response staff over two pay periods. Employees worked an average of 14 hours of overtime the first pay period and 10 the second pay period. The team shared its findings with supervisors to improve processes and limit overtime.

In addition, the team worked with response safety officers to conduct a survey and improve protocols for monitoring staff burnout. The team worked with the state Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the state human services agency, and community partners to offer support sessions attended by approximately 150 response staff.

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PHEP-Supported Field Staff Improve Access to Medications and Supplies for Vulnerable Groups in Emergencies

In Vermont, PHEP-supported field staff have improved access to medications and supplies during emergencies, especially for residents at greater risk because they don’t speak English well. These staff led an exercise testing a telephonic interpreter service that would help responders dispense necessary supplies quickly to individuals who may not be able to communicate their needs in English. Lessons learned from this exercise were used to train local emergency preparedness staff on how to communicate life-saving information in a public health emergency to residents with limited English capacity.

Vermont Water Contamination
Protecting Residents after Contamination of Water Supply

In 2016, private drinking wells in Bennington, Vermont were contaminated with high levels of PFOA, a chemical used in producing Teflon. The chemical is associated with hypertension, thyroid disease, and cancer. Using the PHEP-funded Health Alert Network, the health department alerted area hospitals and physicians about the situation and provided blood testing to nearly 500 residents. The state also provided information about the contaminant to residents so they could protect themselves and seek testing and treatment if needed. These activities, coordinated through a PHEP-established incident command structure, helped the health department determine the contamination’s impact and prevent illness.

Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022, 09:37 AM