VDH Deputy Commissioner Sharon Moffatt Appointed Interim Health Commissioner

For Immediate Release: June 2, 2006
Contact: Heidi Mohlman Tringe
Agency of Human Services
(802) 461-7867 or heidi.tringe@state.vt.us

WATERBURY – Agency of Human Services Secretary Cynthia D. LaWare today announced the appointment of Sharon Moffatt RN, BSN, MSN, to serve as Interim Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, effective June 3. Moffatt has served as Deputy Commissioner of Health since October 2002.

Former Health Commissioner Dr. Paul Jarris is leaving Vermont to become Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and Moffatt will assume his duties until a replacement is named.

Vermont statutes mandate that the commissioner of health be a physician licensed to practice medicine in Vermont, who has educational and practical experience in the field of public health.

“Vermont is fortunate to have an individual with Sharon’s breadth of experience, unique talents and dedication to public health at the helm of the Department during this transition,” said LaWare.  “We have several outstanding candidates we are interviewing and we hope to make an announcement in the near future regarding Dr. Jarris’ successor.  In the meantime, I have the utmost confidence in Sharon’s abilities and look forward to working with her in this interim role.”

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner of Health in 2002, Moffatt was the State Director of Public Health Nursing and Assistant Director of the Division of Community Public Health for seven years.  She has worked as a public health nurse for over 25 years in clinics, homes, schools and numerous other community settings. Since 1997, Moffatt has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont, School of Nursing. 

Moffatt has also worked in the areas of environmental health, refugee health, maternal child health, school health, and children's mental health. Throughout her public health career, she has worked with a wide variety of public health and health care professionals and key community partners to systematically improve the health of all Vermonters.

Moffatt is an active member of the American Public Health Association and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and is a past president of the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing.

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