Annual Blueprint for Health Conference to focus on “Integration and Excellence”

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The sixth annual Vermont Blueprint for Health Conference will highlight how collaboration and integration are critical to health reform.

Presented by the Department of Health and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the conference will be held on Monday, March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center.

Vermont is one of the few states in the nation that is pushing forward, through the Blueprint for Health, comprehensive health reform that aligns health care delivery and public health and prevention efforts.

“The Vermont Blueprint for Health continues to gain attention on a national level as the entire health care community looks for ways to strengthen prevention efforts, lower costs and increase the quality of care,” said Craig Jones, MD, executive director of the Vermont Blueprint for Health. “This conference provides us with an opportunity to not only show progress, but also to recruit feedback from key stakeholders, such as providers working in behavioral health.”

Gov. Jim Douglas will provide opening remarks at the conference at 8:30 a.m.

The Vermont Blueprint for Health is a public-private partnership with the mission of creating a statewide system of care that improves the lives of individuals with and at risk for chronic conditions. Fifty-five percent of adult Vermonters have a chronic disease or condition. Eighty-eight percent of the state’s population over the age of 65 suffers from one or more chronic conditions.

Key speakers include Health Commissioner Wendy Davis, MD; Todd Mandell, MD, medical director of the Vermont Division of Alcohol & Drug Treatment Programs; Blueprint Executive Director Craig Jones, MD; and Anne Gauthier, MS, senior policy director at the Commonwealth Fund.

Registration will be available on-site the day of the conference and costs
$50 for general admission, $75 for nurses (with CEUs) and $125 for physicians (with CMEs).

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