Meeting Archive:
Conducting a Health Impact Assessment on Marijuana Legislation in Vermont

Meeting Description:

On October 6, 2015, Governor Peter Shumlin signed a Health in All Policies (HiAP) Executive Order (No. 07-15) establishing a Health in All Policies Task Force. The executive order, while not directed at marijuana specifically, asks the task force to report on “potential opportunities to include health criteria in regulatory, programmatic and budgetary decisions” and to identify evidence-based actions and policies. In pursuit of an HiAP approach, the Vermont Department of Health has conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) around potential health impacts of marijuana regulation. HIAs are a strong tool in investigating the effects of policy and planning decisions on health outcomes, and making recommendations to optimize potential positive health impacts and mitigate potential negative health impacts.  This presentation will review the process and outcome of the health impact assessment.

Date: Tue, Jul 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Elizabeth Landeen
 Presenter Information
Shayla Livingston, MPH

Shayla attended undergraduate school at Smith College and received her master’s in public health from U.C. Berkeley, with a focus on maternal and child health. She began working for the Vermont Department of Health in June of 2012 where she was an analyst in the Division of Health Surveillance focused on epidemiology for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, coordination of the Youth Risk Behaviors Survey, analysis of the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System data and evaluation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opioid overdose prevention grant. She transitioned to the role of public health policy advisor in July of 2016.

John S. Searles, Ph.D.

John is the Substance Abuse Research and Policy Analyst and Chair of the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup for the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs in the Vermont Department of Health.  He has been on the faculty at University of California, Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Vermont.  He has co-edited two books (“Children of Alcoholics” and “Alcohol and the Family”) and published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the substance abuse field.  John earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.