Dr. JoEllen Tarallo is Executive Director of the Center for Health and Learning (CHL), a comprehensive health promotion organization, and Director of the VT Suicide Prevention Center (VT-SPC), a public-private partnership with Vermont Department of Mental Health and numerous other partners. (www.vtspc.org).
The VT-SPC was established to guide and sustain suicide prevention efforts in Vermont and to serve as a resource for data, information, resources and collaboration. Under her leadership CHL developed the Umatter for Schools training, designated as a national Best Practice program, and the Umatter for Communities training for community professionals, Umatter YYA Mental Health Wellness Promotion and Community Action, and Umatter public information. This includes the www.umatterucangethelp.com website; an award winning youth website, aimed at promoting positive mental health and help seeking. Umatter training includes Gatekeeper training, professional and organizational protocol development, Staff and Community Awareness and instruction of the Lifelines curriculum.
Dr. Tarallo is a state and nationally licensed health educator, trainer, school administrator, program developer and project manager, who works at the crossroads of education and public health, including service at the local, state, national and international levels. She has received distinguished professional awards from the American School Health Association, VT Association for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, and Prevention Works VT.