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NOVEMBER 2010 E-NEWS

Table of Contents
President’s Message
New Advocacy and Communication Tool: Convio
Students – Join UPHA’s Student Caucus
Web design or Dreamweaver volunteers needed
Policy Committee Update
UPHA Joined Efforts to Prevent Elimination of Public Health Funding
The Nation’s Public Health Infrastructure
APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition: November 6-10, 2010, Denver, CO

 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: Lynne Nilson

Welcome to the first edition of UPHA E-News! The association is excited to communicate general public health "news you can use" and important association information. UPHA E-News is taking the place of the association's biannual newsletters with the intent to provide members with "real time" public health information that is applicable to the profession. We invite you to submit brief news items, editorials and announcements to share with public health colleagues. Please send these submissions, as well as feedback, recommendations and suggestions, to communications@upha.org. Your feedback is important to us!

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New Advocacy and Communication Tool: Convio

Our E-News will be sent out using Convio, UPHA's partner in advocacy and communications. The internet has transformed the way nonprofits approach grassroots advocacy and communication. It provides a low-cost way to reach people quickly and hopefully inspire them to influence policy makers through phone calls, letters, emails or the media. Convio uses the internet to help nonprofits communicate with constituents for many purposes, especially on membership and advocacy/public policy matters. UPHA will be using Convio as a channel for growing our constituent email groups and building relationships with our members and other Utah public health constituents. This tool can, potentially, enhance our mission to become long-term activists and loyal associates into the future. We currently plan to use Convio for association news, legislative alerts and email campaigns.

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Students - Join UPHA’s Student Caucus

For the first time in UPHA history, students have come to the table to be a part of the association. The first Student Caucus meeting, along with other student specific events, was held at the annual conference in May. The Student Caucus currently has 25 student members who represent the University of Utah, Utah State University, Westminster College, and Brigham Young University. The Student Caucus is excited to help plan the annual conference, assist with public health policy advocacy and provide professional development opportunities for students. If you are a student or know a student who would like to be a part of the Student Caucus, please email Daisy Krakowiak-Redd.

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Web design or Dreamweaver volunteers needed

UPHA is looking for individuals with experience in:

  • Web design – to create a new visual design for the association website
  • Dreamweaver – to implement the new visual design and structure

A small stipend may be available. If you or someone you know has experience in either or both of these areas and is interested in working on this project, please email Jenny Robertson. This is a great resume builder for someone entering the web design field!

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Policy Committee Update

Action is the name of the game! In August, the Policy Committee thoughtfully laid out its goals for the 2010-11 year. It’s an ambitious plan, but with potentially large pay-offs. Now, the committee is in the planning stages of several major projects that will put our organization on the road to becoming a major player in shaping public health policy. Interested in joining this progressive public health policy movement? Take a look at some of this year’s exciting projects:

  • Convene the first annual Utah Public Health Association Advocacy Summit
  • Meet with lawmakers during Public Health Day at the Legislature
  • Establish legislative priorities for the 2011 session
  • Find creative and meaningful ways to recognize pro-public health policymakers
  • Provide grounded rationale to either support or defeat proposed public health policies
  • Establish a meaningful relationship with the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel in order to promote public health policy

Then, find an area that sounds interesting and contact any Policy Committee member to get involved:
Dagmar Vitek, M.D.
M. Lelinneth B. Novilla, M.D., MPH
Natalie Lewis
Sara Oldroyd
Cody Adamson
Darrin Sluga

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UPHA Joined Efforts to Prevent Elimination of Public Health Funding

UPHA joined with hundreds of other public health organizations to prevent the elimination of vital public health funding from healthcare reform legislation. UPHA’s “sign-on” helped block Senator Johanns’ amendment that would have eliminated the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Senate voted against proceeding to consideration of the amendment with a 52-46 vote.

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The Nation’s Public Health Infrastructure:Bruce Costa

The attacks of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, established a greater need for a strong public health infrastructure than public health departments currently have throughout the country. Public health administration tends to go through peaks and valleys: when diseases are under control and disasters are infrequent, public health agencies seem to remain a forgotten issue (Levy & Sidel, p.11). With the occurrence of disease such as H1N1 or other biological events or natural disasters, public health agencies are once again pushed to the forefront. When a catastrophe strikes, it demonstrates how important basic public health services are to quell the potential for widespread disease (Maddox, 2001, p.437).

September 11, 2001, has changed the demands on public health and we as public health employees both at the state and local level will have to learn how we can meet these demands. With the advances in travel, diseases can spread from one country to another country within days of an outbreak. Advances in travel and an increasing world population have increased the challenges we face in public health. It will be a constant battle that cannot be put on hold or forgotten.

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APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition: November 6-10, 2010, Denver, CO

It’s not too late to register and attend the APHA’s 138th Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. It’s been a long time since APHA has had their annual meeting so close to Utah, and right now there are great deals on airfare for a short flight to Denver.

This year’s theme, “Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative,” sets the stage for lively discussion about social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work playing a greater role in our longevity and overall health. There will be sessions and dialogue on social determinants of health equity in policy, and the effect of education, transportation and housing on the health of people. There will be more than 1000 scientific sessions and over 700 booths with state-of-the-art products and services.

This year there is a groundbreaking daylong “Summit on Health Reform” designed to help public health officials and agencies learn the ins and outs of the new health law, with particular emphasis on public health, wellness and prevention.

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