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MAY 2011 E-NEWS

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UPHA Second Annual Golf Tournament    
Public Health Conference for Utah wrap-up    
Conference evaluation survey    
Awards  
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UPHA Second Annual Golf Tournament

Please join us on Tuesday, May 31th at 12:20pm for the Second Annual UPHA Golf Tournament, sponsored by Custom Data Processing, Inc. and E.T. Technologies, Inc. Registration is $45 per person, and the deadline is May 26th. This 4 person scramble format is sure to be lots of fun, and will include prizes for the top three teams, longest drive and closet to the hold. For questions, please contact Brian Bennion at 801-468-2726.


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Public Health Conference for Utah wrap-up

We want to express our appreciation to everyone involved in the UPHA 2011 Conference. The theme of the year, as well as the conference, was “Reaching New Heights” which we were able to achieve because of the efforts of so many.

Although originally nervous about changing the conference location, the move obviously worked well as we had one of the highest attended conferences ever. The Student Caucus was also able to more than double their participation this year. There were more topics than ever before, including the new pre-conference topics offered by the Utah Parental Association. The new Sunrise Sessions were also a big hit, as well as the keynote speakers and many breakout topics.

We were also excited to utilize technology this year to implement the new web site, membership numbers, online voting of officers, and online conference evaluation. Kudos to the Membership and Communications Committees, and especially Executive Director Paul Wightman for all their efforts in this regard. Another example of using technology, if you would like to see or download high resolution photos from the conference, feel free to go to http://cid-2b1438ade78e15f5.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/2011%20Conference

We are also excited for the establishment of the new Endowment Fund and the designation of 501(c)3 charitable institution status and tax exemption for UPHA. The Finance Committee, Lynne, Laurie Baksh, Paul and Dr. George White worked hard on these, allowing us to lower our costs and increase our financial stability to better reach our organizational goals.

Thanks again to everyone that volunteered in helping with the monumental task of putting the conference together. And thanks to everyone who participated.And if you have interest in helping plan next year’s conference, please contact a member of the Board or Paul.

Special thanks to the UPHA Conference Sponsors:

BYU MPH Program
University of Utah, Division of Public Health
UDOH, Emergency Services
UDOH, Executive Directors Office
Utah Cancer Control Program
Salt Lake Valley Health Department
Northern Utah AHEC
Utah Hospitals & Health Systems Association
Energy Management Corporation
CDP Incorporated
GlaxoSmithKline
University of Utah, Medical Library NN/LM
Medimmune
Community Nursing Services
Infant Adoption Training Initiative
Utah Health Information Network
Life Bloom International Services
Utah Health Policy Project
Utah Valley University
Westminster College
Utah Poison Control

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Conference evaluation survey

Please complete our short 2011 conference evaluation survey. We are still seeking feedback on what you felt went well, and what can be improved on. The online survey can be accessed by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2011UPHAConference Your feedback is vital to knowing what YOU want out of YOUR conference.

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UPHA Awards Luncheon

Congratulations to the following individuals for their amazing work in public health!
  • Beatty Award: David Cunningham (read a snippet of Southeastern Utah District Health Dept’s press release below)
  • Public Health Hero: Doreen L. Radford, Sinai M. Pauni
  • Rising Star: Kevin E. Nelson, MD, PhD
  • Youth Award: Murray High School’s Peer Leadership Team
  • UPHA President’s Award: Gary Edwards, MS
  • UPHA Scholarship: Katelyn Long

Dave Cunningham has worked in public health in Utah for the past 18 years. He was hired as the Nursing Director for the Southeastern Utah District Health Department in March 1993, and became the Health Officer in June 1995. Dave works hard to ensure every citizen in the four-county area has access to public health services. He goes above and beyond the requirements of his job on an ongoing basis. He truly engages himself in the community by serving on various boards, councils, committees and project planning teams. He listens to the community when they voice their concerns and follows through with appropriate action to make sure problems are addressed professionally.

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WELCOME TO NEW BOARD MEMBERS

UPHA would like to extend a warm welcome our new Board Members. As you may have heard, Steve McDonald needed to step down as President-Elect with a change in his professional position. Darrin Sluga, previously a member of our Advocacy Committee, was appointed by the UPHA Board to serve as President-Elect. Dr. George White, also previously on the Board as a member of the Finance Committee, was elected to serve as Vice President. Brooke Taylor will serve as the Student Caucus Representative and Holly Budge joins the Communications Committee. New to the Finance Committee is Rebecca Giles and Nathan Peterson. And Heather Borski and Jordan Mathis join our Policy Committee. You can find contact information and biographies for each of these individuals – along with the rest of the Board – on our web site at www.upha.org/board.html. Thanks to all our volunteers that help UPHA to reach our goals.

 

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