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NOVEMBER 2011 E-NEWS

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meet a grad student for lunch

After having received many student requests to interact with local public health professionals, the UPHA Student Caucus is starting a program called “Meet a Grad Student for Lunch” (no monetary contribution required!). If you’re interested in mentoring a student in your region, complete this short questionnaire by November 22nd.

The Student Caucus will then match you with a student who has similar interests by early December, giving you the opportunity to connect in their spring semester or early 2012. Thank you for your willingness to influence and guide up-and-coming public health professionals! Contact Meghan Arnold, Eric Larsen or Sarah Willardson for more information.

 

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We need your help – become a flu tracker!

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APHA members: sign up for APHA’s “Flu Near You” Challenge, help recruit “flu trackers” and you could win up to $25,000! Better yet, partner with UPHA and help us win $50,000!! Just designate UPHA as the group to benefit from your user recruitment when registering for the challenge. Your users will count toward both your individual total and the group total.

Non-members: become a “flu tracker” and help UPHA win $50,000! All you need to do is report your flu symptoms (or lack of) each week.

 

Let’s get millions of people in the U.S. to participate so we can map and detect seasonal and new types of flu!

 

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Advocacy Summit date announcement

Join UPHA at the State Office Building auditorium for a half-day Advocacy Summit on January 11, 2012. This is your chance to help us advocate for key public health bills in the upcoming legislative session. Last year’s event was a huge success and this year will be no different. Watch your email for final details and how to register.

 

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Speaker spotlight

UPHA is excited to announce Dr. Melvin “Mel” Shipp, 2012 APHA President, as a keynote speaker at the Public Health Conference for Utah, April 9-11, 2012.

Dr. Shipp, the dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, has long been regarded a leader in public health optometry. He has worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Shipp was influential in shaping the NEI’s National Eye Health Education Project, a nationwide program with the goal of preventing blindness through public and professional education and the CDC-sponsored vision health initiative “Improving the Nation’s Vision Health: A Coordinated Public Health Approach.” He has served in a number of capacities with APHA for over 25 years, including establishing the APHA Vision Care Section, and is the first optometrist ever to lead this organization. We look forward to hearing him in 2012!

 

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Contribute to UPHA

Thanks to our new 501(c)(3) non-profit status, UPHA has established an Endowment Fund as part of a multi-year resource development effort. We’ve been receiving donations for a few months and plan to support this fund long term with donations from foundations, corporations, businesses, individuals and members, as well as former UPHA leaders and their families.

All funds are placed in a savings/investment account with UPHA’s financial partner. Proceeds will be used for Association operations and other specified projects and purposes. We currently have 100% participation from the Board and encourage all UPHA members to contribute. Learn more about the Endowment and make a contribution.

 

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