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DECEMBER 2011 E-NEWS

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Let's talk "Health in All Policy"    
Prepare those abstracts  
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I am Public Health  
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Dan Kinnersley elected to APHA’s Committee on Affiliates  
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Make a difference in 30 seconds  
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Let’s talk “Health in All Policy”

Mark your calendars for a half-day Advocacy Summit on Jan 11, 2012, 8:30a - 1:00p, at the State Office Building auditorium. Come and discuss “Health in All Policy” with us and learn how to advocate in the upcoming legislative session. Watch your email for final details and how to register.

 

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Prepare those abstracts

Interested in sharing your cutting-edge public health research or fieldwork with your colleagues? If so, present your work at the 2012 Public Health Conference for Utah. The call for abstracts will be announced soon.

 

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I am Public Health

UPHA is pleased to highlight Southwest Utah Public Health Department’s (SWUPHD) recent work in promoting the use of seat belts with their “Click It, Don’t Risk It” video contest. Elementary and secondary school children competed for cash prizes by creating seatbelt safety messages for the public. Eleven entries were submitted and the winners were selected by most "Likes" on SWUPHD’s Facebook page.

  • Elementary winner: “Angry Birds.” Caleb Ence from Lava Ridge Intermediate.
  • Secondary winner: "Buckle Up Like Your Life Depends On It.” Karen Miller, Debora Cruz, Ethan Brown and Piero Scattolon from Success Academy.

View the videos on SWUPHD’s website. The winners in each category received $300 plus $700 for their school. The videos will also be shown on SUN News. SWUPHD has done great work to involve youth in public health!

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Dan Kinnersley elected to APHA’s Committee oN Affiliates

Dan Kinnersley, UPHA’s Affiliate Representative, was recently elected as the Region VIII (UT, CO, WY, MT, ND, SD) representative on the Committee on Affiliates (COA). The COA is a major organizational unit of APHA composed of one representative from each of the ten U.S. regions. It advocates for the 53 state affiliates and strengthens relationships with other APHA units.

A significant accomplishment of this unit was helping APHA obtain $6 million to support state affiliates’ capacity building and infrastructure. Congratulations to Dan on this prestigious appointment!

 

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Make a difference in 30 seconds

Improve public health in your community and help track flu in the nation’s first online, community-based, early threat detection tool. APHA’s Get Ready campaign has teamed up with HealthMap and the Skoll Global Threats Fund to track flu and they need your help. Use this online tool to register and report your flu symptoms (or lack of them) each week. Registration takes ~30 seconds and weekly reporting takes even less. Spread the word!

 

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