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June 2012 E-NEWS

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3rd Annual Golf Tournament    
APHA Annual Meeting    
Report on Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program Released    
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Poison Control Center Funding in Jeopardy  
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Utah Department of Health Receives Award  

 

3rd Annual Golf Tournament

The 3rd Annual Public Health Golf Tournament is set for June 18th at South Mountain Golf Course. This four-person scramble format will begin with a shot-gun start at 8am. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, as well as individual Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole winners. Cost is $50 for UPHA members ($60 for non-members, and each team my only have one individual from outside of the public health profession). Brian Bennion, SLVHD, is organizing this event again this year (385-468-4119), or you can register at www.upha.org/golftournament.html.

 

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APHA Annual Meeting

The APHA 140th Annual Meeting & Expo takes place October 27 - 31 in San Francisco, CA. Early-bird registration deadline is August 16, 2012. Advance registration deadline is September 20, 2012. To register click here: https://show.jspargo.com/apha12/registration/default.aspx.

 

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Report on Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program Released

The Health and Human Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its report entitled Vaccines for Children Program: Vulnerabilities in Vaccine Management . The report is posted on the OIG website (http://oig.hhs.gov)

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded vaccine program, administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It provides free vaccines to:
• Uninsured children
• Medicaid eligible children
• American Indian children
• Alaska Native children
• Underinsured children seeking care at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC)

More than 44,000 provider sites in all 50 states and U.S territories receive VFC vaccines every year. The program benefits an estimated 40 million children. There is clear evidence that U.S. vaccination efforts, including the VFC Program, work extremely well. Efforts to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. are some of the most successful public health programs in the world.


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Poison Control Funding in Jeopardy

Poison Control Funding
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Utah Department of Health Receives Award

The Utah Department of Public Health was honored with the prestigious Innovative Initiative of theYear award from the Safe States Alliance during the national organization's Annual Meeting held May 1-4, 2012.

The Innovative Initiative of the Year award is selected exclusively by the members of the Safe States Alliance – a national non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of injury and violence prevention professionals and experts. The Innovative Initiative of the Year award is presented to a Safe States member who has implemented a unique and creative program or activity that has the potential to substantially decrease injuries and violence in the communities that they serve.



In the past decade, Utah has experienced a more than 400% increase in deaths associated with misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, making prescription drug overdose the number one cause of injury deaths in Utah. Utah participates in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), a surveillance system for suicides, homicides, unintentional firearm deaths, and deaths of undetermined intent (including undetermined drug overdose deaths but not unintentional). Until recently, data collection for unintentional and undetermined drug overdose deaths was limited to basic demographic variables collected by the Prescription Pain Medication Program (PPMP).

In 2010, funding for the PPMP was eliminated, providing a need to integrate unintentional drug overdose deaths in the Utah NVDRS (UTVDRS). Incorporating unintentional drug overdose data into the UTVDRS presented a unique opportunity to look at the complete picture of drug overdose deaths in Utah and an opportunity for continuity in data collection. The array of variables collected allowed Utah to understand the circumstances surrounding drug overdose deaths and focus prevention efforts throughout the state. Additionally, by expanding the utility of the UTVDRS to include these deaths, Utah can serve as a pilot for the CDC and other NVDRS states to demonstrate the benefits and obstacles of collecting this additional data. Integration of the PPMP data into the UTVDRS eliminated duplication of data collection, leveraged limited funding and staff resources, streamlined communication with the media and policy makers, and provided richer data.

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