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September 2012 E-NEWS

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Board Member Spotlilght    
UPHA Hires an Event Planner: Carrie Roberts    
UPHA Adopts a Mile for the Utah Marathon    
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Wondering How to Land Your First Job? Just ask Phillip Harris, a recent hire with the Utah Asthma Program!  
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Save the Dates!  

Board member spotlight -- Linsey pearce miller

As a new feature to our e-newsletter, we will be spotlighting a board member each month to learn more about them on a professional and personal level. Read on to discover why our secretary, Linsey Pearce Miller, chose public health as her profession.

1. Where do you currently work/go to school?
I am a Health Educator for the Salt Lake Valley Health Department.

2. Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?
I originally began my college education in pre-nursing. However, through a series of events I found myself in my first public health class and instantly knew I wanted to pursue public health as a profession.

3. What is your favorite vacation spot?
I love to waterski so my favorite vacation spot is located behind a boat on a lake.

4. What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?
I usually get up in the morning at 6:45am and I try it be in bed by 10:00pm or 10:30pm. I wish I could say I was really good at being in bed by that time but it realistically doesn't happen as often as it should.

5. If money weren't an issue right now, what would you be doing?
I would love to be able to stay home and start a family.

6. What has been the most rewarding project you've worked on as a public health professional?
I would say that the most rewarding thing for me in public health is being able to work with passionate volunteers in the community that have a true desire to improve the health of their community.

7. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would probably have to say cold cereal. I pretty much eat it every morning already and I never get sick of it.

8. What is the best thing you've done in your life?
I recently got married so I would definitely say that is the best thing I have done in my life.

9. What do you to do relax?
I relax by doing some of my favorite things like editing photos and creating digital scrapbooks.

10. If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?
Being a part of UPHA is a great way to stay involved with the broader scope of public health. It helps to us to take a step back from the sometimes intensely focused view of our day jobs or educational pursuits and see a bigger picture.

Linsey Pearce Miller

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UPHA Hires an Event Planner: Carrie Roberts

The Utah Public Health Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Carrie Roberts as the organizations' first-ever Event Planner. Carrie has over a dozen years of experience planning conferences ranging from 20 to 10,750 attendees! In addition to her UPHA activities, Carrie is employed full-time as the program manager for the CCTS Research Education and Study Design and Biostatistics Cores at the University of Utah's Division of Epidemiology. Ms. Roberts has a bachelor's degree in business/marketing from the University of Phoenix. During her 10 years at the University of Utah, she has coordinated a variety of department programs. Carrie is well-versed in the art of negotiation with proven cost-saving results. We are excited to have a professional help organize our annual conference!

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UPHA Adopts a Mile for the Utah Marathon

The Utah Public Health Association UPHA will be adopting a mile as part of the Utah Marathon. The Utah Marathon will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Salt Lake City. UPHA's adopt a mile will located somewhere along the marathon route between downtown Salt Lake and the East Millcreek/Holladay area. We need a few volunteers to help man our station along the mile. If you would like to come cheer on the marathon runners and support UPHA, contact Darrin Sluga at DSluga@slco.org.

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Wondering How to Land Your First Job? Just ask Phillip Harris, a recent hire with the Utah Asthma Program!

School coursework is designed to give the background and support necessary to help individuals get into the workforce once they graduate. Taking a minute to think about all the courses I have taken over the last few years, I can easily mention, without much hesitation, how the different courses have prepared me to work in my current position at the Utah Department of Health (UDOH). However, the more my mind dwells on the courses I took there is one course that stands out more than the rest… my internship.

I still remember reviewing the courses I would have to take when I declared my major four years ago. My advisor said, "The internship is the most valuable course you will take. Not only that, but it will also be the one that determines your career path."

I interned with the UDOH Utah Asthma Program, working three days a week 8 hours a day. I committed to more than the number of internship hours that Weber State University required for my degree because I felt it was important to take my internship seriously. When the time came and I began my internship, I metaphorically began a test drive. Along my drive, I was able to network and establish new relationships, get college credit, and most of all, get an introduction into the society and culture of public health. I learned things a textbook could never teach me. None of these things would have been possible had I not take my internship seriously.

Phillip Harris will graduate with a B.S. degree in Health Promotion in December 2012 from Weber State University. He did such a fabulous job as an intern for the Utah Asthma Program, that he was offered a job in the program before he had even graduated!

Phillip Harris

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Save the Dates!

We have a lot of fun events coming up for UPHA members, so get these on your calendar today!

UPHA's Annual Advocacy Summit
Friday, January 18, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
State Office Building Auditorium, Capitol Complex

UPHA Student Caucus Social
Saturday, September 29, 2012
5:30 p.m.
Location TBD (Sandy/South Jordan area)
Come meet the new faces of public health, get face-to-face time with UPHA Board members, and learn about career opportunities and PhD options in the state.

2013 UPHA Conference
April 8-10, 2013
Location TBD
If anyone has suggestions for fabulous keynote speakers, the planning committee would love to hear your ideas! Send your suggestions to Audrey Stevenson at AStevenson@slco.org.

Public Health Grand Rounds and Global Public Health Grand Rounds are held at the University of Utah on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.
Public Health Grand Rounds 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Global Health Grand Rounds: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
More information available at: http://medicine.utah.edu/dfpm/DivisionPH/news-events.htm

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