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October 2012 E-NEWS

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Board Member Spotlilght

UPHA Student Caucus Update

We are Public Health!

Public Health Club @ Westminster College

Utah Marathon & Fittest State Festival

Federal Budget Sequestration

2nd Annual UPHA Student Caucus Site Visit at the Utah County Health Department

Save the Dates!

   

Board member spotlight -- Dexter Pearce

Since 1984 I've the pleasure to serve at Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC) most recently as executive director. CHC is Salt Lake County's largest safety net provider, providing medical home, dental home and behavioral health home services to 31,000 working poor and uninsured patients. CHC also provides services to farm workers and their families in Cache, Box Elder and Utah counties. Additionally CHC supports the Health Access Project; a community partnership of ~600 volunteer physicians, hospital systems and ancillary providers serving the needs of the low income and uninsured in the Salt Lake County. I've served numerous terms on Utah's State primary care association board; the Association of Utah Community Health (AUCH), completing 2 terms on the executive committee and currently services on the public affairs committee. My primary focus is to decrease health outcome disparities in ethnic and underserved populations in Utah through the provision of primary care medical home services, populations based health outcomes management and piloting of innovative health delivery models to increase access, improve outcomes and contain costs. I'm honored to join the Board of the UPHA and hope to work towards increasing the security of public health funding during what I fear will be a turbulent couple of years.
Dexter Pearce


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UPHA Student Caucus Update

The UPHA Student Caucus hosted the first Student Social on September 29. The group convened to learn about who is the new face of public health in Utah.

The mission of the Student caucus it to meet students in public health programs from universities around the state, introduce students to the board members, connect students with their peers at other universities, and connect Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral students.

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We are Public Health

This summer, 50 graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Utah (UofU) were involved in public health work overseas, through study abroad programs in the UofU's Global Health Initiative. Sights of participating UofU global partnerships include Ghana, India, Peru, and Armenia. These sights were built using a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach, comprised of forming government and local partnerships, community goal-setting, fieldwork completed by cross-cultural teams, dissemination of results to participants, and partnership evaluation. Through education initiatives, research, and interventions, students obtain field experience and a global perspective.

Projects in Ghana involved screening for adult hypertension and diabetes, evaluation of household poisonous substance storage, sanitation and handwashing surveys and education, an Integrated Management of Childhood Illness train the trainer initiative in community clinics, and dissemination of prior results to community residents. Studies were conducted in rural villages outside of Kumasi, Ghana, in partnership with Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Sixty Ghanaian students from KNUST participated alongside partners from KATH and the UofU.

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Projects in India involved continued partnership building, interviews to understand attitudes and beliefs around drinking water quality, water quality testing, observations on drinking water infrastructure, water and hygiene education, learning about childhood nutrition in day care settings, and research about adolescent gender equity issues. Studies were conducted in rural villages in Punjab state, in partnership with Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) and the Post Graduate Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGI). Ten students from PGI participated in fieldwork alongside partners from MBCT and the UofU.

Projects in Peru involved the Global School-Based Student Health Survey in five local secondary schools. The survey covers areas of sexual health, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, bullying, physical violence, video and computer games, and family support towards education. This was compared to the Peruvian data as compiled by the WHO in 2012. The survey was completed with assistance from 12 Peruvian students from partnering universities. Studies were conducted in the city of Trujillo, Peru.

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Projects in Armenia included identifying sources of health information among women, identifying knowledge and attitudes towards breast cancer, and health education on breast cancer screening. Studies were conducted in five rural areas in Yerevan with partners from the Armenia Ministry of Health. Partnership building and program development continues, sighting new collaborations with Yerevan State Medical University and Caritas Armenia, and the introduction of a health education and promotion aspect.

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Who/What is the Public Health Club at Westminster College?:

The Public Health Activities Team (p̂HAT) of Westminster College is dedicated to educating the Westminster campus and surrounding community about the various aspects of public health and how they affect our daily lives through service, health promotion, and professional partnerships.

Activities we are involved in:

We successfully implemented a No Texting & Driving Campaign on campus which gained more than 400 pledges and local media attention. We formed a partnership with the American Red Cross and are on track to breaking blood donation records on campus. In fact, P^HAT just broke the blood drive record on campus during the September drive! Finally, though collaboration with the Student Caucus, we hope to spread the word about public health and UPHA.

Why we are interested in public health:

Although each p̂HAT member has differing career aspirations, we all have the same public health mission: To understand and improve the health of our community.

You can find and "like" us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/PhatWestminsterCollege

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Utah Marathon & Fittest State Festival

UPHA adopted Mile 19, which ran along Mario Capecchi Drive at the University of Utah, for this hallmark event. We set up a booth, put up a UPHA banner, wrote healthy message on the route with chalk and cheered on hundreds of running and bicycling athletes. The marathon and other races took place on Saturday, October 13 from 7 am – noon and provided a wonderful opportunity for UPHA to publicly support physical activity and overall health. It was great spending some time with our fellow UPHA members and helping our organization gain some needed exposure. Thanks to all that participated and help make this an event to remember!

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The Federal Budget Sequestration

Quietly and without fanfare Congress missed another deadline to avoid massive, across the board Federal budget cuts scheduled to go into effect January 2nd, 2013, as mandated by the budget sequestration enacted in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). These cuts include $2.4 billion (8.4%) in reductions to public health: HRSA, CDC, SAMHSA, HPP, FDA, PPH Fund, WIC, EPA Clean Water and EPA Drinking Water. ASTHO estimates funding decreases to state and local grantees to exceed 11% and could be much greater.

The sequestration is the BCA enforcement mechanism that compels Congress to complete the daunting task of reducing the budget deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. If Congress doesn't act, the sequestration spreads funding cuts equally (8.4%) to most federal programs including defense (some exceptions, i.e. Medicare sees a 2% reduction). However as evidenced by the campaign promise to, "make Big Bird go bye bye", both parties prefer to pick the winners and losers rather than deal with the deficit through across the board cuts. During the post-election Lame Duck session Congress will likely attempt legislation to delay the sequestration to give them time to craft and enact a deficit reduction plan. Given vast ideological differences the federal deficit debate will be contentious.

Since 2010, public health has experienced $2.5 billion (8%) in reductions. With the sequester public health funding will have decreased by a whopping 16.4%, a gutting of public health. In the looming budget deficit battle, public health will see increasingly dramatic threats given the process will rely on large reductions and cutting of entire programs rather than across the board belt tightening.

Our society has flourished with public health as the vanguard of public well-being. Public health policy is backed by good science and rational thought. There are few rational arguments for public health cuts, yet public health has seen more than its share of cuts since 2010. Unfortunately American politics are driven more so now than ever before by pressure rather than persuasion. In a mere five years we've seen dramatic changes to the political landscape driven by small groups of highly organized people influencing the political process in proportion well beyond their numbers. This is the power of grass roots advocacy. I can assure you that every constituency is reading the game book of these game changers and will include these strategies to forward their interest in the upcoming debates. Good public policy backed by the pressure of good grass roots advocacy will carry the day in the current political landscape.

We need to add our voices to protect public health during the deficit debate to make sure public health doesn't, "go bye-bye". Relying on good policy is no longer good enough, there is a new reality.

The good news is that the leadership in the APHA and the UPHA has diligently begun the work to prepare for this battle through the PHACT initiative. Please go to the respective websites to learn more and look for calls to action in your email. The APHA and UPHA have also purchased a technological "Super Weapon" called CONVIO to support our grass roots efforts. Please sign up for CONVIO and try it.

Finally, prepare to start a movement to protect the public's well-being from uninformed cuts to public health.

Please take time to view this 3 minute video on what it takes to start a movement. We guarantee it to be transformative, life changing and relevant to your personal and professional life well beyond your work as a guardian of the public's health.
http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_how_to_start_a_movement.html. Feel free to contact our executive or the policy unit with your ideas, questions and comments.

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2nd Annual UPHA Student Caucus Site Visit at the Utah County Health Department

The purpose of this activity is to provided public health students with the opportunity to exploring public health careers within local health departments. This free activity will be held at the Utah County Health Department, 151 S. University Ave, Provo in room #2601 on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

UCHD Site Visit Agenda:
2:00 Welcome
2:05-2:30 Introduction to health careers at local health departments. (WIC, Nursing, Substance Abuse, Health Promotion, & Environmental Health)
2:30-3:00 General Panel: Question & Answer/Career Discussion
3:00-3:30 Career Breakouts:
Breakout A: Public Health Nursing- Nursing Admin. Conf. Room #1610
Breakout B: Public Health Promotion and Education- Room #2700
Breakout C: Environmental Health Science Room #2601
Breakout D: Women, Infants & Children- Room #2100
Hope to see you there!

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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

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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