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November 2012 E-NEWS

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2012 Post Election Landscape

   

2012 Post Election Landscape

After an unprecedented $6 billion in campaign spending, the political landscape post the November 7th elections remains remarkably the same. President Obama continues with a second term, the Republicans keep control of the House and the Democrats maintain a non-filibuster proof majority of the Senate. Now that the American people have finalized who our leaders are, the hope is that Congress can begin to work with the President to forward the country's business.

As we discussed last month, expect to see all parties work together during the Lame Duck session to delay the sequestration as part of the concerted effort to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff". For those that would like more information regarding the sequestration, UPHA Member Jenny Johnson, MPH, CHES recommends members view this report published by ASTHO. Thanks Jenny. http://www.astho.org/Advocacy/ASTHO-Report-on-Sequestration/

The 2013 federal fiscal year began in October 2012 and Congress has yet to pass a 2013 budget, which is funded by a continuation resolution that expires March of 2013. If the sequestration is delayed, the task remains for Congress to cut a massive $1.2 trillion in spending from the federal budget as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. We'll see significant activity from Congress the first quarter of 2013 as it begins the process of grappling with the federal deficit and enact a 2013 budget. Attempts to protect sacred cows such as defense and mandatory spending will increase pressures for discretionary spending to carry the majority of the cuts. Non-defense discretionary spending is only 14% of the federal budget and is where much of public health funding comes from. If we do not see defense and mandatory spending take their share of the decreases, then the 8.4% decrease in public health funding scheduled in the sequestration as well as the 8% already experienced since 2010 will pale in comparison. Public health could realistically see cuts in excess of 20% since 2010 should discretionary spending carry the entire burden of the budget cuts.

One thing government has gotten right is how it funds public health. The demonstration of outcomes and savings precedes the investment. The data is sound. Every $1 spent on prevention avoids future health care spending by $5.60. Seventy-five percent of U.S. spending is on preventable chronic conditions but only 3% of health care spending goes toward public health and prevention. Congress will be under tremendous pressure to moderate health care costs, however cutting public health funding will create greater downstream costs and poor outcomes.

As we discussed in previous articles, American politics is driven more so now than it ever has before by pressure rather than persuasion. Programs backed by the pressure of good grass roots advocacy will prevail in the upcoming budget battles. If no one speaks out for a program that you care about don't be surprised to see that program zeroed out in the upcoming budget battle. It's up to us to educate Congress of the negative impacts of cutting public health funding.

Now is a good time to reach out to your Senator and Congressman and congratulate them if recently elected and to ask them to start the process of working together with the President and members across the aisle to avoid the "fiscal cliff" and enact a 2013 Federal Budget

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Save the Date! Utah Public Health Conference

UPHA Conference Save the Date

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2013 Public Health PhotoVoice Contest

Public health PhotoVoice

We would like to thank Paul Wightman for his meaningful shots from the APHA Conference (below). This is a great example of the kind of public health photos we would like to add to the UPHA collection this year!

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Utah Marathon and Fittest State Festival

On Saturday, October 13, UPHA took advantage of the opportunity to actively support public health in the community. UPHA members George White, Meghan Arnold, Dexter Pearce, Paul Wightman and Darrin Sluga cheered on thousands of runners and cyclists participating in the inaugural Utah Marathon and Fittest State Festival.

Our association's colorful banner made it clear that the band of raucous spectators who were cheering on the race participants were proud members of the Utah Public Health Association. With the help of some chalk and creative artistic abilities, our small but enthusiastic group wrote public health messages on the pavement crossed by the runners and bikers. Fortunately, no participants were harmed trying to read the messages while running. Runners and bikers took time to graciously express their thanks for our group's support (pretty impressive considering they many were on their 19th mile).

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Board Member Spotlight: George L. White Jr. PhD, MSPH

Dr. White is a professor in the Public Health Program at Westminster College. He chose to pursue public health as a profession because he says, "I love clinical medicine but public health is a way to reach the entire community," and also adds, "When you have your health you have everything".

Dr. White said that the most rewarding project he has worked on as a public health professional was getting the PhD Program in Public Health up and running at the University of Utah and Westminster College. He is also proud of the hundreds of students he has taught over the years who are now public health professionals. This he said has made his career rewarding.

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Some fun, personal things about Dr. White include: his favorite travel destination is Maui, Hawaii. And, if money weren't an issue right now, he would be travelling the world with his wife and kids OR do what he is doing right now! If he could eat only one food for the rest of his life, then he would eat oatmeal (real cooked) with dried fruit and a little brown sugar or a crisp apple or a baked sweet potato with real butter. He likes to write letters to his friends and family to relax and he says the best thing he has done in life is raise three successful, happy children.

When asked, Dr. White said you should join UPHA because then you get to work with some of the best people on earth.

Dr. White is a great asset to the UPHA Board. To learn more about his employment history, please view his biography below.

George L. White Jr., Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
It was as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman that Dr. George White laid the foundation for a career in healthcare. After receiving an honorable discharge for Vietnam Era (1968-1972) service, he completed Physician Assistant training in October, 1975. He also earned a BS (1978), MSPH (1981), and a PhD. (1987) from the University of Utah. He continued military service as a reserve W01, CW02, and CW03 in the Utah Army National Guard from Octobe,r 1978 to September, 1990. Prior to Operation Desert Storm he transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserve where he served from September, 1990 to February, 1996. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal as well as other federal and state decorations. Dr. White retired as a Major from the Air Force Reserve in 1996 following 22 years of exemplary military service.

Dr. White has maintained certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) since 1976. He has also maintained a Utah license as a Sanitarian/Environmental Health Scientist since 1985. In 1995 the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) selected Dr. White as the "Outstanding PA" of the year. In 1996 the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States also named Dr. White as the "PA of the Year" for all federal agencies. He has provided healthcare in numerous practice settings from specialty tertiary care clinics to Native-American primary care clinics. At one point in his career he served as the first remotely deployed Physician Assistant in Wendover, Utah/Nevada for the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah (DFPM). In 2008 the AAPA honored him with the "Distinguished Fellow" recognition. During Dr. White's University of Utah tenure he raised the bar regarding service; he served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) 4 years, Utah Resource for Genetic and Epidemiologic Research (RGE) 8 years, University Research Committee 3 years, Small Seed Grant Committee 3 years, Tenure, Retention, and Promotion Committee for the College of Medicine 3 years, and numerous DFPM committees/councils.

He was the second holder of the T.F.H. Morton MD Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In 2004 the Utah Public Health Association awarded Dr. White its highest honor, the Theodore Bruce Beatty M.D. Award and in 2007 he was chosen as "Utah Best of State" in the College/University Teacher category. In 2002 he was appointed Chair of the Utah Health Advisory Council (HAC) by Governor Michael O. Leavitt. He served as chair of the HAC for six years and was reappointed as a council member in July 2007 by Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. Dr. White is also a founding member of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute in 2004 and President-Elect of the Utah Public Health Association.

Prior to joining the Westminster College faculty, Dr. White held the rank of Professor (tenured) at the University of Utah, University of South Alabama and the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at Brigham Young University. In 2004 he graduated from the prestigious National Public Health Leadership Institute, a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. White became the first person in Utah to pass the National Board of Public Health Examiners Certification exam, October 2008. He has authored over 200 journal articles and many book chapters on various healthcare topics.

George has been married to Kaylene Thornock White for over 28 years and they have three children, George III (27), Kaitlin (24), and Kaycee (16). Kaylene is also an educator teaching at Salt Lake Community College and Brigham Young University.

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I Am Public Health -- Liz Gerke, University of Utah MPH student, Global Health Study Abroad in India

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to join the Global Health Study Abroad program in India. In class we talk a lot about "sustainability," "community-based participatory research," and "collaboration." This experience really allowed me to apply those principles first-hand. Our partners in India were invaluable to us in our research. They continually assisted us by giving feedback, acting as interpreters, helping us to understand the culture, and teaching us how to behave in culturally acceptable ways. I was also constantly amazed at the generosity, graciousness, and wisdom of the Indian people. My team's project was focused on evaluating the nutritional services provided by community Anganwadi centers, how services are being utilized in rural villages, and the community's perceptions of the centers. Every day these amazing people would open the doors of their homes and Anganwadi centers, serve steaming hot tea and willingly sit and talk with us—complete strangers and foreigners-- about their lives. I have come to believe that every member of a community has something to teach us if we will simply take the time to listen. My time in India has truly been the highlight of my public health experience so far and something that will impact me forever. I encourage students who have an interest in global health work or just want a more hands-on public health experience to participate in one of these study abroad trips. The things I learned and gained were worth every penny I spent.

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"Weight of the Nation" Screening

The Utah Public Health Association, in partnership with other groups including the Utah Partnership for Healthy Weight, SL Fit, and Utah Cancer Action Network, is organizing a public screening of the documentary Weight of the Nation. Weight of the Nation is an impressive four-part documentary on the obesity epidemic -- it's causes, impacts, and solutions for addressing it. The screening will include airing of at least one section of the documentary, followed by a panel discussion. Look for more details coming soon, and come join us in early January!

 

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Congratulations to Joyce Gaufin, APHA President-Elect

Joyce Gaufin was elected President-Elect during the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) recently held in San Francisco. APHA's Annual Meeting is recognized as the largest public health gathering in the world bringing together some of the most influential health advocates, researchers, practitioners and other specialists. The APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world with over 45,000 members and affiliate members.

Ms. Gaufin is no stranger to APHA and its Utah Affiliate, the Utah Public Health Association (UPHA), holding leadership positions in both organizations throughout her career. She will become the first APHA President from Utah when she takes office and the first from the Intermountain West/Rocky Mountain States. She began her career at the Utah Department of Health in 1973, where she retired as a management and leadership consultant. She was instrumental in the creation of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute, a Division of HealthInsight, a private, non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving health and health care, in Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. During the course of her career, she has led and mentored thousands of public health professionals in Utah and Nevada. She co-edited the book, Mastering Public Health: Essential Skills for Effective Practice (Oxford University Press, 2011) with Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, a past-president of APHA.

Because of her passion, experience, vision, and leadership, she is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including UPHA's Theodore Bruce Beatty Award for distinguished service in public health; Utah Medical Association Presidential Citation for leadership in the Medicine/Public Health Initiative; and the Balderson Lifetime Public Health Leadership Award from the National Public Health Leadership Development Network in 2012. Ms. Gaufin resides in Dammeron Valley, Utah with her husband, Richard F. Gaufin, PhD, who is a retired public health educator and professional.

Joyce Gaufin

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New Emerging Leader Workshop Series Season Announced

The Southwest Regional Public Health Training Center (SRPHTC) announces the Fall 2012 -Summer 2013 lineup of its popular Emerging Leader Workshop Series (ELWS), a program designed to help prepare early and mid-level public health managers interested in moving into leadership positions.

Date Session Location
Dec 5, 2012 Successful Grant Proposal Writing Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 13, 2012 Successful Grant Proposal Writing Ogden, UT
Jan 25, 2013 Ethical Decision Making Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 8, 2013 Ethical Decision Making TBD
May 29, 2013 Effective Program Management Salt Lake City, UT
June 5, 2013 Effective Program Management Clearfield, UT

Year Two launches with Building a Solid Foundation for Successful Grant Proposal Writing, to be taught by Dr. Mike Prelip and Sandra Marsh of UCLA and University of Utah, respectively. Dr. Prelip has been long recognized for his grant writing courses; he has received over $18,500,000 in grant funding. Two sessions are scheduled in Utah: December 5, 2012 in Salt Lake City and December 13, 2012, in Ogden, UT. Please see http://www.srphtc.ucla.edu/emerging-leader-workshop-series for more details.

The series next continues with an Ethical Decision Making workshop, which will take place between January and March 2013. It will be taught by Dr. David Sundwall, previous Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health (2005-2010), and Dr. Shira Shafir, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research Ethics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

The complete list of upcoming workshops and registration links can be found on SRPHTC's Emerging Leader Workshop Series page.

Registartion is now open for the Building a Solid Foundation for Successful Grant Proposal Writing sessions. We encourage your participation, and look forward to seeing you at one or all of the Emerging Leader Workshop Series events!

 

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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: Ogden Eccles Center
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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