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December 2012 E-NEWS

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2013 Utah Public Health Conference

The Flu is Here! Join Flu Near You!

UPHA Student Involvement Bridging Gaps between Academia and the Workplace

UPHA Board Member Spotlight

Weight of the Nation Screening

Calling for 2013 HEAU Award Nominations

   

2013 Utah Public HEalth Conference

UPHA Conference Save the Date

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Flu Near You

Flu season is off to an early start this year - its earliest in nearly a decade - and several states are reporting higher than normal numbers of suspected flu cases.

While some media outlets fear that this early start means that it will be a bad flu season, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us that "only time will tell." He is also optimistic about the level of preparedness in the United States. This year, the flu vaccine is well matched to the strains of flu seen circulating so far, and we have plenty of vaccines available. How can you protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu? We challenge you to join Flu Near You (www.FluNearYou.org). In doing so, you will help provide an early warning signal of flu spread. That warning signal not only tells you when something is spreading in your community, it also helps officials plan for vaccines and medicines, public awareness campaigns, and other public health measures.

While improved surveillance will help us track and prepare for the flu, the best protection is vaccination. If you haven't received a flu vaccine yet, check out UDOH's Vaccine Locator (www.Immunize-Utah.org) to find the right flu vaccine for you and where in your area you can get vaccinated (you can also use the widget to the left to find a vaccination location near you).

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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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UPHA Student Involvement Bridging Gaps between Academia and the Workplace

Challenges within the field of public health are becoming more complex. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine (2002) titled "Who Will Keep The Public Healthy? Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century" stated that the current educational training received by the public health workforce in the United States is not adequately preparing the future workforce to address these challenges. One of the primary reasons is attributed to the lack of relationships between academia and public health professionals.

The field of public health in Utah is no exception to these challenges. However, the Utah Public Health Association is doing exceptional work to bridge this gap between students and professionals in the field. With the creation of its Student Caucus just three years ago, UPHA is working hard to connect students with mentors and potential employers so that students are better prepared for the constantly changing obstacles in a public health career. As you can see in this graph, these efforts have been remarkable, as the growth in the Student Caucus has more than doubled. We are grateful for the support of this organization, and hope to continue to outreach to all the universities in Utah so that every public health student has the opportunity to network with professions and grow the mission of UPHA.

- Stephanie Croasdell, UPHA Student Caucus Co-President
Dashboard Report

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Board Member Spotlight: Paul Wightman, MPA

Paul Wightman is the part-time executive director for UPHA. He is also the full-time executive director for his family, who live in Sandy, Colorado Springs, Tokyo and New York. He retired from the Utah Health Department (UDOH) in June, 2011, after 36 years of service!

Paul studied public health administration as a Masters Program and began a career in administration in Public Health by first finishing an Internship in the Director's Office at the UDOH. Employment opportunities opened up at UDOH in the WIC Program before he graduated with his MPA. The rest of his career was spent at UDOH serving in several line and management positions

As a public health professional, Paul says the most rewarding project he has worked on was helping to start the WIC Program in Utah. He developed the voucher system for participants as well as mechanisms for providing WIC funding to local health departments. He was the first WIC Program Manager at UDOH

Paul loves water and says that his favorite vacation spot must include a place for him to swim or boat. His favorite locations include Lake Powell, California, Hawaii, Monaco and St. Maarten

Paul loves to serve and volunteer and this is exemplified in the activities he pursues. He says the best thing he has done in life is helping to raise his six children into adulthood and is pretty proud of his ten grandchildren. He has been actively involved in his neighborhood, local sport teams and church, and he hope to continue his service by volunteering his time and resources at non-profits organizations.

On a personal note, if Paul could eat only one food for the rest of his life that food would be fruit! And, to relax, Paul likes to participate/officiate/watch any kind of sporting event, swim and bike!

Paul advocates for public health professionals to join UPHA because he says "it provides the chance to work with the best Public Health volunteers and leaders in Utah to try to improve the health of ourselves, our families and our neighbors!"

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"Weight of the Nation" Screening

Three years in the making, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a four-part documentary series, featuring case studies and interviews with leading experts and with individuals and families struggling with obesity. The series spotlights the facts and myths of this urgent public health issue, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system – and what individuals and communities can do. The screening will feature Part 4.

The screening will be held Jan 15, 2013 at 6:30 PM at Stansbury Elementary, 3050 South 2700 East in West Valley City. Following the screening, hear from a panel of local experts about what we can do to promote health eating and active living! Light Refreshments will be served! See you there!

 

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Calling for 2013 HEAU Award Nominations

If you would like to nominate someone for the Rookie of the Year Award, the Catherine Summerhays Distinguished Service Award, the Shelley Fuller Health Education Scholarship Fund, or the Innovations in Education Award, nominations will be accepted through January 18, 2013 and will be announced at the Spring 2013 HEAU Conference. E-mail Patty Cross at PattyC@UtahCounty.gov for an application and additional information.

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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 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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