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February 2013 E-NEWS

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UPHA Legislative Webinar

2013 Call for APHA Awards Nominations

UPHA Call for Resolutions

Honoring Meghan Arnold

UPHA Board Member Spotlight: Leslie Webster

Student Spotlights: Laura Neville and Cindy Albrecht

Bill Watch

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UPHA Legislative Webinar

Please register for UPHA's upcoming legislative webinar that will be held on Friday, February 15 at 1:00pm. Participants will gain insight about the must current legislative priorities up on Utah's Capitol Hill. Deb Turner and Kathy Froerer will also share ideas on how public health practitioners can effectively engage in the this important process. Please go to www.upha.org to register for this free event.

Please call Eric Edwards at 801-851-7097 for more information.

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2013 Call for APHA Awards Nominations

The American Public Health Association is now accepting nominations for its 2013 APHA Awards Program.

Nominate a colleague who exemplifies outstanding professionalism, dedication and contributions in the field of public health. Membership is not required for nomination to several of APHA's national awards. The awards will be presented at the 141st APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 2-6, 2013, in Boston.

The deadline for nominations is April 26. Awards description, criteria and nomination forms are available at www.apha.org/about/awards.  For more information contact deborah.dillard@apha.org or 202-777-2442.


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UPHA Call for Resolutions

TThe dictionary defines resolution as a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.

Now is your opportunity to propose resolutions to be considered by the UPHA membership at our annual business meeting. If you have a resolution you would like the membership to consider, please send a draft to Eric Edwards no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1. An example of a previously passed resolution is attached below.

A spokes person for the resolution has to be a current paid member of UPHA and will be expected to present the resolution during the annual business meeting.Please contact Eric Edwards if you have any questions: 801-851-7097.

Increasing Baby Your Baby/Medicaid Eligibility Levels for Pregnant Women

Submitted by: Stephen P. McDonald, MSS

WHEREAS, women who receive prenatal care are more likely to have access to screening and diagnosis tests that can help to identify problems early; services to manage developing and existing problems; and education, counseling, and referral to reduce risky behaviors like substance use and poor nutrition. Such care may thus help improve the health of both mothers and infants
WHEREAS, timing and entry into prenatal care often reflects factors also associated with low birthweight, including poverty, maternal age, education, and marital status.
WHEREAS, in 2006, 78.0 percent of Utah women received early prenatal care, which is below the Healthy People 2010 objective of 90 percent, and 3.9 percent of women had late (3rd trimester) or no prenatal care at all.
WHEREAS, lack of insurance is a barrier to prenatal care
WHEREAS, one in six women aged 18 to 49 in Utah – 98,000 – reported being uninsured in 2006. Of these women, 40 percent had family incomes below 200 percent of poverty.
WHEREAS, uninsured women receive fewer prenatal services and report greater difficulty in obtaining needed care than women with insurance, an Institute of Medicine study concluded
WHEREAS, Medicaid is the major public source of financing health care services provided to pregnant women, infants, and children
WHEREAS, Utah has the lowest income eligibility level for pregnant women (133% of Federal Poverty Level) in the nation (tied with Alabama, Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming) and forty-one states and the District of Columbia have eligibility thresholds at 185 percent or higher, 20 of which have rates at 200 percent or higher.
WHEREAS, by raising the eligibility threshold for pregnant women from 133 percent to 185 percent it is estimated that an additional 5,000 pregnant women could be eligible for BYB and Medicaid.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT:
The Utah Public Health Association supports increasing Medicaid's eligibility level for pregnant women in Utah.
The Utah Public Health Association encourages its members to support efforts to increase the Medicaid/Baby Your Baby eligibility levels for pregnant women.


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Honoring Meghan Arnold

As many of you have heard, our student caucus co-President, dynamic colleague and dear friend, Meghan Arnold died on January 26 as a result of injuries she sustained in a fall while ice climbing recently. Her caring nature and intrepid spirit inspired the work of UPHA for several years. Also, she positively impacted the people on at least four continents with her water sanitation efforts.
Please take a moment to learn more about Meghan in this brief news story:
http://utahcountysouth.fox13now.com/news/news/79315-victim-fall-remembered-humanitarian-work

You may also wish to view her obituary:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=meghan-nicole-arnold&pid=162713974#fbLoggedOut

The UPHA Board encourages UPHA members to consider donating to the "Meghan Arnold's Smile" at Key Bank, Utah which will help support her family and loved ones address basic financial needs related to this unfortunate event. Donations may be made by walking into any Key Bank branch and donating to her account or via electronic transfer, ACH or Fed Fund Wire using the routing number 124000737, or by check to the Salt Lake City Key Bank at 290 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.

In addition, an Emerging Student Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to a student this spring. The scholarship will cover registration fees to attend the 2013 Public Health Conference on April 8-10, 2013. More information about how to apply for this will be available soon.

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Board Member Spotlight: Leslie Webster, MBA, CPM

Meet this month's newest board member, Leslie Webster. Leslie is the Fiscal Administrator for Salt Lake County Department of Administrative Services. From 1999 – 2005 she was the Fiscal Manager for the Salt Lake County Health Department, where she was initiated into the field of health. She spent time in the STD clinic, WIC/immunization clinics, and travel clinic and went on site visits with the food inspectors and observed the OBD testing in the air pollution & control garage. She jokes that it was there that she learned new acronyms. For example, the CDC is not the Community Development Corporation, as it was in her previous job and SOB (sexually oriented business) fees are not for the customers that cause us grief!

As a fiscal manager, Leslie feels that the most rewarding thing she has done so far in public health has been helping program managers budget and track their costs more effectively so that they were in a better position to advocate for their programs and ask for additional funding.

Leslie loves to travel so and if she had to pick a favorite travel destination it would be Yellowstone, followed by anywhere along the Pacific Coast Highway from San Diego to Olympic National Park in Washington, and then the South East – Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Pigeon Forge, The Smokey Mountains.

In fact, If money weren't an issue right now, Leslie would be traveling! She would like to take a motor home and travel all over the United States. Then she would go to Australia, New Zealand, Egypt to see the pyramids, Europe, and Kenya to visit a wild animal preserve.

Leslie likes to play Suduko, crossword puzzles, and she reads to relax. In her spare time she has also been a volunteer at the Literacy Action Center teaching immigrants to read. She explains that it has been a really good experience and has made her appreciate the education and opportunities she has had in her life.

Leslie says that if she could eat only one food for the rest of her life, then she would definitely be eating ice cream! And when asked why someone should join UPHA, she says it would be to get support and education from peers. We are thankful Leslie joined UPHA and are thrilled to have her on our board!

Leslie Webster

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Student Spotlights: Abby Weymouth Westminster College, C Renae Morgan Bowen, BYU

 

I was a sophomore the first time I took a public health class, Social and Behavioral Science. I remember I walked in and sat off to the side feeling uncomfortable and out of place. The professor handed out his syllabus and I almost got up and left, the course sounded difficult and the material far too advanced for someone who had never taken a public health class. I made it through that first day and returned for my next class, at the end of the week I changed my major to public health and moved forward in my education. After that first class I became more involved in Public Health related activities. I ran for the Undergraduate Representative in our on campus club (P^HAT) and was elected into office my junior year. Last summer I volunteered at the Utah AIDS Foundation and received my HIV Prevention Counselor certificate. In the spring I am applying to Graduate School in the hopes of obtaining a Master’s Degree in the International Health Field. My ultimate goal is to work for the WHO or another agency and travel the world and help those in need.

Brigham Young University's (BYU) Masters of Public Health (MPH) program maintains as its mission statement that it strives to "promote community and family-centered health by training public health professionals to strategically plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion solutions that improve health and well-being. Emphasis is placed on reducing preventable diseases, injuries, and health disparities among underserved or at-risk populations in both domestic and international settings." To accomplish this mission, professors from a variety of backgrounds and research interests are employed. This provides the participating students an opportunity to consult with "specialists" in an area of public health that particularly sparks their interest, but also opens their minds to the ways in which a variety of different public health topics, issues and efforts are interconnected.

~ Abby Weymouth, Undergraduate Student at Westminster College

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This is a strength that I have most been influenced by in my time as a MPH student at BYU. My own interests lie in family health and its potential to motivate members of the most basic unit of society to change lifestyle behaviors that can result in positive health outcomes in the future. Others in my cohort of MPH students have very different interests, such as reproductive health epidemiology, immigrant and refugee populations, elderly care and substance abuse. Yet, because of the open structure of many of the courses offered in this program, we are able to implement our passion into the assignments we are given. In one class, I was assigned to evaluate emergency response preparedness in the United States, but was allowed to do so through the lens of "family capital" and "resiliency". Another project guided us through the process of research, survey creation and distribution, data collection and analysis, but we were able to select the topic of this project, yielding final results that were both interesting to each student and useful for future job interviews and career pursuits.

Understanding how broad public health concepts and disciplines such as research, program planning and evaluation, epidemiology, health behavior theory and so on can be directly applied to a specific public health issue such as family health helps us become specialized to a certain extent in our areas of interest. Conversely, there are also many ways in which we are encouraged to see how each of these areas of interest interconnect with one another. Most often, this connection is through the larger areas of public health previously mentioned, helping us understand that as future public health professionals, we will need to seek opportunities to collaborate with other public health disciplines and personnel to find innovative, sustainable solutions to existing and new health problems domestically and world-wide. The expectations for coursework and grades are high which makes this program challenging, but more importantly, makes it incredibly rewarding. I know that through the things I have learned as a student in BYU's MPH program, that I will be a strong candidate in today's competitive job market and I will be equipped with the tools I need to find solutions to health problems that exist in the world.

~ C. Renae Morgan Bowen, MPH(c)

 

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Bill Watch

Link

Short Title

Sponsor

Attorney

Fiscal Analyst

HCR002

Concurrent Resolution to Reduce Obesity in Utah

Barlow, S.

RF 

MCB 

 

SUMMARY: This is a resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizing obesity as a significant public health and economic issue in Utah and urges support of policy directed at addressing obesity; increasing public awareness of the adverse effects of obesity; and support for activities that encourage healthy weight among children & adults in Utah.

 

COMMENTS: The Policy Unit strongly believes that we should express our support for this resolution as an organization.

H.B. 13

Protection of Children Riding in Motor Vehicles

Arent, P.

 

 

 

SUMMARY: Bill prohibits a person from smoking in a motor vehicle when there is passenger 15 years or younger. Violation is considered an infraction with maximum fine of $45.

 

COMMENTS:

H.B. 50

Dating Violence Protection Act

Seelig, J.

 

 

 

SUMMARY: Protective orders may be modified, issued, or enforced between parties 18 and above who are, or who have been, in a dating relationship where there was abuse or dating violence against the other party. The court will specify the restrictions and conditions of the protective order.

 

COMMENTS:

 

 

 

H.B. 103

Wireless Telephone Use Restrictions

Perry, L

 

 

 

SUMMARY: The bill prohibits anyone younger than 18 from using a wireless phone while driving. The violation is not a reportable violation but a penalty will be issued for the violation.

 

COMMENTS: UPHA supported a similar bill last year ( S.B. 128 - Wireless Telephone Use Restriction for Minors in Vehicles -Rep. Romero)

HB0292

Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and CHIP

Sanpei, D.

CJD 

RTF 

 

SUMMARY: This bill directs UDOH to maximize the use of Medicaid and CHIP funds to help in the purchase of private
health insurance for Medicaid-eligible and non-Medicaid-eligible individuals.

 

COMMENTS:

 

 

 

SB0042

Medical School Admissions Funding

Valentine, J.

AOS 

SCP 

 

SUMMARY: This bill appropriates $10 million of tax payers’ money to the University of Utah School of Medicine to increase the number of admitted students by 40 students for a total of 122 students annually. The 40 additional students must demonstrate a strong connection to Utah.

 

COMMENTS: The Policy Unit supports the bill in concept but would recommend specific language specifying the focus on educating & training primary care physicians required to serve in Utah, especially its vulnerable population, for a specified period of time.

 

OTHER BILLS TO WATCH

 

 

 

HB0298

Parent Seminar on Youth Protection

Eliason, S.

AOS 

TEY 

HB0307

CPR Training in Schools

Moss, C.

AOS 

TEY 

HB0081

Cytomegalovirus Public Health Initiative

Menlove, R.

AKJ 

RTF 

S.B. 36

Cigarette and Tobacco Tax and Licensing Amendments

Harper

 

 

SB0055

Insurance Coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Shiozawa, B.

CJD 

AW 

S.B. 114

Safety Belt Amendments

Robles, L.

 

 

H.B. 283

 Safety Belt Enforcement Amendments

Perry, L.

 

 

Bill Requests

Short Title

Sponsor

Attorney

Fiscal Analyst

Status

CHW

Robles L

 

 

 

Medicaid Expansion

Chavez-Houck

 

 

In Process

Amendments to Department of Health Reporting Requirements

Christensen, A.

CJD 

 

In Process 

Continuing Medical Education for Prescription Drugs

Jones, P.

AKJ 

 

In Process 

Health System Reform Amendments

Dunnigan, J.

CJD 

 

In Process 

Nullification of the Affordable Care Act

Perry, L.

CJD 

 

In Process 

 

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Don't forget to mark your calendars, and share these events with your colleagues!

UVU Conference on Addictions
February 22nd
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Utah Valley University's Sorensen Center
In an effort to provide information on a wide-range of issues specific to the topic of addiction, the conference seeks to meet the needs of university students, addiction professionals and community participants. Sessions will provide information to anyone with an interest in substance abuse or compulsive addiction. For more information or to register, go to www.UVU.edu/chss/addiction.

Free Webinar -- Mastering Public Health: Essential Skills for Effective Practice
Friday, March 8th
Time: TBA
Dr. Barry Levy and Joyce Gaufin -- coauthors of Mastering Public Health: Essential Skills for Effective Practice -- will share insights to public health practitioners and students. Stay tuned for details.

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. More details coming soon at www.upha.org/conference/index.htm.

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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