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November 2013 E-NEWS

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APHA Annual Meeting and Expo Report

Board Member Spotlight: Audry M. Stevenson, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC

I Am Public Health: UPHA Student Caucus Presents at APHA

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upha president's message

APHA Annual Meeting and Expo Report
The APHA 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition was held this year in Boston, Mass.  The opening General Session, on November 2nd featured addresses by famed Roe v. Wade attorney Sarah Weddington and internationally acclaimed epidemiologist Michael Marmot. Both gave inspiring and thought provoking speeches.

At the conclusion of the conference, Utah’s own Joyce Gaufin began her term as President of APHA.

Audrey Stevenson, Paul Whitman and Dan Kinnersly were the official delegation representing UPHA, but there were others who attended from Utah, including Stephanie Croasdell, our Student Caucus Chair.

One highlight from the conference included the launching of APHA’s new “brand” and logo, which reflects its historic past and also strategically positions the organization for the future. The new tag line reads, “For science. For action. For Health.”

Several new leaders and officers were elected to guide the Association and the 2014 National Public Health Week theme was released:  “Public Health: Start Here!” A more comprehensive report of the conference will appear in the December edition of UPHA e-news. Thanks team for representing UPHA at APHA this year!

 

 

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board member spotlight: Audrey m. stevenson, phd, mph, msn, fnp-bc

Meet this month’s board member spotlight, Dr. Audrey M. Stevenson! Dr. Stevenson has worked for the Salt Lake County Health Department since 1987. During her time there, she has worked in a wide variety of positions. Currently, she is the Division Director of Family Health Services. Dr. Stevenson first started with the Health Department as a clinician. She says she, “fell in love with public health” and continued on to receive a Master of Public Health and a Doctorate in Public Health. Her passions and interests in the field tend to center around vaccines and Maternal and Child Health. One of the most rewarding projects she has worked on while at the health department includes efforts to promote the Tdap vaccination in the community.

On a personal note, Dr. Stevenson loves to travel and has been many places. She says her favorite destination spots are “warm places” such as Maui, the Caribbean or Mexico. She also loves Washington, DC. If she could eat only ONE food for the rest of her life, she said it would definitely be a salad, but there would need to be a wide variety of vegetables in it, since she has never met a veggie she didn’t like! To relax, Dr. Stevenson likes to read, garden, and machine quilt. However, she is a person who likes to stay busy so she admits she rarely has down time!

Dr. Stevenson says the best thing that she’s done in her life has been to marry her wonderful husband and to have children.  She says, “I have the best family in the world. I know that others say the same thing, but in my case it is true!”

Dr. Stevenson explains that others should get involved with UPHA because “it is the premier organization for public health professionals.” She adds, “This is YOUR organization. We need each one of us to advocate for and deliver public health in our wonderful state.” It is apparent that she believes that this organization cares about our communities and our workforce. And because of this, everyone should join UPHA to continue this great work.

Dr. Stevenson is a very committed, passionate public health professional and UPHA is lucky to have her leadership on this board!

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I Am Public health: upha student caucus presents at apha

This year, the UPHA Student Caucus had the opportunity to present its workforce development project at the American Public Health Association's annual conference. The conference, held in Boston, MA, encouraged all public health professionals to "Think Global, Act Local". Representing the Student Caucus was co-president Stephanie Croasdell, who is also the lead author on the project, along with fellow University of Utah student Rachel Sippy, UPHA board members Paul Wightman and Darrin Sluga, and Steve Alder from the University of Utah. Their poster was shared with the APHA Council of Affiliates and was received with great enthusiasm! The poster, which highlighted results from a survey distributed earlier this year, showed how the Student Caucus is working to bridge the gap between public health professionals and students. This approach of utilizing a professional organization to engage students is unique, and other affiliate organizations of APHA were eager to learn more. As the Student Caucus continues to expand and develop its member benefits, opportunities to share its successes will be essential so that others can learn from and model its work. Students representing BYU, UVU, and USU were also in attendance at this year's conference, helping increase the presence of UPHA and show what great public health work is being done in Utah! 

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

2014 UPHA Conference
April 14-16, 2014
Utah Valley Conference Center
Provo, Utah

If you have ideas for conference presenters, please contact Dexter Pierce or Audrey Stevenson.

Annual UPHA Advocacy Summit
Thursday, January 16, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
State Office Building Auditorium, Utah State Capitol Complex

Learn how to effectively advocate for public health programs, funding, and policy! 

Workshop on Appreciative Inquiry and Collaborative Practices in Public Health

On December 5th and 6th, the Utah Public Health Improvement Initiative is sponsoring a workshop on Appreciative Inquiry (Ai) and Collaborative Practices in Public Health.  Ai provides a fresh approach to breaking out of a problem/reactive cycle to an outcomes focused, inquiry based orientation resulting in greater collaboration and more innovative ideas. The first day of the workshop will cover the foundation of Ai and the second day will be putting Ai into action.  You’re invited to register for one or both days, but day 2 requires previous experience or training in Ai. For more information, go here:www.ualhd.org.

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