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January 2014 E-NEWS

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UPHA Acknowledges the Utah PaperBox Company for their Support

Select Health Funding Opportunity

2014 Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion

Board Member Spotlight: Brian Fast, Treasurer

Student Spotlight: Steve Hanson, University of Utah

Student Caucus wins for poster presentation at APHA

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UPHA acknowledges the utah paperbox company for their support

At the December Board meeting UPHA Board President George White presented an award to Mr. Paul Keyser, CEO of the Utah PaperBox Company, for its support of UPHA and for its commitment to the health of Utahns. The company, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has a long history of supporting public health starting from when its founder, George Keyser, served as the second president of UPHA in the 1900’s. In addition to demonstrated commitment to environmental health and safety, the Utah PaperBox Company is a supporter of the UPHA Endowment Fund.

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selecthealth funding opportunity

Select 25 is a grant program that awards $2,500 to nonprofit organizations that serve special populations or improve health and well-being in Utah. In the past, Select 25 has awarded grants to schools that help pay for community garden programs and physical education and safety programs. The deadline to complete an application is Jan 19 so you need to act fast on this opportunity!

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2014 Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion

The registration for the 2014 Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion conference in now open. The theme for this year’s conference is “Your Work. Your Health. Your Culture.” The conference will take place March 5 & 6 at the Karen Gail Miller conference center. There will be several great speakers at this years conference, including Steven Aldana as the keynote speaker. He is the author of the recent book "Culture Clash: How We win the Battle for Better Health." 

 

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Board Member Spotlight: Brian Fast, Treasurer

MeMeet this month’s newest board member, Brian Fast. Brian is the assistant Fiscal Manager at SL County Center for the Arts in the Capitol Theatre. Brian brings a new area of expertise to our board and we are super excited to have him assist our organization with our financial needs.

It is no surprise that Brian volunteered to help with UPHA since he is very service minded. In fact, he says that if money weren’t an issue, he would be working for a non-profit agency using his accounting skills. He also says the best thing he has done in his life, (outside of his children) is giving service to the youth in his community.

On a personal note, Brian is a huge fan of cheese enchiladas! He enjoys golfing, (we have the right tournament for him!), hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. And he says Mirror Lake is his favorite vacation destination.

When asked why someone should join UPHA, Brian says that it is an honor to be a part of an organization that is designed to help the masses. We are thrilled to have Brian as part of our UPHA board.

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Student Spotlight: Steve Hanson, University of Utah

After several years of instructing individuals on how to use specialized equipment to treat illnesses such as asthma and COPD, I wanted to transition into a career where I could work with the public to prevent these conditions in the first place. This is why in 2011 I chose to pursue a master’s degree in public health from the University of Utah.

For my practicum experience, I worked as an intern for Salt Lake County in their division of Community Resources and Development. This provided opportunities to apply the principles of project and team management I learned as an undergrad at the David Eccles School of Business in addition to applying public health principles to a program that is not directly related to health.

During my first year of studies, I noticed many of the top public health achievements in the 20th century were driven by policy, so I decided to focus the remainder of my studies on health policy. As a student, I wanted to be involved in serving the community and my fellow students, which is why I joined the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) at the University of Utah and UPHA’s Student Caucus. This not only provided a wonderful experience as a student, but even after graduating in the spring of 2013 I have had the opportunity to continue to assist the Student Caucus as a volunteer for UPHA’s Policy Management Unit. 

My experiences demonstrate the value of diversity in public health. Various disciplines can and should be applied to public health initiatives and the discipline of public health itself provides additional value to seemingly unrelated fields.


Steve with his wife, Stephanie and two children, Dylan (4) and Emmy (3 months)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Student Caucus wins for poster presentation at APHA

Congratulations to the UPHA Student Caucus! Their poster presentation received one of the top scores at the American Public Health Association’s annual conference and was recognized as one of two winners by the Council of Affiliates in their graduate poster category.  The poster focused on a workforce development project the Student Caucus created in an effort to bridge the gap between public health professionals and students in Utah. Way to go!

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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 Day at the Legislature
February 24, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join UPHA for our Annual Day at the Legislature. Come join us in advocating for public health programs, funding, and policy!  Look for more details coming soon!

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