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May 2015 E-NEWS

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Highlights from the 2015 Utah Public Health Conference

Legislative Update: State Medicaid Expansion

Newly Elected UPHA Officers

Board Spotlight: Dexter Pearce, UPHA Board President

Student Spotlight: Laine McCullough

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Highlights from the 2015 Utah Public Health Conference

Congratulations to the many individuals who contributed to a very successful 2015 Utah Public Health Conference! The topics presented were diverse and the speakers top-notch! The conference kicked off with a very well attended pre-conference session co-sponsored by the UPHA Nutrition Section and the Utah WIC Program. Day One of the conference started with a keynote delivered by Tom Chapel from CDC, speaking on Collective Impact. At lunch, participants were inspired by Pastor France Davis, presenting on the impact of health disparities. And the day was capped off by speakers Beverly Hyatt Neville and Gordon Johnson speaking about innovative community approaches to obesity prevention (Mr. Johnson was later named a recipient of the 2015 Public Health Hero Award). The second day started out with panelists from multiple Utah organizations working to address our state's air quality issues. The final keynote speaker was Dr. Angela Dunn, sharing her first-hand experiences combatting Ebola in Sierra Leone. In addition to the stellar keynote sessions, dozens of breakout and poster sessions were delivered on a wide range of topics—from e-cigarettes regulations to healthcare reform to the HPV vaccine.

During an awards luncheon, the 2015 UPHA award winners were announced. Please join UPHA in congratulating the 2015 recipients:

UPHA Public Health Hero - Individual From the Community: Gordon Johnson
UPHA Public Health Hero - Public Health Employee: Amanda Ottley
UPHA Public Health Hero - Group/Organization: Utah County RadKids Rad Women
UPHA Rising Star - Andrea Hood, MS
UPHA President's Awards: Darin Sluga, Paul Wightman, Stephanie Hart
UPHA Director's Award: George White, PhD
Theodore Beatty Award: Audrey Stevenson, PhD

A big thank you to the 2015 planning conference committee, to the presenters, and to all participants for helping to make this year's conference a success!

Air Quality Panel
Air Quality Panel (Ted Wilson, Brain Moench, Rachel Otto, Bryce Bird, and Brian Cowan)

Award Winner
2015 UPHA Award Winners

Pastor France Davis
Pastor France Davis, Keynote Speaker

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Legislative Update: State Medicaid Expansion

With the failure of the Governor/Senate to reconcile competing Medicaid expansion plans with the House during the 2015 Legislative Session, a working group to "start over" and develop a new plan was established by the legislature. The group, made up of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, Senator Shiozawa and Representative Dunnigan, is charged with striking a compromise and forwarding a plan to the legislature by July 30th, to be considered during an anticipated special session. The contingent met for 90 minutes with HHS Secretary Burwell in late April and indicated their primary concern regarded the "take rate", or the eventual number of enrollees the State might see itself responsible for. The contingent communicated that the eventual outcome of the US Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, would also inform the State's plan. The working group continues their work and have all gone on record that "doing nothing" is not an option. Members of the group have indicated that additional public input would not be productive and that there are no plans to hold additional hearings.

During the Annual Business Meeting of the Utah Public Health Association, a resolution was passed in support of Utah expanding Medicaid and eliminating the coverage gap. The Association has established communication with the above health care leaders and encourages them to continue to move forward and develop a Medicaid expansion plan that meets the unique needs of Utahans.

By the numbers:
1. State has already foregone $700 million of available funding from the previous two years (there was no State match during this time).
2. Utah will pass on up to another $400 million next year if it is unable to come up with a plan.
3. Enrollment projections indicate $825 million in federal funding per year to become available insuring 146,000 low income Utahans.
4. At this level of funding the eventual match paid by the State could reach $78 million per year, an increase in the State budget of approximately 0.6%.

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Newly Elected UPHA Officers

Results of the 2015 UPHA election were announced at the annual business meeting last month. Please join UPHA in congratulating the newly elected UPHA officers!

Vice-President—Heather Borski
Board Member—Communication Management Unit—Mary Brown
Board Member—Finance Management Unit—Kelly Nielson
Board Member—Policy Management Unit—Marty Malheiro
Affiliate Representative to APHA—Dan Kinnersley
Awards Committee Member—Lori Greene and Shaheen Hossain
Nomination Committee Member—Kathy Paras

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Board Spotlight: Dexter Pearce, UPHA Board President

Since 1984, Dexter has had the pleasure to serve at Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), most recently as Executive Director. CHC is Salt Lake County's largest safety net provider, providing medical home, dental home and behavioral health home services to 31,000 working poor and uninsured patients. CHC also provides services to farm workers and their families in Cache, Box Elder, and Utah counties. Additionally CHC supports the Health Access Project; a community partnership of ~600 volunteer physicians, hospital systems, and ancillary providers serving the needs of the low income and uninsured in the Salt Lake County.

Dexter Pearce

Dexter has served as a member of the UPHA Board as a member of the Policy Unit as well as on the executive committee. Dexter currently serves as co-chair of Salt Lake County's Mobilizing Action through Partnerships and Planning (MAPP) committee. His primary focus is to decrease health outcome disparities in ethnic and underserved populations in Utah through the provision of primary care medical home services, populations based health outcomes management and piloting of innovative health delivery models to increase access, improve outcomes and contain costs. Dexter says he is honored to serve the membership of the UPHA and hopes to work towards increasing the security of public health funding during what he fears will be a turbulent couple of years.

UPHA President, Dexter Pearce

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Laine McCullough

Student Spotlight: Laine McCullough

Laine McCullough, UPHA Student Member

Laine grew up in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Park City, Utah with her family when she was 16. She first attended college at Utah Valley University (UVU), where she received an Associate's Degree. She took a Community Health class at UVU and found it absolutely fascinating. She transferred to Westminster College, changed her major to Public Health, and has loved every minute since. Laine graduated from Westminster with a Bachelor's degree December 2013, and started working at the Utah Department of Health January 2014.

She is currently an enteric disease epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health. Two of her most rewarding experiences at UDOH have been investigating a large Campylobacter outbreak associated with raw milk, and identifying a cause for the recent increase in Crypto cases in Utah. She is in her second year of the public health program at Westminster College, and will graduate in the spring of 2016.

When she is not studying or working, she can be found either golfing or playing with her new puppy that she adopted with her husband. She loves all things Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Star Trek. One of her favorite places to visit is a small rundown lake resort in Minnesota that her family goes to for a week every summer. She is incredibly passionate about public health, and believes is vital to the community. Laine is very excited to be a part of the Utah Public Health Association Student Assembly as the Conference Planning Committee Chair. One aspect that drew her to public health was feeling as though she could make a bigger difference in this field, and she thinks UPHA is a great opportunity for helping to achieve that.

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

Sixth Annual Public Health Golf Tournament
Monday, June 29, 2015, 7:30 AM—Shotgun Start
UPHA Members: $50 Non-Members: $55 (proceeds used to support the UPHA Endowment Fund)
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 22
For more information or to register, go to www.upha.org/golftournament2015.html

Valley View Golf Course

 

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