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July 2015 E-NEWS

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State Leaders Announce Framework for Medicaid Expansion

Celebrating UPHA's 100th Anniversary: Milestones in Utah Public Health

Newly Elected UPHA Officers

Board Spotlight: Jessica Antezano, MPA, IBCLC

Student Spotlight: Tera Grant, Westminster College

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State Leaders Announce Framework for Medicaid Expansion


Utah State leaders announced today that they have found consensus around a conceptual framework for Medicaid Expansion.

A group of six state leaders has continued meeting since the close of the 2015 General Legislative Session to find a resolution to the 'coverage gap' created by Obamacare. The key principles they are working to address include coverage for those most in need, data accuracy regarding assumptions and projections, sustainability and protecting other critical areas of our state budget.

The framework of this proposal provides coverage for a population up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level utilizing the greatest return of Utah taxpayer dollars through the ACA. It protects the State from cost overruns through a formulaic funding model allowing providers and benefactors of Medicaid dollars to pay their share, and is sustainable for many years to follow.

Speaker of the House Greg Hughes said, "It is important that we develop a solution that is in the best interest of all Utahns. If we can provide health coverage for those most in need while protecting other critical areas of our state budget, like public education, I believe we will have a model for other states to follow."

"None of this process has been easy," said Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, "but the negotiations have been professional and pleasant. This agreement holds out hope that Utah's compassion can harmonize with her common sense and be fiscally sustainable over the long term."

Gov. Gary R. Herbert said, "I appreciate the process we have engaged in with House and Senate leaders in finding compromise on this important issue. There is still work to be done, but I believe we now have a framework in place that will provide care for Utahns most in need while being responsible with limited taxpayer funds."

The group will meet with stakeholders and policy makers in the coming weeks. Once a formal draft is produced, they will identify specific dates for public hearings through legislative committees and a special legislative session.

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Celebrating UPHA's 100th Anniversary: Milestones in Utah Public Health

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The Utah Public Health Association is approaching its 100th year in 2016! To help celebrate this momentous time in UPHA's history we will be highlighting some milestones in Utah's public health history in the coming editions of the E-news. In honor of Pioneer Day this month, we start with looking back at Utah's early days shortly after Mormon Pioneers settled in the state.
Some of the greatest fears of early pioneers were of cholera, diphtheria and typhoid. These diseases were endemic in many places of the country and the early pioneers were well familiar with the burden they placed on health and well-being. Brigham Young often advised about the placement of barns, stables and privies in their relationship to homes and water supplies. Pioneers were told to "boil the water they drank" and sensible eating was encouraged. In the spring of 1849 an organization for the "teaching of health and control of disease" was established by Brigham Young, and was called The Society of Health. Evidence of Utah's first public health organization's focus on community health and health education is apparent in its stated objective, "to give information to the masses of the people, to lessen their burdens, and to enable them to help themselves."

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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: Jessica Antezano, MPA, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

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Jessica Antezano recently began her service on the UPHA Board as Section Representative.  She graciously answered the below questions for us to help us get to know her better. Welcome Jessica!

  1. Where do you currently work/go to school? I work for the Salt Lake County Health Department as a supervisor of the Sandy WIC office.
  2. Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession? I love to help people make healthy changes to their diets now to avoid long term health problems in the future.
  3. What is your favorite vacation spot? As a family we love to go to the beach. Cocoa Beach in Florida is our new favorite spot.
  4. What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning? I usually go to bed around midnight and get up around 7am.
  5. If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing? I would love to work helping low income women overcome barriers to breastfeeding. I would like to help them in their own homes at no cost to them, and have everything paid for using grants.
  6. What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional? When I did my Master’s Program I did my final project regarding the cost effectiveness of single user breast pumps in the WIC program. Women who were working or going to school would receive these pumps. Women who were given these pumps breastfed much longer than other women who worked or went to school. This information was presented to UWA (Utah WIC Association) and since then local clinics have been given many more pumps to issue to breastfeeding women who work or go to school.
  7. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? That is a hard one…there is a really yummy dish from Peru, where my husband is from, called Lomo Saltado. It has sautéed tomatoes, and onion with grilled beef and a sauce, and it is served with homemade fresh fries. That is probably my favorite.
  8. What is the best thing you’ve done in your life? Become a mom
  9. What do you do to relax? Go running – half marathons are my favorite race.
If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be? I heard a doctor say once that doctors are not part of the Healthcare system, they are part of the “sick care” system. He said that public health professionals are the ones who really run the health care system. I think UPHA gives people an opportunity to work together with other professionals to improve the health of our community and state.
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Tera Grant

Student Spotlight: Tera Grant

Tera Grant, Westminster College MPH Student

Tera works at the Salt Lake Community Action Program (SLCAP) & Head Start. Programs they work on help provide assistance to low-income families throughout the valley. You may not have heard of SLCAP or Head Start before, but you’ve probably been aware of some of their services (food pantries, Head Start programs, housing and utility bill assistance, etc.). Tera is halfway through her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree at Westminster College.

In high school she gravitated toward health-oriented classes, a trend that continued as she pursued undergraduate coursework at Utah State University. Over time Tera came to realize that she had a real interest in research and anthropology, and ended up graduating with a history degree and a political science minor. Tera loves learning about people and culture and how they evolve, which is why she eventually decided to pursue a Master’s in Public Health – understanding each person as a unique sum of their individual experience is crucial to inciting behavior change. Tera feels that Public Health is a fascinating field in that there is always something new to research.

In recent years she has developed a real love for the environment. In her spare time you can find her trail running, camping, mountain biking, hiking, gardening, or just lounging around outside with a craft beer and a book. This appreciation for nature has opened her eyes to the impact that humans have on the environment, which is why upon completion of her degree Tera plans on pursuing a career in research and Environmental Health. She wants to take the experience she’s gained at SLCAP and in school to make it easier for people to take better care of the environment, in turn promoting individual and community-level health. She plans on promoting conservational (stormwater recycling, urban gardening, etc.) and sustainability (walkability, ridesharing, recycling, etc.) initiatives. These initiatives benefit the environment as well as individuals and communities by promoting activity, nutritional health, and social/emotional wellness.

Tera is joining the 2015-2016 UPHA Student Assembly Board as the Policy Committee Chair, where she will assist the UPHA Policy team in tracking public health bills in the Utah Legislature, participate in an annual Public Health Day at the Legislature, and help plan the annual Policy and Advocacy Summit.

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The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation (A four part webinar series)
The recent events in Charleston, South Caroline, Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, remind us that stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today. Unfortunately, skin color plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued and treated. We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities.  More information and registration: http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/webinars/racism-and-health
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September 1, 2015, 2 PM EDT


 

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