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August 2015 E-NEWS

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Dr. Joseph K.Miner, MD, MSPH Named New State Health Director

Auditor's Report

Public Health Ethics Survey

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

Board Member Spotlight: Marty Malheiro, MS, MCHES

Student Spotlight: Emily Roberts

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Public Health Spotlight: Dr. Joseph K. Miner, MD, MSPH Named New State Health Director

Dr. Joseph K. Miner, MD

Dr. Joseph K. Miner, MD, MSPH was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert to lead the Utah Department of Health.  In a press release issued by the Governor he stated, “I am confident the leadership of Dr. Miner will be a great asset to the Utah Department of Health during this important time.  His 32 years of experience directing one of our state’s largest and most complex health departments has uniquely prepared him for this new position.”

Dr. Miner is replacing Dr. David Patton who left as executive director at the end of July to pursue opportunities in the private sector. 
                    
Read the full press release (http://www.utah.gov/governor/news_media/article.html?article=20150804-1) or Deseret News article (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865633790/Governor-names-Joseph-Miner-head-Utah-health-department.html?pg=all ) for more information.


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Auditor's Report

As required by the association’s bylaws, UPHA’s annual audit has been completed.  The auditor’s report can be found on the UPHA website at: http://www.upha.org/members/businessupdates/.

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Public Health Ethics Survey

Over the past few decades, 'public health ethics' has emerged as an important academic discipline within the field. There is a pressing need to both update and expand existing data on this topic so that we will best be able to address ethical challenges in public health research and practice. A group at Drexel University has created a survey to help fill knowledge gaps. They are seeking participation of public health professionals to provide feedback.   In return for your participation, you will be eligible to enter a drawing to win one of three (3) iPad minis.

This survey will ask about your views regarding a range of issues in public health ethics, as well as your own background and experiences dealing with ethics in the public health setting. The survey is completely anonymous and should take about 15 minutes to complete.

You can take the survey here: http://drexel.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7VYHFhkyAYDaM85

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

The Utah Public Health Association is approaching its 100th year in 2016!  To help celebrate this momentous time in UPHA’s history we are highlighting some milestones in Utah’s public health history.  

Utah became a state in in 1896, and a law creating its first State Board of Health came just two years later.  The legislation was sponsored by Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon, a pioneer physician and the first woman to ever be elected to serve in a State Senate in the United States.  Dr. Cannon was a champion of public health in Utah’s early days and after leaving the Utah Senate, she served as a member of the Utah Board of Health.  In 1986, the Utah State Department of Health dedicated its building in her honor. 

UPHA 100 Years logo

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Board Member spotlight: Marty Malheiro, Ms, MCHES

Welcome to Marty Malheiro, who joined UPHA’s Board as a member of the Policy Unit this past spring. 
Marty chose a profession in public health because she believes in promoting health and wellness, rather than managing illness and she wanted to spread that message.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Brigham Young University, and later returned to college and earned a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah.  She received a Leadership and Management Certificate from the University of Utah. 
She recently retired from the Utah Poison Control Center.  One of her most rewarding experiences during her career was partnering with three other health educators from US poison centers to develop a national program to educate senior about medication safety.  This program was adopted by the National Council on Aging.

Marty’s favorite vacation things include visiting her grandkids, spending time at her cabin at Bear Lake, and eating birthday cake.  She says the best thing she’s done with her life is raising two amazing daughters, who continue to be the light of her life. 

Marty Malheiro

Marty (on the right) showing her spirit!

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Student Spotlight: Emily Roberts

unnamedEmily is a full-time graduate student in the MPH program at the University of Utah. She has one year left in her program. Emily most recently worked at the Salt Lake County Health Department as a Disease Investigator in the STD/HIV Prevention Program.
In 2010, she received her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Education with a minor in Nutrition hoping to become a registered dietician. Instead, she quickly found her passion for public health while volunteering with the Utah Department of Health HIV Outreach program.
During her time as a Disease Investigator with the SLCoHD, she became interested in infectious diseases. She was responsible for conducting interviews and became involved in STD surveillance. These experiences have helped guide her towards a career in infectious disease epidemiology. She has a passion for tracking disease trends and investigating outbreaks.
This summer, Emily was a part of a research project in Ghana led by the University’s MPH Global Health Program. Emily acted as team leader for research done on schistosomiasis prevalence in children under the age of five in rural Ghana.
Emily lives in the East Salt Lake area, is married and has two dogs. She loves to travel, hike in Utah’s beautiful mountains, practice yoga and try all of Salt Lake’s restaurants and coffee shops. She is excited to be serving with her fellow MPH students on the UPHA Student Assembly.

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Save the Dates!

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

Save the date!
UPHA Nutrition Section Brown Bag: School Lunch Myths
Thursday, August 20, 12:00-1:00 PM
2001 South State Street South Building, Suite S3-700
Speaker Info: Sebasthian Varas works as a dietician for the Canyon School District in Salt Lake County. He will be speaking about how we can respond to those who are critical of the school lunch program, as well as the changes which have happened in the school lunch program over the last several years.

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition
October 31-November 4
Chicago, IL
http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual

 

 

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