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October 2015 E-NEWS

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Legislative Update

Date, Location, and Theme Set for the 2016 Utah Public Health Conference

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

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Legislative Update

  Medicaid Expansion – “Doing Nothing”  

After the Governor’s / Senate’s Healthy Utah and the Houses Utah Cares Medicaid expansion proposals failed during the last legislature, a task force of the Governor, Lt. Governor, House Speaker, Senate President, Senator Shiozowa and Representative Dunnigan known as the “Gang of Six” was formed to reconcile the respective House and Senate proposals to present to the legislature so legislation could be passed in special session.  Known as Utah Access Plus, the plan announced by the Gang in late September was similar to Healthy Utah however solely funded through provider taxes and fees.  These providers would also “be at risk” to continue funding the State’s share of expansion costs in the event of any unforeseen occurrence, i.e. should Congress vote to decrease the State Match Rate, enrollment grow beyond projections, etc.  Because the proposal singled out specific professions and industries to fund a social benefit, and the “blank check” nature of the taxes, the medical community voiced opposition to the proposal’s funding mechanisms.  Needing 38 votes to make it out of the Republican caucus, only 7 voted for the proposal and prospects for Medicaid expansion legislation died yet again. 
A milestone of the 2014 legislative session was the agreement that “doing nothing” was not an option for the State regarding Medicaid expansion.  Milestones for the 2015 legislature included competing plans that passed in either the House or the Senate and the real possibility for reconciliation and legislation.  By failing to forward a viable proposal, the milestone reached by the “Gang of Six” has made “doing nothing” now nearly three years into the process, the operating procedure for the legislature. 
The Utah Public Health Association does not agree that “doing nothing” is a viable option and that legislation to expand Medicaid must be passed as it has in 31 of 50 States.

 


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Date, Location, and Theme Set for the 2016 Utah Public Health Conference

The theme of the 2016 Utah Public Health Conference is Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, April 11-13, 2016 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel.
Not only will this be a great conference for professional development, but also a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Utah Public Health Association. We are bringing in great speakers and pre conference presenters. It will be a great conference and we hope you will attend. 
Also, an Anniversary Gala will take place the evening of April 11th to celebrate 100 years of public health in Utah. More information will be coming soon!
We encourage you to save the date and plan on attending this historic event!

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Celebrating UPHA's 100th Anniversary: Milestones in 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.  
Davis County Health Department, established in 1937, was the first fully organized local health department in the state of Utah. For the next several decades, local health services were organized in most of the Utah’s cities and larger counties. However, public health services in the rural areas of the State consisted primarily of State employees serving as public health nurses and as sanitarians, with local physicians often serving as part-time health officers. In the 1970s an effort was made to develop multi-county health departments, directed by full-time health officers, for parts of the State where local health services had been only loosely organized.
Today, there are thirteen local health departments serving Utahns throughout the state.  These local health departments provide a full array of public health services for the communities they serve, including: conducting restaurant inspections, providing maternal and child health programs like WIC, screening for chronic diseases, monitoring and controlling infectious diseases, providing immunizations, ensuring safe drinking water, and promoting and educating about healthy behaviors.

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

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Office of Minority Health Resource Center Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals
Next Webinar: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
November 5, at 1:30 PM MT
Registration

UPHA’s Annual Advocacy Summit
January 14, 2016
Location & Times to be announced

Utah Public Health Conference
April 11-13, 2016
Sheraton, Salt Lake City
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