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September 2016 E-NEWS

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Student Assembly Upcoming Events

Public Health Spotlight

UPHA Board Member Letter to the Editor is Published

Board Member Spotlight

Student Board Member Spotlight

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Student Assembly Upcoming Events

Below is a list of upcoming events from UPHASA (Student Assembly). Student Assembly members will be attending student orientations at various universities to encourage students to participate in UPHA. All UPHA members are welcome and encouraged to attend any student event!

  • September 9, 2016, 10:00 am: UVU Professional Preparation Class presentation
  • October 26, 2016, 1:00 pm: UVU Professional Preparation Class presentation
    • Student assembly will be attending classes; members are welcome to join! Let students know in advance so plans can be arranged.
  • October 7, 2015, 6:00 pm: Public Health Professionals Panel
    • Professionals from various fields within public health will answer questions and share experiences in a panel format.
    • Additional details and location TBA
    • RSVP will be required

Additional fundraising events and volunteer opportunities will be determined soon. If you have any questions about event of would like to participate, contact Amelia Prebish at amprebish@utah.gov.

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Public Health Spotlight

ZIKA: Bringing a Variety of Statewide Partners to the Table
By: Tania Tetz, MPH, CHES

ZIKA: even its mention worries people across the nation. Local transmission has been reported in many countries in the Americas and several U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and in Florida. People may wonder, “What is the State doing to protect me?” Utahns should know that the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is actively monitoring the global, national, and local situation, and is being proactive in preparing ourselves to respond.

For months several programs within the UDOH along with partners in Local Health Districts, Mosquito Abatement Districts, and the Centers for Disease Control have worked closely to monitor the spread of Zika and stay on top of the rapidly changing information. UDOH created an internal Zika Response Team that coordinates with federal health agencies (CDC and HRSA), developing response plans, and reaching out directly to healthcare providers and patients. Weekly meetings are held where all participants share in planning and implementing activities. These activities include emergency planning development, case investigation, education and outreach, and provider education. This coordination has allowed a quick and organized response when needed.

With any new or emerging disease there is always some fear of the unknown. Public health is doing our best to communicate with the public and arm them with information they can use to protect themselves. We have a strong public health system in Utah, and residents should feel confident in our ability to respond and keep them safe.

For questions about Zika call MotherToBaby at 1800-822- BABY (2229). For questions about Zika testing contact the UDOH Bureau of Epidemiology at (801) 538-6191. Or visit the Zika page for information at health.utah.gov/zika

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UPHA Board member letter to the editor is published

UPHA Advocacy Committee Board Member, Luke Chalmers, recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune. Luke’s letter discussed the need for research funding on gun violence. As one of the key components of the Public Health Action (PHACT) Campaign, gun violence prevention is a timely and important topic in public health. Click here to read Luke’s letter.
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/4191167-155/letter-more-gun-research-to-make

You can use your voice to help gain momentum for the Public Health Action (PHACT) Campaign by contacting you elected officials and encouraging them to support public health funding. Other Policy Unit members are working on op-ed pieces related to protecting public health funding and regarding the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR).  Currently, UPHA aligns with other nutrition organizations in supporting the CNR bill produced by the Senate, while opposing the bill from the House. It is expected that the vote on the CNR will not occur until after elections, so there is plenty of time to advocate. Please contact your member of Congress to let them know about your support of the PHACT priorities.

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Upha Board Member spotlight: LukE cHALMERS

Board Member Luke Chalmers
https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/12273732_10204342085147255_8063576974129230389_o.jpgWhere do you currently work/go to school?

I work at the Utah Department of Health in their Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?

I grew up in a public health family. I was born and raised in the UK and each of my immediate family members work for the National Health Service; infection control, mental health, and dietetics.

So the influence of my family was an important factor. However, I have also been interested in figuring out large, complex social problems. Public health, and in particular health advocacy, allows me to do that.

  1. What is your favorite vacation spot?

I really enjoy visiting state and national parks, especially ones where I can bring my dog.

What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?

Usually go to bed at about 10:30pm and 6:30am

If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing?

I would work on my pipe dream of opening a men’s health center, complete with medical, psychological, and fitness services. I focus on men’s health because we die so much earlier than women.

What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional?

Earlier this year I helped to organize the youth capitol day for the Outrage youth groups. This involved gathering the youth groups from across the state to hold a press event at the capitol to begin their day tobacco control advocacy.

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Café Rio Sweet Pork Burritos

What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?

Take an environmental health class in the Fall of 2011; that is where I met my wife.

What do you to do relax?

Watch CNN and listen to podcasts

If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?

You get to meet and connect with great public health professionals from across the state. This may sound a little be cliché but UPHA members are truly exceptional individuals.

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student Board member spotlight

Student Board Member Dan West Denhalter Macintosh HD:Users:u0529602:Documents:Personal:Daniel Nalu.jpg
Prevailing Goal: To Do The Most Good Possible.
Daniel has focused most of his endeavors towards this goal. From a young age, before knowing anything about public health, it has influenced his life.

Daniel began his career working in Emergency Medical Services and enjoyed many years providing urgent medical care to the general public in times of crisis. He also worked in the mental health field, which opened his eyes to the needs of an underserved population. These work experiences, along with medical challenges in his personal life, lead him to pursue a degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah.

While attending school Daniel worked as a medical knowledge engineer for Intermountain Healthcare. After graduating with honors in Health Promotion and Education, he began working as a Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator for Huntsman Cancer Hospital.

Daniel now works at the University of Utah School of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine Division of Epidemiology as a Research Manager. Daniel’s position includes an appointment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of Salt Lake City where he works with the VA’s medical database and facilitates Natural Language Processing and other clinical research projects.

Daniel is now pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Public Health at the University of Utah. With his degree, education, and medical experience he hopes to make long-lasting contributions that will increase the quality of life for citizens worldwide.

Daniel joined the 2016-2017 Student Assembly as a Co-President. He intends to be an active and participating member of the Utah Public Health Association Board. His desire is to increase community awareness of health issues along with increased student interaction with Public Health Professionals.

“Not everything that can be counted counts.
Not everything that counts can be counted.”

--Generally attributed to Albert Einstein -

 

 

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Student Assembly Upcoming Events
Below is a list of upcoming events from UPHASA (Student Assembly). Student Assembly members will be attending student orientations at various universities to encourage students to participate in UPHA. All UPHA members are welcome and encouraged to attend any student event!

  • September 9, 2016, 10:00 am: UVU Professional Preparation Class presentation
  • October 26, 2016, 1:00 pm: UVU Professional Preparation Class presentation
    • Student assembly will be attending classes; members are welcome to join! Let students know in advance so plans can be arranged.
  • October 7, 2015, 6:00 pm: Public Health Professionals Panel
    • Professionals from various fields within public health will answer questions and share experiences in a panel format.
    • Additional details and location TBA
    • RSVP will be required
Additional fundraising events and volunteer

 

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