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MARCH 2018 E-NEWS

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NEW UPHA Strategic Plan!

Looking forward to the 2018 Utah Conference for Public Health

 

The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) Initiative - Applications

 

Board Member Spotlight: Emily Sagers, UPHA Secretary 

 

Student Member Spotlight: Bryan Lewis

   


NEW UPHA Strategic Plan!

This year, UPHA's Board worked tirelessly to update our organization's strategic plan. Our new strategic plan will serve as road map for our work for the next three years, 2018-2020.

Our strategic plan helps us fulfill our vision that "UPHA is a trusted champion for improving public health through innovation, leadership, and collaboration" and mission to "protect and improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status."

Goal areas include:
- working to increase our membership base and improve engagement with UPHA members;
- continuing and improving communication with UPHA members;
- increasing our organization engagement and impact with policy advocacy; and
- continuing to improve organization operations and financial management. 


Strategic Plan Summary, 2018-2020

Vision:
UPHA is a trusted champion for improving public health through innovation, leadership, and collaboration.

Mission:
Protect and improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status.

Values: UPHA strives to:
• Advocate sound public health policy
• Ensure a healthy and safe environment
• Promote community and population health
• Inform and engage the community about public health issues
• Support and develop the public health workforce
• Champion health equity and social justice
• Promote access to health care

2018-2020 Goals

Goal Area: Membership
1. Increase membership by 25% over three years.
2. Increase membership engagement.
3. Develop public health professionals.

Goal Area: Communications
1. Communicate with members and public/partners through use of technology.
2. Enhance IT Infrastructure to improve communication channels and messages.
3. Communicate and promote who/what UPHA is, what we stand for, what we offer so more know (members and non-members).

Goal Area: Policy
1. 30 percent of UPHA membership actively engages in health policy advocacy.
2. Strengthen impact/influence of UPHA advocacy activity.

Goal Area: Financial Management
1. Establish and update financial policies and procedures to foster financial continuity of the organization.
2. Work towards developing and implementing plans for organizational resource development. (See 2015 Resolution: Support and Clarify Resource Development Function and Management of UPHA.)

Goal Area: Staff, Executive & Operations
1. Document and Manage Association's Business Plan & System


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Looking forward to the 2018 Utah Conference for Public Health

The 2018 Utah Conference for Public Health is only a few short weeks away. Are you registered yet? Highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • An opening keynote by Dr. Brian Bumbarger, titled, Using a Shared Risk Factor Lens to Unleash the Power of Prevention: The intersection of public health, behavioral health, and population. Dr. Bumbarger is an Adjunct Research Associate at the Prevention Research Centers at both Colorado State University and Penn State University and is the Founding Director and original Principal Investigator of the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (www.EPISCenter.org), an organization supporting the scale-up of over 300 evidence-based program replications and community prevention coalitions. 

  • A panel session, Hope in Utah’s Opioid Crisis: Strategies for Treatment and Recovery, will bring together a diverse range of experts to focus on treatment, including treatment options available, how to connect people to treatment, and understanding early warning signs that someone may need treatment help.
  • A perennial favorite of the conference is the Awards Luncheon where we recognize outstanding achievements and innovation in public health. Don’t miss recognizing your public health colleagues for their award-winning work.

Check out the conference web site for more information about the rest of the conference agenda, location, CEUs, and more at www.upha.org/conference. Early registration ends on April 1 and all registrations will be subject to a $30 late fee after that date. Hope to see you there!


 

The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) Initiative - Applications

The application period for the The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) initiative is right around the corner! 
 
Applications will open on April 2 and close on April 30. Thanks to your help, we are continuing to receive requests for applications. But we would like to make more local health departments aware of this opportunity in time to apply. 
 
Here are ways you can continue to help spread the word (please see Kresge Foundation web site, https://kresge.org/elph
 
Before April 2:
 
1. As you plan for your April newsletter or other publications, prepare to publish the updated newsletter copy announcing that applications are open.
2. Continue to publish the “Before April 2” tweets and Facebook posts with the accompanying graphics.
3. If you have an email distribution list that reaches local health departments, please send the “Before April 2” email copy encouraging potential applicants to complete the application request form.
 
 
Starting April 2 when applications open:
 
1. Publish the “After April 2” tweets and Facebook posts with the accompanying graphics.
2. If you have an email distribution list that reaches local health departments, please send the email copy announcing applications are now open.
 
Thanks, again, for all your help getting the word out to local public health department leaders about this important opportunity!
 


Board MEMBER Spotlight: emily sagers- Association Secretary

  1. Where do you currently work/go to school? 
    Utah Department of Health, Division of Disease Control & Prevention
  1. Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?
    To do something worthwhile that makes me proud of the organization I work for.

  2. What is your favorite vacation spot?
    Woodruff, ID, where I can spend time with my horses trail riding.

Emily Sagers
  1. What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?
    Go to bed at 10:30; get up at 6:30.
  1. If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing?
    Teaching others how to ride their horses by enjoying Dressage and trail riding.
  1. What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional?
    Helping interview people regarding disease outbreaks when needed.
  1. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Cheese. I love cheese.
  1. What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?
    Rescued my paint horse, Topaz, from a grave situation, and trained him to show in 2nd level Dressage.
  1. What do you to do relax?
    Ride horses, camp, and garden.
  1. If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?
    UPHA is a great organization that truly cares about the health and wellness of people, and the environment they live in. That alone, should be reason enough to join UPHA, but there are several other reasons, such as, their contributions and support of Utah communities.

STUDENT MEMBER Spotlight: Bryan Lewis, University of Utah

Bryan Lewis is a research assistant and graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at the University of Utah. Bryan is from Nashville Tennessee, and has been actively involved in the field of public health since 2011. Bryan obtained his Bachelors of Science in Community and Public Health with honors at Middle Tennessee State University in 2015. Bryan found his passion in public health through his membership in Civil Air Patrol, where he was involved in disaster relief during the Tornado Outbreak of April 9–11, 2009 and Tennessee Floods of 2010. Since then he has continued to follow his passion of public health by being involved with numerous organizations and research that aim to advance the field of public health.

Bryan currently interns at the Salt Lake County Health Departments Emergency Management Bureau, and works as a Research Assistant at the University of Utah. Bryan’s main focus and projects are on emergency preparedness and response, and epidemiology. Once Bryan graduates from the University of Utah, he will be looking into furthering his education, and continue pursuing his passion, by applying for his Doctorate of Public Health this upcoming year.

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