April 2021 E-Newsletter
It is hard to believe that my term as UPHA President is coming to an end soon. The COVID-19 pandemic will forever be associated with the years 2020-2021. This has been an incredible year for public health professionals as both rewarding and challenging. It has been my pleasure to serve with an amazing and dedicated UPHA Board who truly care about this wonderful organization and its members. I hope to see you all at out Virtual UPHA Conference in May. - Patty Cross, Board President
National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week, 2021 will take place virtually April 5-11. During the week we will celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for increasing equity and champion the role of a strong public health system. Check out the events page for a full list of events each day. Each day of NPHW we will focus on a different piece of the bridges that connect us. We hope that each day, you'll see how you fit into building stronger, healthier communities. We hope you'll join in" Public health needs the public if it's going to be successful.
UPHA Statement at the Utah School Board Meeting
Some public comments have been made by members of the Utah State Board of Education that were insensitive and harmful to the well being of communities of color and the LGBTQ communities. Based on the recent statement that was developed by UPHA on racism as a public health crisis and our commitment as an organization to actively stand up against this type of behavior, UPHA took an opportunity to speak out against these harmful comments at the March board meeting.