August 2020 E-Newsletter

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August 2020 E-Newsletter

President's Message

August is here and the UPHA Board is gearing up for getting back to meetings (virtual) and addressing public health issues in Utah (COVID will no doubt be among them). Even though the UPHA Board takes some time off over the summer, we have been working behind the scenes on special projects. We are very excited about the Community Health Worker (CHW) grant which was received from the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and welcome our new CHW leadership as follows:

Oreta Topula - Full Time - Project Coordinator  **  Javier Campos - Part time - Communication & Membership  ** Suz Akok - Part Time - Outreach & Partners

Welcome back also to all our members and friends and stay tuned for updates on activities and advocacy efforts for this upcoming year.   -Patty Cross, Board President

COVID Resources

During this unprecedented threat to the public's health, UPHA stands behind Utah's public health professionals who work continuously to create conditions where all Utahns can be as healthy as possible. UPHA is committed to the health and safety of all communities and shares our concern for humanity at this time. Visit the COVID page on the UPHA website to find current information, news articles, resources, My Story, ways to serve, and tips for staying healthy.

Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now. 

We strongly support the APHA’s statement on racism and public health. In Utah we have seen the direct impact that racism has on public health from police violence and brutality to the disproportionate toll COVID-19 has taken on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. It is critical that we support actions at all levels: from applying a lens of racial equity within UPHA and the Utah public health community to promoting policies and programs that advance health equity and justice. Together as public health professionals we must, as APHA Executive Director George Benjamin calls for, address racism as an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now! For more information and steps we can take to promote action and healing, we urge members to check out the APHA resources on racism and public health.

Advocacy Update

Please participate in the UPHA Public Health Worker Covid-19 Survey.

UPHA wants to know your experience as a public health worker that has risen to the forefront in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been successes and lessons learned in organizing and responding to the pandemic.  This brief anonymous survey is intended to hear more about your experience and your suggestions for improvement. The information collected will help inform policy recommendations to the state and federal government to ensure we are better able to safely, justly and more equitably respond to this public health emergency and future emergencies. Please complete the survey and share it with your network by the end of day on Wednesday August 19, 2020. UPHA appreciates everything you do for public health.  Click HERE to review meeting agendas, minutes, and other planning documents for the 2020-2021 UPHA Policy Unit activities. Reach out to Christy CushingCarrie Butler, or Jessie Mandle for more details.

Find the full August 2020 E-Newsletter HERE.