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Public Health Conference for Utah pre-conference and breakouts    
Keynote speakers Bill Marler and Dr. Melvin Shipp    
Time well spent at Day at Legislature
Nominate individuals/teams for a UPHA award  
Thanks for the t-shirt design entries  


public health conference for utah pre-conference and breakouts

The 2012 Public Health Conference for Utah is just around the corner, April 9-11, at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, UT. The pre-conference kicks off this 3-day event on Monday with the following sessions:

  • Full-day: Cancer Control
  • Half-day: Epi 101 Case Study: An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at the Utah State Prison
  • Half-day: Actively Engaging Communities in Public Health

The main conference takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning with Tuesday’s Sunrise Sessions at 7:30am and lasting until 5:00pm both days. Attendees will be able to choose from breakout presentations covering a broad range of public health disciplines, including:

  • Measles Outbreak in an Industrial setting: Working with Community Partners
  • Public Health Transparency: Using Health Data for Efficient Resource Allocation
  • Assessment of Prenatal Care Knowledge and Utilization by Resettled African Refugee Women in Utah
  • Collaborating with Animal Control: the forgotten public health agency
  • The Talking Dead: Reviewing Utah's Domestic Violence Fatalities
  • Utah HealthScape: A Utah Community Resource to Help Patients Navigate Healthcare Decisions
  • Prescription Drugs: Neurobiology, Underlying Use, Abuse and Addiction
  • Salmonella Newport Saga: Mr. Cheese Strikes Again

Visit the conference website for more information. Registration will be open soon.


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keynote speakers bill marler AND DR. MELVIN SHIPP

We're pleased to announce that food poisoning lawyer Bill Marler will be joining APHA President Dr. Melvin Shipp as one of our keynote speakers at the Public Health Conference for Utah in April!

Bill Marler is an accomplished attorney and the managing partner of Marler Clark, the nation's foremost law firm representing victims of foodborne illness. He began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993, handling the seriously injured survivors of the landmark Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. He is a national expert in food safety and a major force in food policy in the U.S. and around the world. His advocacy for better food regulation has led to invitations to address local, national and international gatherings on food safety, including recent testimony to US Congress Committee on Energy and Commerce. We're excited to have Bill Marler speak at our conference and eager to learn about legal issues in public health! Find out more about Bill Marler here, browse the firm's Food Safety News and check out his award-winning blog.



As previously reported in our November E-News, Dr. Shipp, the dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, has long been regarded a leader in public health optometry. He has worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Shipp was influential in shaping the NEI’s National Eye Health Education Project, a nationwide program with the goal of preventing blindness through public and professional education and the CDC-sponsored vision health initiative “Improving the Nation’s Vision Health: A Coordinated Public Health Approach.” He has served in a number of capacities with APHA for over 25 years, including establishing the APHA Vision Care Section, and is the first optometrist ever to lead this organization. We look forward to hearing him speak in April! Learn more about Dr. Shipp here.

Visit the conference website for more information. Registration will be open soon.


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time well spent at day at legislature

UPHA board members Eric Edwards, Dr. George White and Heather Borski and volunteer Anna Guymon met with over half of Utah's legislators, who responded favorably to our advocacy efforts on restricting teen cell phone use whilst driving and the prohibition of hookah and e-cigarettes in public places. Though our views did not align with everyone, we were able to raise legislators' awareness of UPHA as a source for credible public health information. These key relationships will aid future advocacy efforts.

We appreciate your feedback on advocacy issues and encourage all of you to remain actively involved in supporting policies that improve the health and well-being of Utahns.

Senator Wayne Niederhauser & Dr. George White.



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nominate individuals/teams for a upha award

Don't forget! This is your chance to recognize the outstanding work that goes on in public health. Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon during the Public Health Conference for Utah on April 11 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, UT.

  • The Distinguished Beatty Award
  • Public Health Hero /Heroine
  • Rising Star
  • Youth Award

Nominations forms can be found on our Resources page. Submit your completed form(s) and supporting documentation to Terri Sory (ph 385-468-4079) by Friday, March 9. Keep in mind the Distinguished Beatty Award nomination may require additional time to acquire the necessary supporting documents.


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thanks for the t-shirt design entries

We received some great entries for our public health t-shirt design contest and we're excited to review them! The board will select and notify the winner on Wednesday, March 7. The winning design will be publicly announced by close of business on Friday, March 9.



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