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Welcome new board members!    
Conference wrap up    
UPHA award winners    
Remote conference sites    
Upcoming Golf Tournament    
Westminster Scholarships    
UPHA Obtains Compliance with Payment Card Industry Testing    


Welcome to our new Board Members!

The Annual Conference is the time we announce your new Board Members. Board members serve for three year terms. The new officers are:

  • Dexter Pierce – Policy Group
  • Jenny Johnson – Communications Group
  • Jeff Coombs – Fiscal Group
  • Lynne Nilson – Nominations Group
  • Janell Hall – Treasurer
  • Audrey Stevenson – Vice President
  • Eric Edwards – Immediate Past-President
  • Darrin Sluga – President (advanced from Vice Chair)


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Conference Wrap Up:

It was great to see all our dedicated members and many new faces in attendance at the 2012 UPHA Annual Conference. Over 50 different presentations and workshops were offered relating to the proactive theme “Public Health: No one does it alone”. Several prominent public health leaders helped frame public health practice in the context of national and local public health issues. We were fortunate to have APHA President, Dr. Melvin D. Shipp, present about how the field of public health is creating “A Better Tomorrow Through Collaboration”. Other outstanding speakers included the CDC’s Director of Cancer Prevention and Control, Dr. Marcus Plescia, who eloquently described national strategies for reducing the burden of chronic disease. Additional keynote speakers, Lexie and Lindsay Kite, helped redefine beauty by sharing strategies for recognizing and rejecting harmful media ideals. Many other informative workshops and presentations helped meet the diverse interests and professional development needs of participants from all sectors of public health. Other highlights included the annual public health awards luncheon, annual UPHA and Student Caucus business meetings, exhibitors hall and poster sessions. UPHA is grateful for the continued, broad-based participation that has established this meeting as the preeminent public health conference in Utah! In closing on the theme of “No one does it alone”, if you would like to assist in the planning efforts for the 2013 annual conference, please contact Paul Wightman, director@upha.org.


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UPHA Award Winners:

Congratulations to those who were honored this year at the Annual Awards Luncheon:

  • Theodore Beatty Award – Brian Bennion, MPA
  • Public Health Hero (Individual) – John Booth
  • Public Health Hero (public health professional) Anna Guymon
  • Public Health Hero (organization) – Utah State Department of Corrections Medical Staff and Dr. Dagmar Vitek
  • Public Health Hero (group) - Huntsman Cancer Institute, Deer Valley Ski Resort, Snowbird Ski & Summer  Resort, Utah Cancer Action Network, Summit County Health Department


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Remote Conference Sites

This year marked the first time we were able to provide remote sites locations for the UPHA Annual Conference, and from early feedback it went very well.  It was reported that there was 50 people on the video conference from three different locations...Central Utah Public Health Department in Richfield, Southwest Health Department in Price, and Tri-county Health Department in Vernal.  The employees of Central Utah Public Health Department enjoyed the convenience of simply leaving their office and attending a presentation of their choice and then being able to return to work. Some employees would attend two or three presentations while others would choose just one or two, they had the opportunity to pick the subjects pertaining to their expertise.  While we believe this was a huge success there are areas for improvement, we would like the opportunity to view the awards banquet and the speakers at the awards banquet. We at Central would like to thank those at UPHA for their hard work and persistence to make this possible.



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3rd Annual Golf Tournament:

The 3rd Annual Public Health Golf Tournament  set for June 18th at South Mountain Golf Course.  This four-person scramble format will begin with a shot-gun start at 8am.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, as well as individual Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole winners.  Cost is $50 for UPHA members ($60 for non-members, and each team my only have one individual from outside of the public health profession).  Brian Bennion, SLVHD, is organizing this event again this year (385-468-4119), or you can register at www.upha.org/golftournament.html.

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Westminster College Scholarship:

Westminster Masters of Public Health program is joining the University of Utah in a second partnership with UPHA. Westminster matched UPHA's contribution to create a $5,000. 

  • Thanks to the generous Conference attendees, we had donated $2,155 to the Scholarship fund from the Silent Auction and donations
  • The $2,155 represents 144% of our 2012 Fund Raising goal of $1,500 
  • We had over 60 items donated for the Silent Auction thanks to many who helped, but especially from Dr. George White's efforts
  • UPHA is committed to matching the Westminster College Administration fund of $2,500 for this Scholarship, and want to raise the additional $345 through other means and events such as the Golf Tournament in June and soliciting graduates from the Westminster MPH Program.
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UPHA Obtains Compliance with Payment Card Industry Testing

On April 3, 2012, UPHA was congratulated for validating our first annual Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance requirements, and notified our Association is now "PCI Compliant".  This compliance involved Site Certification results, Vulnerability Testing and a Self Assessment of how we handle, process or store cardholder data.  It also involved UPHA moving remote card processing to a cell phone based card reader, which is more secure than over some Internet connections - which also costs the Association less per credit card transaction.  As some credit card processors charge a high PCI Non-Compliance fee, our being compliant also will help save the Association from these increased card processing fees.

We appreciate the cooperation we have received from our vendors involved in this process, First Data and XMission, and the compliance testing service, SecurityMetrics.

For more information about this or UPHA's Merchant Account, contact Paul Wightman, director@upha.org, 801-828-0019



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