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May 2013 E-NEWS

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2013 UPHA Conference Wrap-up

4th Annual UPHA Golf Tournament - June 17,2013

UPHA Announces New Board Members

Board Member Spotlight: Rebecca Fronberg, BS, CHES, CPM

Student Spotlight: Jamie Pluta, UPHA Student Caucus Co-President

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2013 UPHA Conference wrap-up

The annual public health conference was held April 8-10, 2013 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center in Ogden, Utah adjacent to the historic Egyptian Theatre. This year’s conference hosted one of the greatest lineups of keynote and breakout speakers in the conference’s history, including the United States Surgeon General.

More than 140 individuals attended the pre-conference held on April 8, 2013. The pre-conference included sessions on Women’s Health Topics, Quality Improvement and the Knowledge Café.

The two day Main Conference was attended by nearly 300 individuals. In addition, four Local Public Health Departments participated via Telehealth. The conference included participants from a wide range of academic, public and private settings. The conference provided diverse speakers and presentations on a variety of public health topics including Influenza, Engaging Public Health Students, Internet Health Resources and much more.

The conference opened with the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin’s speech titled Implementing the National Prevention Strategy. Joyce Gaufin, President-Elect of the American Public Health Association was the lunchtime Keynote speaker and presented on Public Health’s Return on Investment: Preparing Ourselves and Our Organizations for the Future. Pamela Perlich, PhD, Senior Research Economist, was the concluding day one keynote speaker. Dr. Perlich spoke on The Utah Community Data Project: Connecting and Projecting for Better Public Health Outcomes.

The second day of the conference opened with Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, Director and Health Officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health speaking on Beyond Public Health: Improving Health with Intention. The closing keynote speaker was Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, speaking on The State of Utah’s Health.

Preparations are already underway in planning next year’s conference. Save the date: April 15 & 16, 2014 in Provo, Utah. Pre-conference sessions will be on April 14, 2014 in the same location. On behalf of the conference planning committee we invite you to watch for more information on abstract submission and registration in the coming months.

UPHA Board with the US Surgeon General

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4th annual upha golf tournament - june 17, 2013

The Annual UPHA Golf Tournament is set for June 17th at Riverbend Golf Course, 12800 South 1040 West, Riverton City.

The tournament’s four-person scramble format will begin with a shot-gun start at 8:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top four teams, as well as individual longest drive and closest to the hole winners. Cost is $50.00 for UPHA Members and $60.00 for non-members and each team has to have at least one individual who is a public health professional.

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If you have questions contact Brian Bennion at 385-468-4119.

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UPHA announces new board members

Dexter Pearce, Vice president
Since 1984, Dexter has had the pleasure to serve at Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), most recently as Executive Director. CHC is Salt Lake County’s largest safety net provider, providing medical home, dental home and behavioral health home services to 31,000 working poor and uninsured patients. CHC also provides services to farm workers and their families in Cache, Box Elder, and Utah counties. Additionally CHC supports the Health Access Project; a community partnership of ~600 volunteer physicians, hospital systems, and ancillary providers serving the needs of the low income and uninsured in the Salt Lake County. He currently serves on the UPHA Board, finishing his first year as the junior member of the Policy Unit. Dexter has also served numerous terms on Utah’s State Primary Care Association Board- the Association of Utah Community Health (AUCH), completing 2 terms on the executive committee and currently serves on the public affairs committee. His primary focus is to decrease health outcome disparities in ethnic and underserved populations in Utah through the provision of primary care medical home services, populations based health outcomes management and piloting of innovative health delivery models to increase access, improve outcomes and contain costs. Dexter says he is honored to serve the membership of the UPHA and hopes to work towards increasing the security of public health funding during what he fears will be a turbulent couple of years.

Tad Purser, Treasurer
Tad Purser, Graduated with a Masters Degree in Accounting from Weber State University. Worked as a Systems Analyst for a small Medical Billing Company, as an Accountant for the Department of Public Safety, as an Financial Officer for the Davis County Health Department, as an Investigative Auditor for the Attorney General's Office, as a supervising auditor for the Health Department, as Financial Manager for the Bureau of Finance in Medicaid, and as a Federal Reporting Manager for the Division of Medicaid in the Utah Department of Health.  Tad lives in Syracuse with his wife and four children and has a good sense of humor.

Rebecca Fronberg, Policy Group
Rebecca Fronberg received her bachelor’s degree in Health Education from the University of Utah in 1991. She went on to obtain her national certification as a Health Education Specialist (CHES).  She has worked in public health for the last 20+ years in areas ranging from air quality, communicative disorders, tobacco, HIV/AIDS and physical activity and nutrition. Rebecca currently works as the Program Manager for the PANO (Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity) program at the Utah Department of Health. She is passionate about her field and enjoys all aspects of health education—especially working with people by facilitating groups, building partnerships, and collaboration. Rebecca is a graduate of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership and Certified Public Manager programs. Rebecca is married with six children, three girls and three boys.  She is a certified yoga teacher and Reiki Master. In her spare time she enjoys teaching and practicing yoga in a variety of settings, practicing Reiki on clients, reading and learning from books, and watching her sons’ soccer and National Academic League (NAL) games.

Anna Dillingham, Communications Group
For the past two years, Anna has worked at the Utah Association of Local Health Departments (UALHD) as the Performance Improvement Manager. In this position she supports local health departments around the state to build performance management and quality improvement capacity by providing technical assistance and workforce development opportunities. Before coming to UALHD, she worked for over a decade at various public health organizations in the Washington DC area.  Most recently she was in the Membership & Marketing division at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and prior to that worked as a Community Liaison at the non-profit, Trust for America’s Health.  Anna has her Master in Public Health from George Washington University, Public Health Communications and Marketing emphasis. Anna has been a member of UPHA since moving to Utah in 2011, and welcomes the opportunity to be more fully involved in the good work of the association.

Gary Edwards, Fiscal Group
Gary Edwards has worked in Utah’s public health system for over 30 years. His career has included positions at both the local and state health departments; he is currently the Executive Director of the Salt Lake Valley Health Department. Gary has served on numerous state and national boards and committees. He has been an active member of UPHA throughout his career, working on many committees and filling a term as Vice-President of the Association. He is a recipient of the UPHA Beatty Award. Gary received his undergraduate degree in health education from Utah State University and a Master of Science degree in health science from Western Illinois University. He has completed advanced leadership training with the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership and the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School. In addition to his public health work, Gary is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah where he teaches classes in health policy, health administration, and community health issues.

Eric Edwards, Nominations Committee
Eric Edwards received his undergraduate degree in Health Promotion from the University of Utah, and Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University. He began his career working as a Community Health Educator for the Salt Lake County Health Department. For the past 10 years, he has served as the Division Director of Health Promotion for the Utah County Health Department. Eric is currently finishing his term as Immediate-Past President for the Utah Public Health Association and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve public health practitioners, students and academia across the state of Utah. Before assisting UPHA, Eric served as President of the Health Education Association of Utah (HEAU)from 2005-2007. He values the opportunity to serve the public and is grateful to work alongside other public health professionals that share the desire to help heighten the health and well-being of the public. He lives in Herriman with his wife, three daughters, and a very obnoxious poodle.


The second year position on the Advocacy Group was vacated by Dex Pearce’s election to Vice President.  At the May UPHA Board of Directors meeting this position was filled by the candidate receiving the second most votes during the election, Kathyrn Marti.

Kathryn Marti
Ms. Marti has served as the Director of the Office of Public Health Assessment in the Utah Department of Health since April 2008. Her responsibilities include managing the Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (IBIS-PH) and the Survey Center. She also acts as Utah’s Healthy People State Coordinator. She is a past Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Coordinator. She has been a member of UPHA since 1996 and has attended and participated in past conferences. Kathie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cornell University in 1977 with an emphasis in Public Health and her Master of Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1991 with an emphasis in Biostatistics. Prior to joining the Office of Public Health Assessment, Kathie was a Public Health Program Manager for Utah’s Children with Special Health Care Needs Bureau. Before moving to Salt Lake City in 1995, she was employed as a research associate in the UCLA School of Nursing and as a Public Health Nurse for the Los Angeles County Department of Health. She has also worked in hospital newborn and adult intensive care, and in pediatric outpatient care. Her professional interests include public health statistics and informatics, community health assessment, health survey methodology, and public health nursing.

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board members spotlight: Rebecca fronberg, bs, ches, cpm

Meet this month’s board member spotlight, Rebecca Fronberg!

Rebecca works at the Utah Department of Health as the program manager for the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity (PANO) program in the Bureau of Health Promotion. She has worked at the health department in various positions since 1989. From Air Quality to Hearing Screening to HIV counseling, Rebecca has had a variety of public health experience.

With that experience, Rebecca says that the most rewarding project she has worked on would be training counselors to give positive HIV results to clients. She had been warned that this was a very challenging job but she found that she developed a bond quickly with these clients. Being kind, caring and non-judgmental helped her gently deliver difficult results to the clients while also influencing behavior change.

Rebecca has traveled a lot throughout the United States, but says the beautiful mountains in Utah are still her favorite vacation spot.  Camping, hiking, fishing, roasting marshmallows at a campfire are all her idea of a perfect vacation. In her spare time, she also likes to practice yoga and read a good book (though not at the same time!) She says monthly pedicures and an occasional massage is also a great way for her to relax!
Rebecca says that the best thing she has done in her life would have to be giving birth to her beautiful children! Of course she notes that she couldn’t have done this without the help of her amazing husband of 23 ½ years!
As a long time member of HEAU and a new member of UPHA, Rebecca says that the best reason to be part of an organization is that it bring public health out of the background and into the forefront. She adds that “Public health is for everyone” and that it “is definitely in her blood!”

We are lucky to have Rebecca as a member of the UPHA board.

Picture of Rebecca Fronberg

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student spotlight: jamie pluta, upha student caucus co-president

Public health professionals in Utah have influence from the top of the ski slopes to the bottom of the Great Salt Lake.  In 2012, I finished my undergraduate degree in Health Care Administration/Health Management.  As part of that program, I found public health and a passion in promoting healthy living through fitness and positive lifestyle changes.  The obesity epidemic that has swept the world is solvable and I believe, like Dr. Benjamin stated at this year’s annual UPHA conference, that it is solvable within one generation.  Though numerically solving obesity sounds simple, eat fewer calories than you consume, it is clear that this issue is extremely complex.  There is no simple one size fits all solution, it is critical that multiple interventions be implemented with different focuses to combat the problems from multiple angles to solve this growing issue.  As a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and as a certified Enhanced Fitness instructor with Salt Lake County Active Aging Services, I am working hands on to help senior citizens age in an active and healthy manner.  I am excited about serving as the co-president of the UPHA Student Caucus and the many opportunities that have presented themselves with UPHA.  

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Registration for Workshop 7 (Effective Program Managent) of the Emerging Leader Workshop Series is open

The goal of this one-day workshop is to enhance the performance of project and program managers through skills development in the areas of program strategy, planning, and implementation.  Program evaluation will be addressed more thoroughly in a subsequent Emerging Leader Workshop Series workshop.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Recognize the role of the program manager in addressing health needs through strategy development, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  2. Utilize environmental analysis tools and processes for planning effective program strategy and prioritizing goals.
  3. Develop well-written "SMART" objectives and a detailed timeline for your program or project.
  4. Identify principles of good governance, stakeholder management, and oversight.
  5. Utilize best practices for getting the work done: resourcing, delegation/work contracting, monitoring and teamwork. 

Target Audience
This workshop is well-suited for public health professionals and program management and/or supervisory responsibilities.  Other responsibilities include program development, program implementation, program evaluation, establishing and maintaining community relations, managing timelines and work plans, and presenting arguments and recommendations on policy issues.

Dates & Regions

Public Health Grand Rounds and Global Public Health Grand Rounds are held at the University of Utah on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.
Public Health Grand Rounds 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Global Health Grand Rounds: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
More information available at: http://medicine.utah.edu/dfpm/DivisionPH/news-events.htm

2014 UPHA Conference
April 14-16, 2014
Provo, Utah

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