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February 2014 E-NEWS

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UPHA 2014 Advocacy Summit

UPHA 2014 Legislative Priorities

UPHA Sponsors Legislative Break

Board Member Spotlight: Gary Edwards, Fiscal Management Unit

Student Spotlight: Sadie Tengelsen, BYU

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UPHA 2014 advocacy summit

UPHA's 2014 Advocacy Summit was held on Thursday, January 16.  Nearly 100 students and professionals attended.  During the legislative networking lunch, participants mingled with Senator Stuart Adams, Senator Todd Weiler, Representative Michael Kennedy, and Representative Eric Hutchings. Representative Patrice Arent described how a bill becomes a law, using her personal experiences as examples of the process.  Jason Stevenson, Utah Health Policy Project, described the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in very practical, understandable terms.  Participants also learned about the nuances between "advocacy" and "lobbying," framing public health messages for decision makers, and raising the visibility of public health in the development of policy agendas.

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UPHA 2014 legislative priorities

The Utah Legislative Session started Monday, January 27 and continues through Thursday, March 13. UPHA is tracking a number of bills, ranging from air quality to traffic safety to tobacco control, during the 2014 session. The bill watch list is constantly changing, but the current version is attached. Keep an eye out for action alerts.

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upha sponsors legislative break

On Monday, February 24, UPHA will be sponsoring the legislature's morning break in both the House and Senate. UPHA members will be on hand in the legislative break rooms to talk with legislators about UPHA and the support we can provide to them in understanding and dealing with public health issues and legislation.

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Board Member Spotlight: gary edwards, fiscal management unit

Gary Edwards is the Executive Director at the Salt Lake County Health Department. Gary chose to pursue public health as a profession while he was a student at Utah State University (YES, he is an Aggie!) As a student, he had the opportunity to attend some meetings at the Utah Department of Health. What he saw at these meetings he explains, “was exciting and convinced me that public health is what I wanted to do!”

Gary says the most rewarding project he has worked on as a public health professional included his efforts in coordinating the Hurricane Katrina evacuee resettlement effort for Salt Lake County. Public health is definitely an integral part of Gary’s life and he explains that if money weren’t an issue right now, he would still be “doing what he is doing” at Salt Lake County, just maybe not full time!

Gary enjoys traveling anywhere a cruise ship will take him! He especially enjoys Hawaii and Disneyland with his grandchildren. He says that the best thing he has done in his life is “Married up! Way up!” As a connoisseur of REAL Italian Food (not the Olive Garden type!), Gary also enjoys reading, watching baseball and he likes to browse the Home Depot store to relax! 

When asked why he feels you should get involved in UPHA, Gary’s answer is simple. He says “for connections.” Gary is a connected, dedicated public health professional and UPHA is honored to have him on our board.

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Student Spotlight: Sadie tengelsen, BYU

As an undergraduate at BYU, I decided to pursue public health as a career after an incredible semester in Dr. Eugene Cole's Refugee and Immigrant Health class. As I saw all of the inequality, discrimination, and poverty that bars so many people from receiving the health care and health education that they need, I was inspired to join the ranks of public health professionals and to make a difference. Thanks to the generosity and support of my professors, I had the unique experience of attending the APHA Conference in Boston last November. As a member of UPHA, HEAU, and a BYU student, it was very enjoyable representing Utah and sharing my passion for public health with our colleagues nationwide. It was a little intimidating to be in attendance with so many incredible researchers, professors, and public health advocates, but the presentations, poster sessions, and social events cemented in my mind my determination to “Think global, act local”. I learned about promoting awareness of sex trafficking issues, the emerging study of “epigenetics”, the dangers immigrants face while attempting to cross the US-Mexico border, and so much more. The evening social meetings were a fantastic way to network and mingle with students and professionals with similar research/career interests. The conference inspired me to think outside of the box and try approaching problems from a new direction. For any public health student or public health professional who has not yet attended the conference, I highly recommend it!

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Save the Dates!

Don't forget to mark your calendars, and share these events with your colleagues!

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

If you have ideas for conference presenters, please contact Dexter Pierce or Audrey Stevenson.

Annual UPHA Day at the Legislature
February 24, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join UPHA for our Annual Day at the Legislature. Come join us in advocating for public health programs, funding, and policy!  Look for more details coming soon!

Utah County Health Department Student Site Visit
February 28, 2014
11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Utah County Health Department, Room 1600
Health & Justice Bldg, 150 E. Center Street #1100
Provo, Utah

Come meet other students and network with professionals!

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