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May 2014 E-NEWS

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Annual Conference Wrap Up

Proposed Bylaw Changes

5th Annual UPHA Golf Tournament

Utah Public Health Job Board

Board Member Spotlight: Tania Charette, Finance Committee

Student Spotlight: Brian Robison, University of Utah

Join the UPHA Student Caucus

Save the Dates!


annual conference wrap up

On April 14-16, 2014, Utah’s public health community met at the Utah County Conference Center to network, share ideas, and to forward our profession’s commitment to continuing education and contribution to the public health body of knowledge.

Featured speakers included Frederic E. Shaw, MD, JD Senior Health Advisor for the CDC who spoke on the Affordable Care Act and Public Health’s role in ensuring the health safety of every American, David J. Erickson, PhD, of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco who discussed the social determinants of health, Bill Marler, BA, JD, LLP, PS who provided an oversight in the role of litigation in conjunction with Public Health and improving food safety, Charles H. Smith PhD Regional Administration of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) who provided an overview of SAMSHA ongoing efforts, and Emily Cook, US Ambassador for Right to Play, who provided an inspirational presentation on creative early intervention efforts to encouraging healthy behaviors in youth.  These presentations have been recorded and may be viewed at http://www.upha.org/conference.  

Among this year’s numerous high quality sessions including many of particular interest to students. Of note was the Speed Mentoring session that paired leading State and National public health leaders with students for one-on-one conversations. High quality poster presentations are always a highlight of our conference and this year was no different. 

The winners of the UPHA Awards were also announced.

Public Health Hero Award

  • ·Paul B. Keyser
  • G. Marsden Blanch, MD, MPH
  • Fred P. Lampropoulos
  • Davis County Health Department

2014 Distinguished Beatty Award recipient

  • Brad, L. Neiger, Ph.D., MCHES

University of Utah UPHA Scholarship

  • Hilary Kohler (2014)
  • Rachel Sippy (2013)
  • Kenda Keenan (2012)

Westminster College UPHA Scholarship

  • Heather Bertotti-Sarin (2014)
  • Holdunn Rutkoski (2013)

Meghan Arnold Emerging Leader Conference Scholarship

  • Ali Hatch (2014)
  • Jessica Church (2013)

Make sure to clear your calendar for the 2015 conference, to be held April 13th – April 15, 2015.

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proposed bylaw changes

During the 2012 UPHA Annual Business Meeting, members approved a number of changes to the bylaws. The most significant change to the bylaws was a resolution directing the Association leadership to explore options and develop an organizational structure to create professional Sections within UPHA. It further directed to start with the formation of seven professional Sections to include: Nursing, Health Education, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Administration, Student Assembly, and Nutrition and Dietetics. The bylaws also allow for a process by UPHA members to organize additional professional or special interests groups. The purpose of professional Sections is to provide UPHA members with similar professional interests an opportunity to collaborate, and to provide a network of content experts from within UPHA. It is expected that these content professionals will provide technical knowledge and information needed for the association’s professional education and advocacy efforts. There will be more information about the sections organization and implications for other functions of the association. Members also approved an amendment to allow early professionals, defined as those individuals who have graduated from an educational institution within two years, to apply as a student member and such membership shall include all privileges of the Association.

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5th annual upha golf tournament

The 5th annual Utah Public Health Association golf tournament will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Valley View Golf Course (2501 East Gentile Layton, Utah). The tournament will be a four person scramble with a shotgun start promptly at 7:30 a.m. (be there early to sign in). All proceeds will be used to support the UPHA Endowment Fund and community public health projects. Registration is $50 for UPHA members and $55 for non-members. Prizes for the winning teams will be given. For more information and to register, visit http://www.upha.org/golftournament2014.html.

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utah public health job board

The Utah Public Health Job Board was founded by Utah Public Health Careers (UPHC) in 2012. We are dedicated to posting all Utah public health jobs/careers, nonprofit jobs, internships, and other opportunities in one central location each week for FREE to help jobseekers find their perfect, public health job!

Since January 1, 2014, we have posted:

  • 784 positions total
    • 539 public health jobs
    • 122 nonprofit jobs
    • 123 public health internships

In addition to the job board, we provide the following:

Check out UPHC’s Facebook page for the latest Public Health Job Board. You can also become a UPHC Member (for free!) and receive our weekly, public health job board emails.

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Board Member Spotlight: tania charette, mph, ches, finance committee

Where do you currently work/go to school?
I currently work at the EPICC Program in the Utah Department of Health. I’ve worked at UDOH a little over 6 years. My main projects currently include the community health worker project, media (English and Spanish), and working in other projects together with other BHP programs.

Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?
I was a business management major when I came across the university’s catalog and read the description for the public health major. It sounded interesting and I thought that going this route would be a good way to help people and the community, so I changed majors. I believe that Public Health is a living, breathing career. It has changed a lot and will continue to change helping me learn new things and develop different skills, at the same time assisting with making the community a better place for people.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
The hammock under one of the pecan trees in my parents’ back yard in TX. It is cool and I can nap for a long time.

What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?
I typically go to bed between 8:30PM and 9:00PM and get up between 4:30 AM and 5:00AM (I do some reading and twice a week I am at the ice rink with my daughter who has been figure skating for a little over three years)

If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing?
I would probably be home schooling my daughter as we travel the world visiting all the cool places in the history books. Wouldn’t it be awesome to learn about the pyramids of Egypt while standing right in front of them? Also, ice skating in rinks around the world J

What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional?
All my projects in public health have been so different, however picking just one for this I would probably say my current Community Health Worker Project. I’ve met and continue to meet such wonderful people that care about others. It is a project that has the potential to influence many areas in the State. It is exciting, yet a bit scary.

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Just one?! That is hard. I like to eat. Vegetables, fruits, and legumes would probably be good (I know, that’s three)

What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?
The best thing I’ve done in my life is to start a new chapter in my life with only my daughter. It has taught me so much about myself and about loving unconditionally. I’ve also learned about forgiveness and creating a happy, stable life for both of us. Life is what I make it J

What do you to do relax?
I read and write. There are times that my daughter and I are sitting next to each other, each with a book, just reading in silence. Writing to me is therapeutic, I can express what I can’t say J

If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?
UPHA  is a place to connect with wonderful people with a lot of experience as well as a place to grow

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Student Spotlight: Brian Robison, University of utah

My first real taste of the scope of public health came after finishing my undergraduate degree in 2010. I started working for the National Children’s Study in Cache County and experienced how public health can be addressed before we are even born. In 2012, I decided to pursue my M.P.H. at the University of Utah in order to become even more fully involved in this diverse and important discipline.

Two years later as I approach graduation, I look back at the experiences I have had and continue to marvel at the range of opportunity open before us. I have been involved with global efforts by LDS Humanitarian Services with their Neonatal Resuscitation program to more local efforts to understand how our neighborhoods influence our physical well-being, and the epidemiology of suicide and Autism here in Utah.

I look forward to what my future will hold in the remarkable realm that is public health.

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join the upha student caucus

Are you graduating this year? Or are you an early professional? If you are a recent graduate or early professional (within 2 years of graduating) and interested in networking with public health professionals in Utah, you are still eligible to join the Student Caucus! As you begin to shape your career in public health, stay involved with UPHA at a student membership rate (only $20) and gain premiere access to jobs, internships, and mentors that will help you along the way. Send any questions to studentcaucus@upha.org.

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Save the Dates!

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

5th Annual UPHA Golf Tournament
June 30, 2014
7:30 a.m. shotgun start
Valley View Golf Course
2501 East Gentile Layton, Utah

For more information and to register, visit http://www.upha.org/golftournament2014.html.

2014 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition
November 15-19, 2014
New Orleans, LA

For more information on the conference, registration, and abstract submissions, visit www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.

2015 UPHA Annual Conference
April 13-15, 2015
Location TBA

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