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July 2014 E-NEWS

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2014 Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign

Support UPHA by Linking Your Smith's Rewards Card

Utah Department of Health, Health Status Updates

Board Member Spotlight: Phil Bondurant, MPH, LEHS, RS

Student Spotlight: Nicole Bailey, University of Utah

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2014 public heatlh action (phact) campaign

The American Public Health Association has launched its 2014 Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign.   UPHA will be teaming up with APHA in advocating for public health in Utah by working to make sure that our members of Congress are educated about important public health issues.  We will be focusing our efforts during the Fourth of July (June 27 – July 7) and August (August 1 – September 7) congressional recesses. APHA has specifically selected Utah as a state to support during the PHACT campaign. 

The three UPHA Board members of the Policy Management Unit, along with other interested UPHA members, will be meeting with an APHA consultant to plan for our public health advocacy activities during this time.  Stay posted for information about how to participate in doing things such as scheduling visits with your members of Congress, writing Op-ed and Letters to the Editor, attending Town Hall Meetings and providing state public health information in a variety of formats. 

Let us know if you are interested in helping out with PHACT and/or being part of the UPHA Policy Unit. 

Stayed tuned for alerts on Convio. 

You can learn more about PHACT on the APHA Website at http://www.apha.org/advocacy/tips/PHACT+Campaign.htm and on the UPHA Website at http://board.upha.org/apha/2014PHACT/index.html.

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support upha by linking your smith's rewards card

UPHA is Now Enrolled in Smith’s Food & Drug’s Community Rewards Program. Smith’s is donating $1.4 million to qualified nonprofit organizations in 2014 and UPHA is now a registered organization! Link your Rewards Card and UPHA benefits from your purchases!

Here’s how it works:

  1. We registered UPHA for this Smith’s Rewards Program and received the unique enrollment number of: 39609.
  2. Link your Smith’s Rewards Cards to UPHA’s enrollment number at SmithsCommunityRewards.com.
  3. Purchases you then make using your linked rewards card will support UPHA in this program!

There is no cost to you to enroll and enrollment does not affect your fuel points or coupon discounts.
For the rest of the year, each time you shop at Smith’s and use your Rewards Card, UPHA automatically starts earning money from Smith’s. Smith’s will pay up to $350,000 per quarter to participating organizations based on their percentage of the total spending of all participating Community Rewards organizations. So the more supporters UPHA has using their Smith’s Rewards Card, the more funds UPHA will receive.

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utah department of heatlh, health status updates

Each month the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) publishes a Health Status Update (HSU) report.  These reports include a 2-page main article about an important public health topic,  two shorter half-page articles known as ‘Community Spotlight’ and ‘Breaking News’,  and a summary table of priority public health data measures.  The intent of these articles is to take something that may be considered complicated and report about it so that almost anyone can understand it. 

The HSUs are sent to the Governor as part of a monthly report from UDOH. They are also shared via a UDOH Center for Health Data and Informatics email notification that is sent to a long list of people including Local Health Department staff (local health officers, educators, nursing directors and public information officers), legislators, UDOH Health Advisory Council, Utah Health Data Committee, reporters and others.  The reports are included on the Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (IBIS-PH) under ‘Publications’ => ‘UDOH Office Index’ => ‘Office of Public Health Assessment’.  The current month article is easy to find as part of the banner on the UDOH Website (http://health.utah.gov).

The June HSU is titled ‘Healthy Utah Plan’ and describes Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s alternative plan to the expansion of Medicaid. The HSU is avaialble at  http://health.utah.gov/opha/publications/hsu/1406_HealthyUtah.pdf

These reports are a good way to stay informed of important public health topics in Utah. 

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Board Member Spotlight: phil bondurant, mph, lehs, rs

Where do you currently work/go to school?
Director of Environmental Health for the Summit County Health Department

Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?
I landed in Environmental Health after another career pursuit out of college didn’t pan out. I ended up in Vector Control conducting surveillance for Zoonotic Diseases and grew to love the job. I decided to stick with it and went back to school to get my MPH with hopes to end up in a spot like I am in now. 

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Anytime I have my pack loaded with a few days’ worth of supplies and I am deep in the mountains chasing deer and elk I am a happy camper. 

What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?
I’m usually in bed by 10:00pm and up no later than 6am.

If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing?
It has always been a dream of mine to watch a baseball game in every Major League ball park. I would love to visit those parks and catch a game or two and take in the sights and sounds of the park.

What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional?
In my opinion, Environmental Health is the cornerstone of Public Health. The ability we have as Environmental Health Scientists to impact the environment and our surroundings for the positive is very rewarding. Every project, problem, or assignment has both an immediate and long term effect. Our individual efforts to protect the public will have lasting benefits for years to come.

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A high quality, thick cut, rare steak (I’m a bit of a carnivore)

What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?
Married my wife and started my family. I’ve always considered them my greatest accomplishment.

What do you to do relax?
My wife would say I never relax... I keep busy until bedtime. My daily get away is the gym and working out. I can turn up the music and shut the world out for an hour. It’s a great way to reset my priorities and get my head on straight.

If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?
Get involved and know what is going on around you. To think that Public Health is going to take care of itself is a slippery slope. We each have something to offer, why not use those talents to support the organization that fights the good fight for Public Health in Utah.

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Student Spotlight: nicole bailey, University of utah

“I am not afraid of dying, I am only afraid of how my parents are going to take it.” 

This statement, made to me by a 7-year old girl concerning her terminal leukemia, has greatly affected me. It helped me realize that my true calling in life was to find ways to improve the lives of these children, and that the mechanism with which to do that was public health. I, thus, began my journey in the University of Utah’s MPH program. In the program, I have studied subjects that make an immense impact on the health and evaluation of these children, as well as the global population in general. From biostatistics to HIV/AIDS and epidemiology, the skills I have attained through the Public Health program are invaluable. However, what has made the greatest influence on the direction I am now taking is the opportunity I was given to join The HOPE Study. This is a prospective study that looks at the effects of environmental exposures and time to pregnancy. The research experience, coupled with the women I have been able to educate and assist in pregnancy, has opened my eyes to the importance of maternal and child health, and has reminded me as to why I went into Public Health in the first place. My current aim is to work in both maternal and child health, reducing disparities associated with such. I am extremely appreciative of the opportunities that have been available to me, due to my participation in the MPH program and UPHA, and can’t imagine where I would be without them!

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STAR WEBINAR: Where Health & Sustainability Meet
July 18, 2014
2-3 p.m.

From air quality to climate change to built environments, local government planners and public health professionals share the same goal of improving the quality of life for all people, now and in the future. Yet they often talk past one another or fail to leverage each other's resources and strengths even as they advocate the same strategies. This webinar will explore how the STAR Community Rating System (http://www.starcommunities.org/rating-system) is helping sustainability and health professionals collaborate at the local level to advance health outcomes and community wellness. Presenters include:

  • John Balbus, Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institutes of Health
  • Vickie Boothe, Lead, Population Health Metrics Team, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Evonda Thomas-Smith, Health Department Director, and Catherine Hurley, Sustainable Programs Director, City of Evanston, IL
  • Moderated by Andrea Peet, STAR Communities


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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