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August 2014 E-NEWS

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2014 Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign

Support UPHA by Linking Your Smith's Rewards Card

UPHA Nutrition Section Opportunity

New APHA Policy - Supporting Public Health's Role in Addressing Unmet Needs in Serious Illness and at the End of Life

Our Offices Have Moved!

2015 Call for RWJF Culture of Health Prize: Call for Applications

Board Member Spotlight: Patty Cross, M.Ed,, MCHES

Student Spotlight: Brett Peterson, Brigham Young University

Save the Dates!


2014 public heatlh action (phact) campaign

Are you concerned about your job in public health?  What about the health of the community in which you live?  Funding for public health programs has always been at risk and now is no exception.  APHA's PHAct (Public Health Action) campaign gives you the opportunity to contact your legislator during the August legislative break (August 1-September 7) to educate them about public health services and advocate for continued or increased funding.  You can learn more about the campaign and how you, your friends and family members can help by visiting http://www.upha.org/advocacy/phact/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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upha nutrition section opportunity

We are organizing a new UPHA Nutrition Section, with the potential of providing continuing education, networking, and a unified voice within public health for nutritionists and dietitians. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in nutrition: local and state WIC directors and employees, Lactation Specialists, IBCLCs, Dietitians, Nutritionists, Health Educators. 

If you have any interest or questions about this new possibility, please come to our first exploratory meeting where we will learn about the options and make some decisions about how to proceed. Organizing Meeting details:        

Thursday, August 21
4:00-5:00 p.m.
610 S 200 E Conf Room of SLCoHD City Clinic (free parking west and south of building)

Or Call-in to 877-820-7831 ppt code 141189# 

More details about what the group will look like and how we will proceed will be decided at the meeting.

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new apha policy - "supporting public health's role in addressing unmet needs in serious illness and at the end of life"

The Aging and Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) would like your help in distributing the attached press release regarding the new APHA policy, “Supporting Public Health’s Role in Addressing Unmet Needs in Serious Illness and at the End of Life.” The contents set the stage for public health’s involvement in supporting appropriate health care delivery for the seriously ill and those at the end of life. Action Steps are provided for organizations, government, and policy makers.

Please join us in distributing this press release. A contact email is available on the press release should you have questions. Placing this item, a synopsis, or a short article in your newsletter, on your website, or distributing via email or social media is encouraged!

You may find the new Policy here: http://www.apha.org/advocacy/policy/policysearch/default.htm?id=1450.

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our offices have moved!

The UPHA Office has moved to Salt Lake City from the former office in Provo. Our office is co-located with the Utah Association of Local Health Departments (UALHD) in the Millcreek area of Salt Lake. 

Our new mailing address is:
   Utah Public Health Association
   PO Box 9387
   Millcreek, Utah  84109

Our new UPHA office location is at 3670 Highland Drive, Suite 434.

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2015 call for Rwjf culture of health prize: call for applications

The call for applications for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize is open through Sept. 17. This prize is awarded annually to recognize communities that have created powerful partnerships that enable healthier lives.

Up to 10 communities could receive a cash prize of $25,000.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, please see the attached file or visit RWJF's website

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Board Member Spotlight: patty cross, M.Ed., MCHES

Where do you currently work/go to school?

I have been working for the Utah County Health Department for 15 years and am currently the Chronic Disease Program Manager. 

Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?

I was attracted to the positive aspects of prevention and the variety of interesting health topics we can work with.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Most any place with tall trees, streams and fresh, clean air.

What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?

I have always been an early to bed, early to rise kind of person.  I think that made me healthy, but challenge the old saying that it will makes one wealthy and wise.

If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing?

I think I would be doing the work I am currently doing, but maybe I would take grander vacations and go home to an estate, or something.

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Can’t answer that one.  I have MyPlate too ingrained in my head and one food goes completely against the guidelines.  But I do like the yellow curry with chicken at Noodles & Company.

What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?

One of the best things was to pursue education.  It has brought a great deal of enjoyment and opened doors to opportunities.

What do you to do relax?

Read, read, read.

If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?

It is a great place to meet great people who share interests in the most fascinating subject in the world, Public Health.

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Student Spotlight: brett peterson, brigham young university

Brett is a second year Biostats student at Brigham Young University. She has always been interested in helping people. That is what led her to choose epidemiology as a pathway to a career in medicine. Brett’s hope is that through the study of preventative techniques that others’ lives can be made better. Brett is excited about the opportunity that the UPHA Student Assembly has given her to be engaged in this great cause.
Brett is most passionate about finding micro solutions to the world’s macro problems. Public health is important to her because it is something that touches all our lives and affects us all, even if only indirectly at times. Brett believes that it is in this sector that the most good can be done for the greatest swathe of humanity. Promoting a healthier population is one thing that betters us all. Brett is looking forward to the learning opportunities provided by the UPHA Student Assembly.  She believes it will give her the tools necessary to begin what I hope to be a lifetime devoted to public health.

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Save the Dates!

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

UPHA Student Assembly "Night of Networking" Event
Tuesday October 7, 2014 at
6:00 pm.

Dinner will be provided for students and professionals that RSVP to attend. If you would like to participate in this event, please email Coni Westmoreland at constancewestmoreland@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you on the seventh!

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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