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October 2014 E-NEWS

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UPHA Student Assembly Invited to 2014 APHA Conference

Night of Networking Event Recap

UPHA Bookkeeper Vacancy

Board Member Spotlight: Dan Kinnersley

Student Abstract: Stephanie Croasdell, University of Utah

Public Health Spotlight

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UPHA Student Assembly Invited to 2014 APHA Conference

The Student Assembly is one of six student organizations invited to present at this year’s APHA conference by the Council of Affiliates! Utah will join Kentucky, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Nebraska and New Jersey in discussion of the best student activities at affiliates across the nation. The session is scheduled for Monday, November 17 at 12:30pm – we hope to see you there!

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Night of Networking Event Recap

On Tuesday October 7, 2014 the UPHA Student Assembly sponsored the first semi-annual Night of Networking event for students and professionals in public health. In total, 26 public health professionals and soon-to-be professionals participated in dinner and conversation surrounding public health. The Student Assembly would like to thank those students and professionals who participated. It was a great event, and we look forward to another in spring 2015.

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UPHA Bookkeeper Vacancy

We are looking for a person to fill the position described below for the Utah Public Health Association.
To apply, send a brief statement of interest and a resume by November 14th to:

Executive Director
Utah Public Health Association
PO Box 9387
Millcreek, UT  84109

Job Title: Bookkeeper
Reports to: Association Executive Director
Employment Status: Part-time (2 to 10 hours/week)
Hourly Wage: $12-$15 - Based on Experience.  This position is by Contract without any employee benefits.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Association Bookkeeping duties and responsibilities for basic financial system maintenance, including:
data input, accounts payable, deposits, fund transfers, collecting payments at events, collections and maintenance of files and reports.

• Ensure accuracy and completeness of Requisitions / Invoices.
• Ensure timely preparation of payments and proper entry into accounting system.
• Ensure accurate and timely deposits of income from checks, cash and credit cards, including documentation and filing.
• Ensure accurate and timely recording and payment of all accounts payable, including documentation.
• Interact with internal and external persons, such as Officers, Board Members, vendors and resolve related issues.
• Assist in managing all checking, savings and investments accounts owned by the Association.
• Perform various general accounting functions such as record filing, data entry, account reconciliations and special reports.
• Perform fund transfers based on indirect administration rate between Association accounts.
• Prepare timely reports for each Association event, including revenues and expenditures.
• Attend Association events to insure attendee payments have been received, collect payments, prepare deposits.
• Reconcile all event registrations to payments and assist in collections from non paying registrants and/or agencies.
• Other duties as assigned.

HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES (Used in rating applicants, all desired and some not required):
• A Member of the Association
• Experience in bookkeeping and financial management.
• Knowledge of accounting theory, concepts and practices applicable to accounting requirements for a non profit.
• Strong mathematical and analytical skills for monitoring accounting records and resolving accounting problems.
• Ability to analyze budgetary revenue and expenditures for compliance with approved agency, grant and contract budgets.
• Ability to effectively communicate accounting information, policies, and/or procedures in a manner easily understood by customers and vendors.
• Computer literate with experience in Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks accounting software.
• Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.

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Board Member Spotlight: dan kinnersley, Affiliate Representative on APHA Governing Council

Where do you currently work/go to school?
I work for the Salt Lake County Health Department as the Division Director of the Community Health Services Division. I have been with the Department for over 36 years, and 4 years before Salt Lake County with the Utah Department of Health.

Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?
During my college days at the U of U, I was attracted to the behavioral and health education courses.  After a Health Ed. class with Marshal Kreuter, who became my mentor, I decided this was the career path I wanted to pursue.  From that day I have never looked back.  I have not only grown personally, but feel I have made a difference in the lives of many people I have had the opportunity to mentor and help influence changes to better their health and lifestyle.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I love to cruise, which has given me the opportunity to see many places throughout the world. I also love being by the water, so at the beach or on our boat with family is a very close second.

 What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?
I go to bed at around 10:30 pm and usually up at 7:00 am.  Fortunately I can be to work within 15 minutes of leaving my house, barring any traffic issues.

If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing?
I’d be traveling and vacationing somewhere fun and relaxing around a pool or on a beach. 

What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional?
Over my 40+ year career, I have had many rewarding experiences working in multiple programs. So to name the “most rewarding” would be difficult. There is a couple that standout the most from the early years of my career.  I worked for the UDOH Immunization Program, and was the lead staff to help write and work the legislation through passage of the Utah School Immunization law.  I had the opportunity to work with a group of my colleagues to organize the Health Education Association of Utah and serve as the first President of HEAU.  When I first joined the SLCoHD, there was one Health Educator. I took the opportunity to propose a reorganization of the Health Education office, which was approved and added two additional staff, and now has grown to a Division & Bureau of 30+ employees.

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I’m a meat and potatoes guy, but having grown up in a “Ice Cream & hamburger joint” owned by my family, I can’t pass up ice cream, any flavor and any style – cone, bowl, shake or sundae.

What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?
The best thing in life is my family, and there is nothing better than having all 23 sit around a dinner table. And there is nothing better than being a grandparent to 11 grandchildren.  I’m a blessed man.

What do you to do relax?
I love sports and while my days of participation have long gone, I enjoy watching or attending games - from my grandchildren’s games to college and pro’s.  GO UTES!

If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?
UPHA provides the opportunity to cross paths with hundreds of public health professionals in a slightly different setting.  My years with UPHA have not only given me the chance to meet people from public and private sectors, but also the  privilege to serve on many committees and in leadership positions, broadening my experience, and honing skills that have helped me grow my own leadership abilities.  I encourage everyone to jump in and help in any capacity. The reward and satisfaction is worth the time and effort.

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Student Spotlight: stephanie croasdell, university of utah

Stephanie Croasdell, immediate past president for the Student Assembly, presents a poster at last year's APHA conference in Boston. The presentation received the top award for posters.

Bridging the Gap between Public Health Students & the Utah Public Health Association: an Evaluation of Successes and Opportunities for Improvement

Stephanie Croasdell, MPH, Jamie Pluta, MPH(c), Paul Wightman, MPA

Challenges within the field of public health are becoming more complex. The Institute of Medicine recently stated that the educational training in the U.S. is not adequately preparing the future public health workforce. This is primarily attributed to the lack of relationships between academia and public health professionals. Public health workforce challenges in Utah are no exception. The Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) is doing exceptional work to bridge this gap between students and professionals in the field.

With the creation of its Student Caucus just four years ago UPHA created a connection for students and mentors, allowing students to be better prepared for the constantly changing obstacles in a public health career. With student representation at each graduate program and reliable communication with every accredited, 4-year university, student membership has doubled every year since its creation. Student attendance of UPHA events, particularly the annual public health conference, has also increase remarkably.

In order to determine student interest in mentoring opportunities, the Student Caucus (UPHA-SC) created an online exploratory survey, available to all public health students in Utah. The survey captured the attitudes and objectives of current public health students regarding their professional and practical experiences. Among the respondents (n=186) were undergraduate (53%), graduate (37%), and doctoral students (10%) attending 5 Utah universities. Ninety-four percent of respondents were interested in engaging with professionals through an organization that offered networking and job opportunities. 

Results from this survey have allowed UPHA and other professional organizations to create a model for sustainable student involvement. Through the utilization of the UPHA Student Caucus, public health students will be better connected with professionals, allowing for a more prepared and skilled future workforce.

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Public heatlh Spotlight: utah department of health

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, joining more than 800 visionary businesses from across the country. The UDOH was honored for promoting biking as a way to improve employee health and productivity by increasing physical activity levels and enhancing mental well-being. As the state’s leading health entity, the focus on biking sets the example for other businesses.

To earn the designation, UDOH completed a detailed assessment outlining everything the Department has implemented throughout the years to encourage employees to bike to work. Most important have been a policy encouraging use of transit during red air days, including bicycling, and construction of secure areas to store bicycles.

For information on the league and to  learn about the award visit http://bikeleague.org/

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Save the Dates!

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

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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