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November 2014 E-NEWS

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UPHA Receives the 2014 Annual Award for Outstanding Advocacy by an Affiliate of APHA! 

UPHA Bookkeeper Vacancy

Smith's Community Rewards Program

Organizing UPHA Sections - We need your help!

Board Member Spotlight: Paul Wightman

Student Abstract: Echo L. Warner, MPH

Public Health Spotlight: Teen Memoriam

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UPHA Receives the 2014 annual award for outstanding advocacy by an affiliate of apha!

The American Public Health Association (APHA) suprised UPHA with the "2014 Affiliate Advocacy Award" for outstanding advocacy work during the during the 2014 Council of Affliates Awards Reception. The reception was held in conjunction with the Annual APAH Conference held in New Orleans, LA November 15-19, 2014.

The award was presented by Dr. Georges Benjamin, MD, APHA Executive Director, who cited the work of UPHA's group with Representative Stewart, their OpEd piece in the Salt Lake Tribune and other efforts which earned this recognition.  Earlier in the day, Dr. Benjamin spoke to Affiliate Leaders about how important Advocacy has become for APHA and the Affiliates in this political climate of science 'deniers' becoming leaders in Congress and their potential impact on public health.  Please join us in congratulating these members of our Board for their efforts!!!

We'd like to thank our Policy and Advocacy Unit members - Kathryn Marti, Rebecca Fronberg, and Phil Bondurant - for all of their hard work this year.

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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 December 15th 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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smith's community rewards program

Smith’s is donating $1.4 million to local schools and nonprofit organizations in 2014, and UPHA is signed up to be one of its recipients! The new Smith’s Community Rewards program lets customers select a charity to which Smith’s will donate, based on dollars they spend in stores. You can help support UPHA by enrolling for the program and linking your account to UPHA. There is no cost to enroll for Smith’s Customers, and enrollment does not affect your supporters’ fuel points or coupon discounts.


1. Visit SmithsCommunityRewards.com
2. Sign in to your Online Account or create a new account
3. Find and select "Utah Public Health Association" and click "Save"

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Organizing UPHA Sections - PLEASE HELP!

As previously reported, UPHA has created Sections within the Association. Now we need your help to get the Sections organized and running. The seven professional Sections are: Nursing, Environmental Health, Health Education & Promotion, Health Administration, Epidemiology, Nutrition & Dietetics, and the Student Assembly. 

How can you help?   Choose your Section NOW and let leadership know if you are interested in helping to organize and lead your Section. Here are two ways you designate your Section:

1)  When you are notified to renew your membership, a personalized email will be generated and sent to you by the Membership system with specific instructions on how to enter the Membership system to designate the two UPHA Sections you want to join. 


2) Since we need to begin organizing Sections during the next few months we need you to update your selection immediately. Go to the UPHA website, Membership Tab, find the link to join/renew membership and update your information.

As we gather this information over the next month, an organizing meeting of the Sections will be scheduled to begin the process of selecting Section leadership. You will be notified of the meeting date for the Sections you choose, whether they are your first of second. Also, if your Membership has expired, the renewal email will also provide instructions on paying your Membership fees.

Please look for and respond to your personalized email and help us expand your UPHA Membership with our new Sections OR update your membership information online!  

Thank you for your support and we look forward to meeting with you soon.
UPHA Leadership

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Board Member Spotlight: Paul Wightman, Executive director, upha

Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession? Public Health choose me.  I applied for a mid-Masters Degree Internship at the Utah Division of Health, was chosen for the position and loved the work, the public service nature of Public Health and the people - so stayed for 37 years.

What is your favorite vacation spot? Lake Powell, Maui, and anywhere my family wants to vacation.

If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing? What I am doing right now!  Being Retired but Working part-time and helping a non-profit succeed.

What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional? Starting the WIC Program in the State.

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? I can't eat only one food, sorry.

What is the best thing you’ve done in your life? The best thing I try to do is to love my wife, kids and grandkids unconditionally

What do you to do relax? Sleep

If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be? Have a chance to work with amazing public health professionals in a non-profit that works hard to make a difference in Utah's public eco system.

Married to Barbara Jean Evans Wightman for 43 Years
Helped raise one daughter and five sons - all incredible Children; now enjoy visiting them and playing with our wonderful Grandchildren
Loves all oceans and any body of fresh water big enough for his ski/wakeboard boat
Loves to volunteer for almost anything

Participated in team sports and recreation of all kinds since 11 years old
Coached youth sports for over 25 years – basketball, football and soccer
Officiated High School and Rec League basketball, football and softball for over 30 years
Ran in and completed 15 Marathons, 3 Triathlons and too many Fun Runs to count
Loves playing Basketball, watching Football and trying to master Golf
Picked pineapples on Lanai, Hawaii for a Summer Job
Lived in Orleans, France, for three years

Treasurer for UPHA for 20+ years
Web Site Design & ISP Connection – several non-profit organizations and businesses
2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Volunteer – Technology – Utah Winter Sports Park
Church Youth Groups – SCUBA, kayaking, sports, boating, officiating and leadership
Boy Scouts – 30+ years of experiences with youth and leaders and Kayak Builder
Willow Canyon Elementary PTA – Communications & Newsletter, Jordan School District
High School Officials Associations - created photo directories and online evaluation systems
Religious organization - teacher, newsletter publisher, organization histories, youth and adult activities planning

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Student Spotlight: Echo L. Warner

Low level of knowledge about the HPV vaccine among Latino parents in the Intermountain West
Echo Warner, MPH, Deanna Kepka PhD, MPH

Purpose: Assess knowledge of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among parents of age-eligible, Latino, girls and boys.

Methods: Five focus groups were conducted, accompanied by a brief mini-survey, from August-October, 2013. Latino parents (N=53) with an adolescent aged 11-17 were eligible. Parents reported whether their son(s) or daughter(s) had received the HPV vaccine, their knowledge about the vaccine, barriers/facilitators to vaccine uptake, and preferred methods of receiving health information. Focus groups were recorded, transcribed, and translated.  The data were independently coded and analyzed in NVivo 9.0.

Results: All participants spoke Spanish and 64.6% reported that they knew little or no English. Few daughters (25%) and sons (10%) had been vaccinated. Barriers to HPV vaccination included lack of information and/or provider recommendation, concerns about side effects, and concerns about costs or inadequate insurance coverage. Though most parents felt the HPV vaccine was important (81%), many indicated they had not received enough information about the vaccine to have their child vaccinated (75%).  Latino parents preferred to receive information about the vaccine from healthcare providers (94%), the internet (66%), or directly from their son or daughter’s school (60%).

Conclusions: Latino parents perceive the HPV vaccine as an important tool to prevent HPV related diseases, yet they have concerns about the vaccine that prevent them from vaccinating their children. Interventions aimed at improving HPV vaccine uptake among Latino adolescents in the Intermountain West would likely benefit most from providing a culturally appropriate educational component delivered from health care professionals, the Internet, or through schools.

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Public heatlh Spotlight: Teen Memoriam

Share the Memories: Remembering 10 Lives Lost on Utah Roads

Car crashes remain the #1 cause of death for teens in our nation. In Utah, teenage drivers represented 9% of the licensed drivers in Utah, yet they were in 20% of all motor vehicle crashes. A teen-driver crash occurs in our state every 48 minutes. That’s more than 10,000 crashes a year in Utah caused by a teen driver. Thankfully, the majority of these crashes result in nothing more than higher auto insurance rates for mom and dad.

But for many families, these crashes have resulted in a lifetime of pain. In 2013, 18 families experienced the tragic loss of a teenager in a motor vehicle crash on Utah’s roads.

This is the 7th year stories of teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes have been collected into a memoriam. The book is used by state and local agencies as a prevention tool to help drivers of all ages realize the impact their decisions have on others. The Utah Departments of Health, Transportation, and Public Safety work closely on the project each year, meeting with participating families and providing grief resources and outreach opportunities to share their messages to other drivers.

The books have been evaluated in several high schools and analysis of the data showed that students were more likely to adhere to the Utah Graduated Driver Licensing laws, commit to driving safely, and understand the risks associated with driving after reading them. In addition, 95% of students who had read the books felt other teens learning to drive should read these stories. The memoriams have also been awarded several national honors.

To watch a video of the 2014 Teen Memoriam press conference visit http://goo.gl/RBV4J1.

To download a copy of the Teen Memoriams visit health.utah.gov/vipp or dontdrivestupid.com.

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Save the Dates!

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

Luncheon and Inaugural Kick-off meeting of the UPHA Nutrition Section
December 12, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Utah Department of Agriculture (350 North Redwood Road)
Main Conference Room

If you have interest in nutrition or in our food supply, or if you want to know where your beef comes from, or if you want to be involved in future UPHA nutrition-related activities . . . then you are invited to join the UPHA Nutrition Section at this event! Topic will be "Meet Your Local Beef Rancer" with a beef production panel discussion and Q&A. Sponsored by the Utah Beef Council. Free to UNC members or pay $10 at luncheon. Your $10 covers lunch, UNC annual dues, and bonus free one-year membership in UPHA-Nutrition section. RSVP essential by December 1st to bhyatt@slco.org.

2015 UPHA Annual Conference
April 13-15, 2015
Preconference April 13 - Accreditation and WIC Nutrition tracks
Davis County Convention Center

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