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January 2015 E-NEWS

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2015 UPHA Advocacy Summit

UPHA 2015 Conference Call for Abstracts

UPHA Nutrition Section Offers First Pre-conference

Student Abstract Spotlight: Westminister College

UPHA Student Assembly Presents at 2014 APHA

Public Health Spotlight: Salt Lake County Health Department Achieves National Accreditation

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2015 UPHA Advocacy summit

UPHA’s annual Advocacy Summit is coming up on Thursday, January 22, 8:30-2:00 PM!  The Advocacy Committee has put together a full agenda with some of the most pressing issues for the upcoming legislative session.  In addition to a networking lunch with state legislators, there will be a sessions on Utah’s air quality, as well as Governor’s Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan. 

To see the full agenda, or to register for this event go to: http://upha.org/advocacysummit2015.html

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Upha 2015 conference call for abstracts

The Utah Public Health Association is announcing the call for abstracts for the 2015 Conference to be held April 13 - 15, 2015 at the Davis Convention Center, Layton, Utah. The theme for this year’s conference is “Strengthening Communities by Promoting Health”. We are seeking innovative proposals for topics relating to all areas of public health as well as abstracts that focus on the conference theme.

All abstracts must be submitted online. An easy to use online form will walk you through the process. Link directly through the UPHA website at www.upha.org/conference/pages/abstracts.htm. Authors must provide complete and accurate contact information in order to be notified of abstract status.

You do not have to be a member of UPHA to submit an abstract. If your abstract is accepted for presentation or poster session, you and any co-presenters who will be attending must register and pay for the conference. Refer to the conference website for upcoming information and rates: www.upha.org/conference.

Submission options:

  • Program / Research Presentation (30 or 60 minutes): Program/Research sessions are intended to provide attendees a synopsis of a public health program or relevant research. Presenters should ensure that time is available for Q & A during their session.
  • Poster Session (pre-designated breakout time frame): Poster sessions are intended to provide a graphic presentation of program or research findings by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams, and descriptive text. The authors will then hold discussions with the registrants who are circulating among the poster boards during the designated poster session time frame. The presenter(s) should remain by his/her poster board for the duration of the breakout session to answer questions.

We welcome your submissions and look forward to your contribution at the 2015 UPHA Conference. Abstract Deadline: January 31, 2015 by 11:59 p.m. MST.

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upha nutrition section offers first preconference

Join us for the Nutrition Section’s first preconference! This year’s theme is Building Families Through Nutrition and will be held on  April 13, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.

The preconference will include two tracks.  One track focused on nutrition and breastfeeding and the other on self-improvement. Topics will include living life to the fullest, personal resiliency, balancing breastfeeding with bottle feeding, conflict resolution, breastfeeding during the first hour after birth, living a life full of passion, tongue and lip tie, and bridges out of poverty. 

Visit https://www.upha.org/conference/pages/preconference.htm to learn more about this exciting event! 

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join apha for national public health week 2015

From April 6-12, 2015, join APHA for National Public Health Week 2015. The theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030.” The U.S. trails other countries in life expectancy and other measures of good health, and this holds true across all ages and incomes. NPHW 2015 presents an opportunity for public health professionals and broader partnerships to address what we can do to improve health outcomes and impacts of chronic disease. This is the defining challenge of our generation—that we, the public health community, are uniquely positioned to overcome. That’s why, during NPHW 2015, the public health community is rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation—by 2030. Get involved with NPHW by signing the healthiest nation pledge, downloading the 2015 brochure and signing up for updates. And be sure to follow @NPHW on Twitter for all the latest NPHW news. 

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Student abstract Spotlight: westminister college

Organ Donation and College Students: Registration Rates, Attitudes, and Perceptions.
C Tak; S Akok; R Blackham; J Hemingway; K Holly; J Contreras
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT

Introduction:  Every day, the disparity between persons waiting on the organ donation registry and the availability of donated organs continues to widen.  Previous studies suggest that US college students are relatively under-registered to be organ donors compared to the general adult population.  The objectives of this study were to quantify the percentage of registered organ donors among undergraduate students at a private liberal arts college, assess attitudes and perceptions of the students toward organ donation, and perform an intervention to register more students. 

Methods: A survey was administered to students at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah via email which contained questions regarding registration status, perceptions, and attitudes toward organ donation. From January to March 2014, students were able to register as organ donors at a number of information booths set-up on campus.  Data were analyzed using Fisher’s Exact Test and t-tests.  

Results: Data showed that approximately 80% of students were registered to be organ donors.  There were also statistically significant associations (p < 0.05) among donor registration status and perceptions and attitudes toward organ donation.

Conclusions:  Undergraduate students at Westminster College are registered to be organ donors at a significantly higher rate than students examined in previous studies. Students who reported to be currently registered organ donors also reported being more willing to donate to anyone, to agree with organ donation promotion, to donate regardless of circumstances, and less likely to associate organ donation with abuse or misuse.

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UPha student assembly presents at 2014 APha

The Student Assembly was one of five student organizations invited by the Council of Affiliates to present at this year’s APHA conference. Utah joined Kentucky, Hawaii, Nebraska and New Jersey in a discussion of the best student activities at affiliates across the nation. Stephanie Croasdell, the immediate past president for the Student Assembly, represented Utah. It was great to hear about the different successes and barriers other organizations have in engaging students. Compared to the other student organizations, Utah faces some unique challenges as our Student Assembly reaches public health students across all universities in the state; most other organizations focus on one campus. This also contributed to our great success, as we are able to involve a variety of professionals and students! It was a great privilege to participate in this national discussion and we look forward to implementing some new ideas to improve the Student Assembly here in Utah!

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Public heatlh Spotlight: Salt lake county health department achieves national accreditation

On December 9, 2014 the Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) became the second health department in the state of Utah to achieve national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.  They are one of just 60 health departments to achieve this status in the entire nation.  To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets a specific set of standards and measures.  Achieving accreditation demonstrates the capacity to provide the highest quality of services to their communities.

According to a department press release, Gary Edwards, SLCoHD executive director says, “The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are as responsive as possible to the needs of our community.  With accreditation, Salt Lake County Health Department is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.”  

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

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