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December 2016 E-NEWS

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Public Health Spotlight: The Future of the ACA

2017 UPHA Conference - March 27-29, Marriott Park City

Financial Audit Report

Nutrition Section Annual Luncheon

Board Spotlight: Kelly Nielson, Fiscal Group

Student Spotlight: Allison Emmer

Save the Dates!




By Jason Stevenson, Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP)

Will the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be repealed in 2017?
Most likely, but it won’t disappear immediately. Utahns will still be able to purchase health insurance on healthcare.gov for 2017, and likely for 2018. Most major changes to the ACA will happen after 2018.  UHPP predicts it take several years to design and implement any replacement plans.

When can I sign up for health insurance?
We are currently in an open enrollment period to purchase ACA insurance on healthcare.gov. This is the only time during the year that you can sign up for health insurance. If you want your coverage to begin on January 1st, 2017, then you need to re-enroll or pick a new plan by December 15th. This open enrollment period ends on January 31st, 2017. Keep in mind that Medicaid enrollment is open all-year. For free, personal assistance, call 2-1-1 or visit www.takecareutah.org to connect with a local enrollment expert.

How will I pay for my health insurance?
Utahns earning between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level (between $24,250 and $97,000 a year for a family of four) receive subsidies to make monthly insurance premiums more affordable. You can only receive these subsidies by applying through healthcare.gov. Over 87% of the 165,000 Utahns who buy coverage receive this extra help. If you earn under 250% of the federal poverty level you will also cost-sharing reductions to lower your annual deductible, co-pays, and out-of-pocket max.

What changes can we expect to the ACA in future years?
Lots of then. Unfortunately, finding and keeping health insurance will become more challenging for people with lower incomes and pre-existing health conditions. Most replacement plans will re-allow insurers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions, especially after a lapse in coverage. Federally-supported high risk pools will return to try to cover the uninsurable. The current subsidy framework based on income and family size will be replaced by an age-based system that will cut subsidies for larger and low-income households. The individual and employer mandate will be eliminated, but new ‘sticks’ will be created to encourage people to enroll. Essential health benefits will be repealed and preventative care and contraception will no longer be free.  Older people (Age 40+) will pay higher premiums, and women will again be charged more than men for the same coverage. Medicaid expansion will be rolled back to pre-ACA funding levels, and block grants will replace federal Medicaid funding. However, we expect most ACA changes to take place after the 2018 midterm elections.

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The Utah Public Health Association is announcing the CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for the 2017 Annual Public Health Conference to be held March 27-29, 2017 at the Park City Marriott, Park City UT. The conference committee has been hard at work planning another amazing conference for 2017.

Theme: Building a Culture of Health in Utah
Pre conference Sessions: Monday, March 27, 2016
Main Conference Sessions: Tuesday - Wednesday, March 28-29
Location: Park City Marriott - Book Your Hotel Room Now!

We are seeking innovative proposals for topics relating to all areas of public health. All abstracts must be submitted online. An easy to use online form will walk you through the process. Link directly through the conference web site at http://www.upha.org/conference/pages/abstracts2017.htm Authors must provide complete and accurate contact information in order to be notified of abstract status.

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 2017 Utah Public Health Conference. ABSTRACT DEADLINE: DECEMBER 30, 2016

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November 4, 2016  
We have examined the financial records of the Utah Public Health Association for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 as required by the UPHA bylaws.  The audit was done in accordance with written procedures which were reviewed and approved by the Executive and Finance Committees.  The audit procedures include the verification of reported assets, liabilities, and fund balances, as well as the examination of supporting documents for cash receipts and disbursements.

The Financial Statements accompanying this report provides an accurate presentation of the financial position and activities for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.  The audit found no reportable irregularities or unauthorized transactions.   A separate letter to the Executive and Finance committees will address minor problems and suggestions for improving financial controls. 

David E. Rabiger
Chair, Audit Committee


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Sponsored by the Utah Beef Council

Date & Time: Thursday December 29, 12-1:30 pm
Speaker: Jacob Schmidt, RD: “Lean Matters – Chronicling Beef’s Change from Gate to Plate.”
Place: Christopher's Prime Steak House, 134 W. Pierpont Ave (240 S.), Salt Lake City

Free CEUs for Registered Dietitians

Luncheon is $10 or FREE for all section members with current UPHA membership.
To renew your UPHA membership go to: www.upha.org/membership.html

RSVP to bhyatt@slco.org

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Board Member spotlight: Kelly Nielson, MSS

Jessica Strong1. Where do you currently work/go to school? After graduating from Utah State University, I accepted employment with Intermountain Health Care (5 years), Utah Department of Health (2 years), and currently Salt Lake County Health Department (25 years).

2. Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession? My Master’s Degree emphasized Human Resources Administration, so I didn’t study public health. In fact, I don’t recall hearing the term until I was employed with the Utah Department of Health. Most of my exposure to public health has occurred while working for the Salt Lake County Health Department. My entire career has been in management and administration, and from these perspectives I have learned what public health is and its related mission and impact.

3. What is your favorite vacation spot? I really enjoy any of the mountains of Utah for vacations, but my favorite vacation spot is the mountains of central Utah.

4. What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning? My typical bedtime is 11:00 p.m. and I get up at 5:00 a.m. I have always been an early morning person but I stay up later to research and write, while it is quiet, and it’s the only time I have to do this activity.

5. If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing? If money weren’t an issue, I would spend more time with my wife and family doing things we enjoy, and because of my personal interest in history and archeology I would spend more time researching, photographing, and documenting things of interest along the Old Spanish Trail and its other related trail systems.

6. What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional? Because my career has been more in the management and administrative areas, I don’t have direct public health experience; however, I have enjoyed helping public health professionals that become new managers and supervisors learn how to effectively manage and supervise employees so the work of public health can move forward and be more efficient.

7. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? I don’t think I would enjoy eating only one food for the rest of my life. I like to have a balance, but my “comfort food” is ice cream (pretty much any flavor).

8. What is the best thing you’ve done in your life? The best thing I have done in my life was to marry my wife, and to have survived helping to raise six children (3 boys and 3 girls). We are now enjoying the blessings of fourteen grandchildren. Another good thing I have done in my life is striving to have healthy relationships and being of service to others.

9. What do you to do relax? I relax by doing a variety of things. I enjoy being with family, being in the mountains, riding ATVs with family and friends, boating, camping, hunting and fishing, shooting guns, reading, and researching and hiking the Old Spanish Trail and documenting its existence and trying to figure out what the Spanish were really up to. Basically, I enjoy being outdoors.

10. If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be? Being of service in a great organization of professionals that is striving to make a positive impact on public health.

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Allison was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where she developed her love for the outdoors by skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wake boarding, and hiking.  She graduate from Olympus High School in 2010 and started her Associate degree at Salt Lake Community College.  In 2012 she taught English in China for five months while traveling around the country.  Once returning, she finished her Associates of Science degree and transferred to the University of Utah to continue her education.  While studying her undergraduate degree, she met her husband, got married, worked as a certified nursing assistant at Primary Children’s’ Hospital and took biology and research classes. 

While taking her final classes, she learned of Public Health and how it benefited the community.  In 2015 she graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in family studies and human development. While she was taking two semesters off, between undergrad and grad school, she spent her time working as a patient service representative full time, as well as shadowing various positions related to public health.  During the summer of 2016 along with working at primary children’s hospital she assisted as a co-vice president of UPHSA and was an intern in the Cancer Outreach Prevention and Education program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.  Throughout her internship, she assisted in coding for a rural research project, gave presentations, completed a literature review on nutrition in rural versus urban areas and attended various community health fairs where she answered questions and handed out pamphlets.  Currently she is in her second semester of the Masters of Public Health program and working as a Cancer Information Specialist/Health Educator at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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Save the Dates!


Please save the date of January 19, 2017 for the annual UPHA Advocacy Summit at the State Office Building Auditorium. The theme and times are not yet final, but plan on attending and having the opportunity to hear from legislators and advocates for mental health, opioid overdose and other interesting and relevant topics. More to come . . .

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

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2017 UPHA Annual Conference - March 27-29

Theme: Building a Culture of Health in Utah

Pre conference Sessions: Monday, March 27, 2016
Main Conference : Tuesday - Wednesday, March 28-29

Park City Marriott - Book Your Hotel Room Now!

Web Site: www.upha.org/conference

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