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February 2017 E-NEWS

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Are You a Recent Graduate? Take the Survey

2017 UPHA Annual Conference Highlight

Advocacy Summit Summary

2017 UPHA Awards Announcement-URGENT Response Requested

CHW Update

Thank You to Dan Kinnersley

Board Member Spotlight: Lisa Young

Student Spotlight:Katie Vogt

Public Health Spotlight: UPHA in the News!

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Are you a Recent Graduate?

The Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) is looking to better understand the experience of recent graduates (within the past 5 years) and early career professionals who are working in public health. Your expertise is extremely valuable as we consider opportunities to help individuals as they transition to a new career in public health.

Please take less than 5 minutes to complete a survey about your current career and how professional organizations can better support you. Click below for the survey:

Two randomly selected participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or registration discount to the upcoming Utah Public Health Conference. Your responses are anonymous, so please be candid – that’s the best way you can help us. 

If you have any questions or experience technical difficulties with this survey, please contact Stephanie Croasdell Stokes (scroasdell13@gmail.com).

Thank you,
Stephanie Croasdell Stokes
Early Career Professional Work Group Lead
Utah Public Health Association

Paul Wightman
Executive Director
Utah Public Health Association

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2017 UPha annual conference highlight

Have you marked your calendar for the 2017 Utah Public Health Conference to be held on March 28-29, 2017 at the Park City Marriott? The planning committee is busy putting the final touches on the agenda that includes an array of interesting and relevant public health issues. Keynote speakers will include:

  • Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD to speak on Achieving Health Equity. Dr. Jones uses a series of allegories to illustrate the relationship between health and social determinates of health and equity. Through her use of allegory she defines racism, its impact on health, and presents strategies for action.  
  • Stacy Bare is a climber, skier, veteran and the Director of Sierra Club Outdoors (SCO)--getting 250,000+ people outside each year including youth and military veterans. He co-founded the Great Outdoors Lab in 2014 to put scientifically defensible data behind the idea of time outside as healthcare.
  • In 2015, James Lawrence, aka the Iron Cowboy, completed 50 Ironman courses in 50 consecutive days in 50 states! His 50-50-50 challenge was done in an effort to raise awareness of the obesity epidemic facing our nation. 
  • A panel of public health experts, led by Dr. David Sundwall, MD, will provide insights on the Future of Public Health in a panel entitled, Impact on Public Health of the New Trump Administration.

We hope you’ll join us in Park City for these excellent speakers, as well as a whole host of timely public health issues presented in breakout sessions.  Registration opens soon!  More information about the conference can be found at www.upha.org/conference

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advocacy summit summary

The UPHA Advocacy Summit brought together public health students and professionals to learn more about mental health, suicide prevention, and opioid use and overdose. The theme of the conference was "It's All in Your Head; a discussion of policies to improve mental health and relieve addiction”. Rebecca Fronberg, UPHA Policy Unit Chair, opened the conference by explaining the meaning behind the summit graphic of the head with a semi-colon inside. Project Semi-Colon encourages people to draw a semicolon on the inside of their wrist; "A semicolon is used when an author could’ve ended their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.” Stickers with the graphic were provided to all summit participants.
Doug Thomas, Director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, was the opening keynote speaker and gave an overview of mental health issues in Utah and how we are working on them. He was followed by Greg Hudnall, Director of Hope4Utah, who spoke on suicide prevention and Hope Squads in Utah schools. JoAnn Petrie from BYU then spoke briefly about her personal experience with losing a son to heroin use. She also shared an educational video about how opioid use changes the brain chemistry and becomes very difficult to quit.
A delicious buffet lunch was followed by the much-awaited legislative panel. There were five panelists:  Representatives Ray Ward, Joel Briscoe, Brian King and Senators, Todd Weiler and Allen Christensen. Each shared their unique perspective on upcoming legislation related to mental health, suicide prevention and opioid prescribing habits and use.
The legislative panel was followed by a panel of experts around opioid use:  Anna Fondario from the Violence and Injury Prevention Program at the Utah Department of Health, Spencer Cannon from the Utah County Sheriff and the Substance Misuse and Abuse Reduction Team (SMART), Christy Porucznik, from Family and Preventative Medicine at the University of Utah, Nick Weaver, a pharmacist with Intermountain Healthcare, and Sam Plumb from Utah Naloxone. There was significant discussion around the opioid epidemic in Utah (currently there is an awareness campaign, stop the opidemic--www.opidemic.org), as well as current prescribing habits of physicians, naloxone and its use and various efforts to combat opioid overdose.
The summit concluded with a screening of Dying in Vein, a documentary on opioid/heroin use produced by a local filmmaker, Jenny Mackenzie. Jorden Hackney introduced the film--her personal experience of losing her brother was one of the stories shared. While the opening was very raw, the film accurately portrayed the power of addiction and dangers of opioid use. Sam Plumb from Utah Naloxone and his sister Jennifer, a prominent pediatric physician in Utah were also featured in the film with their story of losing a sibling.
Overall, the summit was well-received and participants learned how to advocate for policy issues around the theme.

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join 2017 UPHA awards announcement- urgent response requested

“Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.” – Andy Stanley

The Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) recognizes the outstanding efforts of organizations and individuals in the community that work hard to improve the lives of communities and individuals around Utah. These organizations and individuals are true leaders of health.

The UPHA Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the following awards. If there is someone in your organization who has excelled at providing public health awareness, knowledge, or implementing a program in your community, now is the time to recognize their efforts.

* Beatty Award – The Beatty Award is the most distinguished award given by UPHA. Each year, the Beatty Award is presented to a UPHA Member who is in good standing and who has made a significant contribution to public health in Utah.
* Public Health Hero – The three categories for the Public Health Hero awards are: An individual from the community; a public health employee; and a group, organization, or project. We award these individuals/groups for this award; one from each category.
* Rising Star Award – This award is given to an individual who demonstrates leadership in the public health field. Individuals nominated for this award should be making a significant contribution to the advancement of health within a community or to the knowledge and practice in the public health field. Nominees should be new to public health, having worked in this area for no more than 3 years.
* Youth Award – This award is presented annually to a youth group that has made a significant contribution to address a serious public health problem.

For more information about the specific requirements and descriptions for each award, please see check the website or contact Alyssa Mitchell at 435-333-1508 / amitchell@summitcounty.org

Please send your nominations to the nominations committee chair – as listed below by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2016.
Alyssa Mitchell – amitchell@summitcounty.org

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thank you to dan kinnersley

Dan Kinnersley, who has served as the Affiliate Representative to APHA for the past 17 years, is stepping down. The board would like to thank Dan for his many years of service both in UPHA and in the public health field. Dan's career in public health service extended over 42 years.  It is difficult at best to "briefly" describe his history because he truly epitomized the mission of UPHA and public health.  Hopefully a bulleted list can convey his leadership in Utah's public health community:

  • Dan has been an advocate, leader and mentor of Health Education practice. This is best exemplified by the over 130 health educators and countless interns whom he has hired, mentored, trained, supervised, managed and directed, for many their first job and have gone on to their own stellar careers as leaders, managers, administrators and professors.
  • Early in his career he proposed and re-organized the Health Education/Health Promotion office at the Salt Lake City-County Health Department, from a one -person office to a Bureau, latter becoming a Division which he directed, with present day staff of over 50 employees.
  • Was a charter member of the Utah Local Affiliate of Community Health Education Specialists (affectionately known as ULACHES), and served as Chair four times.  At the time of inception, all local health departments had only one health educator, many of which were part-time.
  • Was a member and co-chair of the Executive Organizing Committee to organize the Health Education Association of Utah (HEAU), and served as HEAU's first President.
  • In 1988, proposed, created and managed the Salt Lake County's employee wellness program "Healthy Lifestyles Incentive Program"  (HLIP)  Over the  long history thousands of employees have benefited and lives have been changed, even saved by participating and making the recommended behavior changes. He also used claims data show a $3.85 ROI to $1.00 spent for administration of the program, calculated to have saved the County $ 1.5 million per year in healthcare dollars.

Notable Advocacy, Legislation, and Policy involvement during career:

  • Utah Governor's Task Force on Venereal Diseases, 1975-1976.  Lead UDOH's effort to remove blood test for Syphilis from marriage license requirement - saved State $500,000 annually for testing.
  • Utah Governor's Immunization Action Committee - sub-committee Chair, 1977-1978, UDOH representative to craft and shepherd the legislative effort in the passage of Utah's School Immunization Law.  Then helped AG's office write rules and reporting requirements.
  • Represented ULACHES on the Utah Attorney Generals Legislative Counsel committee to write Tobacco Compliance Statute, to include Local Health Dept enforcement ability, and helped advocate for its ultimate passage.
  • Under his Division guidance, lead the SLCoHD's education efforts in for the passage of water fluoridation in Salt Lake County.
  • Other Legislative Advocacy efforts include seat belts, child passenger/car seats, booster seats, tobacco tax, immunizations, public health funding and UDOH Executive Director Qualifications.

UPHA & APHA Service:

  • Member since 1978 and Life member
  • President - 1994-96 ( with succession from Pres-Elect '92-'94 to Past-Pres 1996-98)
  • Board of Directors, 1984-87 & 1990-93.
  • Program Committee Chair - 2 times
  • Legislative Committee Chair, Bylaws Committee Chair, Membership Committee Chair, Professional Development Committee, Newsletter Editor.
  • Parliamentarian  as requested - 1998 to present
  • Affiliate Representative to APHA Governing Council - 2000 to Present.
    • Elected to APHA Committee of Affiliates (COA), 2006 - 2010 & 2012-2013; APHA Region VIII Representative, 2006-2010 & 2012-2013, COA Secretary - 2007-2008.

Honors and Recognitions:
UPHA Beatty Award recipient: 1998
HEAU Catherine Summerhayes Award recipient: 2001


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chw Update

Community Health Workers in Utah are coming together to promote greater awareness about the impact and value of their work. The UPHA Community Health Workers Association holds a monthly meeting of CHWs from various settings linking community members to needed resources and services that help to improve continuity of care. Here’s a recap of the movement in Utah if you are just tuning in. In 2015, the Utah Department of Health, EPICC program hired a full time employee to focus on CHW issues in Utah proving a strong commitment to promote the work of CHWs. Anna Guymon, the CHW Specialist, has been tasked with building and leading the Utah CHW Coalition (CHWC) by promoting collaboration across sectors to advance, support and promote the work of Utah CHWs.

The Coalition includes many stakeholders including individuals from local health departments, payers (commercial and Medicaid), higher education, health systems and community-based organizations. The Utah CHW Coalition’s membership is diverse; it currently represents 32 organizations across multiple sectors. The structure of the CHWC includes an Advisory Board and three workgroups (a Sustainable Finance/Evaluation Workgroup; a Workforce Development Workgroup; and an Advocacy Workgroup) that focus on interrelated policy areas affecting CHWs.

The strategic policy areas the CHWC is focused on involve three priority areas: state and institutional policy, education/engagement activities, and practice/implementation models. Goals for each priority area have been established to include pursuit of sustainable financing for CHWs, CHW program development (training, credentialing, CHW definition and scope of practice, core competencies), documentation standards and development of a business case (evidence of effectiveness), as well as increasing public and professional recognition of the value of CHWs. 

The Utah CHWC supported the Association of Utah Community Health (AUCH) and the Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) in their application of a grant opportunity from Intermountain Healthcare.  AUCH and UPHA received the grant from Intermountain Healthcare to build the capacity of CHWs in Utah. 

In 2016, the CHWC in partnership with AUCH and UPHA organized the first CHW Conference prior to the UPHA Main Conference which recruited 100 plus CHWs to the first CHW Professional Association! We are now in 2017, with a mission and vision to continue promoting awareness of the work being done in Utah.

The UPHA CHW Association has members that participate on the CHWC as the voice of CHWs in the field and advocates for the consumers they serve.  Members of the Association are an integral part of both the CHWC and UPHA CHW Association as their expertise and skills in working within communities contribute to the discussions regarding the barriers and value of the work they do with the most vulnerable communities in Utah.

One of the exciting tasks this year of the CHWC and UPHA CHW Association members is, developing a Utah Specific Community Health Worker Core Skills Curriculum. The Core Skills competencies were adopted by the CHWC Advisory Board in 2016 based on the C3 project conducted by Carl Rush. A curriculum development team was formed under the CHWC Workforce Development workgroup. Both the workgroup and selected team members have been tasked to review other state curriculums as well as the Utah Women's and Girls Curriculum conducted at the University of Utah to develop a curriculum for certification. This is vital in providing opportunities for the CHW profession including reimbursement for private and public insurance companies for CHW services. The Workforce Development Group under the CHWC serves as reviewers and advisors to the writing team.

This year the CHW Association is working on forming a solid foundation in its future leaders, preparing to hold a breakout session at the Annual UPHA Meeting/Conference in Park City in March, and organizing our first Annual CHW Annual Meeting in October! We need all CHWs Statewide to join us! If you are interested please email one of our Co-Chairs, Jeannette Villalta at smile38@gmail.com or Yehemy Zavala at yehemy@cuutah.org. Or if you have any questions about becoming a member of the CHW Association email Oreta Tupola at otupola@upha.org.

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Board Member Spotlight: Lisa Young


My family

  1. Where do you currently work/go to school?   I currently work at the Department of Health, Bureau of Health Promotion for the Bureau Director, the Asthma, Arthritis, and Alzheimer’s Programs.
  2. Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession? To inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.     
  3. What is your favorite vacation spot?  Lake Powell is one of my favorite vacation spots. It can be extremely hot there in the summer, but I’ll take hot over cold anytime.
  4. What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?  I typically go to bed around 10:00 pm and wake up at 6:00 am.  I love waking up early on the weekends too so I can get a head start before the streets and stores get too crowded.
  5. If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing? I’d be flying all over the world and experiencing different cultures and food.
  6. What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional? A few years ago there was a measles outbreak that started in Disneyland that two Utah County residents brought back home with them. I recall having to contact some of the schools, stores, and churches to see if anyone had come in contact with these individuals. Measles is incredibly contagious, and if you don’t get the vaccine, your chances of getting it from an infected person is higher than 95 percent.
  7. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?  CHOCOLATE! I know it’s not the healthiest, but I can’t pass up a good piece of chocolate.
  8. What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?  Had my son, Dylan. I was meant to be on this earth to be his mom.
  9. What do you to do relax?  I record a lot of the shows on the Hallmark channel and watch them when I have absolutely nothing else to do or read a good book. I know that sounds cheesy, but I’m a romantic at heart.
  10. If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be? It’s an opportunity to network with other healthcare professionals and let your voice be heard.
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Student Spotlight: Katie Vogt

Katie was born in South Carolina, but shortly moved to the Washington D.C. area where she spent the next 18 years. With both of her parents practicing medicine, Katie had aspired to be a physician since the day she could speak. Katie has always had an adventurous and independent mind so when it came time for college, no one was stopping her move across the country. With an excellent medical school and world class skiing, the University of Utah was no question.

During her undergraduate studies in Health Promotion and Education, Katie obtained her Emergency Medical Technician certification to hopefully acquire patient care hours for medical school applications. During this experience she was able to do “ride-alongs” with the fire department and had the time of her life. After spending months shadowing physicians and various firefighters, Katie then realized her love of medicine belonged in the field of emergency medical services.

After completing her bachelor’s degree, which ended with an internship at the Alzheimer’s Association in community education and outreach, Katie landed a job on the ambulance working as an Advanced EMT. After a couple years she realized that the field was more of a hobby than a career for her. The majority of the patients Katie helps are known to hospitals as “frequent users” and are in turn frequent ambulance users. The desire to be able to provide these people with more help than she can provide on the streets is what drove Katie to further her education.

While still working on the ambulance Katie is pursuing a Master in Public Health and Master in Healthcare Administration. She is hoping to work within a hospital system doing population health management. Her education in public health will enable her to assess the various health disparities faced within the population of high hospital utilizers. In the end, Katie hopes to facilitate these patients to receive high value and cost-efficient medical care.

When not thinking about the future of healthcare, Katie is with her boyfriend at the dog park with her German Shepherd and black lab. With the endless amount of tennis balls being destroyed in minutes, her furry kids have truly showed her patience and how to love unconditionally.

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Public heatlh Spotlight: upha in the news!

Nations HealthIn the January edition of The Nation’s Health, the Utah Public Health Association was highlighted for the awards we received from APHA at the their conference last year. UPHA won the Outstanding Affiliate of the Year Award in conjunction with our 100th anniversary. Several board members were there to accept the award.







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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

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Web Site: www.upha.org/conference

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