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2018 Utah Public Health Association Conference Wrap-up

2018 UPHA Election Results


Increasing HPV Vaccination in the United States: A Collaboration of NCI-funded Cancer Centers

APHA Gun Violence Prevention Webinar – May 1


Special Supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice Highlights the Impact of PHAB’s National Accreditation Program

APHA Accreditation Webinar – June 13


Board Member Spotlight: Anna Dillingham, UPHA President 


Student Member Spotlight: Stacy Mickelson, UVU


2018 Utah Public Health Association Conference Wrap-up

UPHA would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all those that participated in, and supported, the 2018 Utah Public Health Conference. Many individuals and organizations contributed to the success of this year’s conference—speakers, poster presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, the UPHA awards committee, and of course the dedicated conference planning committee members!

This year’s conference was held in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah on April 11-13. Dr. Brian Bumbarger kicked the conference off by talking about using the power of prevention to achieve population-level improvements in a diverse set of outcomes. At lunch Mitch Warren from The Arbinger Institute shared how shifting your mindset outwards can improve personal effectiveness and organizational performance. Following lunch, he and his Arbinger colleagues presented two more breakout sessions to further explore the Outward Mindset framework and tools for using the framework in multiple settings. Vicki Overfelt ended Day One with a session on mindfulness and led participants through several mindfulness practices. Day two began with an incredibly informative panel about the opioid epidemic and what’s being done to support treatment and addiction recovery. The conference’s final speaker was the dynamic Kevin Poe, aka The Dark Ranger, who shared his passion for protecting the night skies and what we all can do to reduce light pollution.

Here are links to some of the keynote presentation slides:
Using a Shared Risk Factor Lens to Unleash the Power of Prevention, Brian Bumbarger
Hope in Utah’s Opioid Crisis: Strategies for Treatment and Recovety, Jeremy Christensen, Karen Dolan, Kristen Reisig, Mary Jo McMillen, Patricia Henrie-Barrus

One of the conference’s highlights is always the annual awards luncheon where the outstanding work of our colleagues and partners in public health are recognized. Please join UPHA in congratulating the 2018 award & scholarship recipients:

The UPHA Theodore Beatty Award

Eric Edwards

The Utah Public Health Association established the Beatty Award to honor Dr. Beatty’s lifelong service to public health. This is the most distinguished award given by the association and is presented to a UPHA member in good standing and who has made a significant contribution to public health in Utah.

Eric Edwards

  • Meghan Arnold Emerging Public Health Leader Conference Scholarship: Annette Harris
  • Public Health Scholarship University of Utah: Joshua Meyers
  • Public Health Scholarship Westminster: Laura Haug

  • UPHA Public Health Hero (Outstanding Community Individual): Nathan Peterson
  • UPHA Public Health Hero (Outstanding Public Health Employee): Stephanie McVicar
  • UPHA Public Health Hero (Outstanding Public Health Project): University of Utah Tobacco-Free Campus

  • UPHA Youth Award: March For Your Lives SLC Youth Group
  • UPHA Rising Star: Chelsy Schneringer
  • UPHA President’s Award: Kathy Paras and Anna Dillingham
  • UPHA Director's Award: The UDOH Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved
         Clinical Care Program

2048 Award Recipients

We hope to see you next year at the
2019 Utah Public Health Conference for Public Health!

2018 UPHA Election Results

The Nominations Cmmittee would like to thank all who participated in the 2018 elections. During the conference, leadership mentioned several times they were impressed with the remarkable quality of the candidates on the ballot, and as a committee, we completely agree with their assessment!
The final election results are:
    Vice - President: Patty Cross
    Treasurer: Braden Ainsworth
    Communication Management Unit: Julie Gast
    Policy Management Unit: Heather Lewis
    Fiscal Managment Unit: Turner Bitton
    Awards Committee: JulieAnn Titmus
    Nominations Committee: Jake Isaacson
We congratulate these newly elected officers and board members, and wish them success in their new roles.  We also appreciate all the candidates for their contributions to UPHA and to your committed work in public health!

2018 UPHA Nominations Committee


Increasing HPV Vaccination in the United States: A Collaboration of NCI-funded Cancer Centers

Please join us for the upcoming NCI cancer center HPV vaccination meeting hosted by Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah—the first national HPV vaccination cancer center meeting in the west. 
Meeting Overview
   · Cancer centers will share findings from their environmental scans with a focus on barriers to and facilitators of      HPV vaccination in their catchment areas/states.
   · Cancer centers will learn from one another about strategies to improve HPV vaccination in their regions.
   · A focus on HPV vaccination challenges experienced in rural communities will be highlighted.
   · All cancer centers and other partners working in population-level HPV vaccination education, training,      intervention strategies, and research are invited.
   · From June 7th starting at 12:30 pm until June 8th at 1 pm.

Due by May 1

We will keep this webpage up to date with specific agenda details as they become available.  

Registration Fee: FREE (please register by May 1)

Dinner on Thursday June 7th at the Natural History Museum of Utah: $50 (please reserve your spot by May 1)

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Salt Lake Marriott University Park at the special rate of $160.00 per night. Please book hotel room as soon as possible as the deadline for this special rate ends on May 4, 2018. To receive the group rate, mention the Group Name "Huntsman Cancer Institute" when calling for reservations at 801-581-1000. You may also book online, using this reservation page.

Contact Deanna Kepka or the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition for more details:

Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH
Assnt.t Professor, College of Nursing 
Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Office: 801.587.4565
Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition IMWHPV@hci.utah.edu


APHA Gun Violence Prevention Webinar – May 1

If you are a member of APHA, please join this webinar on the issue of effective messaging to achieve gun violence prevention. The webinar is on May 1 at 11:00 am.

We have outstanding speakers, Dr. David Hemenway from the Harvard Injury Prevention Program and Beth Joslin Roth form Safe Tennessee. Dr. Linda Degutis, former CDC Injury Control Director and APHA Past President will moderate.

Here is the link to the APHA web page with more details and a link to register.


Special Supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice Highlights the Impact of PHAB’s National Accreditation Program

As the number of nationally accredited governmental public health departments increases, so too does the evidence base related to the impact of the Public Health Accreditation Board's (PHAB) national accreditation program on public health. With nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population now served by a nationally accredited health department, the breadth of accreditation's impact is captured in a special supplement to the May/June 2018 edition of the  Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Thanks in part to funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the online edition of the special supplement is being offered with free access - in advance of the print edition -- on the Journal's website.

PHAB, the non-profit, non-governmental organization that administers the national public health accreditation program, aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation's state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health departments.

The supplement is organized into four sections, each featuring scientific articles, commentaries, and case studies that share the experiences of accredited health departments in the areas of quality improvement and performance management, partnerships, administration and management, and future directions. Unlike past special issues that focused on the background and early evolution of accreditation, the 2018 issue includes analyses of several data sources to highlight differences between accredited and non-accredited health departments. For example, an analysis of data from 2010-2016 suggests accredited local health departments have made substantial progress in incorporating quality improvement in their operations, compared to local health departments that have not yet begun the formal accreditation process. In addition, findings from a survey of employees at local health departments reveal that those working in accredited health departments experienced higher job satisfaction levels.

Visit the Journal's website to learn more about these studies, as well as articles about the Culture of Health, strategic planning, and community health assessments and improvement plans, among other topics. Support for this Journal supplement was provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed in the supplement do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation. For more information, contact Teddi Nicolaus at (703) 778-4549, ext. 118, or email  tnicolaus@phaboard.org


APHA Accreditation Webinar – June 13

Title: Everything You Need to Know About Accreditation
Date: June 13, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
Adobe Connect Webinar Link: http://ampublichealthassoc.adobeconnect.com/affiliates/
Conference line: 1-800-375-2612    Guest passcode: 273-129-3506
Join us on this webinar to receive an accreditation process overview, learn about the benefits of accreditation and hear about the research findings related to its impact. The discussion will include information about the standards and measures and how to incorporate health equity and performance.
Presenters from the Public Health Accreditation Board:

Triona Gateley, Accreditation Specialist
David Stone, Education Specialist

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

Melissa McNeily, MS, Director, Affiliate Affairs
American Public Health Association (APHA)
800 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001-3710

Office phone: 202-777-2508
Telework day: Friday


  1. Where do you currently work/go to school? 
    I currently work at the Davis County Health Department doing internal performance improvement work (e.g., maintaining accreditation, quality improvement, strategic planning, workforce development).
  2. Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?
    I stumbled across public health half way thru my undergraduate studies.  I felt like it was a good combination of different interests of mine.  I was always interested in human health but knew I didn't want to go into healthcare.  I also explored education for a while.  It seemed like a good mix of the two.  I love the diversity of public health.  There's still so much to learn and explore!
A. Dillingham
  1. What is your favorite vacation spot?
    I mostly like to explore new places when vacationing.  But the one spot I’ve been to over and over and never get sick of is the Outer Banks, NC.

  2. What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?
    I guess I go to bed around 11:00 pm and get up at 6:00 am.   Although I’m not super good with a regular sleep routine.
  1. If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing?
    Living abroad somewhere.  
  1. What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional?
    Coordinating my health department’s accreditation efforts.  It was a huge team effort that improved our department in so many ways.  The two-day site visit was intense but the feeling at the end when we all gathered in a conference room to celebrate the work we accomplished together was incredible.
  1. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    This might be cheating, but I'll say fruit salad.  I'm ready for summer and all the colorful, beautiful, and delicious fruit it brings!
  1. What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?
    I think the best thing in life is the relationships we build.  Investing my time and attention in the people I love brings me the greatest happiness in my life.
  1. What do you to do relax?
    Spending time with my family and spending time outside.  Preferably at the same time.
  1. If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?
    Joining UPHA AND getting involved is a great way to step outside of your day-to-day job to support the larger field of public health along with some pretty awesome, dedicated public health professionals. Join us!!

Student Member Spotlight: Stacy Mickelson, Utah Valley University

Stacy Mickelson grew up in Savage, Minnesota, where she spent many hours watching Rescue 911. Stacy initially chose to earn a degree in community health education, so she could learn how to reduce the number of 911 calls. 

Pursuing her degree has inspired Stacy to be an advocate for victims of childhood sexual abuse. She hopes that by promoting and educating the public about sexual health topics, she can help prevent sexual violence against children and other vulnerable populations. Stacy is currently studying at Utah Valley University and is scheduled to graduate in August.

In her free time, Stacy can be found riding her road bike, trying out new recipes, watching YouTube videos, or reading a book. Her favorite book is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

S. Mickelson
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