February 2021 E-Newsletter
UPHA continues to stand behind our public health professionals who work tirelessly to create conditions where all Utahns can be as healthy as possible. Visit the COVID page on the UPHA website to find current information from the front lines, news articles, resources, My Story, ways to serve, and tips for staying healthy. Find current Utah COVID case counts, State of Utah vaccine information, and CDC vaccine information.
University of Utah is currently recruiting Health Care and front line workers for a Covid-19 Study, Click Here for more information.
We are gearing up to help the public familiarize themselves with the vaccination process so they too can get the COVID-19 Vaccination when it becomes available to community members. Please join with us and take a picture of yourself with your card getting your vaccine and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org These pictures will be posted on our Social Media platforms as a way to encourage others to get vaccinated themselves starting in the spring.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2021 UPHA/USPHE Advocacy Academy Webinar Series! All of the webinars were recorded and can be viewed on the YouTube page. Find out who your legislators are using this Learn about UPHA's current health policy priorities. Lastly, if you are working on a specific health policy bill or concerned about an issue, email email@example.com to inform the UPHA Advocacy unit's efforts.
What happening in the Legislative Corner
The 2021 Utah Legislative Session is almost at the halfway point. UPHA is tracking nearly 100 social determinants of health related bills. Two important bills UPHA supports include, 1). HCR 6 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing COVID-19 Efforts Sponsored by Rep. Ray Ward recognizing and thanking YOU & the all public health workers working to provide the public accurate data and information on COVID-19; and 2). H.B. 194 Diabetes Prevention Program Sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Harrison which would allow for a three year Medicaid pilot program to provide coverage of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) for Medicaid beneficiaries who meet enrollment criteria.
In an effort to help the public and elected officials understand better what public health is and why it matters, UPHA has been working on getting media attention during this legislative session. Check out the Jan. 2021 Press Release and UPHA Info Sheet and the Feb. 1 KRCL RadioACTive interview.