July 2021 E-Newsletter
Let me introduce myself! My name is Rebecca Fronberg, and I am the new UPHA President for 2021-22. Many of you “met” me during our first-ever virtual conference in May. If you weren’t able to join the conference live, remember that your registration gives you access to the recordings until November, 2021.
I am looking forward to an exciting year full of changes. Our first big change coming is that we are hiring for our Executive Director! Our current ED, Paul Wightman, announced his retirement at the conference and will be leaving us mid-September. Paul has been dedicated to UPHA since 2009, serving tirelessly in his role and is ready to move on to more important roles, like celebrating his 50 year anniversary with his wife and spending more time with grandkids. If you are interested in applying for the Executive Director position, you can find out more here. The deadline to submit applications has been extended to July 16, 2021.
The second big change that is coming to UPHA is that we are receiving a grant through the Utah Department of Health that will help the Community Health Worker section begin to spread its wings and grow into the Utah Community Health Worker Association (UCA) over the next couple of years. The CHW Section will still be a part of UPHA, but CHWs will have their own association by June 2023. I am looking forward to working cooperatively with the new UPHA Board and the new Executive Director to continue to keep public health in the forefront and expand on the great work currently happening.
Robust funding for public health infrastructure is essential for combating new and emerging public health threats, yet the U.S. public health system has been chronically underfunded. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the deadly consequences of underfunding our public health system. To combat existing threats and prepare for new ones, strong and sustained funding is needed. Take the time to urge your members of Congress to support strong and sustained public health infrastructure funding in the upcoming jobs and infrastructure legislation.