November 2021 E-Newsletter
November is a month of gratitude. We are so grateful for all of our members – dedicated public health professionals and students! We know how much you give to your jobs and the community as a whole. We also want to give you the opportunity to give back to UPHA. If you shop at Smiths or Krogers you can select UPHA to be the charity you support. You can sign up here and just search for Utah Public Health Association. We will keep you posted as we add more opportunities for giving.
We have a lot to be grateful for at UPHA! We have hired two new employees. M. Fatai Pepa is our new Grants Manager for the funding UPHA received from the Office of Health Disparities for CHW work. Sara Palomino will be startgin as our Information Technology and Communications Coordinator. Both of them will be working closely with Oreta Tapolu our CHW Coordinator, who has been with UPHA for 6 years.
APHA Annual Recap by Jessica Strong, UPHA President Elect
I had the good fortune to attend the APHA annual conference in Denver Colorado this year. Being a hybrid event, there were fewer people walking around the conference center than usual. But those who were there were required to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. This year’s theme was “Strengthening Social Connectedness”. As usual, there was a vast number of sessions spanning a wide variety of topics. There were many sessions focused on health disparities, racism and its impact on health, chronic disease, COVID-19, and program implementation. There is no way to adequately summarize all the sessions I attended. So instead, I’ll share a few of my favorite take-aways. The first came from Lisa Carlson, Past President of APHA in the opening keynote. She talked about the importance of nature in our public health work. She urged us to think of trees as part of the public health team. Access to and participation in green space encourages health, yet 76% of low-income and people of color don't have access to nature. This is another subtle way racism is impacting health.