September 2020 E-Newsletter

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September 2020 E-Newsletter

President's Message

With the summer almost behind us, now is a great time to get involved with the Utah Public Health Association (UPHA). If you are not a member yet, we invite you to join us. UPHA is an organization that supports the development of the public health workforce and as such provides opportunities for earning CHES, MCHES, CPH, and other credentialing CEU's by providing an annual conference and advocacy training. COVID-19 unfortunately effected our conference plans this year as it did so many others, however we are looking forward to continuing our conferences in upcoming years as we adapt to new circumstances. For those who are members, we encourage joining one of our excellent Professional Sections. These include: Community Health Worker, Nutrition Section, and the Student Assembly. Public Health professional are critical to a healthy community and members are the backbone of the organization. Your involvement in UPHA can make a difference. - Patty Cross, Board President

Welcome Back to School

  • Read the COVID-19 school manual here.
  • Read the State Public Health Order for masks while in school here
  • If you want to read what the Universities are saying click here.

COVID Updates and Resources

Governor Herbert continues the state of emergency in Utah on a month-to-month basis. This allows for more flexibility when dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. This allows him to re-issue executive orders, purchase emergency supplies, and utilize the National Guard. Although the State Legislature did not agree this needed to be extended they stated, had we not, it would have made Utah the only state not to extend the order. You can read it here.

Salt Lake County extends the mask mandate until the end of 2020, read about it here.

UPHA continues to stand behind our public health professionals who work tirelessly to create conditions where all Utahns can be as healthy as possible.

UPHA is committed to the health and safety of all communities and shares our concern for humanity at this time.

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.

Advocacy Updates

The Utah State Legislature met on August 20th for an emergency special session. One of the bills discussed during the session included having the qualifications adjusted for the Utah Department of Health's (UDOH) Executive Director's position. The UPHA Board submitted this letterhighlighting various concerns and considerations. The final passage of S.B.6006 included an amendment to allow UDOH to have a non-physician hold the place of Executive Director, if the organization selected a Deputy Director that was a physician with a background in public health.

  • Thank you to all UPHA members who have taken the survey about your experience working in public health at this moment. We are currently analyzing the results and if you haven't yet taken it, please take a moment to complete the survey.

Click HERE to review meeting agendas, minutes, and other planning documents for the 2020-2021 UPHA Policy Unit activities.

Find the full September 2020 E-Newsletter HERE.