UPHA stands with APHA's Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD - "Wednesday’s [January 6, 2021] egregious act of violence against our government and assault on American democracy at the U.S. Capitol was horrifying to watch and underscores the great divide that exists in this nation. And just yesterday, our country experienced the deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic, surging past 4,000 deaths for the first time.... We have a lot of work to do to rebuild confidence in our collective actions. We now need to begin restoring trust and achieving justice in the middle of a pandemic... We cannot allow hate to divide us at the very time we need everyone’s help in ending these dual public health crises — violence and the pandemic." Read the full statement HERE. Read the UPHA Press Release in support of HJR 13 - Joint Resolution Declaring Racism a Moral and Public Health Crisis.
IN THE NEWS:
UPHA speaks in opposition to HB294: Pandemic Emergency Powers Amendment Deseret News (3/01/21)
UPHA expresses some concerns with merging the Department of Health and Department of Human Services Deseret News (2/28/21)
Utah’s Public Health Association believes racism should be treated like a public health crisis KUER AM News Brief (2/23/21)
UPHA Calls upon the Public to Adhere to Health Order Issued by Governor Herbert - Find the full statement HERE.
During this unprecedented threat to the public’s health, the Utah Public Health Association stands behind Utah’s public health workers who work continuously to create conditions where all Utahans 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. We lean on our guiding principles to support our community. We reaffirm, especially during this great public health crisis, our commitment to:
- Advocating for sound public health policy
- Ensuring a healthy and safe environment by supporting people to “stay safe and stay home”
- Informing and engaging the community about public health issues and disseminating accurate information to diverse communities
- Supporting the public health workforce who is working tirelessly to mitigate COVID-19
- Championing health equity and social justice so that the greatest burden of COVID-19 does not fall on our most vulnerable citizens, and
- Promoting access to health care – because no one deserves to suffer without care, or care that is much too costly
The Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) is a leader in promoting public health, advocating for sound public health policy, and providing professional development opportunities for the public health community. Our 200+ members include public health professionals, health educators, doctors, nurses, community leaders, students, and citizens committed to improving the health of Utahns.
If you are not yet a member of UPHA, we encourage you to join and get involved. There are many opportunities available to anyone with an interest in promoting and protecting public health. You can add your voice to advocacy initiatives about pressing public health issues, attend or even help to plan one of our professional development events, apply for a community grant, join a Section or Special Interest Group to focus on a specific public health issue, sit on a committee, volunteer as an intern, and much more! Explore the website to find out more about what we do and how you can be a part of our public health community.
Who We Are?
UPHA is a leader in public health advocacy, improving public health practice, and providing professional development opportunities for members and the public health community. Founded in 1916, UPHA is the largest public health organization in Utah and is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association. Our members include professionals from a variety of sectors all committed to improving the health of Utahns.
OUR VISIONUPHA strives to:
- Advocate sound public health policy
- Ensure a healthy and safe environment
- Promote community and population health
- Inform and engage the community about public health issues
- Support and develop the public health workforce
- Champion health equity and social justice
- Promote access to health care
COVID-19 Information 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 […]
President’s Message 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 email@example.com These pictures will be […]
President’s Message Happy Holidays UPHA members! Even with the persistent COVID-19 pandemic I find there is much to be grateful for during this time of year. Never before have I seen such a unity of purpose within the public health disciplines as we all work together to educate, trace, and cooperate to mediate the spread of […]