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March 2014 E-NEWS

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UPHA Conference is Right Around the Corner!

UPHA Award Committee Organized, Member Needed

Celebrate National Public Health Week with Street Interviews!

UPHA Call For Resolutions

Board Member Spotlight: Jenny Johnson, Communuications Committee

Student Spotlight: Miriam Cariello, BYU

Save the Dates!


upha Conference is right around the corner!

Join your colleagues and our industry’s leaders at the 2014 Public Health Conference for Utah, April 15-16 (preconference April 14) at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo.

This year's theme is “Public Health: Where You Live, Work, and Play” and features keynote presentations from nationally recognized food poisoning attorney and food safety advocate Bill MarlerFrederic E. Shaw, senior advisor for health reform at the CDC; David J. Erickson, Director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; and Charles H. Smith, regional administrator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

From stimulating continuing education opportunities to a variety of engaging professional networking and development opportunities, the 2014 Public Health Conference for Utah is your key to continued success in your field! For more information or to register, visit the conference website at www.upha.org/conference.

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upha award committee organized, member needed

Recognizing excellence in Public Health in Utah is one of the vitally important roles our Association maintains.  To continue and enhance this role, we changed our Bylaws last year to make the composition of our Awards Committee more formal and similar to our Nominations Committee.   There are now three Members of this important committee, with the longest serving member acting as Chair, the second longest member to become the Chair next year and a new member elected each year.

And the great news is, our veteran Awards Guru, Terri Sory (Salt Lake County Health Department) has agreed to be the Chair and senior member of this newly constituted Awards Committee. Laurie Baksh, Utah Department of Health, as also agreed to be on the committee for the two year position. We need one more volunteer as the third person for the first year position on the Committee.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping with this important Committee's role of recognizing excellence in Public Health in Utah, please contact our President or Director at:

George L. White, Jr., President                            Paul Wightman, Executive Director
gkwhite7@msn.com                                           director@upha.org
Cell: 801-916-7108                                             Cell: 801-828-0019

celebrate national public heatlh week with street interviews

UPHA invites you to participate in a video project to help celebrate National Public Health Week!  We’re doing man-on-the-street interviews (think Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking” interviews) to get a sense of what the average person thinks about certain public health issues. 

Here’s how to participate:

  1. First, grab your Smartphone and find a random person on the street to interview. Ask them if they’re willing to be interviewed, and if they are, get them to sign the UPHA media release form.
  2. Second, ask them one, two, or all three of these questions:
    • Who is Kathleen Sebelius?
    • In your opinion, how safe are e-cigarettes?
    • What’s the number one thing you could do to improve the health of America?
  3. Try to keep the interviews to under one minute, and remember to make the videos landscape (i.e. hold your camera sideways).
  4. Email your unedited video interviews with the media release form to Linsey Miller at lpmiller@slco.org. For every interview you email us, you are entered in a raffle to win a $50 gift card. The more interviews you send, the better chance you have of winning!  The deadline for submitting videos is Monday, March 31, 2014.

We will show a collection of interviews at the upcoming Utah Public Health Conference, and will feature them on the UPHA Facebook page. Thanks for participating!

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upha call for resolutions

Now is your opportunity to propose resolutions to be considered by the UPHA membership at our annual business meeting. If you have a resolution you would like the membership to consider, please send a draft to Darrin Sluga no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014. To view an example of a previously passed resolution, CLICK HERE.

A spokesperson for the resolution has to be a current paid member of UPHA and will be expected to present the resolution during the annual business meeting. Please contact Darrin if you have any questions at 385-468-4078.

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Board Member Spotlight: jenny johnson, Communications committee

I've worked for the Utah Department of Health for 10+ years, having been a proud member of the Chronic Disease Genomics Program, Asthma Program, and now the Violence and Injury Prevention Program. Currently, I supervise the program's unintentional team (think of programs like Safe Kids Utah, older adult falls, teen driving, traumatic brain injuries, car seats, etc.) and also serve as the program's Media Coordinator. I also serve as our program's liaison to the local health department injury prevention programs which I really enjoy. I received a Bachelor's degree in Community Health Education from Utah State University (go Aggies!!!) and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Utah. While I may have forked out a lot of money to "the school on the Hill" for my Masters degree, I am a true Aggie!!! I grew up in Cache Valley and still travel to Logan with my Aggie obsessed husband (and now brainwashed children) for every football and men's basketball game since we graduated 11 years ago. I've estimated that I've driven approximately 40,000 miles going back and forth from home to Logan for roughly 250 games. Crazy. Maybe, but what better way to relax than screaming at the top of your lungs with 20,000 of your closest friends?

I love public health. It took me a long time to figure out what I enjoyed and what I was good at, almost to the point that I thought of becoming an engineer like my Dad! Yikes! I love knowing we do important, truly live saving things. I love the field of injury and violence prevention because there are so many areas we work in and nothing is ever boring! We deal with some nasty, horrible things but all the hard work and gore is worth it knowing you've played a small part in helping someone who was suicidal get the help they need, escape an abusive situation, or helped a family heal after their child is killed in a car crash. And while I’m not “saving lives” I enjoy going to Bear Lake, riding our ATVs (I know… ironic that I’m in injury prevention), attending Aggie sporting events, taking my dog on walks, blogging, baking treats for my family, and serving in my church’s youth group.

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Student Spotlight: miriam cariello, BYU

Growing up in a multicultural, immigrant background, I was introduced to social and health inequities at a young age. At BYU, I have immersed myself in the field of public health through involvement in public teaching efforts, mentoring research, completing internships, and conducting volunteer service with various underserved populations. My exposure to multicultural needs and my work with underserved populations, has contributed to my determination to engage in lifelong service in improving health outcomes and eliminating gaps and barriers to services for the most at-risk. My life experiences in and outside the field of public health have helped me understand the broad and all-encompassing necessity for public health in every aspect of society. I find great value in public health as the science of implementing health promotion, protection, control, and prevention in large populations and communities to improve disease and injury through education, research, policy, best practice interventions, and innovation. I hope to become involved in new strategies and approaches that public health can invest in.

Currently, I am a second year MPH student at Brigham Young University conducting research on the social determinants of health as well as HIV and AIDS. I sought to expand my professional pursuits and engage in the greater research community through this past APHA fall conference. During the five days at the conference, I had several valuable experiences. I was able to listen to Sir Michael Marmot speak and listen to other national important public health figures. I expanded my knowledge and understanding of the social determinants of health and other current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues. Lastly, I benefited from networking opportunities with various public health practitioners from around the U.S. to establish relationships that can help me acquire employment after I graduate. I had a wonderful cultural experience visiting Boston as well. Overall, I was fortunate to attend APHA to further my knowledge, experiences, and career in public health. 

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Save the Dates!

Don't forget to mark your calendars, and share these events with your colleagues!

2014 UPHA Conference
April 14-16, 2014
Utah Valley Conference Center
Provo, Utah

To register or see the agenda, visit www.upha.org/conference.

Salt Lake County Health Department Student Site Visit
March 19, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Salt Lake County Government Building, Room S-2400
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

Come meet other students and network with professionals! For questions, contact the UPHA Student Caucus at studentcaucus@upha.org.

Salt Lake County Health Department Student Site Visit
March 19, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Salt Lake County Government Building, Room S-2400
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

Come meet other students and network with professionals! For questions, contact the UPHA Student Caucus at studentcaucus@upha.org.

2014 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition
November 15-19, 2014
New Orleans, LA

For more information on the conference, registration, and abstract submissions, visit www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.

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