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UPHA Members Approve Organizational Change: Professional Sections Created

New UPHA Nutrition Professional Section

Win a $50 gift card for submitting your theme branding idea

Board Member Spotlight: Stephanie Hart

Student Spotlight: Brianne Glenn, MPH, Westminster College

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upha members approve organizational change: professional sections created

During the 2014 UPHA Annual Business meeting members approved the creation of Sections within the Association.  The seven professional Sections include: Nursing, Environmental Health, Health Education & Promotion, Health Administration, Epidemiology, Nutrition & Dietetics, and the Student Assembly. 
The purpose of these Sections is to provide an organizational structure for members of similar professional interests to partner, collaborate, receive professional development opportunities, and provide a network of content experts in UPHA with technical knowledge and information helpful for professional education and advocacy efforts.

We need your help!  Each year as you renew your membership you will be asked to designate the two UPHA Section you want to join.  However, we need to begin organizing Sections during the next few months, therefore, we are asking you to choose your two Sections now.  Once we have gathered this information, you will be invited to an organizing meeting of the Sections you choose to meet others interested in the same public health issues you are and begin the process of selecting Section leadership.
A personalized email will be generated and sent to you by the Membership system with specific instructions on how to enter the Membership system, choose the two Sections you want to join and edit your Membership data.  Also, if your Membership has expired, this email will also provide instructions on paying your Membership fees.

Please look for and respond to your personalized email and help us expand your UPHA Membership with our new Sections!   Thank you for your support and we look forward to meeting with you soon.

UPHA Board of Directors
Audrey Stephenson, President

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new upha nutrition professional section

UPHAN (This is not just a new cheering section for the Utes)
We are organizing a new UPHA Nutrition section, with the potential of providing continuing education, networking, and a unified voice within public health for nutritionists and dietitians.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in nutrition: local and state WIC directors and employees, Lactation Specialists, IBCLCs, Dietitians, Nutritionists, Health Educators.

If you have any interest or questions about this new section, please contact Lisa Nokes lmorris@slco.org 385-468-4291, who is organizing the first meeting.

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win a $50 gift card for submitting your theme branding ideas

Members, please help us come up with ideas for the branding of our theme for the Utah Public Health Association Conference by submitting your ideas by October 1st, 2014 in an email to director@upha.org.  Ideas will be judged by the conference planning committee at its October 2nd meeting with the best branding idea winning a $50 gift card to Target.  Pictures speak a thousand words, however written ideas can be sent as well.  To get the creative juices flowing, see the designs for previous conferences below.

Theme is: Strengthening Communities by Promoting Health

Good luck!

2014 Logo http://www.apha.org/NR/rdonlyres/24314B9B-A65B-414F-9F0F-770267BA4859/0/APHA2014logo_stackSMnoDate.jpg


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Board Member Spotlight: stephanie hart


Where do you currently work/go to school?

I work for the Salt Lake County Health Department in the Family Health Division. I’ve worked here for almost 6 years. Previously, I worked for the Salt Lake County Jail. Talk about a change of pace.

Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?

Truthfully, I was attracted to the hours, the location and the job description. It wasn’t until I starting working for the Health Department that I fell in love with public health. I enjoy helping others and even though I don’t work directly with clients every day, I feel like I make a difference in their lives.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

I love San Diego. My parents live there. There’s nothing better than some sunshine, sand, and the ocean breeze. I love the beach and I always will. It’s my little slice of heaven.

What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?

I go to bed fairly early. I go to bed at around 10 pm and I leave the house at 6:30 am to get the carpool off to school before work. My wake up time depends on how much attention I pay to the snooze button. Lately I’ve been giving it way too much attention.  

If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing?

I’d be on the beach in California doing absolutely nothing. I know I should probably be saving the world, and maybe I’d do that later. But, I’d go on a long vacation. A really long vacation.

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That’s a hard one. I’m funny with food. I don’t love things that I can’t pronounce. And, I’m usually not a fan of trying different kinds food. I couldn’t pick just one. My favorite is Italian I think.

What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?

The best thing I’ve done in my life is become a mother. I know that not everyone has that opportunity, and I certainly appreciate that I have it. My blonde, blue-eyed beauty is such an amazing little girl and I love that I get to teach her, love her, and hang out with her. She’s my mini-me and I couldn’t be more proud. I’m very lucky.

What do you to do relax?

I relax by being creative. Creative writing or painting/drawing are one of the few activities that give my mind a break. I like to do other things, of course, but it appears that when my mind is busy being creative, it has zero room to worry or stress over anything. It’s literally amazing how that works.

If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?

UPHA is great for networking. I love working for Salt Lake County, but getting to interact with people from all over the state in public health is awesome. They put on an amazing conference every year and I love going to it. 

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Student Spotlight: Brianne Glenn, MPH, Westminster College

Efficacy of Self-Collected versus Clinician-Collected Pharyngeal Swabs for the Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in a Non-Clinic Community-Based Testing Center.

A. Brianne Glenn, MPH & John Contreras, PhD
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT


Background: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) are two of the most common reportable infectious diseases in the US and can increase the risk of HIV infection. The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy and acceptability of self-collected pharyngeal swabs to detect CT and GC and to establish the prevalence of pharyngeal infections in a non-clinic community-based testing center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Methods: A total of 201 participants were recruited from March 2013 to August 2013 from the Utah AIDS Foundation HIV/STI testing center. Both a clinician-collected and self-collected pharyngeal swab was obtained from each participant. Kappa statistic was used to determine percent agreement between clinician-collected and self-collected swabs. Acceptability was analyzed from responses to a six-question Likert-scale survey using an ordinal logistic regression model.

Results: Prevalence of pharyngeal CT and GC infection was 3.5% (7/201) and 3.0% (6/201), respectively. Percent agreement between clinician-collected and self-collected swabs was 99.5% for CT with a kappa 0.92 (95% CI: 0.77-1.0) and 99.5% for GC with a kappa of 0.91 (95% CI: 0.72-1.0). Acceptability was high among all participants.

Conclusion: Self-collected pharyngeal swabs are acceptable among men and women and have a high efficacy of CT and GC detection in non-clinic settings. Self-collection methods provide increased access to testing in non-traditional settings such as: community organizations; internet, phone, and mail-order testing; and over-the-counter testing. Routine testing is recommended for all sexually active individuals, including “low-risk” sexually-active individuals who report fellatio as their sole risk factor.

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Save the Dates!

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

UPHA Student Assembly "Night of Networking" Event
Tuesday October 7, 2014 at
6:00 pm.

Dinner will be provided for students and professionals that RSVP to attend. If you would like to participate in this event, please email Coni Westmoreland at constancewestmoreland@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you on the seventh!

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.

2015 UPHA Annual Conference
April 13-15, 2015
Location TBA

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