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March 2015 E-NEWS

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UPHA Annual Conference Keynote Speakers for 2015

National Pubilc Health Week

UPHA Call for Award Nominations

Student Abstract Spotlight - Teresa Garrett

Public Health Spotlight - U.S. Surgeon General Visits Utah

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Upha annual conference keynote speakers for 2015

Bryce Bird Air Quality Division Director Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Air Quality Panel-A history of progress made to improve air quality and some of the key upcoming issues will be discussed.

Tom Chapel, MA, MBA Chief Evaluation Officer Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Collective Impact- In this position, he works to strengthen program evaluation at CDC and expand CDC-wide evaluation capacity through standards, training, tools, and resources.

France A. Davis, MM (in Ministry), MA Pastor Calvary Baptist Church
Disparities Affect Us All! - Some people are left out of the system and not granted the medical care that they need. They rely on emergency care more often. Everyone pays!

Angela C. Dunn, MD, MPH
 Ebola Response, Sierra Leone: First-hand experience in the fight to contain Ebola -As part of the CDC's Ebola response, Angela worked with the Infection Prevention and Control team in Sierra Leone for the month of October 2014. She will present an overview of the response, integrating first-hand stories to emphasize key points.

Beverly Hyatt Neville, PhD, MSPH, RDN Health Promotion Bureau Manager Salt Lake County
The Enigma of Obesity Prevention: New Challenges and Novel Approaches - Although Obesity is a common topic in public health and community initiatives, effective prevention remains an enigma. Some approaches have even made the problem worse. This presentation summarizes recent research resulting in new insights and solutions, including nontraditional partnerships and novel ways of framing and responding to obesity issues.

Gordon Johnson, Chair, Healthy Sandy Partnership semi-retired
The Enigma of Obesity Prevention: New Challenges and Novel Approaches- Although Obesity is a common topic in public health and community initiatives, effective prevention remains an enigma. Some approaches have even made the problem worse. This presentation summarizes recent research resulting in new insights and solutions, including nontraditional partnerships and novel ways of framing and responding to obesity issues.

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national public health week 2015

From April 6-12, 2015, join APHA for National Public Health Week 2015. The theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030.” The U.S. trails other countries in life expectancy and other measures of good health, and this holds true across all ages and incomes. NPHW 2015 presents an opportunity for public health professionals and broader partnerships to address what we can do to improve health outcomes and impacts of chronic disease. This is the defining challenge of our generation—that we, the public health community, are uniquely positioned to overcome. That’s why, during NPHW 2015, the public health community is rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation—by 2030. Get involved with NPHW by signing the healthiest nation pledge, downloading the 2015 brochure and signing up for updates. And be sure to follow @NPHW on Twitter for all the latest NPHW news. 

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upha call for awards nominations

Every year in Utah, public health does wonderful things. Now is the time to recognize deserving programs and people that improve public health. The UPHA Awards Committee is seeking nominations for four awards:

  • Beatty Award
  • Public Health Hero Award
  • Rising Star in Public Health Award
  • Youth Award. 

There are descriptions of each of these awards and nomination forms at http://www.upha.org/resources.html

Nominations are due by March 27, 2015 and will be presented on April 15th at the Public Health Conference.

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student abstract highlight

Teresa Garrett, RN, Ph.D. (c)

Title: Public Health Workers & Influenza Immunization: Barriers & Facilitators

ABSTRACT: Historically, fewer that 65% of employees at the Utah Department of Health have participated in voluntary influenza immunization efforts. Little is known about the influenza immunization barriers, motivating factors, and cues to action that public health workers experience in obtaining an annual vaccination, while much has been studied about their peers in the health care setting. The purpose of this project was to understand public health workforce perceptions about influenza vaccination prior to the implementation of a compulsory policy mandating annual influenza immunization for public health workers with exposure to vulnerable populations. A 28-item emailed questionnaire, modeled after a similar survey used in North Carolina, was sent to 1025 employees of the Utah Department of Health over a two-week time period and resulted in a 75% response rate.  The majority of employees (75%) reported receiving an influenza vaccination for the 2012-2013 season. Unvaccinated employees (25%) questioned vaccine efficacy or reported experiencing negative side effects from the immunization. Most employees were reported receiving the immunization to protect themselves from getting the flu. Age, length of time in public health and working in disease control and prevention efforts significantly influenced the likelihood of obtaining an annual influenza vaccination. Efforts to improve reminders systems, convenience and leadership support could influence this group to continue receiving the immunization. Employees of a younger age, with less than 5 years of experience and working outside of disease control and prevention efforts would benefit from education from a trusted source, convenient clinic hours, more than one clinic option, and appropriate incentives.

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Public heatlh spotlight - U.S. surgeon general visits utah

The Surgeon General of the United States lent an ear to public health and community organizations on March 2nd, at a meeting held at the YMCA in Taylorsville. Dr. Vivek Murthy is travelling around the country conducting "listening sessions," opportunities for communities to express the issues affecting their health.  Dr. Murthy spent the majority of the time listening and taking notes as organizations expressed what obstacles they face and what help they need from the federal level.  

Topics ranged widely, including domestic violence, funding for local communities, active transportation, and access to health care.  One participant told a personal story about how the Affordable Care Act enabled him to live a longer life after years of not being able to afford health insurance.  He spoke about losing a leg to chronic diabetes and infection, and how he was unable to properly address his condition without the ability to pay in spite of his desire to do so.  He stated that as of that morning, he had insurance for the first time in a very long time as a result of the ACA.  Dr. Murthy discussed topics from other listening sessions, including the challenge of non immunized children making up a large proportion of certain California schools.  The impact of choices that parents make for their children is much more than individual preference, but affects the health of the entire community.  

Of the topics that were discussed, a lot of attention was placed on the need for cross sector collaboration.  Several participants mentioned that Utah has a history of working together, but faces several challenges in doing so.  Dr. Murthy inquired about the use of the National Prevention Strategy, and hoped that it is being used to encourage this level of collaboration.  This listening session with the Surgeon General provided many organizations the opportunity to express their needs and to share the challenges faced by many groups as they seek to make Utah a healthy place to live. 

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Communicating Public Health: Messages, Messengers, and Impact
Presented by Joyce Gaufin, former president of APHA
March 19, 2015
11:00 a.m.
BYU LSB 2102*

*Those unable to attend in person can join the live Twitter chat hosted by @BYUPublicHealth using #BYUPHForum.

Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting
March 26-27, 2015
Utah Valley Convention Center
220 West Center Street, Provo, Utah

2015 UPHA Annual Conference
April 13-15, 2015
Preconference April 13 - Accreditation and WIC Nutrition tracks
Davis County Convention Center

National Public Health Week
Healthiest Nation 2030
April 6- 12, 2015

UPHA-Nutrition Section Preconference
Building Families Through Nutrition
April 13, 2015
8:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.

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