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September 2015 E-NEWS

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Phact Campaign-UPHA Focuses on Climate Change and the Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Medicaid Expansion Stalls- Again

APHA Annual Meeting & Expo

Celebrating UPHA's 100th Anniversary: Milestones in Utah Public Health

Board Member Spotlight: Mary Brown, PHD, CHES

Student Spotlight: Michelle Olson

Save the Dates!



PHACT Campaign- UPHA Focuses on Climate Change and the Child Nutrition reauthorization

The American Public Health Association's Public Health ACTion (PHACT) campaign for 2015 includes four priorities:  Public Health Funding, the Prevention and Public Health Fund, Climate Change and Health, and the Child Nutrition Reauthorization.  UPHA's Policy Unit has decided to focus on the last two issues during the 2015 legislative break with the main focus being on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization. 

Members of the policy unit worked with the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah School Nutrition Association and the Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) program at the Utah Department of Health to draft talking points to use when meeting with legislators or their staff.  Marty Malheiro and Steve Hanson met with staff from Representative Mia Love's office and urged her support for the Child Nutrition Act, set to expire on September 30, 2015.  Dexter Pierce and Rebecca Fronberg have an appointment with Representative Chris Stewart's office on September 22nd.  Additional appointments with Representatives, Chaffetz and Bishop are in the process of being scheduled.  Talking points in support of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization and a useful inforgraphic  about the importance of school breakfast are available on UPHA’s website at:  http://www.upha.org/advocacy.html .  For additional information, please contact a member of the UPHA Policy Unit at policy@upha.org.

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Medicaid Expansion Stalls- Again

Soon after prominent Primary Care Network recipient and Medicaid Expansion advocate Carol Frisby passed away in mid-July, hurried but separate announcements from members of the “Gang of Six” announced that they had reached a compromise.   Initial indications were that the expansion would be funded through a medical provider tax; a proposal partially supported by the Utah Hospital Association and vehemently opposed by the Utah Medical Association.  Bringing back the Utah Food Tax has been floated as another option; opposed by advocates as a regressive tax that will damage Utah children.  In the meantime the Governor has announced that he planned to bring the legislature into special session to consider legislation but as September wanes and the lack of clarity from the group it becomes apparent that the “Gang of Six” has yet to forge a compromise that will be supported by the House.     

The Utah Public Health Association was an early and consistent supporter of the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan and stands with advocate Carol Frisby who in her deathbed urged the “Gang of Six” to finish their work, forge a compromise and pass needed legislation.

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APHA Annual Meeting & Expo

Public health’s biggest national meeting is coming up October 31-November 4 in Chicago, IL!  APHA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is attended by over 12,000 public health professionals, with over 1,000 sessions on a variety of public health topics.  The theme for this year’s meeting is Health in All Policies. 

The conference will be kicked off by a keynote address from educational leader Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. Hrabowski has transformed UMBC into a research institution recognized as one of the most innovative in the country.  He was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UMBC the nation's #1 "Up and Coming" university for six years in a row.  His work with minority students in science and engineering is a national model in addressing minority under-representation in these fields.  You can see a Ted Talk delivered by Dr. Hrabowski at http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual/schedule-and-online-program/opening-general-session.  Joining him at the opening session will be actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

To find out more about this year’s APHA Annual meeting & Expo, including the full agenda and session abstracts, go to: http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual.

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Celebrating UPHA's 100th anniversary: Milestones in Utah Public Health

The Utah Public Health Association is approaching its 100th year in 2016!  To help celebrate this momentous time in UPHA’s history we are highlighting some milestones in Utah’s public health history.  

Dr. Theodore Bruce Beatty was appointed Utah's first health officer in 1898 by Governor Heber M. Wells.  Dr. Beatty graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1883.  He was a successful practitioner of medicine and has his own private practice for many years.  Eventually he devoted more and more time to community health issues.  He served as the Health Commissioner for 36 years until 1934, and then as an advisor and member of the Board of Health until 1947.  During his 51 years of service to public health in Utah, his contributions were many in establishing public health programs to benefit the entire state of Utah.

Today the Beatty Award, named after Health Commissioner Theodore Bruce Beatty, is the highest award for achievement given by the Utah Public Health Association. Each year the Beatty Award is presented to a UPHA member who has made significant contributions to public health in Utah.

 Theodore Beatty

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Board Member spotlight: Mary Brown, Phd, ches

Dr. Mary Brown was elected to sit on the UPHA Board of Directors, Communication Unit in April 2015.  To help us get to know her better Mary answered the below questions for us:   

  1. Where do you currently work/go to school?

I am an Associate Professor in the Public & Community Health Department at Utah Valley University.

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

Health was always a hot topic in my family growing up.  My mother was a nurse and worked in the hospital taking care of patients.  My sister was an Occupational Therapist and rehabilitated patients.  I was more interested in primary and secondary prevention so I chose to be a health education specialist.

  1. What is your favorite vacation spot?

The Tetons.

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

Usually I am up by 5:30 am and go to bed around 9:30 pm.

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

I would be a personal health coach.

  1. What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional?

My favorite projects are engaged learning activities with our amazing students.  I’ve had the privilege to work closely with students on projects such as rape prevention, healthy snacks in vending machines, emerging trends in health education, examining the needs of non-traditional students, and most recently working with the Huntsman Cancer Institute Community Outreach and Prevention Education program.

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

Mexican food (I have Celiac Disease so it is almost always safe.)

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

The best thing I have done is choose a wonderful husband and have two beautiful daughters.  Family life is hard, but so worth it.

  1. What do you to do relax?

I love to work in my flower garden and I love to take photos.

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

Networking!  I’ve met some of the most amazing people through professional organizations like UPHA.

Mary Brown participating in an engaged Learning project at the Capitol Reef Field station with UVU students.

Student Spotlight: Michelle olson

Michelle is a Cache Valley native currently attending Utah State University and majoring in Public Health with an emphasis in education. She will graduate in the spring. Along with going to school, Michelle is working as a receptionist in a dental office.
Michelle has always loved the health field. After high school she gravitated toward the education side of the health field and decided to major in Public Health education. She loves opportunities to help others achieve optimum health. She is working on a health program this semester for developing better nutrition in the fraternities on USU's campus. After graduation in the spring, Michelle plans to work in the public health field, especially in planning and implementing health programs. 

When Michelle's not working or going to school, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with her husband.

Michelle Olson

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Save the Dates!

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

Save the date!
Southern Utah Grant Writing: How to Win Grants and Influence People
Dixie Applied Technology College
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 1:00-5:00 pm
More Information & Registration: https://utahnonprofits.org/events/una-calendar/eventdetail/320/-/southern-utah-grant-writing-how-win-grants-and-influence-people

UPHA’s Annual Advocacy Summit
January 14, 2016
Location & Times TBD

Public Health Professional Panel Event for Students
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:00 PM
U of U, Division of Public Health, 375 Chipeta Way, Suite A, Room 203
The UPHA Student Assembly is hosting a Public Health Professional Panel -  A panel of 6 Public Health Professionals from all fields in the community talk about their experiences in public health, how they got to where they are and offer advice as well as answer any questions students have.



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