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February 2016 E-NEWS

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Seeking Nominations for UPHA Elected Offices

2016 UPHA Legislative Priorities

UPHA Call for 2016 Resolutions

Utah State Cancer Plan Implementation Grants

UPHA Awards Announcement

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Seeking Nominations for UPHA Elected Offices

If you’re a great public health leader, or know someone who is, UPHA Needs YOU!  The Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) is seeking nominations for the following offices:

  • Vice-President (4 year commitment)
  • Board Member - Communication Management Unit (3 year commitment)
  • Board Member - Finance Management Unit(3 year commitment)
  • Board Member - Policy Management Unit (3 year commitment)
  • Treasurer (2 year commitment)
  • Awards Committee Member (3 year commitment)
  • Nominations Committee Member (3 year commitment)

For more information about the specific offices, please refer to the bylaws and position descriptions.  

Please send your nominations (including self-nominations!) to a member of the nominations committee listed below by 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 29, 2016.

Kathy Paras - 801-538-6242kparas@utah.gov
Amy Bate - 435-277-2302abate@tooelehealth.org 
Darrin Sluga - 385-468-4078, dsluga@slco.org
This year's Annual Conference is coming up on April 11-13, 2016 in Salt Lake City at the Sheraton Hotel. More information about the conference is available on the website at http://www.upha.org

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2016 UPHA Legislative Priorities

Utah’s 2016 Legislative Session is in full swing and UPHA has identified several pieces of legislation of interest to public health.  UPHA’s top five priority bills for this year are (in bill number order):  

  • HB157, Age Limit for Tobacco and Related Products (support)—proposes to increase the age for tobacco products to 21 years of age.
  • HB246 Reproductive Health Amendments (support)—establishes requirements for comprehensive human sexuality education. 
  • SB43 Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention in Public Schools (support)—creates a pilot program to provide instruction to 8th graders in the public school system on firearm safety and violence prevention. 
  • SB61 Smoking in Public Places Amendments (support)—removes certain smoking prohibition exceptions for an international airport passenger terminal.
  • SB73 Medical Cannabis Act (oppose)—this bill allows an individual with a qualifying illness to use cannabis.  This is the one bill UPHA is opposing because it allows for the vaporization of cannabis products, which continues to grow the e-cigarette problem in Utah.  UPHA has not taken a position on any of the other Medical Marijuana bills including HB58, SB89 and the Concurrent Resolution Supporting Cannabis Research (HCR3).
  • SB77 Medicaid Expansion Proposal (support)—a full Medicaid Expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

To learn more about any of the above bills, go to http://le.utah.gov/.

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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 Audrey Stevenson no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2016. 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 Audrey if you have any questions at 385-468-4150 or at astevenson@slco.org.

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2016-2020 Utah State Cancer Plan Implementation Grants

The Utah Cancer Control Program is seeking proposals for projects leading to a lasting and impactful change within an organization or a community that will address one of the four priority areas of the 2016-2020 Utah Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan.  The priority areas are: cancer screenings, physical activity and nutrition, skin cancer, and survivorship and quality of life.  Applications are due March 28, 2016 by 5:00 pm.  To access the grant application, or for more information go to: http://cancerutah.org/ucan/

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2016 UPHA Awards Announcement

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams.
The Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) recognizes the outstanding efforts of organizations and individuals in the community that work hard to improve the lives of communities and individuals around Utah. These organizations and individuals are true leaders of health.
The UPHA Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the following awards. If there is someone in your organization who has excelled at providing public health awareness, knowledge, or implementing a program in your community, now is the time to recognize their efforts.
* Beatty Award – The Beatty Award is the most distinguished award given by UPHA. Each year, the Beatty Award is presented to a UPHA Member who is in good standing and who has made a significant contribution to public health in Utah.
* Public Health Hero – The three categories for the Public Health Hero awards are: An individual from the community; a public health employee; and a group, organization, or project. We award these individuals/groups for this award; one from each category.
* Rising Star Award – This award is given to an individual who demonstrates leadership in the public health field. Individuals nominated for this award should be making a significant contribution to the advancement of health within a community or to the knowledge and practice in the public health field. Nominees should be new to public health, having worked in this area for no more than 3 years.
* Youth Award – This award is presented annually to a youth group that has made a significant contribution to address a serious public health problem.
For more information about the specific requirements and descriptions for each award, please see the attached documents to this email or contact Alyssa Mitchell at 435-333-1508 / amitchell@summitcounty.org
Please send your nominations to the nominations committee chair – as listed below by 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2016.
Alyssa Mitchell – amitchell@summitcounty.org




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2016 Annual Utah Worksite Wellness Council Conference
March 2-3, 2016
Utah Valley University, Orem

The keynote speaker for this two-day conference will be Dr. Rosie Ward, a leading expert in organizational and employee well-being.  Other speakers will cover topics such as Implementing Nutrition Policies, Creating a Culture of Wellness, and Behavior Change.  For more information or to register, go to: http://www.utahworksitewellness.org/

Leadership: Moving Forward Conference
March 10-11, 2016
Little American, Salt Lake City
$289 before February 26, 2016, $349 after February 26

The Leadership: Moving Forward conference has been specifically designed for the executive management and leadership of public health agencies and organizations. Topics include organizational change, succession planning, and the new public health and leadership roles within each of these focuses. Presenters will be Joyce Gaufin, Former APHA President and Kimberly Shoaf, DrPH, Associate Chief of Community Engagement, Division of Public Health, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine.  For more information and to register, go to: http://utah.publichealthcloud.com/www/lms/default.aspx

Utah Public Health Conference
April 11-13, 2016
100th Anniversary Gala will be on the evening of April 11
Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City
More information can be found at: http://upha.org/conference/

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Northern Utah Immunization Conference: Vaccines Across the Lifespan
April 21, 2016
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Timbermine Restaurant in Ogden

Keynote speaker Candice Robinson, MD, from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention will address adolescent and senior vaccines.  Other speakers will discuss immunization exemptions, 2015 measles outbreak in Utah and travel immunizations.  For more information and registration, click on www.nuic.org.

Greater Salt Lake Immunization Conference: Gathering The Team to Vaccine
April 22, 2016
7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Gathering Place at Gardener Village in West Jordan

This event will focus on local immunization issues and feature Dr. Candice Robinson, from the CDC.  Others will speak on best billing practices and coding, tips and tricks to help with insurance billing and saving money, as well as important vaccine updates.  The conference will close with Doug Weise, a Life Skills coach, who will present “Building Bridges, Not Walls.”  Cost is only $25 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and a great opportunity to network with individuals across the Salt Lake Valley.  Send questions to josh@auch.org.  To register, click on https://auch.org/training/training-and-event-calendar/auch-partner-training/gslic-immunization-conference-gathering-together-to-vaccinate.

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