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March 2016 E-NEWS

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Highlights of the Upcoming Public Health Conference

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Utah Public Health Confernce Is Just Weeks Away!

We are just a few weeks away from the 2016 Utah Public Health Conference.  The conference is April 12-13, with pre-conferences on April 11, and will be held at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel.  This year the association celebrates its 100 year anniversary, and the planning committee has put together an exciting agenda to go along with this historic occasion.  In this issue of the UPHA E-news you’ll find a sampling of what’s in store for this year’s conference.

Registration for the conference is now open.  To register, see the draft agenda, speaker bios, list of exhibitors, and more, go to: http://www.upha.org/conference/.

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100th Anniversary Gala

The Utah Public Health Association traces its history back 100 years to 1916 when the association was first established. Over the last 100 years, public health advancements–including controlling contagious diseases, water fluoridation, immunizing children and adults, preventing infant deaths, providing good prenatal care to expectant moms, assuring safer food and drinking water have all contributed to Utah being one of the healthiest states in the nation.  

You’re invited to celebrate this important milestone in the association’s history with your fellow public health colleagues on Monday, April 11 at the Sheraton Hotel.  A reception will start at 5:30 pm and dinner begins at 6:30 with a short program to follow. 

Invitation to Gala

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Conference Keynote Speakers

This year’s conference keynote speakers include:

Dr. Georges Benjamin, UPHA Executive Director of the American Public Health Association since 2002, will speak to conference attendees about APHA goal’s to make the United States the healthiest nation in one generation.  

Mike Schlappi—Hall of Fame athlete, Gold Medalist, World Champion, businessman, husband and father, Mike Schlappi will inspire as he talks about overcoming limitations, including his own accident that put him in a wheelchair as a teenager.  His presentation is entitled, “If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out.”

Julie Hanks—Dr. Hanks is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, founder and director of Wasatch Family Therapy, and author of The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women.  She will speak on the strain often felt by helping professionals and the importance of actively practicing self-care to prevent emotional burnout.  

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Session Highlights

The conference agenda includes presentations from a wide range of topics in a variety of formats to promote learning and discussion among public health experts and participants.  Below is just a small sampling of some of the sessions you’ll find in this year’s program.  You can see the full agenda at: http://www.upha.org/conference/pages/agenda.htm

E-Cigarettes: Looking to the Past for Solutions (session #224)
Learn how we can adapt anti-tobacco strategies in use since the 1960s to be effective in the battle against increased e-cigarette use in Utah youth.

When the Prescription is the Problem:  Opioid Overdose Response in Utah (session #261.2)
Utah currently ranks fourth in the US for prescription drug overdose deaths. Learn how large media campaigns, monitoring prescriber behavior, and increased funding to high-burdened communities can help us better prepare for, respond to, and prevent overdoses.

The Great Outdoors: Our Best Healthcare System (session #362)
Hear the personal story of an Iraqi War veteran who used continued engagement in outdoor recreation as a complementary activity to his more formal mental health treatment for PTSD.   

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2016 UPHA Award Nominations-Deadline to submit is Monday, March 28, 2016

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.  Award winners will be recognized at the annual awards luncheon during the Public Health Conference.

It’s not too late to submit a nomination to the UPHA Awards Committee!  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.  The UPHA Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the following awards:

* 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.

To submit a nomination, or for more information about the specific requirements and descriptions for each award, please contact Alyssa Mitchell at 435-333-1508, or amitchell@summitcounty.org.  Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2016.


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Utah Cancer Action Network Conference
May 4, 2016
Red Lion Hotel, Salt Lake City

Presented by UCAN and Huntsman Cancer Institute, this event brings together cancer experts from across the region to discuss trends and opportunities in cancer control and prevention for the State of Utah.  For more information, or to register, go to: https://umarket.utah.edu/um2/hci-ed/>

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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