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August 2017 E-NEWS

Table of Contents

PH Highlight: Summer Safety


2017 Conference Summary


New Board Members


Setbacks in LGBTQIA Equality


CHW Update: Exciting News!


Annual Report: 2016 Fnancial Review Report


Board Spotlight: Shaheen Hossain, PhD


Student Spotlight: Sheila Mota


PH Highlight: Summer Safety

Summer is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but it is also a time when they are most at-risk for serious injuries. And, with injuries being the leading cause of death for children aged one-18 in Utah, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and Safe Kids Utah encourage parents and caregivers to heed safety warnings when it comes to water, motor vehicles, helmets, and heat.

“The summer is a great time to get outside and connect with family and friends, swimming or riding bikes around the neighborhood. But with all of these activities come safety risks we may not always think about,” said Cambree Applegate, Safe Kids Utah director with the UDOH.

Water Safety
Nationally, two-thirds of drowning deaths occur between May and August. Parents have misconceptions about how drownings happen and what they look like. Safety tips include:

·       Use the Water Watcher strategy. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, designate an adult as the “Water Watcher” for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision and give parents a chance to read, make phone calls, or take a bathroom break.

·       Learn CPR. Learning infant and child CPR can give you tremendous peace of mind if something were to happen.

·       Teach children about swimming safety. Enroll children in swimming lessons when you feel they are ready.

·       Teach children to be extra careful around pool drains and suction outlets, which can cause them to get stuck underwater. Even proficient swimmers should never swim alone.

·       Wear a life jacket. Children and adults should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket while on boats, around open bodies of water, or when participating in water sports. Make sure the life jacket fits snugly.

Motor Vehicle Safety
Known as the “100 Deadliest Days,” summer months are no time to relax while driving, especially for teen drivers. Safety tips include:

·       Wear a seat belt every time you ride in a vehicle. Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device to prevent injury and death in a crash.

·       Correctly use child safety restraints. Children should ride secured in an approved, age appropriate child safety seat until the seat belt fits properly (at least until the age of 8).

·       Remember to “Spot the Tot.” To prevent backing over a child in a driveway, walk around your vehicle to make sure the area is clear. Roll down windows to hear children and adjust your seat and mirrors to reduce blind spots.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, a properly-fitted helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 45 percent; yet fewer than half of children aged 14 and younger usually wear one. Safety tips include:

·       Wear an appropriate helmet when you’re on wheels, no matter how fast you’re going. This includes while riding bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and ATVs/OHVs. While there is no concussion-proof helmet, a helmet can protect your child from a serious brain or head injury.

Heat Safety
On average, 38 children die each year in the U.S. from heatstroke after being trapped inside a motor vehicle. A child’s body heats up 3-5 times faster than an adult’s body. Safety tips include:

·       Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. It can be tempting to leave a child alone in a vehicle for a few minutes, but it can cause serious injury or even death in a matter of minutes. If you see a child alone in a vehicle, call 911 immediately.

·       “Look before you lock.” Leave a reminder on the back seat, such as a purse, employee ID or cellphone, so that you have to open the door to get that item when you arrive at your destination. Or, keep a large stuffed animal on the front seat as a visual reminder that a child is in the back.

·       Drink water during sports. Have children drink plenty of water before, during, and after play to avoid dehydration.


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2017 Conference Summary

UPHA would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all those that participated in, and supported, the 2017 Utah Public Health Conference.  So many dedicated individuals contributed to the success of this year’s conference—sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, participants, the UPHA awards committee, and of course conference planning committee members. 

This year’s conference was held in beautiful Park City, Utah.  It kicked off with a thought-provoking address from Dr. Camara Jones about the effects of racism on health.  At lunch James Lawrence (aka the Iron Cowboy) shared his experience competing in 50 triathlons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days in a presentation entitled Redefining Possible.  On the second day of the conference a panel of experts—David Sundwall, Matt Slonaker, Lloyd Berentzen and moderated by Len Novilla—explored the potential changes in public health with the new Trump administration.  The conference ended with a plenary presentation by Stacy Bare.  Stacy is a veteran that has struggled with PTSD, addictions, and a traumatic brain injury.  Stacy’s life changed when he found a passion for being in the outdoors and now partners with a research lab at UC-Berkeley to measure how being outside impacts physical and mental health.  Additionally, almost 50 breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics were held over the course of the conference. 



A highlight of the conference is always the annual awards luncheon where the outstanding work of our colleagues and partners in public health are recognized.  Please join UPHA in congratulating the 2017 award & scholarship recipients:

·       Meghan Arnold Emerging Public Health Scholarship: Sterling Johnson 

·       Public Health Scholarship University of Utah: Rachel Taylor Forrest  

·       Public Health Scholarship Westminster: Carol Okumura

·       UPHA Public Health Hero (Outstanding Community Individual): Representative Steve Eliason

·       UPHA Public Health Hero (Outstanding Public Health Employee): Rachelle Boulton

·       UPHA Public Health Hero (Outstanding Public Health Project): Web-Enabled Systematic Tracking Tool

·       UPHA Youth Award: Outrage Utah County

·       UPHA Rising Star: Brianne Glenn

·       UPHA President’s Award: Dan Kinnersley, Tania Tetz

·       UPHA Director's Award: Utah Association of Local Health Departments

·       Theodore Beatty Award: Dr. Dagmar Vitek

Planning for the 2018 Utah Public Health Conference has already begun!  We hope to see you there!


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New Board Members

During the annual conference held on March 28-29th, the association’s members elected new officer, board members and committee members. The association rolled out an on-line process using Qualtrics software to conduct elections this year. The system assured confidentiality, members had the opportunity to vote early, and it provided the ability for all members to vote even if they were not able to attend the annual conference.

We are excited to announce the 2017 results. These individuals are highly experienced and skilled public health professionals who will contribute greatly to UPHA’s work.

Vice President

Sharon Talboys

Westminster College, Public Health Program


Policy Management Unit

Carol Okumura

                  SelectHealth, Medicaid Program Coordinator


Communications Management Unit

Jodi Baker

Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology


Fiscal Management Unit

Shaheen Hossain

                  Utah Department of Health, Division of Family Health and Preparedness


Nominations Committee Member

Hilary Makris, Tooele County Health Department

  Thank you to all of the candidates who were on the ballot. Your dedication to the UPHA, and willingness to step up and serve is appreciated. We look forward to a great year as these newly elected professionals transition in their new roles.


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Setbacks in LGBTQIA Equality

 July 2017 has seen setbacks in the advancement and protection of LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Ally) rights. At the time of writing: the Texas State Senate has approved their version of a state “Bathroom Bill”1; the Trump Administration has banned Trans individuals from serving in the U.S. Military in “…any capacity”2; and the Census Bureau has decided to not include questions on sexual orientation and gender identity on the 2020 census3.

Institutional prejudice and social exclusion has a detrimental effect on health. As Dr. Camara Jones said in our 2017 UPHA conference, it is only by promoting equality, inclusion, justice that equity can be achieved in disparate populations, and the larger community can reach their potential for health and prosperity.

To learn more about these issues and how you can be involved, please visit the Human Rights Campaign website (www.hrc.org)

1. Pollack, C. (2017, July 26). The Brief: The “bathroom bill” is on its way to the Texas House. Retrieved from https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/26/brief-july-26/

2. Davis, J.H. and Sullivan, E. (2017, July 26). Trump says that transgender people will not be allowed in the military. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/26/us/politics/trump-transgender-military.html

3. Wang, H.L. (2017, July 18). Census Bureau found no need for LGBT data despite 4 agencies requesting it. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2017/07/18/536484467/census-bureau-found-no-need-for-lgbt-data-despite-4-agencies-requesting-it


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CHW Update: Exciting News!

  • Community Health Workers Week will be declared by Mayor McAdams the week of April 9-15! The CHW Section leadership will announce the date that this declaration will take place as soon as the date is decided upon.

  • CHW Annual Meeting Dinner will be held on September 29th at the Doty Education Center Auditoriums! It will be a night to celebrate the success of CHWs in Utah past, present and future!

  • CHW Elections for 2018 will be held at our Annual Meeting Dinner. If you or someone you know is interested in a Leadership Position on the CHW section please look out for our nomination call on Facebook or via email. For more information email otupola@upha.org.

  • MEMBERSHIP! Become a member of the Community Health Worker Section and be a part of a membership that promotes health and wellness through building trusted relationships with individuals and families in Utah! Cost $10 annual membership fee.

  • CHW Certification is in progress. The Utah State CHW Coalition Workforce Development Workgroup Curriculum Writing Team and Review team have completed their review and will be presenting it to the Advisory Board on Wed June 28 2017. If approved the Workforce Development Workgroup will continue to work on delivery method and other details.

If you are interested in donating to the CHW Section or our Annual meeting please contact Oreta M. Tupola at otupola@upha.org

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Annual Report: 2016 financial review Report

May 10, 2017

To: Members of the UPHA Executive Committee UPHA Board of Directors and members of UPHA.

  Subject: Financial Audit Report

We have examined the financial records of the Utah Public Health Association for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 as required by the UPHA bylaws. The audit was done in accordance with written procedures which were reviewed and approved by the Executive and Finance Committees. The audit procedures include the verification of reported assets, liabilities, and fund balances, as well as the examination of supporting documents for cash receipts and disbursements.

The Financial Statements accompanying this report provides an accurate presentation of the financial position and activities for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015. The audit found no reportable irregularities or unauthorized transactions. A separate letter to the Executive and Finance committees will address minor problems and suggestions for improving financial controls.

Davd E. Rabiger
Chair, Audit Committee


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Board Spotlight: Shaheen Hossain, PhD

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

I work for Utah Department of Health (UDOH) as a Manager of the Data Resources Program (DRP) within the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau.

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

After I graduated from University of Utah, I worked for the Department of Human Services and gained invaluable experience.  Actually, my doctorate degree is not in Public Health but in Sociology, particularly in Medical Sociology, which is sometimes referred to as Health Sociology – looking at causes and consequences of health & illness.  So, when I got this job with UDOH in September 1999, as the DRP manager & MCH epidemiologist, I was (and still am) so thrilled to use my knowledge and skills and to work on a variety of research projects with talented colleagues.  I think I found my niche.

  1. What is your favorite vacation spot?

Cancun.  No, it’s Cabo San Lucas.  But wait, I love Hawaii.  Well, any beach with white sand and clear water will do!

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

I am not a morning person.  I have tried going to bed early but not much success there.  So, typically it’s around midnight when I finally manage to go to bed.  Alarm goes off at 6:30 am (and I admit, I do hit the snooze button …often)!

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

Hmm.  I would be travelling all around the world to see wonders and visiting friends/families and setting up free art studios for children with huge library and cafeteria.  I would have millions and millions of dollars to spend, right?  I guess, there’s no harm in dreaming.

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

That’s a very difficult question!  We have completed so many collaborative research projects within last 17 years. All are unique and satisfying.  If I have to choose, I would probably mention two projects that were memorable and rewarding: 1) “Homebirth trends in Utah” study conducted in 2005-06 (and replicated in 2017).  I was interested in this topic because I came from Bangladesh, where the majority of deliveries took place at home.  I am very grateful to my colleagues for their collaboration and 2) With my awesome staff, we have developed a web application to streamline the block grant submission process.  We received the 2017 Public Health Hero Project Award from UPHA.  

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

Oh, that’s easy … chocolates!

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

Convincing my parents why I should get married to my boyfriend at that time.  My marriage was not an arranged marriage, which was the prevailing norm.  I had to do hunger strike for few days. Manipulative?  Oh yes, but it worked!  Once my parents met Iqbal, they also fell in love with him.  He is my biggest achievement.  Iqbal encouraged me to finish school and to get a doctorate degree, which is very uncommon for married women in Bangladesh.  We both were students for a long time and graduated from U of U.  We have raised two beautiful & amazing kids (son and daughter), and spent an incredibly happy 35 years together.  Unfortunately, I lost him last November, 2016 to pulmonary hypertension.  I will always be crazy about him.

  1. What do you to do relax?

I do different things.  Reading, baking, and watching Bollywood Hindi movies with my family.  Lately, I am into acrylic abstract painting.  I don’t have any background in art or what type of brush to get or even how to hold a brush.  But, it’s very therapeutic and relaxing …clears my mind.

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

    Networking, advocacy, and wisdom.  UPHA provides a great opportunity to become aware of system and emerging issues and to partner with top-notch public health professionals to make a difference in the field.


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Student Spotlight: Sheila Mota

Photo2 Like her necklace that represents the silver mines of Zacatecas, Sheila hopes to shine as she brings hope to her community by working to address the social determinants of health. She earned her Bachelor’s in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah and is currently working toward her Master’s degrees in Public Health and Healthcare Administration. Her goal is to work toward health care and primary care transformation and reduction of health disparities among immigrant and refugee populations. Sheila is the current president of the Utah Public Health Student Ambassadors at the University of Utah and looks forward to applying for a doctoral program in the next few years.


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