Home About Us Advocacy Events Resources Membership Contact Us

December 2017 E-NEWS

Table of Contents

Reminder: Utah Public Health Conference Call for Abstracts is Open

Become a 2018 Utah Public Health Conference Sponsor


UPHA Board Changes

APHA’s Public Health Improvement Training Scholarship Application


Board Spotligh: Linnea Fletcher, MPA, MPH, CHES*


Reminder: Utah Public Health Conference Call for Abstracts is Open

The Utah Public Health Association announced the Call for Abstracts for the 2018 Annual Public Health Conference to be held April 11-13, 2018 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek in downtown Salt Lake City. We are seeking innovative proposals for topics relating to all areas of public health.

Submission options:

·       Oral Program / Research Presentation (30 or 60 minutes): Delivered during breakout sessions at the conference, oral presentations are intended to provide attendees a synopsis of a public health program, initiative, evaluation strategies, or other relevant research.

·       Poster Session (pre-designated breakout times): Intended to provide a visual presentation of program or research findings by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams, and descriptive text.

All abstracts must be submitted online at:  www. upha.org/conference/abstracts. 

The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, January 22, 2018. 

We welcome your submissions!

Become a 2018 Utah Public Health Conference Sponsor

The Utah Public Health Conference Planning Committee is busy planning another banner conference for 2018.  Sessions will cover a wide range of pressing public health issues and will provide valuable leadership development opportunities for attendees.  Critical to the annual conference’s success is the support of our partner organizations in public health.  Not only does participating in the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor allow you to support public health workers in their professional development, it is also a great way for your organization to reach out to decision makers of health agencies from across the state. 

There are several ways to support the conference or any of its pre-conferences.  To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2018 Utah Public Health Conference, go to www.upha.org/sponsors.   Thank you for your support!  We could not do it without you!


UPHA would like to thank Cynthia Morgan, Luke Chalmers, and Teresa Roark for their service and contributions to the UPHA Board!  

  • Cynthia Morgan was a Board member and served on the Policy Unit for 2.5 years.

  • Luke Chalmers was a Board member and served on the Policy Unit for 1.5 year.

  • Teresa Roark served on the Nominations Committee for 1.5 years

Cynthia, Luke and Teresa resigned from the Board in recent months for various personal and professional obligations. All three brought unique perspectives and made significant contributions to UPHA and the Board. We thank them for their service, and wish them the very best in all future endeavors.


UPHA welcomes the following new Board members:

  • Chris Smoot - representing Wasatch County Health Department, has joined the UPHA Board, filling a Policy Unit vacancy.

  • Brittany Guerra - representing the Utah Department of Health, has joined the UPHA Board, filling a Policy Unit vacancy.
  • Linnea Fletcher - representing the Utah County Health Department, has joined UPHA, filling the Nominations Committee vacancy

UPHA also thanks Board and Policy Unit member Carol Okumura for taking over as Chair of the Policy Unit!


UPHA relies on the excellent work of our Board members and others who volunteer to serve UPHA in many capacities. We thank all noted here for their willingness to serve UPHA!

APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo

APHA is pleased to offer ways for all of us to benefit from the wealth of knowledge that was shared at the recent Annual Meeting!

APHA Live: Watch 13 premier presentations, including the Opening, Monday and Closing General Sessions. Available now, registrants have a year to watch, and rewatch, these key sessions. (Consider a Watch Party with your team. A Group Registration lets everyone earn up to 16.5 CE credits.)

RAMP: PowerPoint presentations and voice recordings are synced to provide a multisensory online presentation of scientific sessions.

APHA TV: Don’t miss these 22 video interviews of public health leaders from APHA 2017. It includes U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Richard Besser, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Don Wright, Former  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and more.

You can find all of these resources at: https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual



APHA’s Public Health Improvement Training Scholarship Application

If you are interested in participating in PHIT 2018, which is taking place in Atlanta, GA on June 26-27 considering applying for a travel scholarship. PHIT offers networking opportunities as well as interactive learning and skill-building sessions designed for different experience levels. The training   features hands-on sessions and discussion groups that renew commitment to performance excellence and inspire new insight long after the convening ends. On June 28, there will also be an additional post PHIT workshop available.


PHIT topics include quality improvement, performance management, national voluntary accreditation, health assessment and improvement planning.


·       Learn from those who have been in your shoes including practitioners, professional trainers and national partners.

·       Participate in small workshops that will offer attendees a hands-on opportunity to learn and practice the skills of performance and quality improvement.

·       Gain insight into the relationships between various public health improvement initiatives and tools, including accreditation, and state/community health improvement planning frameworks.

·       Hear and share valuable tips at this premier networking event for performance improvement professionals and those interested in public health agency, system and community health improvement.

·       Gain access to tools, templates, resources and peer contacts to support you to take action.


Eligibility: Affiliate leader (does not have to be working on accreditation projects currently) and health department staff working with an Affiliate on public health accreditation project.


Award: $1,200 to cover the expenses of a roundtrip flight, ground transportation, airport parking, two nights lodging, and registration. Please note that a per diem will not be provided. If you participate in the post PHIT workshop (June 28), you can use the scholarship to pay for an additional night of lodging and the $75.00 registration.


Please answer the following questions regarding your interest in participating in PHIT 2018.


1-     How would attending PHIT help your Affiliate support the local, state, tribal and/or territorial health departments in your state to further their accreditation readiness or achieve accreditation (answer only if you are an Affiliate leader)?


2-     How would attending PHIT help your local, state, tribal and/or territorial health department to further their accreditation readiness or achieve accreditation (answer only if you work at a health department that has received support from an Affiliate on an accreditation project)?  


3-     Was an Affiliate leader or another professional receiving accreditation readiness support in your organization already considering attending PHIT without a scholarship?


4-     Does your employer provide any time of funding for professional development that could assist with the cost of attending PHIT?


5-     If awarded the scholarship, who would attend PHIT (name, position & role in regards to performance improvement/accreditation). Why did you select this person?


6-     Which national accreditation or performance improvement/management trainings, meetings or webinars has your Affiliate or health department already attended during this project period or a previous project period?  


7-     Are you interested in submitting an abstract to present during PHIT? https://nnphi.org/relatedarticle/public-health-improvement-training-phit/                  


Please submit your scholarship applications by COB on January 5th to Melissa McNeily at melissa.mcneily@apha.org.


Board MEMBER Spotlight: Linnea Fletcher, MPA, MPH, CHES*

  1. Where do you currently work/go to school? 
    Utah County Health Department, Tobacco Prevention and Control and adjunct teacher at Utah Valley University
  1. Why did you choose to pursue public health as your profession?
    I took an intro to public health as a Sophomore in college and fell in love with individual and population based prevention.

  2. What is your favorite vacation spot?
    Anywhere out of the country
    :) Current favorite vacation spot is Ireland but Sweden is on the docket for 2018 to visit where my grandparents grew up.
  1. What time do you typically go to bed and get up in the morning?
    I go to bed between 10 and 11 and I wake up around 6.
  1. If money weren’t an issue right now, what would you be doing?
    Travelling the world
  1. What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on as a public health professional?
    I’ve worked on numerous rewarding projects. Current rewarding project has been working on our county wide Community Health Assessment. 
  1. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    My mom’s Swedish bread
  1. What is the best thing you’ve done in your life?
    Go graduate school when I did.
  1. What do you to do relax?
    Hang out with family, go to the mountains, read.
  1. If you could give only one reason why someone should join UPHA, what would it be?
    The networking with other public health professionals is extremely valuable.

» Find us on Facebook  
 » our group is LinkedIn  LinkedIn


phone: 801-539-0852 email: sales@xmission.com

Utah Public Health Association | PO Box 9387 Millcreek, Utah, 84109 | Office 3670 Highland Drive, Suite 434 | 801-849-1708 | info@upha.org | Site Map