2018 UPHA Conference

Sessions

  • 12 April
  • 13 April

MAIN CONFERENCE - DAY ONE

07:30 AM 05:30 PM

Exhibitor Set Up

07:30 AM 10:00 AM

Poster Set Up

07:30 AM 09:45 AM

Registration

07:30 AM 05:30 PM

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

Welcome and Announcements

09:00 AM 09:15 AM

Keynote Introduction

09:15 AM 09:20 AM

Keynote Speaker: Unleashing the Power of Prevention

09:20 AM 10:15 AM

EXHIBIT & POSTER BREAK

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

CONCURRENT SESSION 1

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Health services in Utah Public Schools – it may not be what you think!

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

EH Elizabeth Hinkson

Look, Ma! No Hands! Enhancing Communicable Disease Surveillance through Electronic Data Collection

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

RB Rachelle Boulton

Data Storytelling for Public Health

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Learning How to Partner with Cooperative Extension

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Jaqueline Neid-Avila

Preventing suicides in Utah: Why language matters

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

JJ Jenny Johnson

[1] Disability and Health in Utah

10:45 AM 11:15 AM

Stephanie George

[2] Utah 2018 Primary Care Needs Assessment: Disparities and How to Address Them

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Holli Childs

Get More Out of Your Social Media Strategy and Analytics

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Katie McMinn

Talking the Walk

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Brett McIff

LUNCH & SPEAKER

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM 12:30 PM

Welcome and Announcements

12:00 PM 12:05 PM

Speaker Introduction

12:05 PM 12:10 PM

Keynote Speaker: The Outward Mindset

12:10 PM 01:00 PM

Mitch Warner

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

[1] Here is a candy bar

01:15 PM 01:45 PM

SB Steven Beach

[2] Using Survey Monkey for gastrointestinal cluster investigations

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Michelle Vowles

[2] The Role of the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Parent Consultants: A Day in the Life

01:15 PM 01:45 PM

SM Stephanie McVicar

[2] Are We Doing Routine Developmental Screening for Infants and Children? A Study of Utah Pediatric Health Care Professionals

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Shaheen Hossain

[1] Mindfulness training to reduce PTSD among firefighters in Salt Lake City, Utah

01:15 PM 01:45 PM

Katie Vogt

[2] ***CANCELLED***Mental Health Challenges in Ghana: A Global Challenge

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Eric Wormenor

Diabetes Education: Supporting Providers & Empowering Patients

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Brittany Ly

Student and Public Health Professionals Networking Event

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

JN Jeanette Nelson

Mobile Bike Tour

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Tom Millar

Leveraging Outward Mindset to Lead at a Higher Level

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Mitch Warner

[1] Hip Hip Hooray, Lessons Learned from Hep A

01:15 PM 01:45 PM

Aislynn Tolman-Hill

[2] Streamlining data collection The Utah Tobacco Compliance Tool

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

Jacob Isaacson

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Using the H1N1 pandemic experience to improve preparedness and outcomes from influenza epidemics

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

SS Sue Sundar

[1} Utah’s Hepatitis A Virus Outbreak Response

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

Jeffrey Eason

[2] Syringe Exchange: Planning, Implementation, and Practice

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Mindy Vincent

One Size Does Not Fit All: Exploring Holistic Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Elizabeth Gerke

Seen but Not Heard: A Patient's Perspective

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Ashley Weitz

Community Health Workers and Clinic Quality Improvement Support to Improve Asthma Care

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Brittany Guerra

Hypertension Management Is a Team Sport, Evidence-Based Care Meets Quality Improvement at CHC Inc.

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Sarah Woolsey

[1] Move Utah Program: Expanding Physical Activity Access through Active Transportation (AT) Infrastructure for all Utahns

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

[2] Got CHES? Secrets to Mastering the CHES Exam

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Outward Mindset in Building Coalitions and Communities

02:30 PM 03:30 PM

Mitch Warner

EXHIBIT & POSTER BREAK

03:30 PM 04:00 PM

GENERAL SESSION & KEYNOTE

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Announcements

04:00 PM 04:05 PM

Keynote Introduction

04:05 PM 04:10 PM

Keynote Speaker: An Exploration of Stress Through the Lens of Mindfulness

04:10 PM 05:00 PM

Vicki Kennedy Overfelt

ADJOURN

05:00 PM 05:30 PM

MAIN CONFERENCE - DAY TWO

07:30 AM 05:00 PM

Exhibitor Set Up

07:30 AM 10:30 AM

Poster Set Up

07:30 AM 10:30 AM

UPHA BUSINESS MEETING

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

Business Meeting Registration

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

UPHA Annual Business Meeting

07:30 AM 09:00 AM

MAIN CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

09:00 AM 03:00 PM

GENERAL SESSION

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Welcome and Announcements

09:30 AM 09:35 AM

Keynote Panel Introductions

09:35 AM 09:40 AM

Keynote Panel: Hope in Utah’s Opioid Crisis: Strategies for Treatment and Recovery

09:40 AM 10:30 AM

JC Jeremy Christensen

KD Karen Dolan

PH Patricia Henrie-Barrus

MM Mary Jo McMillen

Opioid Panel

KR Kristen Reisig

EXHIBIT & POSTER BREAK

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 4

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Utah’s Growing Epidemic

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

KN Kate Nederostek

[1] Vaccination status of outbreak-related varicella cases in schools, Utah, 2011-2016

11:00 AM 11:30 PM

Carson Telford

[2] Invasive Group A Streptococcus Outbreak in People Experiencing Homelessness and Injection Drug Users-Salt Lake County, Utah

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Andrea George

[1] It Takes a Village: Giving Our Babies the Best Chance

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Brittney Okada

[2] Teen Success: Improving the Lives of Teen Mothers in Utah

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Stephanie Croasdell-Stokes

Talk Data to Me: Data Literacy for Non-Data Scientists

11:00 AM 11:30 PM

Mindfulness: Addressing Multiple Problems with a Single Solution

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Importance of Delayed School Start Times for Teen Health and School Performance

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Krishna Sundar

Kevin Walker

[1] Seven Community Conversations about Violence

11:00 AM 11:30 PM

Deanna Ferrell

[2] Connecting the Dots: The Relationship between Sexual Violence, Sexual Risk Taking Behaviors, and Unplanned Pregnancy

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Ellen Seely

Walk in Someone Else's Shoes: Encourage Health through Walkable Communities

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Sarah Kinnison

PUBLIC HEALTH AWARDS LUNCH

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM 01:30 PM

Awards Presentation

12:30 PM 01:30 PM

EXHIBIT & POSTER BREAK

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 5

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

[1] A look into the relationship between media use and influence, body image and sexual orientation among men

02:00 PM 02:30 PM

EK Ethan Kartchner

[2] ‘Black Men Matter!’: Understanding the Biopsychosocial Effects of Educated Black Men Living in Predominately White Communities

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Glory Stanton

Utahns Are Not as Healthy as They Think They Are: How Understanding What Utahns Think, Know, and Feel About Their Health Can Benefit Health Promotion

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

SH Sarah Hodson

Improving Women's Lives Through Contraceptive Access: Incorporating Lessons From the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative Into Your Community

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Kyl Myers

Developing Effective Collaborations Between Community Organizations and Government Agencies or Researchers

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

EN Eruera Napia

How to Be There for Children When it Really Counts

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

[1] Maximize Funding by Utilizing Collaboration, Data, and Targeted Intervention

02:00 PM 02:30 PM

Kami Peterson

[2] Epidemiologic outbreak investigation of counterfeit cannabidiol

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

RH Roberta Horth

The Art and Science of Policy Change

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

TG Teresa Garrett

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

03:15 PM 04:15 PM

Announcements

03:15 PM 03:20 PM

Keynote Introduction

03:20 PM 03:25 PM

Keynote Speaker: Nyctophila - It’s not just for Vampires and Astronomers anymore

03:25 PM 04:15 PM

Kevin Poe

CONFERENCE WRAP-UP AND CLOSING REMARKS

04:15 PM 04:30 PM

ADJOURN - See you in 2019!

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Posters

  • 12 April
  • 13 April

Electronic Cigarettes in Utah: Understanding what leads Weber County to rank the highest among users in the state - a comparison study

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

JB James Bemel

Healthcare Encounters of Formerly Homeless Individuals Supported by the Housing First Program

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Hailey  McLean

Perceived Barriers and Issues of Access to Community Gardens in Salt Lake City: A mixed-methods analysis

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Zoey Gray

Insurance Coverage by Industry

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Erica Bennion

Are Pregnant Women Calling MotherToBaby Utah Receiving Dental Care? A pilot survey

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

LM Lynn Martinez

Asthma Home Visiting Program Expansion Project (Mini Grant Awardee)

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Tiffany Brinton

Role of Cleaning Supplies in the Asthma Home Visit Program

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Andrea Jensen

Utah Refugee Perceptions of Pain and Access to Medication Across Geographic Transitions

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Marci Harris

Drug Trends: First there was white, then there was pink, now there is grey. How changing drug trends are affecting youth.

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Lauren  Anderson

Breast Cancer Among NHPI Women in Salt Lake City

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Makenzie Lock

The Utah Health Policy Tracking System (HPTS) Increases Capacity for Policy Systems and Environmental (PSE) Change Interventions in Utah

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Kendra Babitz

Prevalence of Children with Special Health Care Needs in Utah (2016) and Availability of Medical, Behavioral Health, and Specialty Services by Local Health District

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Eric Christensen

Legalizing Medical Marijuana through the Utah Medical Cannabis Act: A health impact assessment

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Chelsi Alexander

Developing Anticipatory Guidance to Facilitate Optimal Care Transition Outcomes for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Megan McDowell

H.E.A.R.T: an innovative program shaping social norms and promoting healthy relationships for youth and young adults

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

JP Jennifer  Ponce

Physician Mandated Use of Utah Controlled Substance Database Health Impact Assessment

10:15 AM 10:45 AM

Marco Verdeja

Electronic Cigarettes in Utah: Understanding what leads Weber County to rank the highest among users in the state - a comparison study

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

JB James Bemel

Healthcare Encounters of Formerly Homeless Individuals Supported by the Housing First Program

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Hailey  McLean

Perceived Barriers and Issues of Access to Community Gardens in Salt Lake City: A mixed-methods analysis

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Zoey Gray

Insurance Coverage by Industry

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Erica Bennion

Are Pregnant Women Calling MotherToBaby Utah Receiving Dental Care? A pilot survey

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

LM Lynn Martinez

Asthma Home Visiting Program Expansion Project (Mini Grant Awardee)

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Tiffany Brinton

Role of Cleaning Supplies in the Asthma Home Visit Program

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Andrea Jensen

Utah Refugee Perceptions of Pain and Access to Medication Across Geographic Transitions

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Marci Harris

Drug Trends: First there was white, then there was pink, now there is grey. How changing drug trends are affecting youth.

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Lauren  Anderson

Breast Cancer Among NHPI Women in Salt Lake City

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Makenzie Lock

The Utah Health Policy Tracking System (HPTS) Increases Capacity for Policy Systems and Environmental (PSE) Change Interventions in Utah

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Kendra Babitz

Prevalence of Children with Special Health Care Needs in Utah (2016) and Availability of Medical, Behavioral Health, and Specialty Services by Local Health District

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Eric Christensen

Legalizing Medical Marijuana through the Utah Medical Cannabis Act: A health impact assessment

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Chelsi Alexander

Developing Anticipatory Guidance to Facilitate Optimal Care Transition Outcomes for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Megan McDowell

H.E.A.R.T: an innovative program shaping social norms and promoting healthy relationships for youth and young adults

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

JP Jennifer  Ponce

Physician Mandated Use of Utah Controlled Substance Database Health Impact Assessment

03:15 PM 03:45 PM

Marco Verdeja

NIH All of Us Research Program & Public Access to Quality Health Information

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

John Bramble

Coal Mines and Air Pollution in China

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Mariah Moody

The Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) Program to Increase Awareness About Preconception Health Among College Age Population at Westminster College in Utah

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

May Samkari

Lactation Accommodations at the SLC International Airport: An advocacy project

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Mikelle  Lloyd

Health Knowledge of Students Prior to 7th Grade Health

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Merilee Larsen

Insect Precautions in Utah Travelers

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Holly Shoemaker

Overview of Breastfeeding Among State of Utah Employees

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Tania Tetz

Where We Live, Work & Play- Environmental Public Health in Utah

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Nikki Campbell

Huntsman Cancer Institute's Commitment to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities in the Mountain West

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

AR Anna  Reineke

Evaluating the Substance Use Treatment Episode Data Set as a Predictor of Homelessness

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

TH Taylor Hoj

Identifying Facilitators and Barriers to Pregnancy Intention Screening among Community Health Workers

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Rachael Hemmert

Health Impact Assessment: The proposed elimination of the Utah state food tax

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

TH Taylor Hoj

2017 Cancer Conference for the Hispanic/Latino Community of Utah: “Salud para mi, es salud para mi familia”

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

MB Maria Borrero

E-bikes and Traditional Bikes: A pilot study comparison of the health benefits, attitudes, and perceptions

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

TH Taylor Hoj

Perceived Barriers to Advanced Care Planning in a Hospital Setting

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Camille Collett

NIH All of Us Research Program & Public Access to Quality Health Information

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

John Bramble

Coal Mines and Air Pollution in China

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Mariah Moody

The Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) Program to Increase Awareness About Preconception Health Among College Age Population at Westminster College in Utah

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

May Samkari

Lactation Accommodations at the SLC International Airport: An advocacy project

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Health Knowledge of Students Prior to 7th Grade Health

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Merilee Larsen

Insect Precautions in Utah Travelers

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Holly Shoemaker

Overview of Breastfeeding Among State of Utah Employees

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Tania Tetz

Where We Live, Work & Play- Environmental Public Health in Utah

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Nikki Campbell

Huntsman Cancer Institute's Commitment to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities in the Mountain West

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Evaluating the Substance Use Treatment Episode Data Set as a Predictor of Homelessness

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Identifying Facilitators and Barriers to Pregnancy Intention Screening among Community Health Workers

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Rachael Hemmert

Health Impact Assessment: The proposed elimination of the Utah state food tax

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

2017 Cancer Conference for the Hispanic/Latino Community of Utah: “Salud para mi, es salud para mi familia”

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

MB Maria Borrero

E-bikes and Traditional Bikes: A pilot study comparison of the health benefits, attitudes, and perceptions

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Perceived Barriers to Advanced Care Planning in a Hospital Setting

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Camille Collett

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Speakers

Chelsi Alexander

Registered Nurse, Graduate Student
I received a nursing degree from Weber State University and practiced in long-term care and in the acute surgery/transplant hospital setting. I am currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health from Brigham Young University in order to be able to play a role in public health, program planning, the formation of health policies, and health advocacy.

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12 April

Lauren Anderson

Community Health Educator
Weber Human Services
Lauren Anderson has Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from Utah Valley University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, is certified in Harm Reduction and Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST), has completed suicide prevention programs including QPR, SafeTALK, ASIST, and Mental Health First Aid, and recently graduated from the National Coalition Academy through the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. She currently works at Weber Human Services as a Community Health Educator in substance abuse prevention and mental health. She is currently doing an internship with the Social Development Research Group to become a Certified Communities That Care Coach. Lauren has a passion for helping people improve their lives through education, advocacy and volunteer opportunities.

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12 April

Kendra Babitz

Kendra Babitz currently works as the Health Program Policy Specialist with the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the Utah Department of Health. In this position, she coordinates policy, systems, and environmental change approaches to reduce the burden of chronic disease in Utah. Kendra has a Masters in Public Policy, and believes the way to achieve sustainable, population-level impact on chronic disease is through effective policy change. During her four years at the Department of Health, she has focused her efforts on providing opportunities for active lifestyles to people of all ages, improving healthy food access, reducing barriers to preventative screening services, and developing a health policy tracking database for Utah policies.
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James Bemel

Associate Professor
Utah Valley University
Dr. James Bemel received both his Ph.D. in Health Promotion & Education and Masters of Science in Public Health/Health Services Administration from the University of Utah. He currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Community Health at Utah Valley University (UVU) and teaches the Environmental Health, Principles of Community Health, Research Methods, Personal Health & Wellness, and CHES Preparation courses. Prior to working in academia, Dr. Bemel served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) Department of Patient and Public Education. During his tenure with HCI, he provided more than 800 presentations educating the public about the prevention and early detection of cancer. He has served on the Utah County Substance Misuse and Abuse Reduction Team and held positions as Executive Chair and Past Chair for the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Utah (CTFU; now known as the Utah Tobacco-Free or UTFA). James has served on the CTFU/UTFA coalition for fourteen years.

Erica Bennion

Intern
Utah Department of Health
Erica Bennion is a senior studying Epidemiology at Brigham Young University. As an intern at the Utah Department of Health, she works with a team of epidemiologists and evaluators in the Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) program.

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12 April

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Maria Borrero

Project Coordinator
Dr. Ana Maria Lopez/HCI
Maria Borrero is a recent medical school graduate from the University of Utah School of Medicine. She currently works with the Cancer Health Equality group at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She plans on pursuing a career in oncology and to focus her research efforts in cancer health disparities.

13 April

13 April

John Bramble

Research Enterprise Coordinator
University of Utah
John Bramble is a health sciences librarian at the University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library. He has held a variety of positions during this time, starting in reference and outreach services. In 2006 he started working on the library’s contract with the National Library of Medicine to help carry out the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region outreach program. John’s primary role is educating groups on NLM resources. John shares a portion of his time managing the University of Utah Health U-Bar project. John specializes on educational and communication technologies and provides instruction on accessing quality/authoritative health related online resources for all audience levels, from laypersons to biomedical researchers. He provides instruction to small and large groups, in-person or online synchronous/asynchronous classrooms, and self-directed online learning modules. John is a Master's student in the University of Utah Biomedical Informatics program and plans to graduate in Fall 2018.

13 April

13 April

Tiffany Brinton

Health Educator
Salt Lake County Health Department
Tiffany Brinton works at Salt Lake County Health Department in the Asthma Program where she has been implementing an asthma home visiting program for the last 3 years. She graduated from the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education where she also earned her Certified Health Education Specialist accreditation. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the University of Utah and recently became a Certified Asthma Educator.

12 April

12 April

Nikki Campbell

Health Educator
Utah Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, Utah Department of Health
Nikki Campbell is a health educator with the Utah Environmental Public Health Network at the Utah Department of Health. She attended the University of Utah and majored in Health Promotion and Education.

13 April

13 April

Eric Christensen

Health Program Manager
Utah Department of Health
Eric Christensen is the manager of Utah Department of Health’s Integrated Services program which provides comprehensive care coordination to children and youth with special health care needs around the State. Eric also manages the Rural Traveling Clinics which provides direct specialty care, support, and expertise to children and youth with special health care needs and their families residing within four rural and frontier health districts in Utah. Prior to 2015, Eric managed direct care clinics for the Bureau of Children with Special Health Care needs. Eric has also worked in community health centers both in Salt Lake City and Great Falls, Montana; program direction for patients with HIV and AIDS; and training and certification of Emergency 911 dispatchers and providers. Eric is fluent in Spanish an enjoys interactions with patients and families where Spanish is the preferred language at home. He has a passion for working with the underserved and underinsured especially in our rural communities.

12 April

12 April

Camille Collett

Family Physician, MPH Graduate Student
Westminster College
Dr. Camille Collett was raised in Colorado and came to Utah to attend Westminster College. Her medical training was at the University of Utah Medical Center and Family Medicine Residency at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. She completed a Family Medicine Fellowship and joined the faculty at the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine1986 -1990. She was involved in the development of the Family Medicine Residency that is now based at St. Mark’s Hospital 1990 - 2000. For 10 years she was a family physician at the Salt Lake Community Health Centers. She rejoined the faculty at St. Mark's Family Medicine Residency in September 2011. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Health Program at Westminster College. In May 2018, she will graduate with her MPH. She is married and has one adult son.

13 April

13 April

Zoey Gray

Zoey Gray is an undergraduate student at Westminster College. She will graduate in May with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health. Her current research is on issues of access to community gardens for underserved populations in Salt Lake County.

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12 April

Marci Harris

Marci is a current University of Utah student working on a dual master’s in public health and public policy. She has worked on a number of projects including global health research in Ghana. Her current research is mostly done with the Center for Research on Migration and Refugee Integration (CRMRI). She hopes to continue in the public health field working towards a PhD.

12 April

12 April

Rachael Hemmert

Research Analyst
University of Utah
Rachael Hemmert is a Research Analyst for the College of Nursing and the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah. Her research interests include women’s health, infertility, and environmental health.

13 April

13 April

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Taylor Hoj

MPH Graduate Student
Brigham Young University
Taylor Henning Høj was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to his college experience, he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Iceland where he learned and spoke Icelandic. He recently graduated from Brigham Young University in Physiology and Developmental Biology with a minor in Scandinavian Studies. During his undergraduate studies, he enjoyed studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during the summer of 2014, where he took a 6-week intensive language course and studied the history and culture of Denmark. He has also enjoyed teaching the Icelandic language courses at Brigham Young University and volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician on campus. Over the course of his university experience, his initial goal of medical school has evolved to include a broader perspective of medicine and health care. Prior to medical school, he will complete a master's degree in public health, which he hopes will prepare him to not only influence positive change on a microscopic patient level, but also on a macroscopic community level. By integrating a public health perspective into his education and practice, he hopes to contribute to the optimization of health care and the elimination of needless suffering. When not studying, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, cycling in one of the many nearby canyons, and interrupting the routine of everyday life by escaping to the outdoors.

13 April

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Taylor Hoj

MPH Graduate Student
Brigham Young University
Taylor Henning Høj was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to his college experience, he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Iceland where he learned and spoke Icelandic. He recently graduated from Brigham Young University in Physiology and Developmental Biology with a minor in Scandinavian Studies. During his undergraduate studies, he enjoyed studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during the summer of 2014, where he took a 6-week intensive language course and studied the history and culture of Denmark. He has also enjoyed teaching the Icelandic language courses at Brigham Young University and volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician on campus. Over the course of his university experience, his initial goal of medical school has evolved to include a broader perspective of medicine and health care. Prior to medical school, he will complete a master's degree in public health, which he hopes will prepare him to not only influence positive change on a microscopic patient level, but also on a macroscopic community level. By integrating a public health perspective into his education and practice, he hopes to contribute to the optimization of health care and the elimination of needless suffering. When not studying, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, cycling in one of the many nearby canyons, and interrupting the routine of everyday life by escaping to the outdoors.

13 April

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Taylor Hoj

MPH Graduate Student
Brigham Young University
Taylor Henning Høj was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to his college experience, he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Iceland where he learned and spoke Icelandic. He recently graduated from Brigham Young University in Physiology and Developmental Biology with a minor in Scandinavian Studies. During his undergraduate studies, he enjoyed studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during the summer of 2014, where he took a 6-week intensive language course and studied the history and culture of Denmark. He has also enjoyed teaching the Icelandic language courses at Brigham Young University and volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician on campus. Over the course of his university experience, his initial goal of medical school has evolved to include a broader perspective of medicine and health care. Prior to medical school, he will complete a master's degree in public health, which he hopes will prepare him to not only influence positive change on a microscopic patient level, but also on a macroscopic community level. By integrating a public health perspective into his education and practice, he hopes to contribute to the optimization of health care and the elimination of needless suffering. When not studying, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, cycling in one of the many nearby canyons, and interrupting the routine of everyday life by escaping to the outdoors.

13 April

Andrea Jensen

Asthma Program Coordinator
Utah County Health Department
Andrea M. Jensen, CHES ®, AE-C, has been a Health Educator at the Utah County Health Department since 2009. She received her Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) credential in 2016 which helps her coordinate their Asthma Home Visit Program. She is past chair of the Utah Asthma Task Force and current Editorial Board Member of the national Allergy & Asthma Network, reviewing articles for their quarterly publication, “Allergy & Asthma Today.” She is the Past President of the Utah Chapter of the Society of Public Health Education (USOPHE.) Her blog, “My Life as an Asthma Mom”, has been nationally recognized by Healthline as one of the top 10 asthma blogs for the last 6 years. It was recently included in NIH’s U.S. National Library of Medicine. Andrea’s Public Health career came as a direct result of wanting to help other families learn more about asthma. Asthma education is not just a job, it’s also personal since she has lived with asthma all her life and managed her three children’s asthma for the last 18 years. Asthma and allergies have become her passion, and now helping others is her career.

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12 April

Merilee Larsen

Assistant Professor
Utah Valley University
Merilee completed her undergrad at Utah Valley State College and her Masters of Public Health and Doctorate of Public Health at Loma Linda University. Merilee has been teaching at UVU for 18 years and she has also taught at the University of Utah and in private industry. Merilee consults for the Utah Department of Health in the Bureau of EMS and Homeland Security. Merilee also teaches Yoga and has done so for the last 18 years. She is married and has a 5-year-old little boy and one on the way. In her spare time, she likes to do anything outdoors, read, and travel.

13 April

13 April

Mikelle Lloyd

Undergraduate student
BYU
Mikelle is a graduating senior at BYU studying public health with an emphasis in health promotion. She currently works in the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment. She also does research in geographic information systems (GIS) and health promotion, including a health advocacy project in mother lactation accommodations at the SLC International Airport. She is interested in substance abuse and women's health issues.

13 April

Makenzie Lock

Makenzie is currently a senior at Westminster College. She served an LDS mission in the Patagonia of Argentina from 2014-2016. This research topic is special to her because she is Hawaiian and various members of her family have had breast cancer. She will graduate with her Bachelor’s in Public Health this May.

12 April

12 April

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Lynn Martinez

Teratology Information Specialist
MotherToBaby Utah
Ms. Martinez has worked in women’s reproductive health for over 45 years. Nearly 35 of them at the MotherToBaby Utah program. She is a former President of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, the former State Genetics Coordinator for the Utah Dept of Health and a former board member of the Mountain States Regional Genetic Services Network.

12 April

12 April

Megan McDowell

DNP Student
University of Utah Student
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice Student at the University of Utah. I will graduate in May 2018 as a Family Nurse Practitioner, whereby I plan to continue working with the pediatric population. I have an interest in studying pediatric endocrinology as well as the challenges faced by adolescents with chronic diseases.

12 April

12 April

Hailey McLean

Hailey McLean is an undergraduate student studying Health, Society, and Policy and Sociology at the University of Utah. She spent several years working directly with individuals experiencing homelessness at 4th St. Clinic as a Connect2Health health mentor. Upon graduation Ms. McLean plans to pursue a combined MD/MPH.

12 April

12 April

Mariah Moody

Student
Brigham Young University
I am a Senior at Brigham Young University studying Public Health. I am passionate about this field, and aim to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number. I took a course with Dr. Chantel Sloan at BYU called Medical Geography, and it was there that I was able to adopt new skills using ArcGIS. I have applied this knowledge from the course by conducting various analyses to interpret the data I obtained about coal mines and air pollution levels in China.

13 April

13 April

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Jennifer Ponce

Prevention and Education Manager
Laura's House
Jennifer Ponce, CHES ® is prevention education manager with Laura’s House, a nonprofit that offers shelter and services to domestic violence survivors in Orange County, Calif. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Community Health with an emphasis in Community Health Education. She will be completing her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University in 2018. For the last 10 years Jennifer has implemented community outreach and education programs domestically and internationally. She is passionate about social welfare and providing education and resources to at-risk communities and victims of violence. Jennifer has been featured on 102.7 KIIS-FM & AM 790 – KABC Talk Radio, as well as in The Orange County Register, Orange County Family Magazine, and Attorney Journal OC. Jennifer is a speaker and guest lecturer at high schools, universities, and national conferences.

12 April

12 April

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Anna Reineke

Regional Coordinating Director, GMaP Region 6
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Anna Reineke is the Regional Coordinating Director for the GMaP Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a minor in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

13 April

May Samkari

May is a Masters of Public Health candidate in her second year at Westminster College. She has received a Certificate of Public Health from Westminster College and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Protecting Human Research Subjects training certification. She has completed all the core MPH courses. She also has a M.D. Degree from Saudi Arabia. She worked as a pediatric resident for a year and is very much interested in maternal and child health. During her summer semester, May developed a training manual for the preconception peer educators program in partnership with the health promotion coordinator of Maternal and Infant Health Program at the Utah Department of Health. She also designed a program with the aim to increase knowledge toward preconception health as a project for the program planning and evaluation class. Currently, May is working on implementing the program at Westminster College’s campus as part of her capstone project. May Samkari is a Saudi Arabian citizen who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

13 April

13 April

Holly Shoemaker

Holly Shoemaker works as a Laboratory Technician in Salt Lake City. She holds a Bachelors in Biochemistry from Northern Michigan University and is currently finishing her Masters in Public Health at Westminster College. Her interest in infectious disease has prompted her to research areas within Travel Medicine. She lives in Tooele, Utah, and is expected to graduate with her Masters in Spring 2018.

13 April

13 April

Tania Tetz

Teratogen Information Speciailist
Utah Department of Health
Tania Tetz has a MPH from New Mexico State University and an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Brigham Young University. She has worked for the Utah Department of Health for 10 years. Her expertise includes chronic disease, working with minority populations, and she currently works at a teratogen information specialist. Her work also includes time in Mexico working as a university advisor.

13 April

13 April

Marco Verdeja

I was born in Fresno, California but lived most of my life in Chihuahua, Mexico, in what is endearingly known as the Mormon colonies. I had the privilege to serve an LDS mission in Peoria, Illinois. Thereafter, I studied Comparative Literature as an undergraduate and received my bachelors from Brigham Young University. I continued my studies and received my medical degree in Monterrey, Mexico, after which I began practicing medicine in my home town. In this way I became aware of the increasing need for prevention in all health-related areas, as well as the lack of sound policy and educational resources necessary to improve both communities and people’s lives. I became interested in public health to break the inequality of treatment in underprivileged areas. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors and am an avid racquetball player.

12 April

12 April

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Kilee Jorgensen

STD Health Investigator
Salt Lake County Health Department
Kilee recently graduated with her Master in Public Health from the University of Utah. She recently began a job with Salt Lake County Health Department as an STD Health Investigator. Kilee is excited to be in the public health field where she can help improve the overall health of communities. Spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors are some of her favorite pastime activities. Kilee hopes to be able to travel the world to learn about cultures and the public health issues.

Kendra Babitz

Kendra Babitz currently works as the Health Policy Specialist with the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the Utah Department of Health. In this position, she coordinates policy, systems, and environmental change approaches to reduce the burden of chronic disease in Utah. Kendra has a Masters in Public Policy, and believes the way to achieve sustainable, population-level impact on chronic disease is through effective policy change. During her four years at the Department of Health, she has focused her efforts on providing opportunities for active lifestyles to people of all ages, improving healthy food access, reducing barriers to preventative screening services, and developing a health policy tracking database for Utah policies.

12 April

12 April

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Steven Beach

Medical Countermeasures Program Manager
Salt Lake County
Steven Beach is the Medical Countermeasures Coordinator in the Emergency Management Bureau with the Salt Lake County Health Department and has been working in preparedness and public health nursing for over six years. Steve has worked for the Department for over 20 years starting in Environmental Health with Environmental Crimes cases that dealt with clean water and hazardous waste violations. Worked seven years as part of the Departments After-hours Environmental Health response team working with fire and law enforcement. Steve holds an associate in nursing, bachelors in community health, and master’s in business.

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James Bemel

Associate Professor
Utah Valley University
Dr. James Bemel received both his Ph.D. in Health Promotion & Education and Masters of Science in Public Health/Health Services Administration from the University of Utah. He currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Community Health at Utah Valley University and teaches the CHES Preparation, Environmental Health, Principles of Community Health, Research Methods, and Personal Health & Wellness courses. Prior to working in academia, Dr. Bemel served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) Department of Patient and Public Education. During his tenure with HCI, he provided more than 800 presentations educating the public about the prevention and early detection of cancer. He has served as the President of USOPHE and Executive Chair for the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Utah (CTFU; now known as the Utah Tobacco-Free or UTFA).

12 April

12 April

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Rachelle Boulton

Surveillance and Data Management Program Manager
Utah Department of Health
Rachelle Boulton manages the Surveillance and Data Management Program at the Utah Department of Health. Rachelle's work focuses on electronic data exchange between healthcare and public health to support robust communicable disease surveillance efforts. She has previously worked as both the influenza surveillance coordinator and vaccine-preventable disease epidemiologist. Rachelle has a Bachelor's of Science in Microbiology, and Masters of Science in Public Health, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics.