Utah Chapter of the Society for public health education

USOPHE Membership

USOPHE, formerly the Health Education Association of Utah, is an organization dedicated to serving health educators and the general public. To become a member or to renew your membership, please click the "JOIN NOW" button above. Using our secure link, you can join the organization and pay the annual membership fee ($35 for professionals and $20 for students) online. Membership is good for 12 months from the day you join. Benefits include:

Advocacy Academy Registration is now Open

Register for USOPHE’s Business Meeting October 16,2019

Let your voice be heard as we update the USOPHE workplan, network with professionals and organizations looking to hire employees and interns, and present awards to exceptional USOPHE members.

Paid Internship in Salt Lake County

To apply please send your resume to dsluga@slco.org

Paid Internship. Position closes Wed., March 13, at 11:59 PM

2019 USOPHE/UPHA Advocacy Academy

Registration is now open for the 2019 Advocacy Academy, co-hosted by USOPHE and UPHA. Event is on Feb. 13, 2019 Registration closes on Feb. 8,2019

Registration for 2019 SOPHE

Save the date! March 26-29, 2019 SOPHE Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Share best practices;learn about new trends in the field of health education and promotion;network and earn continuing education credits at the SOPHE2019 Annual Conference.

2018 USOPHE Agenda

Register for 2018 USOPHE Today!

2018 Conference click here to register or through your USOPHE Account

CHES Credits

Certified Health Education Specialists can earn credits at several local conferences that offer opportunities for educational and professional growth.

Job/Internship Opportunities

To join the Utah Public Health Careers Job Board, click on the briefcase icon and select “Become a UPHC Member (it’s free!)”

Community Outreach

Through different community outreach strategies, we promote the health education profession and the importance of CHES to the public and potential employers.

Updates

We keep you updated on job opportunities, new research, legislative actions, conference announcements, and much more. Association members also receive newsletters.

About Us

Our Mission, Goals, and Bylaws
The Mission of USOPHE

is to improve the health of Utahns by promoting the advancement of the health education profession and the employment of health educators in the public and private sector.

Increase USOPHE membership among professionals and students
Maintain electronic media to disseminate health-related activities, information, and opportunities to all members
Strengthen membership involvement in USOPHE workshops, conferences, and activities
Promote USOPHE members' awareness and involvement of current health-related legislative issues
Implement a fundraising committee to enlarge financial situation and benefit from non-profit status
Support and grow the mentor/mentee program
Boost USOPHE's presence in the community through more community outreach activities
Build and maintain a historical account of USOPHE
Create more opportunities for members to receive CHES credits

BYLAWS

Current USOPHE Board members

2019-2020
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LINNEA FLETCHER

President linneafletcher@utah.gov
Linnea Fletcher received a bachelor’s degree in public health from BYU-Idaho and a Master of Public Health and Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. She has worked in emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, environmental health, and health promotion including tobacco prevention, injury prevention and control and quality improvement. Currently, Linnea works for the Utah Department of of Health Promotion as the EPICC Program Manager. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and is excited to be the President Elect for USOPHE.
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Alyisa Ducuara

President Elect — Aducuara@slco.org
Alysia is the Healthy Living Program Coordinator for the Salt Lake County Health Department. She received her Bachelor’s in Public Health from BYU and her Master’s in Health Education and Promotion for the University of Utah. Alysia has a passion for improving the way public health can collaborate together and with other sectors to improve the health in our communities.
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Abraham Hernandez

Past President — abrahamh@centrohispanouc.org
Abraham is currently the Executive Director for Centro Hispano a non-profit organization focused on the immigrant and low-income population. Abraham earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Utah Valley University. He has experience in education and health promotion.
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Hannah Bakker

Treasurer — HBakker@slco.org
Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah. She currently works as a Certified Health Education Specialist at the Salt Lake County Health Department with the Parents As Teachers program.
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Sara Salmon

Secretary —
Carrie earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from UVU in 2007. She has 13 years of experience at the Utah County Health Department. In 2017, she completed her MPA from BYU. Carrie enjoys hiking and mountain biking with her 3 teenage sons.
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Mackenzie Bray

Professional Board Member —
Mackenzie works for the Salt Lake County Health Department as an STD Health Investigator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Abbey Summers

Professional Board Member- abbeys@svsutah.org
Abbey Summers, CHES has been working professionally and passionately in the Public Health field for five years. Currently she is the Director of Prevention and Education at South Valley Services, a domestic violence shelter and community resource organization.
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Carrie Bennett

Professional Board Member —
Carrie earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from UVU in 2007. She has 13 years of experience at the Utah County Health Department. In 2017, she completed her MPA from BYU. Carrie enjoys hiking and mountain biking with her 3 teenage sons.
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Kerri Scott

Credentialing Chair —
Kerri earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Community Health from Utah Valley University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Kerri is currently working as the Program Manager for UVU Wellness Programs.
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Kristi Strongo

SOPHE Delegate– kristie.strongo@usu.edu
Kristi Strongo, CHES, graduated from UVU Public and Community Health in 2014. She is currently working as the training coordinator in the Utah SNAP-Ed (Food Sense) management team. In her current role, Kristi works to train local educators and supervisors and ensure program fidelity statewide. As a Health Educator at the Utah County Health Department, she was instrumental in updating wellness policies in Utah County as well as providing toolkits to these districts to help with implementation. She is passionate about all aspects of public health and actively looks for opportunities to help the field grow. She has served as a mentor in UVU Policy and Advocacy class and has been a guest speaker multiple times in professional development classes at UVU. Kristi received the USOPHE 2015 Rookie of the Year Award for her work in the Utah County as a Nutrition Education Assistant. She had the opportunity to coordinate the first USOPHE case study competition at the 2017 USOPHE Annual Conference. She has been a member of USOPHE since 2012.
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Madi Shephered

Student Board Member —
Madi is a student-athlete at Utah State University. She graduated in Health Education and Promotion and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is working on her Master of Public Health degree while playing volleyball for Utah State.
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Kaylie Lake

USOPHE Intern– lakekaylie@gmail.com

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