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:

Early Bird Registration for SOPHE

SOPHE 2019 Conference in Salt Lake City, UT

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

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2018 Conference click here to register or through your USOPHE Account

2018 USOPHE Conference

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.


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


Current USOPHE Board members

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Jesse Joseph

President — jessejoseph@utah.gov
Jesse Joseph works as a Health Program Coordinator for the Utah Department of Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Jesse has a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from Utah State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
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Andrea Jensen

Past President — andreaj@utahcounty.gov
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Abraham Hernandez

President-Elect 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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Nickee Palacios

Treasurer — npalacios@utah.gov
Nickee Palacios is currently the Health Promotion Coordinator for the Maternal and Infant Health Program at the Utah Department of Health. Nickee has a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from Utah State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
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Mckelle Hamson

Secretary — mckellehamson@yahoo.com
Mckelle Hamson is a Ph.D. student at Texas Woman’s University in the hybrid Health Studies program. She works as an adjunct professor and love teaching and talking about public health.
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Jess Church

Professional Board Member — jesschurch@utah.gov
Jess Church is a registered dietitian working with Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Healthy Living through Environment, Policy, and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program. Her work focuses on environmental nutrition policy aiming to improve healthy food access and promotion.
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Julia Glade

Professional Board Member- jglade@slco.org
Julia Glade works for the Salt Lake County Health Department. She is an advocate for youth health. Julia has a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
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Carl Hanson

Professional Board Member — carl_hanson@byu.edu
Carl L. Hanson is a professor and is currently serving as chair in the Department of Health Science at Brigham Young University (BYU). Hanson has co-authored numerous publications and holds a doctorate from Southern Illinois University in community health education.
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Hailie McMurdie

Student Board Member —
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Linnea Fletcher

USOPHE Delegate — linneaf@utahcounty.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 County Division of Health Promotion as the Tobacco Program Manager. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and is excited to be the delegate for USOPHE.
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Julie Southwick

Credentialing Chair — jasouthwick@utah.gov
Julie is currently the Health Educator for the Utah Birth Defect Network at the Utah Department of Health. Julie has a Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

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