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:

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.


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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Abraham Hernandez

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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Linnea Fletcher

President Elect — 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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Jesse Joseph

Past 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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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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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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Trevor Carter

Professional Board Member — Trevor.Carter@uvu.edu
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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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Alysia Ducuara

Professional Board Member — 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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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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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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Jodi Laurance

Student Board Member — jodilaurance@gmail.com
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Jasmin Velazquez

USOPHE Intern–reyesjasmine.velazquez@gmail.com
Jasmin is a student at the University of Utah majoring in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis in Community Health. She expects to graduate in spring of 2020 and is enthusiastic about gaining more experience and networking through her internship with USOPHE.

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