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:
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CHES Credits

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

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Job/Internship Opportunities

Resource links are available for you to search for job postings

Community Outreach

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

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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



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.

Alyisa Ducuara

President Elect
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.

Abraham Hernandez

Past President
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.

Hannah Bakker

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.

Sara Salmon

Secretary —

Trevor Carter

Conference Planning Chair
Trevor Carter, CHES, graduated from UVU Public and Community Health in 2015. Trevor is currently the Director of UVU Wellness Programs and is finishing up his MPH studies at USU.

Mackenzie Bray

Advocacy Chair
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.

Abbey Summers

Professional Development Chair
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.

Carrie Bennett

Public Relations Chair
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.

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.

Kristi Strongo

SOPHE Delegate
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.

Madi Shepherd

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.

Kaylie Lake

USOPHE Spring Intern 2020

Katelyn Williams

USOPHE Summer Intern 2020
Katelyn currently attends BYU-Idaho online and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public health in August of this year. She has experience creating public health initiatives and has had the opportunity to implement one of her designs for pedestrian safety in her hometown of Rexburg, Idaho.

Chantell Hammond

USOPHE Autumn Intern 2020
Chantell is a senior at BYU-Idaho and will graduate with a bachelors in Public Health Education in summer of 2021. Chantell works as a certified Pilates instructor at her community recreation center and trains individuals in both safe exercise practices and nutritional and lifestyle improvements.

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