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:

2018 USOPHE Conference

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.


Join us on February 22, 2018 at the Salt Lake Government Center (2001 State Street, SLC, UT 84190) for a hands-on advocacy academy. Learn how to advocate for priority public health issues and go to the Utah State Capitol. Lunch will be provided and CHES credits are available.

The Utah Bike Summit

The Utah Bike Summit is the statewide bicycle conference. The summit brings together everyday riders, bicycle and trail advocates, representatives from Utah’s bicycle industry, planners, engineers, representatives from Utah’s tourism industry and health fields, and local and state government officials in order to make Utah more bicycle friendly. Regardless of your interest in bicycling (transportation, recreation, road, mountain, commuter), the Utah Bike Summit is for you and all are encouraged to attend. Registration includes: All educational/breakout sessions; Keynote address; Networking opportunities; Catered lunch CHES credits available (additional charges apply) Early registration ends January 26th. Register today! https://bikeutah.org/utahbikesummit/ An application has been submitted to award Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 3.25 total Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH). SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated provider of Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

2017 USOPHE Conference Program

Download the full 2017 USOPHE Conference program to learn more about our amazing speakers, venue, and sponsors!

2017 USOPHE Conference

Thursday, September 28th at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center (2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden) CHES and CPH credits available!

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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Chad Myler

President — CMyler@slco.org
Chad is currently the Injury Prevention Program Manager at the Salt Lake County Health Department. Chad holds Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and a Certified Personal Trainer.
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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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Jesse Joseph

Secretary — 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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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
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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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