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


Brittany Guerra

Brittany is the Program Manager for the Utah County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and an Online Professor for BYU-ID. She completed a BS in Health Sciences (2011) and MPH Degree (2013) from BYU.

Jordan Merrill

Jordan is a Community Health Program Manager for Intermountain Healthcare. He has a B.S. in Exercise Science from SUU and is currently finalizing a Master’s in Healthcare Leadership. He resides in Southern Utah.

Alysia Ducuara

Past President
Alysia is the Director of Get Healthy Utah. She received her B.S. in Public Health from BYU and her M.S. in Health Education and Promotion for the University of Utah.

Maggie Plessinger

Secretary —
Maggie earned a degree in Public Health from BYU in 2021 and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is a Health Educator for Utah County Health Department and enjoys watching documentaries and exploring Utah.

Wendy Wright

Wendy has been working with the Utah County Health Department since 2016 in various programs, including tobacco prevention and environmental health education.

Hillary Bryan

Conference Planning Chair
Hillary earned her Community Health degree from UVU in 2011. She has been working in the field for over seven years; currently she oversees the TOP Star program for the SLCo Health Department.

Gabriela Murza

Professional Development Chair
Gabi received a BS in Psychology and MS in Health Education & Behavior from the University of Florida. She is a faculty member with USU Extension’s HEART Initiative, addressing Utah’s opioid epidemic.

Kristy Russell

Public Relations Chair
Kristy specializes in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) for the State of Utah. In this role she leads the state’s collaborative efforts to address dementia, provide statewide education and assist individuals affected by dementia.

Jessica Burns

Membership Chair
Jessica is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in public health from USU. She has a B.S. in Community Health Education from UVU. Jessica is the Student Wellness Coordinator for BYU.

Marian Paller

Credentialing Chair
Marian earned a M.S. in Health Promotion and Education from the U of U. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

Jeni Eyre

Special Projects Chair
Jeni earned a B.S. in Health Promotion and Education from the U of U, with an emphasis in Community Health and a minor in Nutrition. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from The University of Western States.

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