Welcome to our 2019 edition of the of the “Health, Society & Policy” (HSP) newsletter. HSP is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major at the University of Utah, formerly called “Behavioral Science & Health.” We thank you for your support and interest in the HSP program at the University of Utah, and hope you enjoy hearing about some of the things that the HSP students, faculty, and program are doing.
You're Invited!
The Health, Society & Policy (HSP) program has an upcoming event that we would like to invite you to in conjunction with the HSP “capstone” course that all graduating seniors take during their final spring semester as the final requirement of the HSP bachelor’s degree. The capstone course is a signature part of the HSP degree.  

Students work on creating a biosketch and an online portfolio that showcase and articulate what they have accomplished over the course of this interdisciplinary degree; they also work together in teams to develop a possible policy or program that they think would address an issue in the community. The capstone course is an opportunity for students to come together as a cohort and explore a single theme or topic from many different perspectives. This year’s theme is food. 

The event below is an opportunity for you to see what we do in the capstone course. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Current HSP first years, sophomores, and juniors – you are especially encouraged to come so you can see what to expect in the capstone course when you take it in a future year. Alumni and HSP supporters – we welcome you back to campus and look forward to introducing you to our 2019 cohort of HSP graduates.  

In this open-house type of event, student teams will display a poster and talk informally with you about the policy or program that they would like to create or to implement to address a food-related issue or problem in our community. These are the projects they developed and pitched within the capstone course. This reception is also an opportunity for us to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our graduating class of 2019.

All HSP students invited! 

April 23  |  4:30-6:00 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium
The College of Social and
Behavioral Science awarded
over $600,000 in scholarships to
more than 206 recipients. 
During the 2018-2019 academic year, the College of Social & Behavioral Science awarded over $600,000 in scholarships to more than 206 recipients. The following HSP students received scholarships from the college: Samira Gholami, Alex Williams, Jacob McShane, Rebecca Jensen, Stormy Foster-Palmer, Elizabeth Izampuye, Matthew Spurrier, Sydney Boogaard, Grace Mason, Abigail Gates, Rebecca Higham, Noellia Juarez, Jordan Scarr, and Leslie Salamanca. Congratulations!  

In the coming months, we will announce another round of scholarship winners for the 2019-2020 academic year. Good luck to all who applied. 

The HSP program recently selected three winners of a “Suit Up” scholarship, which is a new award that we gave out in partnership with the University of Utah’s Career & Professional Development Center. Three of our graduating HSP seniors – Amy Nguyen, Rebecca Jensen, and Nathaniel Ferre – will each receive a full suit, accessories, shoes, and a professional head shot. We all know how important it is to look and feel good on our interviews and first day of work.
We have found that scholarships, both big and small, are so appreciated and valued by our students. We thank all of you who have made a donation to our student scholarship fund (or the university in general) over the past few years. With increased donations, we have been able to give out more scholarships to our students every year.
Giving to HSP

Alumni and HSP supporters, if you are in a position to give and are interested in how to make a difference in the lives of our current students, please reach out to the HSP Director Rebecca Utz to discuss opportunities for giving, or feel free to make a contribution (no amount is too small) to help increase our ability to provide even more student scholarships in the future. 

Support the HSP Program
Please note: All support will go to the HSP Program, though this link connects administratively to the Department of Sociology.
Updates and Highlights

HSP students and faculty are doing some pretty incredible things. There are too many to list all of them, but here are a few we want to highlight.

On September 8, HSP and Philosophy student Mohan Sudabattula presented at the 2018 TEDx Salt Lake City event.

Sudabattula is founder and executive director of Project Embrace, an international medical nonprofit that aims to reduce global health disparities and promote sustainable healthcare. Project Embrace does this through the reuse and re-purposing of previously owned medical equipment from the U.S. to meet the need of patients worldwide.

Congratulations to Dr. Bethany Everett for receiving a large research grant from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

She will study sexual orientation disparities in infant, maternal, and child health. Dr. Everett is a faculty member in the department of Sociology and a favorite professor of the HSP students, teaching courses such as Social Epidemiology and Gender, Sexuality and Health.

Maia Southwick, double major in Health, Society, & Policy and Psychology, is doing a Hinckley Institute internship in Washington, D.C. this summer. 

She will be working for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation as part of the Strategic Planning Team. We look forward to hearing more from her about how policy is made at the federal level and how research (planning & evaluation) is used to make those decisions. 

Dr. Rebecca Utz, Director of the HSP program, received a multi-million dollar grant from the National Institute on Aging.

She will develop, implement, and evaluate a virtual coach to help family caregivers to persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia utilize respite time. The program is called “Time for Living & Caring” (TLC). Supporting family caregivers is critical to ensure the health and well-being of the often under-prepared and over-burdened family members who provide care to chronically ill family members.

Junior HSP student, Emily Nachtweih, is working as a legislative intern with the Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP) this semester. 

UHPP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing sustainable health care solutions for underserved Utahns through better access, education, and public policy. Emily has gotten to see first-hand how policy is made, especially during this legislative session which saw a lot of debate on how to best implement Medicaid expansion in Utah.

HSP students CiCi Longi, Isabella Lopes, Elizabeth Porter, and Maia Southwick were selected to be among the inaugural class of the “Solution Scholars” program.

This program brings together students from majors within the College of Social and Behavioral Science to address key challenges facing our world. The scholars engage in experiential learning, research, and internship experiences.

A team of HSP students, including Jace Meier, Elizabeth Izampuye, Curi Bogert, Elly McEachern, and Rebecca Jensen are using their creativity and interdisciplinary thinking to help a major health plan redevelop their staff training materials related to cultural competency. 
HSP students Sullivan Howard, Tessa Truman, Katie Barber, and Rebecca Higham presented findings from their research projects at Research on Capitol Hill in early March. They each developed a poster and had the opportunity to speak with their state legislators about the research projects they did while an undergraduate student.
Let Us Hear From You

We encourage any of you to contact us at to share with us what you are doing. We would love to highlight YOU and your accomplishments in our next newsletter or on our website.
Current students - we encourage you to schedule an advising appointment with HSP Academic Advisor, Amy Kimball, to discuss your path toward degree completion, or how you might do an internship or research experience to enhance what you are learning in the textbook and classrooms. We want you to customize your major in HSP to fit your unique personal interests and career goals.


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