• Summit County Health hires new Health Promotion Director

    Longtime Summit County resident Shelley Worley promoted from Health Educator

    Park City, Utah (Dec. 19, 2016) — Effective January 3, Shelley Worley has been hired as the next Health Promotion Director for the Summit County Health Department.

    “Shelley brings a wealth of experience as health educator and has a great vision for Health Promotion,” Health Department Director, Rich Bullough said. “Shelley’s knowledge and passion for health education makes her a perfect fit to grow the variety of programs the health department offers to the community.”

    Worley is a longtime resident of Summit County and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Health Promotion and Education. She is also a Certified Heath Education Specialist. After becoming a Personal Trainer, Worley worked for several years as a nutrition and exercise consultant, helping clients with personal health and fitness goals.

    Before accepting the position of Health Promotion Director, Worley worked as Health Educator for Summit County Health Department promoting employee wellness, farmer’s markets, physical activity and nutrition training within schools and partnering with child care facilities to prevent early childhood obesity.

    “We have an amazing health promotions program in our county,” Worley said. “I feel fortunate to have an existing staff in place that is already doing incredible work within the community. I’m looking forward to building upon what’s already been established to make Summit County healthier.”

    As Health Promotion Director, Worley inherits a number of health programs and initiatives for Summit County employees and residents. Worley’s goal is to continue to build upon the strong foundation Geri Essen, the previous director of 25 years built.  These programs include mental health promotion, physical activity school trainings, Injury Prevention, Tobacco Education, Employee Wellness, Seatbelt Education, Diabetes Prevention, Suicide Prevention and more.

    “In addition to continuing our current programs, I’m also looking at new ways to promote and facilitate healthy living and active lifestyles in our communities, schools, and businesses,” Worley said.

  • Summit County water study completed

    Summit County Health Department completes two year water study
    Findings to be released in December

    Park City, Utah (Nov. 17, 2016) — After two years of study, Summit County Environmental Health is preparing to release the findings from its wastewater systems assessment of water quality and soil suitability.

    “These studies represent a new direction for addressing wastewater in Summit County,” Health Department Director Rich Bullough said. “We believe these data will allow us to be more proactive in our decision making, more collaborative, and will help us protect the quality of our water as our population grows and demands for water resources increase.”

    Results from the study identified areas across Summit County sensitive to ground water. Using this information, Environmental Health staff can ensure septic systems are appropriately suited to the area where they are installed, ultimately increasing the life of the system and its ability to protect the environment. The end goal is to prevent future septic system failure due to growth and protect overall water quality throughout the county.

    “This study creates a framework that integrates science, technology, and regulation for use in evaluating wastewater systems in Summit County,” Phil Bondurant, Director of Environmental Health said. “It provides Environmental Health with the most accurate information available and gives us the tools to make decisions that will protect the natural resources of Summit County through responsible permitting and regulation.”

    Sampling was done in both Snyderville Basin and parts of Eastern Summit County to determine sensitive areas optimal for sewer or septic upgrades. Water samples were taken during peak runoff (spring) and baseflow conditions (summer) to test for Escherichia coli (E. coli), nitrates, general bacteria and human associated bacteria.

    Once released, the full study will be available at summitcountyhealth.org.

  • Mental Health Services and Needs Assessment findings

  • Council work session for mental health survey findings

    Summit County Council seeks public input on mental health survey findings
    Engagement from county residents needed to take next steps

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    Park City, Utah (Nov. 4, 2016) — Summit County leadership seeks public input during County Council on November 9 to address the findings from the county-wide Mental Health System and Needs Assessment conducted earlier this year. This meeting will adopt a mental health resolution and discuss an implementation plan based on the survey’s findings. All county residents are encouraged to participate.

    “This has been a community-driven process since its beginning almost two years again,” said Health Department Director Rich Bullough. “I want to thank all of the survey participants and encourage the public to participate as we move forward. Mental health is an issue we need to recognize throughout the county and it will take full community engagement to make this plan a success.”

    More than 1,000 residents across the county participated in the survey, including proportionate representation from the Hispanic community. The full report, entitled “Mental Health Survey Findings and Community-Based Strategic Planning Directives for Summit County” will be available at summitcountyhealth.org immediately following the November 9th County Council meeting.

    Key Information:

    • Who: Summit County Residents
    • What: Public engagement meeting to discuss mental health survey findings.
    • Where: Sheldon Richins Building (bottom floor): 1885 W Ute Blvd, Park City.
    • When: Wednesday, November 9 at 4:20 p.m.
    • Why: Mental illness is a physical disease that affects the brain. The best way to eliminate the stigma is through public discussion and community outreach.