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Closing Date: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:00PM
(February 15, 2017) — Dr. Marielle Pariseau is raising awareness for National Children’s Dental Health Month in February with a Kickstarter Campaign. Oh’Pal (Oral Health Pal) is a waterless, disposable toothbrush specifically designed to make it easy, quick and mess-free to floss and brush in the classroom (or on the go).The goal of the Kickstarter Campaign is to raise $40,000 to launch Supervised Flossing and Brushing Programs in all Kindergarten classrooms across all three School Districts in Summit County.
“Oh’Pal stemmed from a lifetime interest in preventive care,” Dr. Pariseau said. “All children are born free of tooth decay. Our job as individuals, parents, educators and dentists, is to keep them that way. But we are failing.”
Tooth decay is the number one childhood disease in America and the number one use of operating room time in children’s hospitals is dentistry under general anesthesia. In addition, Summit County has the highest percentage of residents without health insurance in all of Utah, meaning many Summit County children don’t benefit from regular dental visits. Dr. Pariseau, retired dentist from Canada now living in Utah, believes proper brushing and flossing under supervision at school could prevent many potential oral health issues with these children.
“With Oh’Pal, flossing and especially brushing can be done away from a home bathroom, “Dr. Pariseau said. “Eliminating the need for a sink and running water makes oral hygiene in the classroom, at work, or on the go not only possible but also very convenient.”
After seeing successful results from school brushing programs in Scotland, Dr. Pariseau wondered how flossing could be added to make an even bigger impact on childhood oral health. She imagined a special toothbrush with a brush head pre-pasted with Xylitol (FDA-approved waterless toothpaste that can be swallowed) and a floss tail on the other end of the handle.
Dr. Pariseau enlisted the help of two teams of High School Students in the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS). The first team, comprised of engineering students, went into rapid prototyping for a solution after researching the problem. The second team made up of business students, designed and ran surveys in the community. One-hundred and two kindergartners from McPolin Elementary served as alpha and beta testers and helped inform the design during the rapid prototyping phase of the project. Insa Riepen of Recycle Utah aided Dr. Pariseau in making Oh’Pal disposable, recyclable and earth-friendly.
“Supervised flossing and brushing programs will make a difference,” Dr. Pariseau said. “For some children, classroom flossing and brushing will be the only oral hygiene they will benefit from that day.
In addition to offering Oh’Pal at a reduced price during the Kickstarter Campaign, Dr. Pariseau and her Company, TeethFirst®, will donate one Oh’Pal to a school program for every Oh’Pal bought. Dr. Pariseau’s dream is to see programs launched beyond the three School Districts in Summit County, starting with Wasatch County when funds are available.
Summit County Environmental Health encourages winter Radon testing
Test kits available at the Health Department
Park City, Utah (Jan. 13, 2016) — With winter in full swing, the Summit County Environmental Health team is encouraging Summit County residents to test for Radon in their homes. Test kits can be purchased at the Coalville and Round Valley Summit County Health Departments for $10 each.
“Testing for radon gas in the home is a quick, inexpensive and simple procedure,” Environmental Health Scientist, Rebecka Hullinger, said. “A test kit is a small investment to protect your family from what could be a very detrimental health condition.”
An odorless, tasteless and invisible gas, Radon is a radioactive byproduct of radium and uranium. It is naturally occurring in nature and, when outdoors, the concentration is very small. When it enters the home, the concentration builds to what may be an unsafe level, especially during the winter months when windows are closed and air exchange is minimal.
Radon particles are the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon can seep into homes in a variety of ways: through floor joints, cracks, gaps around pipes, potentially through the water supply and more. High levels of Radon can be found in all types and ages of buildings in every state and country throughout the world.
Testing is easy and only takes a couple of days to complete by following the simple instructions on each test kit. Depending on results, homeowners may need to contact a professional mitigator who can work with them reduce the levels of Radon in their home.
For more information, please visit http://www.summitcountyhealth.org/podcasts/schc006/.
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 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.
Dr. Marielle Pariseau, a volunteer at the Park City People’s Health Clinic, spoke with us about the importance of dental hygiene in children. Summit County has the most children in the state of Utah who are not receiving adequate dental health. Fortunately, Marielle has a solution: Oh’Pal, a waterless disposable toothbrush she invented to help improve childhood dental hygiene, starting right here in Summit County.
Learn more at www.teethfirst.org
Support the Oh’Pal Kickstarter here or at this link: http://kck.st/2jNI22k
Jean Paskett, a lifetime resident of Summit County and longtime Public Nurse at the health department stops by to talk about the importance of immunizations and vaccines for people of all ages. Jean talks about the experiences she’s had over the last 39 years as a nurse and the growth and changes in the Coalville office.
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Chris Crowley, the Summit County Emergency manager joined us this week to talk about basics of Emergency Preparedness. Before joining Summit County, Chris worked as a large event planner in San Francisco and during the Salt Lake, Vancouver and Rio Olympics. Chris explains the fundamental functions of Emergency Management and how communities, families, and individuals can prepare for emergency situations.
Summit County Health Department Director, Rich Bullough, gave an overview of the Summit County Health Department, how he has seen Summit County grow and evolve, some of Summit County’s most pressing health concerns and where he sees the department headed in the future. Topics included the new mental health initiative, water quality, diabetes awareness, community interaction and more.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in individuals who have never smoked and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. Radon cannot be seen, smelt or tasted and can be found in any type or age of home. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have elevated radon levels. In wintertime, Radon levels increase, due to decreased air circulation within homes. This week, Rebecka Hullinger, a Summit County Environmental Health Scientist talks with us about the importance of testing for Radon gas in your home.
SaRene Brooks is a Health Educator at the Summit County Health Department with a passion for nutrition and Diabetes Awareness — two of hers sons have Type 1 Diabetes. She is a registered dietician and working on her Diabetes Educator certification. SaRene has worked at the Health Department for over a year and a half. One of the biggest health challenges she sees Summit County facing in the next ten years is chronic disease.
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We welcomed in the New Year with a new Health Promotions Director! Shelley Worley moved to Utah over 29 years ago and recently visited every National Park in the state with her family. She began working at the Health Department as an intern and then a Health Educator over a year ago and worked in personal training and nutrition before that. January 3, 2017, was her official start date as the new Health Promotions Director, a position she was promoted to when previous director, Geri Essen, retired after 25 years.
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