Summit County News Releases

Summit County hiring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coordinator


Summit County is currently recruiting for a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coordinator. This will be a contract position. Will work collaboratively with staff and the community in coordination of mental health and substance abuse services with Summit County partners. For a full description and more information, please visit the posting at

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university; and five (5) years’ experience in managing coalitions involving public health or other community benefits; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Special Qualification: Valid, non-restricted driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Please send letter of interest, resume and references to: Summit County, Personnel Department, P.O.Box 128, Coalville, Utah 84017

Summit County is a drug free workplace conducting pre-employment testing.

Closing Date: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:00PM

Retired dentist launches Kickstarter to benefit Summit County schools

(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.

For more information, visit or support the Oh’Pal Kickstarter before March 1 at

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

Mental Health Services and Needs Assessment findings

SCHC010: Summit County Dental Health and Oh’Pal Kickstarter w/Dr.Marielle Pariseau

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

Support the Oh’Pal Kickstarter here or at this link:

SCHC009: Immunizations and the Coalville office w/Public Nurse Jean Paskett

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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SCHC008: Emergency Preparedness 101 w/Summit County Emergency Manager Chris Crowley

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.

SCHC007: Summit County Health Department overview w/Rich Bullough

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.

SCHC006: Radon 101 w/ Environmental Health Scientist Rebecka Hullinger

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.

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SCHC005: A Nutritious New Year and Health Education w/SaRene Brooks

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.

Some things we talked about

SCHC004: New Year’s Fitness and Health Promotions w/Shelley Worley

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.

Some things we discussed