Community Health Outcomes: What the Health Are We Talking About?

11 June 2016 Written by   Published in Break-Out Sessions

Session Description

A community is only as healthy as the people who live there. Even if a community has an ideal plan, it means nothing if it doesn’t improve the health outcomes of its residents. This session will demonstrate the health data that is available at state, county, and city levels. Local public health practitioners will share how this data is used to bridge the gap between community design and optimal health. If you are looking for information about how you can work better with your public health departments, this session will help you figure out why the health we do what we do.


Kim ClausingKim Clausing, Health Educator, Tooele County Public Health Department

Kim Clausing is a Health Educator for Tooele County Health Department, an advocate for the Tooele County Community, as well as a wife, mother of three and grandmother of two. Kim is a Utah native, born in Logan, Utah where she began biking, sometimes to Aggie ice cream. Kim spent her teen years in the Draper, Utah area and rode her bike throughout the Southern end of the Salt Lake Valley, including up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird. The active community of Stansbury Park, Utah is where she has been for over 20+ years raising kids, finishing college and working on her career, all while walking, hiking and biking with her family. Kim is now working with many agencies on the federal, state and local level for policies on Active Transportation, and is focused on helping change the health environment of the Tooele County Community, for the better.

Travis OlsenTravis Olsen, Health Educator, Weber-Morgan Health Department

Travis Olsen is a community health educator at Weber-Morgan Health Department, which serves Weber and Morgan Counties. He has worked with planning agencies to help bring health into the planning realm, especially in the active transportation sector. He worked at Utah County Health Department prior to his current position as a health education technician with similar objectives, and received his Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Brigham Young University. He firmly believes that both the planning and health sectors can and should share similar goals and benefit from collaboration.

Brett McIffBrett McIff, Physical Activity Coordinator, Utah Department of Health

Brett has worked in physical activity promotion for almost 20 years in a variety of fields from personal training to policy development. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science. His graduate work continued with a Master of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Health at Walden University. Brett is the Immediate Past President of the National Physical Activity Society, and works with committees at the national, state, and local levels to promote environments that encourage regular physical activity. He is currently the Physical Activity Coordinator at the Utah Department of Health.