June 15, 2018
June 2018 Updates
We are excited to publish our first "monthly update" looking back at May of 2018!
From now on, mid month, UHPP will send a brief newsletter that shows the many different types of work we do in the community. Although a major part of our organization is policy oriented, we have many dedicated staff members and volunteers out in the community, working daily, to get healthcare access to all Utahns.
Utah Decides Healthcare is on the Ballot!
After collecting over 200,000 signatures in less than six short months, the Lieutenant Governor’s office has officially put Utah Decides Healthcare on the November ballot. UHPP has ardently been trying to get full Medicaid expansion passed for several years, and we have come very close in the past. This year we are so excited for Utahns to be able to go to the polls and make the final decision about Medicaid expansion in our state.
Andy Slavitt's new organization makes its first stop in Utah
We were thrilled to host Andy Slavitt's new organization, United States of Care, on the first stop of their Listening Tour. A range community advocates gathered together to discuss different aspects, perspectives, and ultimately, ideas for the future of health care in Utah and the United States.

Meet the (mostly) new policy team:
Stacy Stanford, health policy analyst, began volunteering with UHPP in 2014 as an advocate for Medicaid expansion, and came on board as a part-time health policy associate in May of 2017, before transitioning to a full-time position later in the year. Stacy received a BA from Westminster College in Disability Justice, a customized degree program combining political science, sociology, and justice studies. Stacy has been active in disability rights for many years, and has organized more than two dozen healthcare-defense events. Nowadays she spends more time behind a desk than rallying in the streets, but she brings that grassroots perspective to UHPP's policy work.
Courtney Bullard, education and collaborations director, is the newest addition to UHPP's policy team. Although she claims Clinton, UT as home, Courtney spent the majority of her early years living in the Middle East. She graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in political science and Arabic, and afterwards completed a master's degree in social policy and evaluation at University College of London. Before joining UHPP, she worked on similar policy issues with the refugee and immigrant population in Salt Lake City, England, Jordan, Lebanon, and northern Iraq.
UHPP in the Community
UHPP organized a Health Care Value Boot Camp with Health Insight and Altarum,featuring Lynn Quincy and Andy Slavitt
Stephanie Burdick, volunteer and consumer advocate, was one of our many dedicated signature gatherers
Laura Holdredge, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment coordinator, at the PRIDE festival in Salt Lake City
Matt Slonaker, executive director, and Stacy Stanford, policy analyst, attended an Oral Health 2020 conference in Phoenix
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Have feedback? Email me at courtney@healthpolicyproject.org