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CFU (Community Face of Utah) is a nexus of communication between resource sources and those who need a voice to achieve better health. CFU is dedicated to creating partnerships and engaging in opportunities for entire communities to become healthier. We work together to better provide health promotion and education for all people who face health disparities.

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About Us

Our Partners

Community Faces of Utah (CFU) is an organizational partnership including:
• The University of Utah
• Center for Clinical & Translational Science
• Division of Public Health (Family & Preventive Medicine)
• Genetic Science Learning Center

• The State of Utah, Department of Health

• 5 diverse communities:
• Best of Africa
• Calvary Baptist Church
• Hispanic Health Care Task Force
• Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
• National Tongan American Society / Utah

Our Mission

The Community Faces of Utah believes it is important to make informed, preventive healthcare decisions for ourselves, our children, our families, and our friends.

By increasing our knowledge we become empowered to improve health for our families and our community.

We also believe that diverse community organizations and institutions can fruitfully dialogue and collaborate to build trust, learn from each other, and work together to enhance our communities’ health.

Our Themes

We believe that “Together Everyone Achieves More!” (T.E.A.M.)

Together we…
• build capacity within communities
• tailor communication within communities and partnerships
• provide health education for communities and partnerships
• improve health access that links communities and partners to resources
• provide interpretation and translation services for communities and partners
• impact health policy that creates a healthier environment for communities
• work together to reduce health disparities
• become a self-sustaining organization
• promote health advocacy

Poster Presentations

Utah Public Health Association, Embrace the Future: Hug a Community Wellness Coach, Valentine Mukundente, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Grant Sunada, Meghan Chirpich, Leanne Johnston, Louisa Stark, Kassy Keen, Heather Aiono, Stephen Alder, Sara Simonsen, Brenda Ralls, and Kathleen Digre. Ogden, UT. April 8-10, 2013.

Women’s Health, The 21st Annual Congress, Woman-to-Woman Coaching: An Innovative Program for Community Outreach in Underserved Populations, Ed Napia, Valentine Mukundente, Pastor France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Fahina Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Kathleen Digre, Pat Eisenman, Heather Aiono, Leanne Johnston, Steve Alder, Louisa Anne Stark, Sara Simonsen, Kassy Noelle Keen, Grant Sunada, and Brenda Ralls. Washington D.C. March 22-24, 2013.

Utah Public Health Association Conference, Voices from the Community Faces of Utah: Gender-Based Perspectives on Obesity and Healthy Weight Promotion, Valentine Mukundente, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Grant Sunada, Meghan Chirpich, Leanne Johnston, Louisa Stark, Kassy Keen,Heather Aiono, Stephen Alder, Sara Simonsen, Brenda Ralls, and Kathleen Digre. Salt Lake City, UT. April 9-11, 2012.

Utah Public Health Association Conference, Selfless Synergy: The Community Faces of Utah as a Model for Harnessing the Energy of Diversity for Improving the Health of All People and Creating Healthier Communities, Valentine Mukundente, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Grant Sunada, Meghan Chirpich, Louisa Stark, Heather Aiono, Stephen Alder, and Brenda Ralls. Salt Lake City, UT. April 9-11, 2012.

Women’s Health, The 20th Annual Congress, Voices from the Community Faces of Utah: Gender-Based Perspectives on Obesity and Healthy Weight Promotion, Valentine Mukundente, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Grant Sunada, Meghan Chirpich, Leanne Johnston, Louisa Stark, Kassy Keen,Heather Aiono, Stephen Alder, Sara Simonsen, Brenda Ralls, and Kathleen Digre. Washington D.C. March 16-18, 2012.

American Society of Human Genetics, Community Genetics and Health Forums: A Model Community Engagement Program for Leadership Development, Louisa Stark and Heather Aiono. Washington D.C. November 2-6, 2010.

American Society of Human Genetics, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Genetics Education Materials for Hispanic/Latino Students and Families: Testing and Outcomes, Stark L, Giles R, Johnson J and Eddings S. Honolulu, HI. October 20-24, 2009.

Oral Presentations

National

American Public Health Association (APHA), Tying up loose ends: Wellness coaching on a shoestring, Abstract Submitted for APHA, Ed Napia, Valentine Mukundente, Pastor France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Fahina Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Kathleen Digre, Pat Eisenman, Heather Aiono, Leanne Johnston, Steve Alder, Louisa Anne Stark, Sara Simonsen, Kassy Noelle Keen, Grant Sunada, and Brenda Ralls. Boston, MA. November 2-6, 2013 (pending notification of acceptance).

American Public Health Association (APHA), Academic Heads with Community Faces, Valentine Mukundente, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia,Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Grant Sunada, Meghan Chirpich, Leanne Johnston, Louisa Stark, Kassy Keen,Heather Aiono, Stephen Alder, Sara Simonsen, Brenda Ralls, and Kathleen Digre. San Francisco, CA. October 29 -November 2, 2012.

American Public Health Association (APHA), Living in a Choice Environment: Empowering Women to Make Sustainable Behavioral Changes, Valentine Mukundente, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia,Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Grant Sunada, Meghan Chirpich, Leanne Johnston, Louisa Stark, Kassy Keen,Heather Aiono, Stephen Alder, Sara Simonsen, Brenda Ralls, and Kathleen Digre. San Francisco, CA. October 29- November 2, 2012.

Intercultural Cancer Council, 25th Anniversary Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity, Empowering Communities in the Era of Health Care Reform. Overcoming Barriers to Health Improvement through Partnerships, Sylvia Rickard. Houston, TX. June 17-22, 2012.

NIH National Human Genome Research Institute, Genomic Literacy Workshop, Formal Genetic and Genomic Science Education (keynote address), Louisa Stark. Bethesda, MD. November 17, 2011.

NIH National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH-wide talk), Inherited Health: Six Diverse Utah Communities Collaborate for Genetics, Chronic Disease and Family Health History Education, Louisa Stark. Bethesda, MD. February 15, 2011.

American Public Health Association (APHA), Social Justice: A Public Imperative, Ed Napia and Fahina Tavake-Pasi. Denver, CO. November 6-10, 2010.

GenoCommunity Think Tank: First National meeting, Community Faces of Utah: A Genetic and Health Forum, Sylvia Rickard and Heather Aiono. St. Louis, MO. September 20-12, 2010.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Annual Conference, Community Genetics Forum: A Model for Engagement Program, Sarah Harding, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, and Heather Aiono. Portland, OR. May 12-15, 2010.

NIH National Center for Research Resources (NIH-wide talk), Synergy Among NIH-Funded Education Projects, Louisa Stark. Bethesda, MD. March 17, 2010.

American Public Health Association (APHA), Effectiveness of Educational Materials Designed to Increase Genetic Literacy Among Hispanic/Latino Elementary and Secondary Students and Their Families, Stark L, Eddings S, Giles R and Johnson. J. Philadelphia, PA. November 7-11, 2009.

American Society of Human Genetics. A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Developing Genetics Education Materials for Hispanic/Latino Students and Families and the Pacific Islander Community, Stark L, Giles R, Johnson J and Eddings S. Philadelphia, PA. November 11-15, 2008.

Genetic Alliance, Using Family History to Improve Your Health: A School-Based Approach for Reaching Students and Families, Giles R, Johnson J and Stark L. Bethesda, MD. July 11-13, 2008.

March of Dimes Foundation, Grand Rounds, Development of Genetics Education Materials, Using a Community-Based Participatory Approach, Louisa Stark. White Plains, NY. May 27, 2008.

Local/Regional

Hope, Healing, and Health Global Community Engagement for Health Diplomacy Conference, Community Case Study, Sylvia Rickard. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. May 7-9, 2013.

Hope, Healing, and Health Global Community Engagement for Health Diplomacy Conference, Patients from Community Faces of Utah Panel, Sylvia Rickard, Jesse Soriano, Gabriela Cetrola, Pascolina Dunham, Heather Aiono. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. May 7-9, 2013

Health Sciences Research Conference, Selfless Synergy: The Community Faces of Utah as a Model for Harnessing the Energy of Diversity for Improving the Health of All People and Creating Healthier Communities, Valentine Mukundente, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Grant Sunada, Meghan Chirpich, Louisa Stark, Heather Aiono, Stephen Alder, and Brenda Ralls. Salt Lake City, UT. February 2012.

Utah Public Health Association Conference, Stakeholders and Strategic Partnerships: Working with Community Partners, Steve Alder. Sandy, UT. 2012.

Division of Public Health, Stakeholders and Strategic Partnerships: Working with Community Partners, Steve Alder. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. 2012.

Community Engaged Faculty Institute, Community-Based Research Peer Review Workshop, Steve Alder and Heather Aiono. Midway, UT. 2012.

Utah Public Health Performance Improvement Boot Camp, Community and Partner Engagement, Steve Alder.West Valley City, UT. 2012.

Utah Public Health Association Conference, Reaching New Heights, Selfless Synergy: The Community Faces of Utah as a Model for Harnessing the Energy of Diversity for Improving the Health of All People and Creating Healthier Communities, Valentine Mukundente, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Grant Sunada, Meghan Chirpich, Louisa Stark, Heather Aiono, Stephen Alder, and Brenda Ralls. Sandy, UT. April 4-6, 2011.

Biologic Basis of Children’s Health, 25th Annual Conference, Sex, Gender, and Sexuality, Louisa Stark. Park City, UT. September 9-11, 2011.

Health Sciences Research Conference, Selfless Synergy: The Community Faces of Utah as a Model for Harnessing the Energy of Diversity for Improving the Health of All People and Creating Healthier Communities, Valentine Mukundente, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Grant Sunada, Meghan Chirpich, Louisa Stark, Heather Aiono, Stephen Alder, and Brenda Ralls. Salt Lake City, UT. February 2011.

University of Utah, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Public Health Grand Rounds, Preparing the Public for Personalized Healthcare Through Genetics Education and Community Engagement, Louisa Stark. Salt Lake City, UT. January 11, 2011.

Biologic Basis of Children’s Health Conference, 24th Annual Conference, Advances in the Science of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Bridging Research and Clinical Care, Louisa Stark. Park City, UT. September 10-11, 2010.

Community Faces: A Genetics and Health Forum, France A. Davis, Doriena Lee, Yun Jones, Sylvia Rickard, Eru (Ed) Napia, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Ivoni Nash, Lillian Thom Orme, Marla Pardilla, Valentine Mukundente, Hajie Goll, Dulce Diez, Heather Aiono, Dina Drits, and Louisa Stark. (See cfu.utah.edu for forum movie and full report (PDF).) Salt Lake City, UT. May 1, 2010.

Biologic Basis of Children’s Health, 23rd Annual Conference, The New Frontier: Epigenetics and the Origins of Health and Disease, Louisa Stark. Park City, UT. September 18-20, 2009.

Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Scholar Seminar, The CCTS Community Engagement Core: An Introduction, Louisa Stark. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. September 24, 2008.

Publications

Davis FA, Lee D, Rickard, S, Napia E, Tavake-Pasi F, Nash I, Mukundente V, Sunada G, Ralls B, Aiono H, Drits D, Alder S, and Stark L. (In Preparation 2013) The Community Faces model: Community, university and health department partners thriving together for effective health education.

Davis FA, Lee D, Rickard, S, Napia E, Tavake-Pasi F, Nash I, Mukundente V, Sunada G, Ralls B, Aiono H, Drits D, Alder S, and Stark L. (In Preparation 2013) The successes and challenges of a thriving community, university and health department partnership.

Simonsen SE, Digre KB, Ralls B, Mukundente V, Davis FA, Rickard S, Tavake-Pasi F, Napia E, Aiono H, Chirpich M, Stark LA, Sunada G, Keen K, Johnston J, Frost CJ, Varner MW, Alder SC. (2013) Use of gender-based planning analysis to promote healthy lifestyle and healthy weight among Utah women from five diverse communities. Evaluation and Program Planning.

Davis FA, Lee D, Jones Y, Rickard, S, Allen, T, Napia E, Tavake-Pasi F, Nash I, Tom Orme L, Pardilla M, Mukundente V, Goll H, Diez D, Aiono H, Drits D and Stark L. (2010). Community Faces: A Genetics and Health Forum Report.

Stark LA, Giles R and Johnson J (2008) Consumer Genetics Education Network (CGEN): Genetics Education Materials for Hispanic/Latino Students and Families. NCC Collaborator 2 (2):3.

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