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VALEO 2024

A Message from the Dean

Happy Spring from the College of Health!

"It’s been more than half a year since I’ve had the pleasure of joining you as Dean. During that
time, I’ve been busy acquainting myself with the students, faculty and staff that make this
College thrive.

In this year’s magazine, you’ll find a whole feature dedicated to this idea of bringing more years
to our life and life to our years. We’ve polled faculty, students and alumni to source their best
tips for living longer, healthier lives. Along with healthy eating and proper sleep, you might be
surprised to see that simple walks outside and time spent with friends make a big difference."

- Dean Kelly A. Tappenden, PhD, RD


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Sounding the Alarm for Utah EMS Providers

College of Health Student Researchers Uncover Elevated Burnout Levels for Profession in State.

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A Common Diabetes Drug Has A Surprising Side Gig: Muscle Protector

U of U Health Researchers discover that a commonly prescribed drug for regulating blood sugar levels can also help to protect muscles.

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A Better Bike for Bonding in Elderly Care Centers

Recreational Therapy Researchers Find Side-By-Side Bike Improves Resident and Staff Wellbeing

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The Outdoors Are for Everyone

The Justice and Nature Group works to promote more inclusive nature-based experiences.

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Community Outreach

Saturday Academy Program Reaches Hundreds of Utah Students

College of Health partners with School of Medicine for educational K-12 events.

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Utah’s Pacific Islander Research Pilot Program Paves Way for More Diverse Future in Healthcare

National Institutes of Health Grant will fund ongoing internship program.

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Changing the Game for Parkinson's Care

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic offers no-fee therapy for Parkinson’s disease patients.

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Lessons in PEAK Performance

College of Health PEAK program redefining fitness for campus community.

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Alice Telford Riding a bicycle
Child Playing at Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
Group of people playing basketball

Philanthropy & Alumni Relations

A Message from the Alumni Board

We are excited about alumni engagement and creating opportunities to communicate news of wide-ranging health related research underway at our alma mater.

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A Heart for Healing: Verlinda Montoya

Verlinda Montoya, a Health & Kinesiology alumna, spent her life championing inclusive medical practices.

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A Force of Nature at 100

Alice Telford's passion for life and advocating for health education has been an inspirational force in the Salt Lake City community.

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Proud of U

Emily Quigley Is All (For) Ears

Audiologists like Emily Quigley play a vital role in addressing the highly prevalent issue of hearing loss.

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NUIP’s Professor Velayutham, PhD, Receives University’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Velayutham is the second College of Health faculty member in two years to receive award.

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Classroom and National Champion

Elite athlete and College of Health student Kaden Brown excels for USA Gymnastics.

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Web Exclusives

Emily Quigley

Hearing loss is a prevalent chronic condition affecting millions of Americans, yet audiologists like Emily Quigley are making a difference. Scholarships like the Hardship Scholarship ensure students like Emily can focus on their studies instead of worrying about finances.

Verlinda Montoya

Verlinda Montoya was a remarkable healthcare pioneer who dedicated her life to serving indigenous and underserved communities. Verlinda established a groundbreaking agency that integrated Western medicine practices with inclusive, culturally-sensitive care.

Marilyn Schneider and Fred Tripeny
Saturday Academy working with children
Dean Kelly Tappenden Looking at Skeleton Model
Student with family at graduation
HPER Research Ribbon Cutting