Joyce R. Gaufin, BS


Elected October 2012

Term Ending: November 2015

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Joyce GaufinJoyce Gaufin provides leadership, quality improvement, and organization consultation to state, local and non-profit organizations in Utah and Nevada as an independent consultant. Joyce has been actively involved in public health since 1973, when she began working for the Utah Department of Health. After providing administrative and management support to the Division of Community Health Services and the Utah Local Health Officer’s Association, she worked for the Division of Health Care Financing as the division training director (500 plus employees). She held other important positions with the DHCF including public information officer, emergency preparedness coordinator and quality and productivity consultant. Joyce was recognized for creating and managing a model interpretive services program for Utah Medicaid clients and providers, and she co-developed an interactive web-based training program, “Adventures in Public Health,” an introduction to public health for employees and local boards of health throughout Utah. She was a member of the UDOH 2002 Olympic planning group.

In addition to her work with the UDOH, Joyce has provided training and consultation for other state agencies, local health departments and other community-based associations throughout Utah and Nevada. She was a founding member of the Utah Governor’s Quality Consortium, and she served on the Utah Human Resource Training Consortium. She is a guest lecturer for graduate public health programs at the University of Utah and Westminster College in Salt Lake City. This background has given her a deep and broad understanding of the public health workforce, which she has leveraged to create strong academic and practice partnerships throughout this region.

She put this background to use as a founding creator of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute, where she built a strong collaboration between public health agencies in Utah and Nevada. She became the executive director in 2003, and she has provided advanced leadership preparation for over 255 scholars and graduates. She retired as the executive director on March 31, 2012, and she now serves as a consultant to GBPHLI. Joyce is a 10-year member of the National Public Health Leadership Development Network, where she served as chairperson in 2008. 

Joyce is a lifetime member of the Utah Public Health Association, where she has served with distinction for over 35 years. She has held every leadership position in the organization, including a two-year term as president from 1996-98. Joyce is an active APHA member who is currently serving a four-year elected term on the Executive Board. She is a former chairperson and Governing Councilor for the Health Administration Section of APHA, and she served as chair of the Intersectional Council in 2005. Joyce has been a frequent presenter and moderator for APHA meetings since 1994. She has served as a member of the APHA Education Board, The Nation’s Health Advisory Committee, the Task Force on Association Improvement and Reorganization, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, and other leadership positions. Joyce has also been a member of the Nevada Public Health Association since 2002.

Joyce co-edited her first book with Dr. Barry Levy, a former president of the APHA. The book, Mastering Public Health:  Essential Skills for Effective Practice,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. The book contains the work of 59 contributors including leaders from public health academia and practice, and experts from the fields of leadership, organizational development, journalism and more. This book has been designed to give public health practitioners a comprehensive resource with specific tools and resources to complement their formal education.