September 10 - 11, 2015


W. David Patton, MPA, PhD

Title: President, Molina Healthcare of Utah

Dr. W. David Patton is the President of Molina Healthcare of Utah as of August 2015.  He recently retired as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health. Dave was born in Charlestown, West Virginia and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Utah with two bachelor degrees, one in economics and another in political science. He received a master of public administration (MPA) degree from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Utah in political science with an emphasis in public administration. While earning his degrees, Dave worked for Motorola Communications, then as the Research Director of the Utah Public Employees Association. He later became the Chief Labor Negotiator and a Senior Management Analyst for Salt Lake City. After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Patton took a faculty position at Boise State University and also served as the Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration. In 2002 he moved his family back to Utah to be the Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Utah and take an appointment as Research Professor in the MPA program. Following the election of Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., Dr. Patton served as a special advisor to Governor-elect Jon Huntsman Jr.'s Gubernatorial Transition Team and the first Executive Director of the Utah Policy Partnership – the Governor's "Kitchen Cabinet." In 2009, he was appointed Deputy Director of Operations in the Department of Health with oversight over agency operations including planning and organization, performance management and legislative relations.

Richard Bullough, PhD

Prior to becoming the Health Officer for Summit County Health Department, he worked for the Utah Department of Health, managing chronic disease programs.  He obtained his PhD in Human Nutrition and was an NIH Research Fellow in human metabolism and obesity.

Gary Edwards, MS

Gary Edwards has worked in public health for 30 years; his career began at the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, where he was a public health educator. Mr. Edwards then spent 11 years with the Utah Department of Health in the Bureau of Health Promotion, directing the bureau for three years. Prior to joining the Salt Lake County Health Department as executive director in 2005, Edwards was director of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department for 12 years.

In the course of his career, Edwards has been involved in investigating and managing cases and outbreaks of a number of communicable diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, measles, plague, pertussis, cryptosporidiosis, and novel H1N1 influenza. He has been actively involved in efforts to prevent and control tobacco use in Utah, and he was responsible for some of the initial work in the nation addressing smokeless tobacco. His work has also included investigating suspected anthrax exposure sites and evaluating the potential public health impacts of large hog operations. He has served on numerous state and national boards and committees.

In addition to his work in public health, Edwards has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah, Southern Utah University, and Ball State University.  He was the Parowan (Utah) High School cross country coach for seven years, where his teams won five regional titles, one state championship, and one second-place state finish. Edwards claims to have learned life’s greatest lessons in the ten years he spent refereeing high school basketball.

Edwards received his undergraduate degree in health education from Utah State University and a Master of Science degree in health science from Western Illinois University. He has completed advanced leadership training with the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL), as well as the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program (ELP) at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Gary and his wife, Moana, have four children and five grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys running, cycling, baseball, basketball, reading, and gardening.

Lewis Garrett, APRN, MPH

Title: Health Officer, Davis County Health Department

Lewis Garrett is the Director and Local Health Officer of the Davis County Health Department. His current duties include responsibility for the overall direction of the administrative, clinical, and environmental functions of the Health Department. He supervises Directors of the Family Health & Senior Services Division, Environmental Health Services Division, Communicable Disease & Epidemiology Division, and the Department Business Manager.

Before coming to Davis County, he served for seven years as the Family Health Services Director for the Salt Lake Valley Health Department (SLVHD) in Salt Lake County. Prior to this, he served as the Associate Director of Family Health Services in SLVHD, as a medical provider at the Utah State Corrections Department, along with several public health positions while serving in the United States Air Force.

Garrett completed his undergraduate degree in nursing at Brigham Young University and his master’s degree in public health at the University of Texas.

Dr. Edward H. Redd

Dr. Redd practiced internal medicine in Logan for 16 years and joined the Bear River Health Department in 2005.  In addition to working in public health, he has been the Cache County Jail physician for the last 10 years and has been providing part-time mental health prescribing services for Bear River Mental Health, 2 days per week for the last 7 years.

He was elected to the Utah State House Representatives in 2012 and has served on the Health and Human Services, and Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice standing committees since being elected.

Through his work at the Bear River Health Department, Cache County Jail, and Bear River Mental Health, Dr. Redd has witnessed firsthand the negative effects of marijuana use in people's lives but also understands the science behind the potential medicinal uses of some of the components of the marijuana plant including cannabidiol.  His work in the state legislature has exposed him to a nation-wide orchestrated effort to legalize and decriminalize marijuana, not for medicinal purposes but for commercial recreational use.  

He is hopeful that his presentation today will be useful to you in your community service as local health department board members.

Dr. Joseph K. Miner, MD, MSPH

Dr. Miner was recently appointed by Governor Herbert as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health.  Until August 2015, Dr. Miner served as the executive director of the Utah County Health Department (1983-2015). In this role, he was a tireless advocate for improving the health of residents. In addition to his responsibilities as executive director, Dr. Miner was also a medical consultant for the Office of Education and Vocational Rehabilitation (1988-2015) and the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services (1987-2015). He was a clinical consultant for the Wasatch Mental Health Center and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center inpatient Psychiatry Medical Support Services in Provo and Utah State Hospital (1997- 2015). Additionally, he has served on numerous boards and committees all focused on the improved health of our state's population.

Dr. Miner earned a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University in 1971, a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1974 and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1983.