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Amelia Self, MSW

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Director, Population Health

Amelia Self is a master level social worker and public health advocate with over 16 years of experience implementing programs and expanding service access and delivery to populations who have been historically underserved.

Prior to joining Salt Lake County Health Department, Amelia spent nine years at the Utah Department of Health where she led state-wide prevention, treatment and surveillance priorities and initiatives for HIV, STD, TB, Viral Hepatitis, refugee health and harm reduction programming. In this position, Amelia expanded health services for newly arrived refugees; increased funding available to support HIV prevention and treatment services, including PrEP and directed efforts to establish syringe service programming. She also served as the State AIDS Director (2014–2020) and State Refugee Health Coordinator (2012–2020). Amelia represented Utah as a voting member of the Association of Refugee Health Coordinator and served as a member of the executive board from 2015–2017. She also was appointed to the Governor’s Refugee Advisory Board and served from 2016–2020.

Prior to her government work, Amelia spent eight years at the International Rescue Committee where she led the development and implementation of health and wellness programming for newly arriving refugees and existing refugee communities. Amelia also provided sexual and reproductive health services, specifically HIV testing and pre and post testing counseling to youth living in Gaborone, Botswana along with working with Latino refugees and asylees in Toronto, Canada.

Amelia holds a BA in history from Idaho State University and a Master of Social Work with an international emphasis from the University of Utah.