UPHE and partners bring 260 refugee students to the movie Black Panther


UPHE’s Lead Safe Outreach Program and our University of Utah Partners Sponsor Black Panther Movie Viewing for Refugee Students of Salt Lake County



March 13, 2018


Aaron Samudio – Lead Outreach Manager, UPHE, (801) 717-8441asamudiouphe@gmail.com

Denni Cawley – Executive Director, UPHE, 385-707-3677dcawleyuphe@gmail.com


Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Time: Attendees arrive at 3:30 pm, program and movie begin at 3:50 pm

Location: Century 16, Salt Lake – Cinemark

125 East 3300 South

Salt Lake City, Utah 84115


Note for media: Please arrive by 3:20 and contact UPHE reps above if you would like to interview a student and staff member of the Utah International Charter School and/or a representative of UPHE at the event location.   Filming is not allowed within the theater as per Cinemark policy.

(March 13, 2018 – Salt Lake City) – Around 260 refugee students from Salt Lake County have been invited to watch the movie Black Panther as part of the national #BlackPantherChallenge.  Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) organized the event that highlights the non-profit’s Lead Safe Outreach Program, with the support of the University of Utah’s Office for Equity and Diversity , the David Eccles School of Business, the Black Student Union, and close to 50 individual donors of a GoFundMe page created for the event.

Most of the students and staff attending will be from the Utah International Charter School.  See this video to learn about this amazing transformative institution.  Students from the University of Utah’s REFUGES Bridge Program will also be participating.  Through this movie, the organizers hope that experiencing the amazing black leaders of Wakanda, like the compassionate and thoughtful T’Challa, or the inventive and intelligent Shuri, will both inspire and empower these young individuals.


This event is part of UPHE’s Lead Safe Outreach Program.  The organization gave interactive educational presentations to the students of the Utah International Charter School, which will help them understand how to protect themselves and their families from lead poisoning.  UPHE also shared information on how families can qualify for free home remediation services through the Lead Safe Housing Program of Salt Lake County.

Lead is a neurotoxin.  Even at small amounts, it can cause irreversible brain damage leading to lower IQ and behavior problems. However, lead poisoning is highly preventable especially from sources at home.  We hope to reach vulnerable communities and families through several initiatives, and by educating the youth to reach their parents.

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of Utah by promoting science-based health education and interventions that result in progressive, measurable improvements to the environment.

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