Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy

Trust for America's Health
New Report: Utah's Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Death Rate Could Increase 41 percent in Next Decade; Utah Would have 14th Highest Rate in Country

Study Highlights Solutions, Calls for National Resilience Strategy

Washington, D.C., November 21, 2017 – Utah's drug, alcohol and suicide death rate could increase by 41 percent in the next 10 years, according to a new report, Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy, released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT).
Utah's rate could rise to 70 per 100,000 deaths from these three causes by 2025 – which would be the 14th highest – compared to the state's current rate of 49.7 per 100,000 (as of 2015), which is the 15th highest.
Nationally, deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide could account for 1.6 million fatalities over the coming decade (2016 to 2025). This would represent a 60 percent increase compared to the past decade, if recent trends hold, based on an analysis conducted by the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) for this report. From 2006 to 2015, there were 1 million deaths from these three causes.
  • Nationally, in 2015, there were 127,500 deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide. The epidemics currently are responsible for 350 deaths per day, 14 per hour and one every four minutes.
  • According to the report's projections, this could reach 192,000 per year by 2025 (39.7 deaths per 100,000 in 2015 compared to 55.9 per 100,000 in 2025).
  • At a state level, in 2005, 21 states and Washington, D.C. had death rates from these three causes above 30 per 100,000, and only six states had death rates above 40 per 100,000.
  • As of 2015, 48 states and Washington, D.C. had rates above 30 per 100,000, 30 were above 40 per 100,000 and five states had rates above 60 per 100,000, including New Mexico which had the highest rate of 77.4 per 100,000.
  • By 2025, 26 states could reach 60 deaths per 100,000 – and two states (New Mexico and West Virginia) could reach rates of 100 deaths per 100,000.
The study found, however, that these numbers may be conservative, especially with the rapid rise of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil use. If the nation continues along recent trajectories, death rates would actually double to 2 million by 2025.
"These numbers are staggering, tragic – and preventable," said John Auerbach, president and CEO of TFAH. "There is a serious crisis across the nation and solutions must go way beyond reducing the supply of opioids, other drugs and alcohol. Greater steps – that promote prevention, resiliency and opportunity – must be taken to address the underlying issues of pain, hopelessness and despair.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pedestrian Summit 2017

Continuous Improvement Capacity Building Grants for agencies working with youth in South Salt Lake and Kearns

Continuous Improvement Capacity Building Grants
funded by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
DEADLINE: December 01, 2017

United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) has made a commitment to the community to dramatically improve outcomes for every child in our region.  We believe that if nonprofits, schools, post-secondary institutions, businesses, government, philanthropies, and community members can align their resources toward the same goals, we can eliminate disparities and ensure that every child achieves their goals.

In partnership with Regence BlueCross BlueShield, we invite you to apply for a Continuous Improvement Capacity Building  grant.  The goal of this grant is for selected nonprofits to measurably improve an outcome for a group of targeted individuals through the implementation of continuous improvement principles and increased staff capacity focused on mental health for students and families in the Granite School District. Grant recipients will receive the following:

1.      Two workshops exclusively for grant recipients on results-based accountability and short-cycle continuous improvement
2.      Access to Results-Based Facilitation Training and Leadership Training
3.      Two technical assistance sessions to ensure clear implementation of outcome focused strategies
4.      A one-time grant of $5,000 to participate in workshops and trainings and to implement a continuous improvement strategy

Nonprofits who provide mental health services low to moderate income families in Granite School District in the below areas are eligible to apply for the grant:

       South Salt Lake

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017. 

Announcement of grant decisions will be made by December 15, 2017.

If you have questions regarding this grant application, please email Katherine Bark at katherine@uw.org. Get the grant application here.

Please send your completed application electronically to:
Katherine Bark
Grants Manager
United Way of Salt Lake

Free, Online Trainings in Health Literacy


Even people who read well and are comfortable using numbers face health literacy issues when they aren’t familiar with medical terms or how their bodies work, when they have to interpret statistics and evaluate risks and benefits that affect their health and safety, or when they are voting on an issue affecting the community’s health and relying on unfamiliar technical information.
Trainings in health literacy, plain language, and culture and communication are essential for anyone working in health information and services. To make information more accessible and understandable to your audiences, consider taking online CDC trainings. (Continuing education credits and certificates are available.)

Choose from Five Different Trainings

Whether you are new to these topics, need a refresher, or want to train your entire staff, these courses are a good place to start:
  1. Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals (free continuing education)
  2. Writing for the Public (printable completion certificate)
  3. Using Numbers and Explaining Risk (printable completion certificate)
  4. Creating Easier to Understand Lists, Charts, and Graphs (printable completion certificate)
  5. Speaking with the Public (printable completion certificate)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Great American Smokeout- Nov 16

banner image for GASO 2017 that says "When Trying to Quit Smoking, Support Can Make All the Difference. #GASO"Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. 
Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

Thinking of quitting tobacco? Go to waytoquit.org.

Apply to be a YHEMOP Summer 2018 Placement Site

Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) Summer 2018 Placement Site Application is currently open and will be closing on December 7th, 2017.

As part of YHEMOP, OMH supports the placement of Health Equity Fellows (students enrolled in higher education studies) to assist in meeting the needs of diverse organizations by completing short-term health equity projects. For more information, please see the attached factsheet that describes the YHEMOP Placement Site experience and requirements.

Application Information
The deadline to submit an application to become a YHEMOP Placement Site is December 7th, 2017.  The application is attached and can also be accessed on our websitehttps://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/YHEMOP/ . To submit the application, please go to https://omhyouthhealthequity.us/placement-application-2018/ and follow the directions to upload your application.

For more information on the YHEMOP Program please visit https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/YHEMOP/  or email us at OMHYHEMOP@atlasresearch.us

Connect the Dots Event: Sharing Community and Provider Resources