Monday, August 14, 2017

SAMHSA – New Behavioral Health Barometer Reports Provide In-Depth, State-Level Data

SAMHSA released the fourth edition of its Behavioral Health Barometer state reports. These reports include data about key issues such as the prevalence of substance use, serious thoughts of suicide, serious mental illness, and treatment, for each state and the District of Columbia. The findings are presented by age, gender, racial and ethnic categories, poverty status, and health insurance status. The reports can assist policymakers and public health providers in targeting programs and interventions to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders on America's communities.

Primary Health Coverage Available for Uninsured Adults

For Immediate Release:  
Monday, 14 August 2017
Media Contact: 
Kolbi Young
(o) 801-538-6847 
(m) 801-231-6350 

Primary Health Coverage Available for Uninsured Adults
Primary Care Network opens enrollment today

What: Utah’s Primary Care Network (PCN) will open enrollment today. PCN is a primary preventive health coverage plan for uninsured adults. Benefits include physician services, prescriptions, dental services, eye exams, emergency room visits, birth control, and general preventive services.

Why: Since December 2015, PCN has not accepted new applications for adults without dependent children. Beginning today, all uninsured Utah adults may apply online, by mail, or in person to receive primary health care.
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Who: Adults who meet the following requirements may apply:
  • Age 19 through 64
  • U.S. citizens or legal residents
  • Not covered by other health insurance
  • Meet income guidelines (e.g., a family of 4 with a maximum income of $23,376 per year)
  • Not qualified for Medicaid
  • Have no access to Medicare or Veterans benefits
  • Have no access to student health insurance (as full-time students)
When: PCN will accept applications for all adults from August 14-28, 2017.  PCN enrollment for parents/caretaker relatives will stay open and accept applications at any time.
Where: Apply online at www.health.utah.gov/pcn or call the PCN hotline at 1-888-222-2542.

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2018 Abstinence Ed & PREP Funding Applications from Salt Lake County Health Department

2018 Abstinence Ed & PREP Funding Applications 

Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) is seeking proposals for Abstinence and Personal Responsibility Education Programs (PREP). SLCoHD is seeking to sub-contract with community agencies providing services to adolescents and families residing within Salt Lake County. Agencies are eligible to apply for abstinence education, personal responsibility education or both. All agencies providing services to adolescents and families are eligible and encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.


ACE (Arts Culture and Events) Fund Orientation 2017


Please join the ACE (Arts Culture and Events) Fund team to hear about exciting changes in our program this year and how to apply! Events of all types and sizes are invited to apply for Salt Lake City funding to help support our community. Attendance is not required to apply but highly encouraged. 

Questions? Email Tina Heidorn (ACE Coordinator) at ace@slcgov.com

Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program – Opening Soon

Funding Opportunities

Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment ProgramOpening Soon.  This month, the National Health Service Corp (NHSC) will begin accepting applications for their 2018 Students to Service Loan Repayment Program, providing up to $120,000 in tax-free funds to pay for tuition and other fees for students in their final year of medical or dental school. In exchange for loan repayment students agree to work at NHSC-approved sites, in many cases rural areas, upon completion of their primary care residency training.  The two-month window for applications will begin in mid-August; interested students can sign up now to be notified when that happens.  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Community Health Center Week

It's Community Health Center Week!  
Here's how Utah is marking the occasion

Bear Lake Community Health Center, Open House
Garden City Clinic (325 W Logan Hwy, Garden City, UT 84028) - August 23rd 11:00 AM -2:00 PM

Carbon Medical Services Association, Health Fair,
East Carbon Clinic (305 Center St, East Carbon, UT 84520), August 17th, Time TBD

Family Healthcare, "Back to School" Day at the Clinics 
St George Clinic (25 N 100 E Suite 102, St George, UT 84770) - August 11th (all day)

Fourth Street Film Festival, Brewvies Cinema Pub - August 17th, 6:30 PM

Mountainlands Family Health Center, Health Fair
Mountainlands Family Health Center (589 S State St, Provo, Utah) - August 18th, 2:30 PM - 5 PM

Utah Navajo Health Systems, Various Clinic Locations (See attached flyer)
Teddy Bear Clinic - August 11th, 17th and 25th, 1 PM - 3 PM

Many of the smaller clinics are doing patient, and staff appreciation dinners, or hosting booths at local festivals. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

UDOH Job Posting - UBDN Epidemiologist

The Department of Health has an opening for a UBDN Epidemiologist, posting # 12791. The posting will close at midnight on August 202017 MST
  
In order to be considered for an interview for these positions, you will need to apply on-line at STATEJOBS.UTAH.GOV .  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Register for the Fifth Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee for 2030

Healthypeople.gov: News You Can Use

Secretary’s Advisory Committee for 2030 New!

Be a part of the Healthy People 2030 development process! Register to attend the fifth meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee). The meeting will be held in Washington, DC and is open to the public. Registration is required.

At this meeting, the Committee will:
  • Discuss the development of the Nation’s health promotion and disease prevention objectives
  • Discuss proposed recommendations and updates from each of the Committee’s subcommittees
  • Hear oral testimony from the public on the proposed Healthy People 2030 framework, including the vision, mission, overarching goals, foundational principles, and plan of action
If you would like to present oral comment to the Committee, you must register and submit a written copy of your oral comment prior to the meeting. Please also review the guidelines for public comment.

Space is limited and registration will close once we reach maximum capacity.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Webinars: Understanding the Opioid Crisis

SAMHSA LogoTwo-Part Webinar Series for Faith-Based and Community Leaders on the Opioid Crisis

Part One: Understanding the Opioid Crisis: What's at the Heart of the Matter?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | Noon–1 p.m. Eastern Time
Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Partnership Center and experts from SAMHSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a two-part webinar series specifically geared towards faith-based and community leaders on the opioid crisis. During part one of this series, national leaders from SAMHSA and the CDC will share data and the science about opioid addiction, and they will dispel some common misconceptions about treatment and recovery. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and will receive information about additional resources.
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Part Two: There Is Hope: Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Noon–1 p.m. Eastern Time
Connecting people to treatment and recovery support has been shown to be effective and can save lives. During part two of this series, experts from SAMHSA and the CDC will review early intervention and treatment options, and they will discuss the essential role that the community plays in recovery support and prevention. They will also discuss strategies for getting ahead of the problem, the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the development of a substance use disorder, and how upstream preventative action can restore hope and lead to a brighter and healthier future for generations to come. The webinar will close with a Q&A session and a review of resources.

Job Posting - Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care Program (EPICC) at the Department of Health

The Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care Program (EPICC)  at the Department of Health has a recruitment open for the following position:

Domain Specialist III (Health Program Specialist III)
$20.91 - $33.17

This is a full-time, career service position with benefits.
Requisition #   12783
Closes:   08/14/2017 at 11:59 pm MST

In order to be considered for an interview for this position, you will need to apply on-line at https://statejobs.utah.gov.  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.  

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Do you have a background in public health? The Healthy Living through Policy, Environment and Improved Clinical Care Program (EPICC) needs you as a Domain Specialist III. You will work to improve/reduce heart disease and stroke incidence in Utah by focusing on risk factors (primarily hypertension) and working with partners in the health care, worksite and community setting to implement interventions. You will be apart of a collaborative team that works together on multiple projects. This position requires travel throughout the state of Utah.

Principal Duties 
The primary responsibilities on projects are to:

  • Act as an expert for quality improvement projects in healthcare setting (health clinics, primary providers).
  • Provide clinical guideline education.
  • Collaborate with a team based care approached including using pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and other non-physician staff to care for patients.
  • Manage complex projects by chairing work groups and facilitating consensus on complex issues.
  • Facilitate meetings.
  • Ensure projects move forward.
  • Draft final documents.
  • Solicit endorsements for the documents from experts in Utah.
  • Manage complex relationships among health system partners.
  • Deliver presentations and training.
  • Manage contracts.
  • Participate in policy development, program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Develop new and strengthens existing partnerships in heath care, work-site and community settings
  • Promote a collaborative partnership with healthcare and community partners.
  • Provide technical assistance on health care quality improvement and support to health care partners.
  • Coordinate internally with Bureau of Health Promotion to increase coordination among programs, work collaboratively on projects, and decrease duplication.
  • Participate in program development, planning and evaluation.
  • Develop and delivers presentations and training to program partners.


The Ideal Candidate

  • Has a bachelor degree in a health related field such as Nursing, Public Administration, Public Health, Health Promotion, Health Education, or similar field.
  • Has knowledge and experience about quality improvement in the healthcare field, (hospitals, clinics, and health plans).
  • Has the ability to work with partners for long and short-term planning.
  • Has the skill and ability to plan, organize and prioritize time and workload in order to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Has the ability to deliver presentations or training using acceptable methods and techniques.
  • Has the skill and ability to write work plans, progress reports, and grant applications.
  • Has strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Has the skill and ability to prepare and make presentations to effectively communicate ideas concisely and accurately.
  • Has the ability to lead and facilitate meetings, teams, or work groups to encourage participation and cooperation to accomplish project objectives.
  • Has the skills in planning, developing, and evaluating health promotion programs.
  • Has the skill and ability to use automated software applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Has the ability to write, oversee and monitor grants/contracts.


Open Enrollment for Primary Care Network (PCN)

PCN will open enrollment for all adults

August 14-28

If you are uninsured and age 19-64, you may qualify for PCN. Click here for additional eligibility requirements.


PCN is currently open for enrollment and accepting applications for parents/caretaker relatives. To be eligible, you must have a dependent child under age 19 living at home, in addition to the other eligibility requirements

You can apply online or call 1-888-222-2542 for an application to be mailed to you.
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Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP) may be able to help you pay for your monthly health insurance premium if you are:
  • Uninsured, but have access to health insurance through your employer
  • COBRA eligible or already have COBRA coverage

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Social Determinants of Health

Healthypeople.gov: Leading Health Indicators Monthly Bulletin

Overview
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environment in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that may impact their health. SDOH are often a strong predictor for health inequities—the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between communities. They include factors like socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care.

The Healthy People 2020 SDOH framework highlights 5 key domains: economic stability, education, health and health care, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context. The selection of social determinants as a Leading Health Indicator recognizes the critical role of home, school, workplace, neighborhood, and community in improving health. The Social Determinants LHI encourages improvements in education and high school graduation rates. Children born to parents who have not completed high school are more likely to live in an environment with barriers to health. Additionally, low education levels have been linked with poor health, more stress, and lower self-confidence.

Increasing levels of education, including academic success and achievement, are associated with longer life expectancy, improved health and quality of life, and adoption of health-promoting behaviors like getting regular physical activity, not smoking, and going for routine checkups and recommended screenings.

Find out more and view the infographic here.

Data From the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey

Chartbook on Health Conditions and Behaviors of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Persons in the United States, 2014

Objectives
The body of nationally representative health statistics for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) population is limited, because even the largest health surveys generally do not have an adequate NHPI sample to calculate reliable NHPI statistics. Using data from the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS) from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), this report fills this gap by presenting statistics on health conditions and behaviors for (a) the total NHPI population and the multiple- and single race NHPI populations, in comparison with other federal race groups and the total U.S. population; (b) single-race NHPI persons compared with multiple-race NHPI persons; and (c) detailed NHPI race groups in comparison with each other and the total U.S. population.

Methods
The NHPI statistics were calculated using 2014 NHPI NHIS data, while the other race group statistics were calculated using 2014 data from NCHS’ annual National Health Interview Survey.

Results
Compared with Asian adults, NHPI adults had higher rates of a range of health conditions, including lower back pain, serious psychological distress, asthma, and cancer. The prevalence of some health conditions, including cancer, ulcers, and diabetes, did not differ significantly between NHPI and black adults. Samoan adults were more likely than Native Hawaiian and Guamanian or Chamorro adults to have lower back pain and any physical difficulty, and they were less likely to have a healthy body weight. Native Hawaiian adults were more likely than Pacific Islander adults to have asthma. Single-race NHPI adults had higher rates of diabetes and were more likely to report at least 1 heavy drinking day in the past year, but they were less likely to have asthma, compared with multiple-race NHPI adults.

Read the entire report here.

Annual Friendly Island Festival


2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Oversampling Study in American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) populations

Office of Minority HealthThis year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) kicked off the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Oversampling Study (BRFSS), a new initiative from the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the CDC. This phone survey aims to increase understanding of health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, access to care and use of preventive services in American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) populations.

The states participating in the oversampling study are: Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Each state asks questions based on demographic characteristics (e.g., gender and age) and current health behaviors, such as tobacco and seat belt use. It takes less than 30 minutes to answer the phone survey and all information collected is confidential.

OMH wants to promote awareness of and participation in this initiative and asks your help to inform Native communities about this project by sharing this announcement with tribes, Native organizations, and American Indians and Alaska Natives living in these states. OMH has developed a series of resources to help promote this project and to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to respond to the survey if they get a call from their State Health Department. 

Be sure to visit the OMH website to obtain outreach resources such as info cards, downloadable posters, and a newsletter drop-in article and share with your networks and through your communications channels. For more information, please click here. 

2017 Home Visiting Yearbook


Advances Newsletter
RWJF: Studies show that home visiting programs yield up to $5.70 return for every $1 invested. The 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook compiles key data on early childhood home visiting and fact sheets for every state, showing how many and what types of families benefit.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Free Dental Screenings & Cleanings


Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities Increase Dementia Risk and Incidence

Stressful life experience and living in a disadvantaged neighborhood may explain part of the outsized risk of dementia within the African American community, according to several studies reported at AAIC. A single major stressful event in early life, for instance, may have the same negative impact as four years of cognitive aging. This same study found that African Americans, on average, are over 60 percent more likely to experience such events than white Americans over their lifetimes.

An additional study found that certain socioeconomic neighborhood conditions – like level of poverty, substandard housing, low education rates, and underemployment – were correlated with poor cognitive performance. Meanwhile, a third study found that racial/ethnic disparities persist even into the oldest-old – individuals aged 90 and older; African Americans in this age group have a 28 percent higher risk of developing dementia than their white peers even after adjusting for education, sex, and cardiovascular co-morbidities.

ROAD MAP ACTION ITEM E-01
Identify and promote culturally-appropriate strategies designed to increase public awareness about dementia, reduce conflicting messages, decrease stigma, and promote early diagnosis.
Studies like these are further evidence of the unique burden of dementia faced by African Americans and populations with disadvantaged life circumstances. They also offer new insight into explaining why some racial and ethnic minorities are at a disproportionately higher risk of developing dementia beyond strictly physiological risk factors – such as a higher prevalence of certain cardiovascular conditions. Public health practitioners can implement large population-based interventions with special attention to lifespan, neighborhood conditions, and cultural adaptations to begin addressing these disparities.

Communities nationwide are already tackling this issue. Learn more about cognitive issues among African Americans through our infographic as well as national and localized efforts to turn the tide against Alzheimer’s in the African American community through a joint webinar co-hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association and The Balm in Gilead.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training Registration is now open

Are you or someone you know is interested in a career in healthcare that uses your bilingual and bi-cultural skills? Here is a great training opportunity for you!

For more than 15 years, the Utah Department of Health has trained bilingual and bicultural individuals on how to become effective medical interpreters. We use the Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training, a nationally recognized training course from the Cross Cultural Health Care Program.

Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a 64-hour professional development program that prepares bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters. BTG is used to train both novice and experienced medical interpreters, and is the first step towards national certification. Both accredited national certifying bodies, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI), accept BTG.

Space is limited and very competitive. Approved participants MUST attend the entire 64 hours in order to take the final exam and receive a certificate of successful completion. Failure to attend any portion of the course will result in failure of the course. 

Registration opens July 10, 2017
Registration closes July 31, 2017                                                 

Please follow the link below for more specific information on the program and to access the fillable application forms: http://choosehealth.utah.gov/healthcare/continuing-education.php
For more information
Please e-mail Brittany Guerra to be included in the list of prospective participants and to receive additional information about this training.

Brittany Guerra, MPH
Utah Department of Health

Monday, July 17, 2017

Expect The Great College and Career Readiness Fair 2017

The 2017 Expect The Great College and Career Readiness Fair http://admissions.utah.edu/events/expect-the-great.php which will be hosted (for the first time) at Westminster College.  The primary conference dates are: Friday, October 27 (evening session for college student organizations and advisors.) and Saturday, October 28 (roughly 8:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m.). 
Dr. Tamara N. Stevenson - Telephone: (801) 832-2454 

Friday, July 14, 2017

13th Annual World Refugee Day

HHS Announces $80.8 Million in Grants for Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts, and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

This week, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces funding of up to $80.8 million over a period of three to five years for treatment drug court programs for people who are involved in the criminal justice system with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Treatment drug courts combine the sanctioning power of courts with effective treatment services to reduce further criminal justice involvement and promote recovery for people with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.  By reducing the health and social costs of substance use disorders for individuals, treatment drug courts improve public safety in communities.

“One of the five key strategies the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has identified for fighting America’s opioid epidemic is expanding access to treatment and recovery services, including the full range of medication-assisted treatments. Drug courts can play an important role in connecting Americans to treatment when they need it,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “As HHS has carried out a national listening tour on the opioid epidemic—one of our top three clinical priorities—we have heard from many Americans finding recovery through drug courts, and we are pleased to support such work.”

“Providing needed treatment services for people with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system benefits everyone,” said Dr. Kim Johnson, director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.  “Treatment drug courts improve health and recovery outcomes, reduce the burden on the criminal justice system, and help people recover in their communities.”

The grant programs included in this SAMHSA effort are:

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Court and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment services in existing adult problem solving courts, and adult Tribal Healing to Wellness courts, which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders.

Forty-four recipients will receive up to $17.8 million per year for up to three years.

List of grantees

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts

The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, which use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to parents with a substance use disorder and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing.

Twenty recipients will receive up to $8.2 million per year for up to five years.

List of grantees

The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

Information on SAMHSA grants in available at:  http://www.samhsa.gov/grants.

For general information about SAMHSA please visit: http://www.samhsa.gov

Gear Up for World Hepatitis Day on July 28th


Viral Hepatitis Updates from the HHS Office of
HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy


Gear Up for World Hepatitis Day on July 28th

Viral hepatitis affects more than 400 million people worldwide and has led to more than 1.3 million deaths globally in 2015. In the United States, an estimated 4 million people are chronically infected and more than 21,000 people died of hepatitis B and hepatitis C-related causes in 2015. Driven by the opioid epidemic, we are losing ground in the fight against new viral hepatitis infections; progress on hepatitis B prevention has stalled and some states have seen increases; and new hepatitis C infections have increased almost 300% from 2010 to 2015.

On July 28thWorld Hepatitis Day, join the World Hepatitis Alliance and other international partners to raise awareness, expand testing, improve care & treatment, and make progress towards global viral hepatitis elimination. This year’s theme isEliminate Hepatitis, and a variety of resources are available to get involved and share information with your networks. Learn more and do more by:

RWJF: New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Woman using a white board. Our nation needs a new generation of bold leaders—innovators who will seek and identify solutions to simple and complex problems that make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Nurses must be a part of those leadership efforts.

Help the RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.

Institutions that offer research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Diabetes Study using Virtual Reality seeks participants

Do you have Diabetes? 
Do you want to experience your diabetes related data in Virtual reality?

The University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics is looking for people with Type 2 Diabetes to participate in a research study. We will meet with you have you complete some questionnaires and then have you use a tablet computer and a virtual reality system to see/experience how well your blood sugar is under control, how blood sugar varies through the day, and what it might be like to have diabetic eye disease. 

The goal is to see how useful virtual reality is for educating people with Diabetes. We will meet with you, have you complete some questionnaires, and then have you use a tablet computer and a virtual reality system to see/experience how well your blood sugar is under control, how blood sugar varies throughout the day, and what it would be like to have diabetic eye disease.

The study will take 30-45 minutes, participants will be compensated with a $25 gift card.

Eligible participants are: 
  • 18 years old or older and 
  •  Have Type II Diabetes 
  •  but do NOT have diabetic eye disease. 
Please email: Bryan.Gibson@utah.edu or call 801-585-0929 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Bryan Gibson, DPT, PhD 
Assistant Professor 
Department of Biomedical Informatics 
University of Utah School of Medicine

Webinar: Cultural Needs Assessments for Health for Providers Working with Tribal Communities

Mountain States RHEC

The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to end health disparities in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.  The RHEC is hosting a webinar training series on the history of tribes and treaties, utilization of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards (National CLAS Standards) and cultural sensitivity when working with tribal communities, and the impact of cultural needs assessments. Upon completion of this webinar, the participants will be able to do the following from the specific tribal perspective:
  • Describe the diversity of existing health care in Indian Country and explain the wide and varying differences in tribal health perspectives and cultures of health
  • Share examples of best and promising practices of cultural competency aligned with the CLAS Standards
  • Increase awareness of health equity challenges in tribal communities through the lens of health and cultural needs assessments

DATE: July 31, 2017
TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time

Presenters:

-Tom Anderson, MPH (Cherokee), Independent Senior Strategist and Tribal Health Consultant
Tom Anderson resides in Oklahoma and serves as an independent Senior Strategist and Tribal Public Health Consultant. Previously, he worked at the tribal level as Tribal Health Strategist, Deputy Health Director, and Tribal Health Director. He also has served and directed the programs and public health services of the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center for the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board for the 43 federally recognized tribes in the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. A citizen of Cherokee Nation, Mr. Anderson is involved nationally on many fronts concerning tribal public health issues.

-Dee Le Beau-Hein is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who currently serves as the Behavioral Health and Recovery Administrator for the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) in Rapid City, South Dakota. She has established and maintains strong working relationships with tribal, state, and local government agencies by providing training, education, and technical support. Ms. LeBeau-Hein broadly implements GPTCHB’s activities to ensure quality public health support and healthcare advocacy.

Moderator: Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS, Behavioral Health and Recovery Administrator, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board

Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/ybtm3wak     
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The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council is one of 10 regional health equity councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners, and stakeholders committed to action. The Mountain States RHEC is a coalition of leaders and health disparities experts representing several sectors and the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The Mountain States RHEC envisions a nation free of disparities in health and health care. Visit Mountain States RHEC’s website for more information: http://region8.npa-rhec.org/.

Free HIPAA training for small health care providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Rocky Mountain Region, will be presenting FREE training on the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules: HIPAA for the Small Provider in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. 

The purpose of the presentation is to help small health care providers that are covered entities understand their regulatory obligations under HIPAA. OCR will cover a number of topics such as an individual’s right of access, safeguarding protected health information, the business associate agreement requirement, and risk analysis/risk management.

Space is limited so registration is required and is on a first come, first served basis. Participants can register by emailing either of the following: 

  • Scott Grayson at Scott.Grayson@hhs.gov
  • Hyla.Schreurs at Hyla.Schreurs@hhs.gov

Salt Lake City Session
July 25, 2017
1:00 to 5:00 pm
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
125 South State Street
Room 5102
Salt Lake City, Utah

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Opportunities to bring your voice to research at the University of Utah


Collaboration and Engagement Team at the Center for Clinical & Translational Science at the University of Utah School of Medicine, is currently recruiting community members to bring their voice to the following projects. Community member input will strengthen and reshape the way clinical research is implemented in our community.


A Community/Patient Engagement Studio is a structured process for researchers to obtain a consultation with community “experts” - individuals who can speak for their broader community. It is designed for researchers who have specific questions and want to obtain advice on how best to proceed with an aspect(s) of their research project. A consultation on ways to increase enrollment in clinical trials and ways to address barriers/challenges would be an excellent and appropriate use for a Studio. 

Communication in Caregiver Systems for Cancer Patients

What is involved?
You will participate in a 1 ½  hours focus group
You will provide your input by answering questions related to the topic
You will receive a $50 Target gift card and a full meal 

You may qualify if you:
Are the main caregiver of a current cancer patient, OR
Were the main caregiver of a diseased cancer patient within the last 3 years


Date: 8/16/2017
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Place: University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center 515 E 100 S, Hollywood Room.  Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (free parking)



Childhood Immunizations After Oncology Treatment CIAO STUDY


What is involved?
You will participate in a 1 ½ hours session
You will provide your input on the study design by answering questions related to the survey they will use
You will receive a $50 Target gift card and a full meal 


You may qualify if you:
Patient must be off therapy for at least 6 months
Patients must have been diagnosed at age 20 or younger

Are the parent or main care giver of a pediatric cancer survivor

Date: 8/02/2017
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Place: University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center 515 E 100 S, Hollywood Room.  Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (free parking)

Uterine, Endometrial, Cervical, Ovarian, Breast, Cancer Survivors in Rural Utah

What is involved?
You will participate in a 1 ½  hours focus group
You will provide your input by answering questions related to the topic
You will receive a $50 Target gift card and a full meal

You may qualify if you:
Are 18 years or older
No longer under treatment
Must be available during the second half of August 2017 for a one-time session 

For more information contact Tatiana Allen-Webb at (801)-585-5287 or Tatiana.allen@hsc.utah.ed