Thursday, June 15, 2017

Health Disparities Data Widget Now Available!

Office of Minority HealthThe Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) are pleased to announce the release of a new health disparities data widget. The widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). LHIs are critical health issues that when addressed will help reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses.
The widget provides charts and graphs of disparities data at your fingertips. Use the widget to browse data by:
  • Disparity type—including disability, education, income, location, race and ethnicity, and sex
  • Leading Health Indicator
It’s easy to embed the widget on your own website to give your networks easy access to the latest available disparities data. Once you’ve added the widget, there’s no technical maintenance required. The content will update automatically.

We’re excited to share the new health disparities widget with you. We hope this new tool helps inform your research in issues related to health equity.

Tell your colleagues and networks about the Healthy People 2020 health disparities widget. Forward this email or tweet about it: Add @GoHealthyPeople’s new widget with data on #HealthDisparities to your site:

Youth Empowerment Part 1 – Indigenous Food and Healing—webinar, June 21

Youth Empowerment Part 1: Indigenous Food and Healing

Webinar Date:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Download Save the Date AnnouncementJoin the SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center, the Center for Native American Youth, and members of their 2017 Champions for Change class for a three-part webinar series on youth empowerment in Indian Country.
In Part 1 we will welcome Mariah Gladstone, who will discuss her work as founder of Indigikitchen, an online cooking show dedicated to the diets of indigenous communities. She will also discuss the growing understanding of food sovereignty and its connection to wellness in tribal communities.
Mariah GladstoneMariah Gladstone (Blackfeet Nation)
2017 Champion for Change
Center for Native American Youth
As the founder of Indigikitchen, Mariah Gladstone is a proponent of food sovereignty, a growing movement centered on healthy, culturally appropriate food produced through sustainable methods and systems. She earned a degree in Environmental Engineering through Columbia University.

New resources to limit unhealthy food marketing to students

Kick off summer with new resources limiting unhealthy food marketing to students
Starting next school year, all schools participating in the federal National School Lunch or Breakfast Program must have a local school wellness policy in place that limits unhealthy food and beverage marketing to students. At a minimum, schools must prohibit any on-campus marketing of foods and beverages that fail to meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.

ChangeLab Solutions has new and updated resources for community stakeholders working with schools to address school wellness:
In addition, we have updated our Model Statute Limiting Food Marketing at Schools, a state-level tool for state boards of education, state policymakers, and school health advocates supporting healthy school food environments.

We encourage you to explore all of our resources on food and beverage marketingContact us with any questions or for technical assistance to help make your schools healthier for children. And, learn how you can support our work with cities nationwide!
ChangeLab Solutions

Healthy People 2020: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Access to Health Services


 Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for achieving health equity and for increasing length and quality of life for everyone. Regular and reliable access to health services prevents disease and disability; detects and treats illnesses or other health conditions; reduces the likelihood of premature (early) death; and increases life expectancy. Disparities in access to health services affect individuals and society. Limited access to health care impacts people's ability to reach their full potential, negatively affecting their quality of life. Population groups with a usual source of care, such as a primary care provider (PCP), have better health outcomes and fewer health care costs.1 Having both a PCP and medical insurance can prevent illness by improving access to a range of recommended preventive services across the lifespan. Lacking access to health services—even for just a short period—can lead to poor health outcomes over time. Increasing access to both routine medical care and medical insurance is a vital step in improving the health of all Americans. 
Access to Health Services infographic

2017 Rural Opioid Report Opioid Overdose Report Now Available
NOSORH is proud to announce the release of a report on the lessons learned from the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal grants. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded grants to 18 organizations to combat the impact of opioid overdose at the community level. Awardees in the pilot project were funded to increase the availability and utilization of naloxone and to focus on the importance of referring individuals dependent on opioids to an appropriate substance abuse treatment center. Read More

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Grants to Support the Hispanic Health Services Research Grant Program

Agency Name: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is announcing the availability of funds under this grant program to assist Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in conducting health services and health disparities research. The purpose of the grant program is to support researchers in i
mplementing health services research activities to reduce disparities among diverse CMS beneficiary populations. The economic burden of health disparities in the U.S. has an estimated cost of 1.24 trillion dollars. As part of its Equity Plan, CMS OMH is working to "develop and disseminate promising approaches to reduce health disparities." This grant program seeks to: 1) support researchers at HSIs to pursue topics that impact Hispanic and Latino populations; 2) fund research to investigate health disparities and how they can be reduced; 3) foster the dissemination of best practices and innovations among grantees, within CMS and beyond; and 4) improve healthcare quality for CMS' minority beneficiaries.

Link to Additional Information:
Grants to Support the Hispanic Health Services Research Grant Program

Grantor Contact Information:
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
  • Contact Center Phone Number: 1-800-518-4726 
  • Hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
  • The contact center is closed on federal holidays. Customer Support

Monday, June 12, 2017

Register Now for Utah OPS Conference 2017

Special conference rate for government and academia employees
Only $199!
Getting significant leaps in performance for your organization is not about working harder or longer or chasing new technology. It's about cutting through the noise and focusing on what will really make the difference.

Learn from some of the top leaders in the world about what it takes to transform an organization. Presenters will share practical tools and techniques that led to their organizations' successful transformations. You will learn how to:

     • Identify the leverage point for breakthrough performance
     • Avoid what you should not do
     • Implement best of the best operational techniques and processes
     • Get everybody on board

This year's conference covers two days, includes an expanded agenda, a wide variety of workshops, and keynotes provided by both government and the private sector. 

Featured speakers:
     • Governor Gary R. Herbert
     • Kristen Cox, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Management and Budget
     • Rami Goldratt, CEO Goldratt Consulting
     • Gene Kim and Kevin Behr, co-authors of The Phoenix Project
     • Charles Toups, Senior VP Boeing Research & Technology
     • Retired Lt. General Andrew Busch
     • Alex Knight, author of Pride and Joy
     • President Clark G. Gilbert, BYU-Pathways Worldwide
     • Dr. Hirotoshi Uehara, VP, Panasonic Automotive

To register, go to

July 2017 Networking Breakfast

You're invited!
Intermountain Health Care: Utah Valley Regional Medical Center will be hosting our upcoming Utah County Networking Breakfast.
WhenThursday, July 13th
Time8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location: Utah Valley Regional Medical Center
                Clark Auditorium, Northwest Plaza 
 Utah Valley Regional Medical Center
 1134 North 500 West
 Provo, UT 84604
Help Me Grow Utah presents: 

Pam Raleigh
Director of the Trauma Resilience Initiative (TRI) at the Family Support & Treatment Center in Orem since 2015. She will be speaking on Trauma Informed - Resilience Focused Communities.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Annual Juneteenth Festival June 16-18

Health Education Webinar for Men's Health Month - 1 FREE CHES CEU

The Epilepsy Foundation joins the Men’s Health Network in the celebration of Men’s Health during the month of June to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Males and non-Hispanic Blacks had the highest age-adjusted death rates with epilepsy from 2005 to 2014, per a 2016 study utilizing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Higher epilepsy mortality among men and minority populations demonstrates the increased need for health educators, public health professionals, primary care providers and students to be informed of epilepsy and how to support men living with epilepsy. Learn more at

Men and Epilepsy Webinar 
Wednesday, June 28th–2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Learning Objectives
·        To define epilepsy and common types of seizures and co-morbidities
·        To examine unique care needs of men living with epilepsy
·        To identify credible epilepsy health education resources

Register Here:

Contact Jody KaKacek at for more information

2nd Annual SW HEP C Tribal Summit - Registration OPEN

The 2nd Annual Southwest HEP C Tribal Summit will be held on June 28-29, 2017 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

The Planning Committee would like to extend an invitation to you and your agencies to attend this great conference.  You may register at the website

We are excited to announce the Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Jorge Mera, Director of Infectious Diseases, Cherokee Nation Health Services.The Summit website will be updated soon so check back for more information.

If you have any additional questions, please email or call 301- 201-1787 ext. 3107.

CLAS and Grant Writing Resources

HHS/OMH, OMHRC, in partnership with Adom Multimedia Services and AEIM Training. 
  • Vision, Design and Capacity (VDC) Grant Writing Workshop. This is a free, interactive workshop for religious organizations, non-profit organizations, and individuals. June 29-July 1, 2017 at the Cary Building in Springfield, VA. Space is limited, so register early. For further information, please contact Margaret Korto
HHS/OMH, OMHRC, in partnership with HRSA and the Nebraska Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity Training. 
  • VDC Grant Writing Workshop. In this free, interactive workshop for non-profit organizations, participants will learn about logic models, the components of a grant, evaluation methods, SMART objectives, work plans, and more. Space is limited, so register early. July 12-14, 2017 in Kearney, NE. Register.  
Washington State Coalition for Language Access Toolkit. 
  • Tools for Health. This toolkit includes  “ISpeak” cards for consumers to bring with them when seeking care, and a “Know Your Rights” flyer to inform both consumers and providers regarding the use of interpreter services in healthcare settings. Learn more.  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Annual Junior League Care Fair: Free Medical and Dental Services

Reducing Rural Opioid Overdoses - Lessons Learned from the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program

Join us on Wednesday, June 28th at 2 pm Eastern for a webinar with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to review the Report on Lessons Learned from Rural Opioid Overdose Grant Recipients and hear from two grant recipients on how they implemented the program in their communities.

Click here for more information on the webinar.

Click here to register for the webinar.
Please share this information with the communities and stakeholders in your state who are working on this issue.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Kassie Clarke
Technical Assistance Director
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Maximizing Access: Connecting Health Care and Oral Health Care News You Can Use

Maximizing Access: Connecting Health Care and Oral Health Care Reminder!

Register Now | June 13, 2017 | 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. ET
If you haven't already registered, please consider joining us on Tuesday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Progress Review webinar featuring 2 Healthy People 2020 topic areas:
  • Access to Health Services
  • Oral health
You'll also learn how the Family Health Center of Marshfield has connected oral health care to health care needs in Wisconsin. You can find a complete list of presenters on the registration page.
About Access to Health Services and Oral Health
Access to health care is the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health outcomes. It impacts people's overall physical, social, oral, and mental health—and their quality of life. Oral health is essential to overall health because, without proper oral care, people can develop oral infections such as tooth decay and gum disease. Oral infections are associated with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, premature births, and low birth weights.
About Progress Review Webinars
The Progress Review webinars focus on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives throughout the decade.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Healthy People 2030 Development News You Can Use

Healthy People 2030 Development New!

Register Now | June 22, 2017 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET
Understand how to use Healthy People 2020 to promote public healthJoin us for a webinar on the development of Healthy People 2030 on Thursday, June 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET. In this webinar co-hosted with the American Public Health Association (APHA), attendees will be able to:
  • Learn about the development of the Healthy People 2030 framework
  • Ask questions about the development of Healthy People 2030
Dr. Georges Benjamin, APHA Executive Director, will present on APHA's involvement in Healthy People over the last decade. You can find a complete list of presenters on the registration page.
Registration is limited and will close once it reaches capacity. Please consider registering early and gathering in one location to view the event with your colleagues.
About Healthy People 2030 Development
Every decade, the Healthy People initiative develops a new set of science-based, 10-year national objectives with the goal of improving the health of all Americans. The development of Healthy People 2030 includes establishing a framework, vision, mission, and overarching goals, and identifying new objectives.

Families can start enrolling now for Head Start!

Salt Lake & Tooele County
Application intake happens every Monday and Wednesday from 9 am - 3 pm at 336 East 3900 South & at various community locations every other Thursday

Families can also apply on line at
Davis County
Registration begins in April of each year and is by appointment only, please call (801) 402-0650 to make an appointment.

Click here for additional Davis County information.

Medicaid Open Enrollment- members can make changes to their plan

Medicaid Open Enrollment

It is open enrollment for Medicaid members!  Now through
 June 15, 2017families can make changes to their health plan and/or dental plan.

For families living in Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, and Weber County, go here for more information.

For families living in Box Elder, Cache, Iron, Morgan, Rich, Summit, Tooele, Wasatch, and Washington County, go here for more information.

For other counties and any other questions call 1-866-608-9422

Help Me Grow

Utah State Board of Education Summer Food Program is underway!

HHS Announces Over $70 Million in Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D.,  announced the availability of over $70 million over multiple years to help communities and healthcare providers prevent opioid overdose deaths and provide treatment for opioid use disorder, of which $28 million will be dedicated for medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
“Putting an end to the opioid crisis ravaging our country is a top priority for President Trump and all of us at the Department of Health and Human Services,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price. “We are committed to bringing everything the federal government has to bear on this health crisis. Building partnerships and providing resources to state and local governments as well as non-government organizations are absolutely critical to this effort. The purpose of these grants is to empower the heroes in this fight—the men and women on the forefront of supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives in their communities.”
Opioid overdoses claimed more than 33,000 lives in 2015, but preventive actions, treatment for addiction, and proper response to overdoses can help. Money from two grant funding opportunities, recently authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), will expand access to lifesaving overdose reversal medications and train healthcare providers to refer patients to appropriate follow-up drug treatment; funds from a third grant funding opportunity will provide for medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders.
The announcement followed a separate award of $485 million in grants in April 2017—provided by the 21st Century Cures Act— to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia for opioid abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. Administered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), these funds will be made available through the following three grants:
·         Medication-Assisted Treatment and Prescription Drugs Opioid Addiction: Up to $28 million to 5 grantees to increase access of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Medication-assisted treatment combines behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication.
·         First Responders: Up to $41.7 million over 4 years available to approximately 30 grantees to train and provide resources for first responders and members of other key community sectors on carrying and administering an FDA approved product for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.
·         Improving Access to Overdose Treatment: Up to $1 million over 5 years to one grantee to expand availability to overdose reversal medications in healthcare settings and to establish protocols to connect patients who have experienced a drug overdose with appropriate treatment.
“The grants we announce today clearly demonstrate our efforts to meet the opioid crisis with every tool at our disposal,” said SAMHSA Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kana Enomoto. “The evidence-based training, medication, and behavioral therapies provided here will save lives and help people with addictions start a path toward reaching their potential.”
Additionally, on May 4, SAMHSA released two other Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act-related funding opportunities. These funding opportunities will be open through July 3, 2017:
·         State Pilot Grant Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women: Up to $3.3 million to support a range of family-based services for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorder.
·         Building Communities of Recovery: Up to $2.6 million to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction.
The Trump Administration and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price have identified the opioid crisis as one of the top priorities for improving the health of the American people. HHS has outlined five specific strategies to combat the ongoing opioid crisis: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research. With the completion of the fiscal year 2017 spending package passed by Congress, HHS moved quickly to announce these funding opportunities which are critical to improving access to treatment and recovery services as well as targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs.
Please review the funding opportunity announcements at SAMHSA’s 2017 grant announcements page. Applicants with questions about program issues should contact the program person listed in the funding announcement. The deadline to apply may differ depending on the funding announcement. For questions on grants management issues contact Eileen Bermudez at (240) 276-1412 or or