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.
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 or call the PCN hotline at 1-888-222-2542.


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

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 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.

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  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.  

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.

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 Leading Health Indicators Monthly Bulletin

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

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.

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.

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.

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.