Thursday, April 23, 2015

FREE Community Workshop: Creating Healthy Relationships in Families (English and Spanish)

Healthy Minds, Healthy Families

Saturday, May 9
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Workshop begin promptly at 9:30 am

Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Intermountain Medical Center
Doty Education Center - Bldg 6
5121 S Cottonwood Street
(West of State Street)

Trax stop- Murray Center
Drawing for $50 gift cards

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Salt Lake County; Making the Active Choice Easier for Tongan Americans

Nearly a quarter of the 60,000 Tongan Americans in the United States live in Salt Lake County, Utah. In the late 2000s, the Utah Health Department found the Pacific Islander population had the highest rates of obesity in the state, and that obesity rates for Tongan Americans specifically were on the rise. 
The Salt Lake City-based National Tongan American Society (NTAS) took action to help Tongans who wanted to improve their health, but couldn’t afford gym memberships, access exercise equipment, or find affordable group activities.

NTAS’ research in 2013 led them to shared use, which occurs when government entities or other organizations open up their recreation facilities for community use. It seemed like a cost-effective way to create opportunities for physical activity. “We didn’t know where to start. Our internet search for ‘shared use’ led us straight to ChangeLab Solutions,” said Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Executive Director of NTAS. 

With ChangeLab Solutions’ help, NTAS developed a shared use agreement to help six churches, five schools, and one community center open up their playgrounds, tennis courts, and gymnasiums. Trained coaches volunteered to teach classes, and NTAS promoted the open locations and programs on billboards and online. Church-hosted Zumba classes have been especially popular among people of all ages and ethnicities; some classes have up to 140 participants!

Read the whole story to learn more about how NTAS made shared use a reality in Salt Lake County. Contact ChangeLab Solutions to learn more about shared use or to receive technical assistance.

ChangeLab Solutions

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Attention Health Professionals: Information Regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

MLN Connects - Special Edition
On April 14 , 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015; the President is expected to sign it shortly.  This law eliminates the negative update of 21% scheduled to take effect as of April 1, 2015, for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.   In addition, provisions allowing for exceptions to the therapy cap, add-on payments for ambulance services, payments for low volume hospitals, and payments for Medicare dependent hospitals that expired on April 1 have been extended.  CMS will immediately begin work to implement these provisions.
In an effort to minimize financial effects on providers, CMS previously instituted a 10-business day processing hold for all impacted claims with dates of service April 1, 2015, and later.  While the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have been instructed to implement the rates in the legislation, a small volume of claims will be processed at the reduced rate based on the negative update amount.   The MACs will automatically reprocess claims paid at the reduced rate with the new payment rate.  
No action is necessary from providers who have already submitted claims for the impacted dates of service. 

Junior League "Free" Dental Clinic

Saturday, April 25

At Horizonte Training Center 
1234 S Main Street, Salt Lake City
From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Services: Cleanings, Flouride Treatments, Sealants

Limited number of spaces available.
First come, first served. Please arrive early.

This event is provided at no cost by 
Junior League of Salt Lake City and sponsors.

For more information, contact

One last chance: Get 2015 coverage

The Special Enrollment Period ends next week.
The Health Insurance Marketplace is providing individuals and families who paid the fee for not having health coverage when they filed their 2014 taxes with one last chance to get covered for 2015. 
Get covered, avoid the fee. The fee for people who don’t have health coverage increases in 2015 to $325 per person or 2% of your household income – whichever is greater. The good news is you have until April 30 to learn about the options and financial assistance that is available and to enroll in a plan that meets your needs.
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Join the millions who are saving: 8 out of 10 people can find coverage for $100 or less a month with tax credits through the Marketplace.  
We hope you take advantage of this extended opportunity to get quality coverage this year.
The Team

Monday, April 20, 2015

You're invited to Admit One With Courage (Apr 28, 2015)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (MDT)
Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons
9400 South State Street
Sandy, UT 84070

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You are invited to launch One With Courage Utah, a partnership between Utah Child and Family Services and the Attorney General's Office to raise awareness of child sexual abuse. 

  • 8:30 am - Continental breakfast and informal meet-and-greet with survivors, advocates, and community partners With Courage 
  • 9:00 - 10:00 am - One With Courage Program, including the first screening of One With Courage PSAs and a special musical performance by Deondra and Desirae Brown of The 5 Browns

Protecting children is the responsibility of every adult. One With Courage is a campaign that provides adults with the tools they need to keep Utah's children safe from sexual abuse. 

You are welcome to invite your friends With Courage to this special event, but please make sure they register through Eventbrite. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Friday, April 17, 2015

FDA Celebrates 30 Years of Advancing Health Equity

April is Minority Health Month! I am proud to say that FDA’s Office of Minority Health (OMH), in collaboration with  the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Minority Health, is celebrating this year’s theme: “30 Years of Advancing Health Equity, The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America.” For us at FDA, this year also marks the 5th anniversary of OMH, which serves as the principal advisor to the Commissioner on minority health and health disparities.
Jonca Bull, M.D., Director of FDA’s Office of Minority Health
The Heckler Report was a major, ground breaking document that transformed HHS’s views and actions on minority health. For the first time in history, representatives from each agency convened to talk about minority health and, more importantly, put forth recommendations to achieve health equity. Findings illustrated huge disparities between African Americans and other minorities compared to the population at large for key health indicators, such as life expectancy and infant mortality. Key recommendations relevant to FDA’s mission centered around health information and education, cooperative efforts (inside and outside of the government), health professions development, data development, and developing a research agenda.
  • Work with Industry to increase diversity in clinical trials;
  • Work with minority serving institutions and organizations to implement strategies and programs to improve regulatory science (specific to minorities);
  • Provide platforms for stakeholders to become informed and involved about our work; and,
  • Host and promote mentoring programs to encourage minorities to stay in scientific and academic careers.

Let’s stroll down memory lane and recap FDA’s activities that resulted from the Heckler report.
Health Information and Education
FDA has developed numerous outreach activities to improve consumer education and access to health information by utilizing the best cultural and linguistic practices to reach diverse minority populations. Hosting symposiums and webinars, participating in conferences, exhibiting in health fairs, and creating consumer educational materials are just some of the activities FDA has carried out to raise awareness and educate the public. Most recently, OMH has created a social media presence on Twitter and Pinterest, and maintains an active listserve with a quarterly newsletter. One of our most successful outreach campaigns has been the “Heart Health Toolkit” for American Heart Month, which reached over 6,000 people in February.
Our most recent consumer outreach occurred on March 25th via a webinar on how the public can respond to requests for comments on regulatory proposals and public health issues by using FDA dockets.
Cooperative Efforts/Health Professions Development
OMH embraces the notion that protecting the public’s health cannot be done in isolation. We have focused on four areas to improve stakeholder relations:
Data Development and Research Agenda
We have a robust research agenda that focuses on advancing regulatory science related to eliminating health disparities. The agenda consists of various intramural and extramural grant programs, giving preference to minority-serving institutions. FDA also promotes and funds research that aims to increase the quantity, and improve the quality, of data on minorities, and to make these efforts transparent to the public.
In short: FDA has been and will continue to be committed to narrowing the health disparities gap. OMH will continue our legacy of creating culturally and linguistically tailored tools, materials, and resources for minority communities to increase their awareness and understanding of FDA’s mission and of the products that FDA regulates, increase their participation in clinical trials, and increase diversity in the workforce. This ensures better representation in the workforce, and most importantly: better health for all minorities!
More information about specific programs can be found on our website.