Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Memory Loss and the Public Health Burden: Results from the 2013 BRFSS Cognitive Module

New findings from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) suggest that a significant portion of midlife and older adults are experiencing worsening memory problems that interfere with daily activities. Join us on Friday, February 26 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST for an in-depth discussion on Memory Loss and the Public Health Burden: Results from the 2013 BRFSS Cognitive Module. The webinar will discuss not only the new 2013 BRFSS findings, but also ways states and localities can leverage this BRFSS cognitive data to address systems change and educate stakeholders. Please register in advance.

FY16 Advocacy Public Health News HeaderDr. Lisa McGuire, Lead of the Healthy Aging Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present the aggregated results from 18 states that used the Cognitive Module in their 2013 BRFSS survey. She will highlight key findings – including which populations are experiencing memory loss, how many have talked to a health care provider about their cognitive problems, and the burden cognitive decline has on everyday activities. Dr. McGuire will then describe the implications of these data for the public health community and invite comments from all webinar participants.

Then, Linda Stemnock, BRFSS Coordinator for the Indiana State Department of Health, will share how her department and the Indiana Alzheimer’s Association chapters have used the data from both the Cognitive and Caregiver modules to educate policy makers and the public health community about the burden of subjective cognitive decline. Further, Ms. Stemnock will discuss how the data have been incorporated into various Indiana state plans (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, chronic disease). Finally, webinar participants will have the opportunity to share the lessons they have learned about using BRFSS data to advance system changes.

Be sure to register online, mark your calendars, and forward this message to any interested colleagues.

Monday, February 8, 2016

$5,000 College Scholarship: Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award

Youthlinc is now accepting applications for the 2016 Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award!

This Award is the state's largest service scholarship, celebrating Utah high school juniors and seniors and undergraduate students with a $5,000 college scholarship and $8,500 in runner-up awards.
  • Please think of at least one student who might be interested and encourage him or her to apply.
  • Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your constituencies.
  • Please help us spread the word by posting this promotional flyer in a high-traffic area. Application deadline: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

To apply: Visit www.youthlinc.org and click on Young Humanitarian Award

We are grateful for the George S. & Dolores DorĂ© Eccles Foundation for sponsoring this Award. The recipients will be announced at ourAnnual Benefit, Saturday, May 21 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Office of Health Disparities Internship Opportunity

Office of Health Disparities
Utah Department of Health


Outreach Interns are responsible for implementing the “Bridging Communities & Clinics”(BCC) program, which provides free health screenings, clinic referrals, and support-service referrals, while promoting access to healthcare among underserved communities.

Interns are responsible for tasks including, but not limited to, filling out intake forms, providing screenings (blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, BMI) and explaining results, disseminating health promotion information and referrals in conjunction with community partners, setting up and taking down screening stations, and other tasks as needed.

Between 15 and 20 events per year  (3-4 hours each per outreach event, including setup and takedown, not including travel) will be scheduled at assigned outreach sites in Glendale and South Salt Lake; potentially evenings and weekends. 

$12.00 per hour, with mileage reimbursement for all events.

Up to four (4) candidates will be accepted.

  • Recent or current enrollment status as an undergraduate or graduate health sciences student.
  • Documentation of current immunizations.  
  • Must attend mandatory orientation and training. 

To apply, email Brittney Okada (bokada@utah.gov) with the following information:
1. Current resume or CV (2 pages)
2. Current academic institution 
3. Current year of training 
4. Language fluency other than English (verbal and written)

Inquiries should be directed to Brittney Okada, BCC Coordinator 
bokada@utah.gov, (385).315.0220.

Applications must be received before March 4, 2016  at 11:59 PM MST

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Snapshot

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Snapshot

On January 31, Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage ended, with about 12.7 million plan selections through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Of the 12.7 million consumers enrolling in Marketplace coverage, over 9.6 million came through the HealthCare.gov platform and 3.1 million selected a plan through State-based Marketplaces.

Of the 9.6 million consumers who got coverage through the HealthCare.gov platform, about 4.0 million are new consumers, which means about 42 percent of all plan selections were from new consumers. This does not include other new plan selections from State-based Marketplaces which will increase the total number of new consumers for 2016. In addition to the 4 million new HealthCare.gov consumers, about 3.9 million were returning Marketplace consumers who actively selected a plan and about 1.7 million were automatically enrolled by the Marketplace. 

HealthCare.gov State-by-State Snapshot

The Week 13 Snapshot provides cumulative individual plan selections for the states using the HealthCare.gov platform. States with the fastest rate of growth between Week 12 and Week 13 are Nevada (12%), Texas (11%) and Hawaii (10%). [Those states with the largest rate of growth increase between OE3 and OE2 are Oregon (31%), Utah (25%), Iowa (22%), South Dakota (22%) and Nevada (20%).]  

Week 13
Cumulative Plan Selections
Nov 1 – Feb 1

Information provided by
Office of the Regional Director, Region VIII
US Department of Health and Human Services

Thursday, February 4, 2016

RWJF Awards for Health Equity

RWJF Awards for Health Equity
2016 Call for Applications
Release Date: February 3, 2016
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Awards for Health Equity program advances RWJF’s vision of working with others to build a Culture of Health by recognizing and celebrating individuals who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the multiple determinants of health. Recognition of these efforts increases the visibility and awareness of the urgent need and solutions for systems changes to achieve health equity in our society.

We are requesting proposals from national nonprofit membership organizations and/or associations to establish an annual awards program to honor individuals who implement systems changes to solve health disparities.

Total Awards
A total of four grants up to $52,000 each will be awarded.
Each grant will support an annual awards program for six years.

Key Dates
February 24, 2016 (2 p.m. ET) Applicant Web Conference.
Please click here to register for the conference. Registration is required to participate.

March 30, 2016 (5 p.m. ET) Deadline for receipt of full proposals.*

June 1, 2016 Finalists notified of funding recommendations.

September 1, 2016 Grants initiated.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicant organizations must be national nonprofit membership organizations or associations.
  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Applicant organizations should represent one of the following sectors: business, media, faith-based, or philanthropy.
  • Applicant organizations must hold annual meetings.
  • Applicant organizations (and the organizations’ members) must work in an area that advances systems-change approaches to improve access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, or public safety.
  • Applicant organizations (and the organization’s members) must have demonstrated successful efforts in improving outcomes for groups most affected by health disparities.

Apply online.

HHS Office of Minority Health's funding opportunity to address childhood trauma

Office of Minority Health
FY 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.
OMH has released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for which applications are now being accepted.

Announcement Number: MP-CPI-16-002
Opportunity Title: Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)
Estimated Funding Level: $3 million per budget period
OMH announces the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for grant awards for the Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) Program. ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Giving Utah Children a Reason to Smile

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Media Contact:
Dr. Kim Michelson, DDS
Michelle Martin, RDH, MPH
UDOH Oral Health Program
(801) 273-2995

Giving Utah Children a Reason to Smile

(Salt Lake City) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says nearly one in four children between the ages of two and 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth.  Many kids who are enrolled in Medicaid receive no dental services throughout the year. The Utah Oral Health Coalition hopes to help a number of them through their annual Give Kids a Smile® events. Give Kids a Smile® is a nationally recognized event supported by the American Dental Association Foundation (ADA). Through the ADA Foundation's Give Kids a Smile program which was launched in 2003, more than 5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.  In Utah, there are multiple locations and dates of facilities and dentist participating in the event. Please visit http://health.utah.gov/oralhealth/coalition.php for additional information.

February is National Children’s Dental Health month, and experts say it’s a reminder that children of all ages need to be good caretakers of their teeth. Kim Michelson, DDS, State Dental Director, Utah Department of health, says tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children ages 6 to 11 years.  “The good news," Michelson says, "there are children in Utah that are cavity free.  With proper eating habits, good dental home care, and regular dental visits more children can be cavity free.” 

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