Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Help Me Grow Utah--May Networking Breakfast

You are invited!
Shriners Hospitals for Children will be hosting our upcoming Salt Lake Networking Breakfast.

WhenThursday, May 19th
Time8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location: Shriners Hospitals for Children
  Auditorium  Fairfax Road at Virginia St.
  Salt Lake City, UT 84103 
Help Me Grow Utah presents:

Carolyn Christensen--Program Manager,Utah Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

Carolyn is an expert in the early childhood field and will be sharing details about the programs within the Utah Bureau of Child Development

A light breakfast will be served. 
Click here to view the agenda.
Community Connections
Be sure to bring your business cards to make reconnecting with new contacts easy.
Spread the word!
If you know of anyone who would like to be added to the Networking Breakfast email list, please send their information to: 
Don't forget the community table! 
Please bring any outreach materials that might help spread information about your programs.

New Funding to Increase the Duration of Head Start Programs

President Obama says goodbye to students after a visit to the Yeadon Regional Head Start Center in Yeadon, Pa. Photo by Pete Souza, White House Photographer.
President Obama says goodbye to students after a visit to the Yeadon Regional Head Start Center in Yeadon, Pa. in 2011. Photo by Pete Souza, White House Photographer.

New Funding to Increase the Duration of Head Start Programs

This week, the Office of Head Start announced new funding that will allow all Head Start communities to have access to full school year and full school day programming, and all Early Head Start families to receive continuous services. Congress has appropriated $294 million in supplemental funding for existing Head Start and Early Head Start programs to increase the number of hours and days of high-quality services offered each year to children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Read more about this new development

APHA Webinar Series: Making the Connection, Climate Changes Health

Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health
A Four-Part Webinar Series
APHA and ecoAmerica are proud to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series investigating the health impacts of climate change. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health: allergies and asthma; health risks in children; mental health; and transportation and healthy community design as a mitigation approach. 

RegisterPart I – Making the Connection: Climate Changes Allergies and Asthma
Monday, May 9, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Don't miss the start of the series! During this webinar, participants will discover how climate change conditions impact allergies and asthma. Register today!


  • Mark Mitchell, MD, MPHChair, National Medical Association Council on Medical Legislation
    Co-Chair, National Medical Association Commission on Environmental Health
  • David B. Peden, MD, MSAssociate Chair for Research & Chief, Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics
    Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma & Lung Biology
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPHDirector, Program on Climate and Health
    Center for Climate Change Communication
    George Mason University
Stay involved! Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtags #APHAwebinar and #ClimateChangesHealth. For more information on how climate change impacts health, please Learn more about Climate for Health, and join health leaders from across the nation to lead by example and engage others on climate solutions.

Can a Single Question Help Families Confront Poverty?

 A doctor examines a baby while the mother watches.

Pediatricians are in a unique position to support more than just children's health. With one out of five kids living in poverty in the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatrics makes a bold recommendation for doctors to help families in need.

It begins with one question >

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

In Health Matters, Place Matters - The Health Opportunity Index (HOI)

You are invited to a webinar hosted by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team
and the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials.
Ohio Webinar Header
The Virginia Department of Health (VDOH) developed the Health Opportunity Index (HOI) because they were aware of the health inequities that existed among people of varying socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and rural/urban backgrounds. The HOI is a composite measure of the social determinants of health. It provides a baseline for a community to determine what factors lead to positive health outcomes and healthy communities. The HOI is comprised of 13 indicators, grouped into four profiles that are indicators of the natural, built and social environment of a community, available resources, availability of economic opportunities and access to health services in a community.

The HOI helps to detect High Priority Target Areas within a community. The Index emphasizes the need for multi-sector collaboration and cooperation to improve health outcomes for all community members. This webinar will highlight how the VDOH related health data from the Health Opportunity Index to broader conditions, and used data as a lever to examine and develop public policies that promote health and health equity. Presenters will: 1) Provide a contextual overview of health inequities in Virginia 2) Discuss the HOI and its methodologies 3) Provide examples of practical applications of the HOI and 4) Review how the HOI can be used to inform policies, allocate resources, support the work of community coalitions and spur place based initiatives.

TOPIC: In Health Matters, Place Matters - The Health Opportunity Index (HOI)

  • Justin Crow, Health Professional Shortage Designations and Geographic Information Systems Manager,
    Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) of the Virginia Department of Health
  • Rexford Anson-Dwamena, Social Epidemiologist,
  • Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) of the Virginia Department of Health
  • Adrienne McFadden, Director,
    Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) of the Virginia Department of Health
DATE: April 28, 2016  TIME: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EST

Click Here for Full Abstract and Speaker Biographies:   

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: An Introspective Look

                       Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:  An Introspective Look
Thursday, April 28, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Register here now!

April is Minority Health Month! NACDD is committed to advancing health by raising awareness about the health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities living in priority populations. Not only is health equity a strategic priority for the Association, but also, the NACDD Board President initiated a challenge for the Association, to meaningfully and comprehensively address health equity in every area of practice. NACDD staff, consultants, and members were challenged to take an introspective look at the blind spots they possess and understand how those blind spots may alter the way they engage in their work by creating unintended barriers to achieving health equity. 

Additionally, the NACDD Health Equity Council will present tools and resources developed for state health department staff to assist with the integration of health equity concepts and theory into public health practice.   

This webinar will feature Dr. Rachel Godsil of the the Perception Institute and Professor of Law at Seton Hall University, who has worked with various audiences to identify and address implicit bias, racial anxiety and stereotype threat.  Also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. 

Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Directors
Chronic Disease Practitioner Network

Friday, April 15, 2016

New app links to projects to help refugee families in Utah

Every year, some 1,200 refugees arrive in Utah with little more than a suitcase and the clothes on their back. The district and Granite Education Foundation have partnered with the Utah Refugee Center to lend a helping hand to refugee families in our community. 

Granite School District