Friday, September 30, 2016

You're invited: Celebrating 100 years of the Utah State Capitol!

In October, our beautiful State Capitol turns 100 years old. To celebrate, the Capitol Preservation Board will host several free programs during the week of October 3-8. Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and I will take part in the festivities and we invite you and your family to attend any of the following free events on your own time:
  1. Displaying Capitol Open HouseOctober 3-79:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Explore the Capitol during extended tour hours, listen to performances by school children and cultural groups in the Rotunda and view rare historical artifacts on display throughout the Capitol. Walk-ins welcome.
  2. Capitol Discovery DayOctober 8, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Learn about the Capitol's 100-year history through hands-on arts and crafts in the Hall of Governors. Activities include a scavenger hunt, geodesic dome construction, paper floor mosaics and more! All ages welcome, activity supplies limited and on a first come-first serve basis.
  3. Commemorating a Century GalaOctober 8, 6:00 p.m. Celebrate the 'People's House' with an evening similar to the dedication 100 years ago. Enjoy a formal program in the Rotunda with Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Lt. Governor Cox and legislative leadership, followed by refreshments in the Hall of Governors and a dance exhibition. Attire: Business dress or period clothing.
I hope you can join in the fun! Thank you for your hard work to ensure Utah remains the best place to live, to work and to raise a family.
Gary R. Herbert

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Capacity Building Webinar Series

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Why All the Excitement about Logic Models? 
October 3
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Organizations are increasingly putting logic models to work to define, plan, implement and evaluate their efforts in ways that demonstrate impact to funding partners. Learn how to use logic models to effectively convey your vision for success to potential funders. The webinar will include:
• An overview of logic models
• Applying logic models in funding applications and evaluations
• Using SMART objectives
Sample logic model designs will be provided.

SAVE THE DATE! Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities 
October 17
2:00-3:00 PM EDT
Registration opening soon

Join OMHRC experts to hear about best practices in responding to federal funding opportunity announcements — as identified by federal partners — and where to find the latest funding opportunities.


2016 Grief and the Holidays

We are pleased to announce the date and details for Grief and the Holidays. Grief and the Holidays is Caring Connections’ yearly community education program to assist grieving persons in preparing for and navigating the holiday season. This year’s event, “In the Bleak Midwinter: Finding Hope” will feature Natalie McCullough, an interfaith chaplain who will address her many losses, and popular pianist and America’s Got Talent contestant Josh Wright. 

Grief and the Holidays will be held Tuesday, November 1 at 7PM at the University of Utah College of Nursing Annette Poulson Cumming Building, 10 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City. The event is free and open to the public, parking is provided. For questions, please call 801-585-9522.

We are grateful for the support of Larkin Mortuary as we offer Grief and the Holidays this November.

Monday, September 26, 2016

You are invited to the Pink Dress Breakfast!

The 2016 Pink Dress Breakfast!

Well dress in solidarity with those who have been touched by breast cancer to raise awareness about, and celebrate our work towards a healthier and more engaged community!

Join us to:
Learn more about Comunidades Unidas / Communities United's work in Utah.
Unite in the fight against health disparities.

Raise essential funds for our Community Well-Being and Community Engagement Programs so that we can continue to empower Latinos/as to take charge of their lives.

The Pink Dress Breakfast is scheduled for October 21. Networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the program will start at 8:00 am.

The event will be held at the Memorial House in Memory Grove Park. If you have questions or would like more information regarding The Pink Dress Breakfast, please contact Comunidades Unidas staff at or (801) 487-4143

OMH Grantees: Accelerating Health Equity on the Front Lines

J. Nadine Gracia
Achieving a nation free of disparities in health and health care extends beyond the walls of federal offices. As we deepen our reach into this current era of public health, we step into an age of a greater understanding of the factors upon which better health is built—the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age. This knowledge underscores our goal in building stronger relationships and alliances that achieve better health outcomes for all communities by bolstering the efforts of our partners.

Take for instance Oakland, CA, where minority male youth are benefiting from one of the funding opportunities that the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) awards to develop and implement health programs and activities across the nation. Our grantee, Youth Alive, is implementing innovative community policing approaches through a public health framework that help improve the health and well-being of communities of color through the Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative. This program, and others like it, reflects the heart of our work in strengthening the capacity of community-serving organizations in their efforts to reduce health disparities in ways that address the social determinants of health.

OMH and our partners continue to stand at the forefront of responding to the needs of the community and driving monumental advancements in programs, policies, data and research. Together, over the past 30 years we have led health equity efforts at the grassroots level and seen these efforts through from recommendation to implementation. Since 1986, our office has provided tangible support to state and territorial offices of minority health, multicultural health and health equity; community and faith-based organizations; national associations and organizations; institutions of higher education; tribes and tribal organizations; and research institutions dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities.

HHS OMH grantees are committed to developing strategies that provide minority and underrepresented students with a foundation to pursue successful careers in health professions; connect minorities and underserved populations to health insurance coverage and quality, affordable care; implement tailored state-level community interventions designed to address the most pressing disparities, including HIV/AIDS; fight against lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease that disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minority populations; and many others.

The need to accelerate our efforts in innovative approaches to improve minority health remains evident by the persistent gaps in health and health care across communities of color, consequently leading to poorer health outcomes.

Most recently, OMH funded three new grant programs in 2016 totaling more than $7 million to support public health initiatives that impact lives across the nation. Through these efforts, we aim to improve health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged young people in transition from jail to their communities; promote healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health and life outcomes due to childhood trauma; and continue our work in reducing lupus-related health disparities.

We recognize the importance of partnerships with communities and organizations in closing the gap on health disparities and achieving better health. And as we support the work of these health equity champions, we also create a future where the intersection of health and social condition serves as the crucial nexus for ending health disparities in America.

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

National Conversation on the Opioid Crisis in Women

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Join the National Conversation on the Opioid Crisis in Women
Join us online Thursday and Friday, September 29–30, 2016, to be part of the national conversation on the opioid crisis in women. Use the hashtag #OWHOpioidSummit on Twitter and watch the webcast at to participate. We will be live tweeting the meeting on @womenshealth.
In response to the increasing impact of the opioid crisis on women, we are convening a national conversation to examine the unique prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who use, abuse, or overdose on opioids. This meeting will build upon the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary’s opioid initiative, examining the unique and specific needs of women in the context of that epidemic. We will bring together policy experts, program staff, researchers, clinicians, and women with lived experience to foster a national conversation on best policies and practices to address these growing challenges.
Date: September 29–30, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
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Follow us on Twitter: #OWHOpioidSummit