Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Participants wanted for Grief Support Group Study

Adults 60 years and older who have experienced the death of a close friend or family member more than 6 months ago and are struggling with grief or experiencing distress are invited to contact Caring Connections:  A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program to discuss participation in a research study.  For information contact Kathie Supiano or Shawna Rees at 801-585-9522.

Katherine P. Supiano, MS, LCSW, FT
Assistant Professor (Clinical) 
Director, Caring Connections:  A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program
University of Utah College of Nursing
10 S. 2000 E. room 3640 Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801-581-2322, 801-585-9522

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Community Surveys Available Now

The Center for Multicultural Health (CMH) is currently assessing the needs of Utah minority community members to inform health promotion efforts over the next three years. This short, written survey will help CMH and partners determine ways to address health access, baby health and obesity problems in minority communities.  The survey is available in English, Spanish, Samoan and Tongan. Surveys must be returned to CMH by February 3, 2011.

The survey is primarily being distributed by community-based organizations to the people they serve.  If you work with minorities and may be able to help CMH distribute the survey, contact Christine Espinel at or 801-273-4137.

In addition to this informal survey, CMH is assessing community needs through a series of focus groups and through a randomized telephone survey of Pacific Islander Utahns.  To learn more about the randomized survey of Pacific Islanders, see

New Demographic Maps

The New York Times and the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey have teamed up to create interactive maps showing American demographics by census tract.  In urban areas, census tracts are about the size of  neighborhoods.  The demographic information includes such attributes as race/ethnicity, income, education, home value and rent prices.  The maps also show how some of  these characteristics have changed over time. Click this link to see Salt Lake County by race and ethnicity.  Then, click "view more maps" to see other demographic characteristics or type in other zip codes to see other places.

Health Disparities in West Salt Lake County

The Salt Lake Tribune is running a series about health disparities affecting western Salt Lake County.  Links will be posted here.

The west side: Where an ill wind blows
Teen STD rate soars on SLC’s west side

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Latinos are increasingly shaping the demographic makeup of the United States. While the U.S. population grew by 36 percent between 1980 and 2009, the Latino population more than tripled, increasing from 14.6 million to nearly 48.4 million. Latinos accounted for slightly more than 40 percent of the roughly 81 million people added to the U.S. population over the past 30 years. The influence of the Latino population will only grow in coming decades, and mostly through natural increase, not immigration.
Visit the latest publication by Population Bulletin Update at for more details.