Thursday, October 31, 2013

Social Determinants of Health Community Profile

This interactive motion chart by the BYU SDH Team managed by Dr. Len Novilla of BYU Health Sciences combines demographic, benavioral, socio-economic and health status data across many differnt data sources for a comprehensive look at health and social determninants by small area. You can use the toolbars to change the indicators viewed and see relationships between up to four indicators at a time.

Utah Pacific Islander Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Office of Health Disparities Wins Competitive Grant

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Utah Department of Health (UDOH), Office of Health Disparities (OHD) has completed a three-year State Partnership Grant from the Federal Office of Minority Health and successfully applied for a new grant. During the recent grant cycle, Utah OHD helped the Utah Pacific Islander community lower its infant mortality rate from 7.4/1,000 births in 2004-2007 to 3.6/1,000 in 2008-2011.  That’s a drop of nearly 48 percent. 
The Office also conducted the first-ever statewide surveillance study of Pacific Islanders in the continental United States, created health promotion videos in English, Samoan, and Tongan, and developed culturally appropriate health promotion and health care referral programs.

“We’re just so excited that Pacific Islander women have been willing to be a part of these projects, that they’re sharing this information with their families, and that our community is making a difference,” said Joyce Ah You, Director of the Queen Center, which has worked closely with OHD and other Pacific Islander groups to address the infant mortality problem.

Utah is one of only 22 states to receive a State Partnership Grant for the next two years. Of the 46 states that were funded during the previous grant cycle, 24 were not refunded. Of the 22 states that received grants, about half received a funding reduction from the previous grant cycle. In contrast, Utah OHD was funded at the same annual level of funding as previously: $130,000/year. 

During the upcoming grant cycle, Utah OHD is seeking to maintain the recent improvement in Pacific Islander infant health and to replicate this success in the Utah African American/Black community. OHD and its partners met their goals for African American/Black infant mortality during the previous grant cycle, reducing the rate from 8.4/1,000 births in 2004-2007 to 7.6/1,000 in 2008-2011. However, the new rate is still much higher than the statewide rate of 5.0/1,000 in 2008-2011.  

Utah OHD is also expanding a project piloted during the previous grant cycle that identifies underserved community members at risk for chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, and then links them to health care providers.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Call for Abstracts: 2014 Utah Public Health Conference!

Call for Abstracts: Presentations and Posters

The Conference Planning Committee is seeking innovative proposals for topics relating to all areas of public health as well as abstracts that focus on the conference theme: Public Health: Where You Live, Work and Play

Submission options:
  • Program / Research Presentation (30 or 60 minutes): Program/Research sessions are intended to provide attendees a synopsis of a public health program or relevant research. Presenters should insure that time is available for Q & A during their session.
  • Poster Session (pre-designated breakout time frame): Poster sessions are intended to provide a graphic presentation of program or research findings by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams, and descriptive text. The authors will then hold discussions with the registrants who are circulating among the poster boards during the designated poster session time frame. The presenter(s) should remain by his/her poster board for the duration of the breakout session to answer questions.
You do not have to be a member of UPHA to submit an abstract. However, if your Abstract is accepted for presentation or poster session, you must register and pay for attending the conference.    Limited scholarships are available for student and non-student presenters. Refer to the conference web site for upcoming information and rates.

We welcome your submissions and look forward to your contribution at the 2014 UPHA Conference.

Deadline for Submitting Abstracts is Friday, November 22nd

Join a Google+ Hangout on November 6 to Discuss the Health Insurance Marketplace in Vietnamese

Join a Google+ Hangout on November 6 to Discuss the Health Insurance Marketplace in Vietnamese
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders invites you to join our Google Hangout and chat about the Health Insurance Marketplace in Vietnamese on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm ET. You can submit your questions during the event via the Google+ ‘Ask a Question’ feature, via Twitter at @WhiteHouseAAPI, or before the event via email. More information on the in-language Hangouts can be found at WHIAAPI’s website, and more information about the Affordable Care Act can be found
Maria Pastrana Lujan is an Advisor on Community Engagement at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Gia Nhập Google Hangout vào Thứ Tư, Ngày 6 Tháng Mười Một để đối thoại về Thị Trường Bảo Hiểm Sức Khỏe bằng tiếng Việt
Sáng Kiến của Tòa Bạch Ốc về Người Mỹ Gốc Á Châu và các Quần Đảo Thái Bình Dương (AAPIs) kính mời quý vị cùng tham gia vào Google Hangout và đối thoại về Thị Trường Sức Khỏe của chúng tôi bằng Tiếng Việt vào Thứ Tư, Ngày 6 Tháng Mười Một, Năm 2013,lúc 3:00 chiều (giờ Miền Đông- ET). Quý vị cũng có thể nêu ra các câu hỏi của mình trong dịp này qua mục ‘Ask a Question’ (Đặt một Câu Hỏi), của Google+ hoặc hỏi trước qua email, hoặc Twitter tại @WhiteHouseAAPI. Để biết thêm thông tin về các Hangout bằng ngôn ngữ bản xứ, quý vị có thể vào trang mạng của WHIAAPI, và tìm hiểu thêm về Đạo Luật Chăm Sóc Sức Khỏe Với Lệ Phí Thấp tại
Maria Pastrana Lujan là Cố Vấn Giao Liên về Sáng Kiến của Tòa Bạch Ốc về Người Á Châu và Đảo Thái Bình Dương.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Free Flu Shots at LDS Hospital on Thursday, Oct 24

FREE Flu shots
At LDS Hospital – 8th Ave & C street

Thursday, October 24th
6 to 8 p.m.
in the Education Center Auditorium

Flu shots for adults and children 9 and older
While supplies last

For more information call 801-408-1838

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Affordable Care Act and What it Means for Clinics Training

Utah Department of Health
Office of Health Disparities (OHD) presents

Affordable Care Act
and what it means for

Join us for this informative session and learn how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now underway, has changed the landscape of healthcare and how it may affect clinics.

When: Wednesday, October  30, 2013 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Where: 3760 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah in the 3rd Floor Auditorium.  
Free parking available around the building.

Presented by: Jason Stevenson, Utah Health Policy Project

Questions? Contact Christine Espinel at or 801-273-4137.

Jason Stevenson, Education and Communications Director, Utah Health Policy Project.  Jason manages the organization’s social media and communications strategies and to engage key advocates on healthcare reform.  Jason worked as a staff editor at Backpacker and Outside magazines.and began his writing career in Washington, D.C. covering politics on Capitol Hill, and he continues to work as a freelance writer for several local and national publications. Prior to becoming a journalist, Jason worked in Boston for three years as an economic development consultant focusing on inner-city communities in the U.S. and Great Britain.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and received a graduate fellowship to study the Second World War at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh.

SNAP Stimulus Benefit Set to Expire October 31st

SNAP Stimulus Benefit Set to Expire October 31st
A temporary increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits enacted as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will expire on October 31, which will result a $5 billion reduction in overall program spending for FY2014 and a cut of $29 per month for the average family of three. According to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the expiration of the benefit means thatSNAP participants will receive an average of less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014.

Monday, October 21, 2013

RWJF New Careers in Nursing Releases Call for Applications

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing 

Application Deadline: January 9, 2014 (3 p.m.)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing is a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Translation Toolkit for Utah Public Health Programs

This guide by the Utah Department of Health, Office of Health Disparities, explains how to achieve high quality translations and provides resources to support this aim.

UDOH Oral Health Program reaching out to Tribal and Rural areas in Utah

Oral Health Specialist, Michelle Martin RDH, MPH has been implementing an oral health component and participating with the Children With Special Health Care Needs clinics in Utah.  So far she has been to Blanding, St. George, and Price. She is working on a contact in Vernal, Utah. In each city Michelle is meeting with a local dental hygienist to help with the program.  In each area families are asked if their child has a dental home. Martin is offering to place fluoride varnish on each child and their siblings if they are with them, reviewing oral hygiene instructions, and providing additional resources if needed.

A great example of a successful local contact is with Darshini Begaye. She is a dental hygienist who lives in Montezuma Creek. Darshini, being Navajo was able make a connection with local residents while at the Montezuma Creek Dental clinic that other providers sometimes are unable to do. Darshini brought fluoride varnish, toothbrushes, and paste, for each child and each parent, and cute stickers for the children as a reward. Having a local oral health champion like Darshini, has proven to be very helpful. Darshini has great interpersonal skills, is empathetic and is easily able to build rapport with the local people.

High School Essay Contest & the African American Male College Scholarships Competition

 2013 Annual International High School Essay Contest
& the African American Male College Scholarships Competition The High School Essay contest is open to ANY High School Senior. Locally, three book scholarships will be given to the top essays. The local 1st place winner has a chance of winning one of four college scholarships at the National level1st Scholarship: $3,000; 2nd Scholarship: $2,000; 3rd Scholarship: $1,000; and 4th Scholarship: $500 

2) There will be two college scholarships up to $1,000 given to the winners of the African American Male Scholars competitions. One scholarship is targeted for a college-bound high school senior and the second one is for a currently enrolled college student in good academic standing. Based upon additional funding, a third scholarship may be given to a current African American male graduate student in good academic standing.  

Local competitions end on October 25, 2013. Contest is open to only Utah residents. For an application and contest rules, please go to our website (

Winners must attend the Achievement Awards program in mid-November.

Scholarship Opportunity for Current College/University Immigrant Students at U of U

Encourage students to apply!
Here is a scholarship opportunity for current college and university students who are undocumented or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The applications for the NACCS Immigrant Student Beca (link) are due October 19, 2013! So apply soon!

The eligibility requirements are the following:
_____ Must be an undocumented immigrant student of Chicana/o heritage (preference will be given to those not eligible for other sources of financial aid).
_____ Must have graduated from high school or received a GED.
_____ Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution.
_____ Must be committed to the betterment of the Chicana and Chicano population as described in the NACCS preamble.

For more information visit:

Alonso Reyna-Rivarola, HB 144/DACA Advisor and Programs
University of Utah, Office for Student Equity & Diversity
A. Ray Olpin University Union, 200 S. Central Campus Dr. Suite 235A, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-3328 |

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Office of Health Disparities announces mini grant opportunities

The Office of Health Disparities is pleased to announce two Requests for Proposals to address the following health disparities in our communities:

- Birth Outcomes/Infant Mortality among Utah Pacific Islander and Utah U.S. born African Americans
-Access to Health Care among Utah's racial and ethnic minorities.

Help us spread the word to any community partner that may be interested.

Birth Outcomes Request for Proposals: 

Application deadlines are Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. MDT

Contact Dulce Díez at or Christine Espinel at with further questions.

Report Illustrates Families’ Experiences to Date and Newly Available Options for Health Coverage

Real Stories, Real People, Real Reform

A new report documents eight diverse families’ experiences in the health care system and illustrates how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will soon improve access to quality, affordable care for millions of Americans. Researchers at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms documented the real-life stories of families with pre-existing conditions, too few affordable insurance options, and more. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report details the changes many American families can expect to experience as new coverage options take effect in January 2014.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Government Shuts Down; Effect on Federal Nutrition Programs Mixed

The federal government shut down following the expiration of a continuing resolution, with Congress and the Administration unable to reach a new funding agreement at the start of the 2014 fiscal year. The effect of the shutdown on federal nutrition programs varies; according to the Department of Agriculture, federal funding will continue for school meals and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but will cease for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children 

Now in Effect: ACA Funding for Children's Health Insuracne Program

Additional Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Effective October 1, 2013
Under the new law, states will receive two more years of funding to continue coverage for children not eligible for Medicaid.