Tuesday, April 29, 2014

F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules on Thursday that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Salt Lake County to offer Living Well with Chronic Conditions classes in Spanish ( Tomando Control de su Salud)

Salt Lake County Active Aging Office is offering 
Living Well with Chronic Disease class in Spanish

Tomando Control de su Salud

Un taller gratuito de 6 semanas para personas adultas  que tengan alguna enfermedad crónica como: la diabetes, la artritis, la presión arterial alta, la depresión, etc. Familiares y amigos que brindan apoyo también pueden participar.  

When:  May 22nd – June 26  at 5:30 pm
Where: River’s Bend Senior Center
1300 W. 300 N. Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Registration required, please contact Erika at Salt Lake County at (385)648-3088.

Are enough kids vaccinated in your child's Utah school?

An anti-vaccine movement is evident in some Salt Lake County schools.

 The Salt Lake Tribune

In 2011, a family in the affluent Salt Lake County suburb of Holladay drew scorn for starting the biggest measles outbreak in Utah in more than a decade.

The family’s unimmunized children imported the virus from Poland after traveling there to retrieve a Mormon missionary.

But public furor has faded, apparently along with support for tightening Utah’s exemption law –– one of 19 in the country that allow families to forgo vaccines for personal, and not just medical or religious, reasons.
Meanwhile, the percentage of kindergartners seeking exemptions from Utah’s school-entry immunization requirements is creeping up. (See an interactive graphic here.)
School immunization data obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune for the start of the 2013-14 year show 54 of Salt Lake County’s 235 public elementary and intermediate schools fell short of the 95 percent vaccination rate experts say prevents measles and whooping cough from spreading — also known as the "herd immunity" threshold.
The anti-vaccine movement is driving more parents to choose not to vaccinate their children, creating hot spots vulnerable to a comeback of vaccine-preventable illnesses, such as measles and whooping cough, public health watchdogs say.
"Each unimmunized person can become a vector for someone else’s disease, and thus is a relative danger to the community," said William Cosgrove, a pediatrician in Murray and a member of the Utah Scientific Immunization Advisory Committee.
"It does not require very many," he said, "before you are in a situation where [a] germ can spread to those in the community who can’t protect themselves, an infant too young to immunize, or a family member on immunosuppressives, or those few vaccines don’t fully protect."
In 1997, 1.2 percent of Utah kindergarteners sought exemptions from immunization requirements. By 2007 it had grown to 2.9 percent, and today it approaches 4 percent.
That’s still above the safety threshold set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) for preventing the spread of most diseases.
Read the entire story at  The Salt Lake Tribune
Visit the Utah Immunization Program for more information about getting immunized at  http://www.immunize-utah.org/

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New E-learning tool to address cultural competency in oral health

The U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health has launched a new e-learning tool to address cultural competency in oral health based on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care.

Why Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Oral Health Care?

Have you ever had a time when you did not know how to best serve a patient from a different background than your own? Have you ever been frustrated when trying to communicate with patients from diverse populations? As the U.S. population becomes more and more diverse, did you know that racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to have worse oral health outcomes?
This e-learning program gives you the basic cultural and linguistic competency knowledge and skills so that you can:
  • Expand your patient base by providing more culturally and linguistically appropriate care to a wider diversity of patients;
  • Deliver a higher quality of care to help your patients meet their oral health care goals, while honoring and respecting their cultural beliefs and practices;
  • Decrease clinical errors that may arise due to cultural and linguistic differences in communication and differences in oral health literacy;
  • Gain essential tools to help recognize and lessen the racial and ethnic health care disparities that persist in oral health.
The courses target Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Dental Specialists, and any other professional who has the unique opportunity to help improve access to care, quality of care, and oral health outcomes of all patients.

Navajo Advocates Make Push for Junk Food Tax

Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles.

Monday, April 21, 2014

UDOH Maternal and Child Health Program Requesting Public Feedback

Every year the Utah Department of Health, Division of Family Health and Preparedness submits an application for federal Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant funds. Public input is a valued part of the annual MCH Block Grant application process.

The proposed program activities related to the annual health goals for FY 2015 are now available for review and comment.  The proposed activities are listed at the following link:

Please take a few minutes to review and provide your comments.  We will accept comments until May 12, 2014.  Thank you for your time and valuable feedback.

Pregnancy Weight Gain Predicts Child’s Obesity

Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk that your child will be obese as a preschooler, new evidence shows. Gaining too little weight may have the same effect.

Institute of Medicine guidelines for pregnancy weight gain range from 25 to 40 pounds for normal-weight or underweight women, 15 to 25 pounds for overweight women and 11 to 20 pounds for obese women.

Researchers followed 4,145 women from before they became pregnant until their children were 2 to 5 years old. The study appears online in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Over all, compared with children of mothers who met the guidelines, children of mothers who gained too much had a 46 percent increased risk of being overweight or obese. The researchers adjusted for mothers’ age, race, diet, education, B.M.I. before becoming pregnant, and other characteristics.

The effect was even more marked for women who were not overweight: in that group, gaining more than the guidelines indicate increased the risk of having an obese child by 79 percent, and gaining less than the recommended amount increased it by 63 percent.

“Currently, more than half of women gain too much during pregnancy,” said the senior author, Monique M. Hedderson, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. “Only 10 percent of women are gaining too little. We definitely don’t want the headline to be ‘pregnant women need to gain more weight.’”
New York Times

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 21 Webinar: Clearing the Air on Smoking

National Minority Health Month
The Office of Minority Health invites you to join us and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission for a webinar: “Clearing the Air: Reducing Tobacco Use among Racial and Ethnic Minorities.” 
It has been fifty years since the first U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health alerted the nation to the dangers of smoking. But still smoking remains the number one cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States, and racial and ethnic minorities bear a significant burden.  This webinar will discuss current education and prevention programs as well as regulatory efforts that aim to curb tobacco use among minorities.
This is the third in a special Minority Health Month webinar series that will be held each Monday throughout April.View past webinars.

  • Introduction by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Jonca Bull, MD, Director, Office of Minority Health, Food and Drug Administration
  • Bridgette E. Garrett, PhD, Associate Director for Health Equity, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Andre Stanley, Policy Analyst, Food and Drug Administration
  • Anita W. Gaillard, MSPH, Director of Community Programs, Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission

Webinar:  Clearing the Air: Reducing Tobacco Use among Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Who Should Attend:  Health care, health promotion and service providers, community organizations, retailers and others interested in tobacco prevention
When:  April 14, 2-3:15 p.m. ET

To join the event (no pre-registration needed):https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/Conference number: RW2029726Passcode: 5780103Dial-in: 1-877-669-4124

5.4 million gained health insurance coverage. Who are they?

New data show strong coverage gains among low- and middle-income adults, as well as young people and minorities during the ACA’s initial open enrollment period, according to data from the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Learn more about the 5.4 million newly insured Americans >

Consequences for Consumers Who Didn't Get Covered with ACA

We know that assisters and other enrollment stakeholders are getting lots of questions from consumers about the fine for not having health insurance. So we've put together an easy-to-use table that breaks down which individuals without coverage may be subject to the fine, and how they can obtain an exemption if they qualify for one. 
Enroll America

Sebelius Says Departure Was Her Choice

Politico, Elizabeth Titus
Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says her departure after Obamacare’s first, rocky open enrollment period was her own choice and that it was "a logical time to leave."

Utah County Discovery a Reminder: There is Help and Hope for Endangered Newborns

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Staff of the Utah Department of Health Newborn Safe Haven program are reminding women that their babies are wanted, even if their mothers can’t care for them. 

Safe Haven was launched in 2001 to allow mothers to anonymously drop off their babies at any Utah hospital, no questions asked, and without fear of criminal punishment. 

“It’s a sad day for all of us who have worked to educate our community about Safe Haven” said program coordinator Julia Robertson. “But there is hope for the mothers and their babies, so we encourage anyone struggling with a decision to seek help.” 

The Safe Haven hotline number is 866-458-0058 and is available night and day. More information is available at www.utahsafehaven.org, including details on the law, answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information for hospitals that are open 24/7. 

"Child abuse, neglect, and homicide can be prevented,” said Heidi Valdez, Child Abuse Prevention Program Administrator, Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). “Crisis and respite nurseries, parenting classes, family counseling, and in-home services, are available statewide for all Utahns." 

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April 23, 2014 at Olive Pharmacy, 2290 S Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 2-4pm

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – An open house will take place on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at Olive Pharmacy located at 2290 South Redwood Road from 2-4pm to disseminate diabetes and cholesterol care information to the public as part of Utah Department of Health, Center for Multicultural Health Office of Health Disparities outreach and Salt Lake American and Somali Community mini-grant project. 
The open house highlights include:
Information on free diabetes and cholesterol screenings taking place through July 2014 as part of Utah Department of Health, Center for Multicultural Health Office of Health Disparities outreach and Salt Lake American and Somali Community mini-grant project. 

Information on medical services and care providers for low income and uninsured.

Laundry detergent (powder, small boxes) provided to low-income first 20 attendees.

More information is available by contacting Ghulam Hasnain by phone at 801-671-6709 or email saltlakeamerican@yahoo.com.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Office of Minority Health April 14 Webinar: A Workforce for the Future

The Office of Minority Health invites you to join us and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Asian Counseling and Referral Service for a webinar, “A Workforce for the Future: Advancing Diversity and Cultural Competency in Health Professions.” 
Strengthening the nation’s health and human services infrastructure involves addressing the critical shortage of primary care physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, behavioral health providers, long-term care workers and community health workers in the U.S. As the nation grows more diverse, the disparity between the racial and ethnic composition of the health care workforce and that of the U.S. population widens as well. 
This webinar will provide a look at successful efforts to address these gaps and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities by 1) increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the health care workforce, 2) improving the quality of patient-provider interactions in clinical settings and 3) enhancing cultural competency education and training for health care professionals. 
This is the second in a special Minority Health Month webinar series that will be held each Monday throughout April. 

Introduction by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Michelle Allender-Smith, RN, BSN, MS, Director, Office of Health Equity, Health Resources and Services Administration
Roslyn Holliday Moore, Public Health Analyst, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Yoon Joo Han, MSW, Behavioral Health Program Director, Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Webinar:  A Workforce for the Future: Advancing Diversity and Cultural Competency in Health Professions
Who Should Attend:  Health care professionals and administrators, students and community based organizations
When:  April 14, 2-3 p.m. ET
To join the event (no pre-registration needed):https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/Conference number: RW2029726Passcode: 5780103Dial-in: 1-877-669-4124

More Children in U.S. Have Health Insurance

America has made significant progress toward ensuring all kids have health insurance, according to a new report. Funded by RWJF, the 50-state analysis finds that the percentage of U.S. children without insurance fell from 9.7 percent in 2008 to 7.5 percent in 2012. Researchers attribute the increase to more kids being covered through public programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The report shows that minority children and those from low-income families—historically the most likely to be uninsured—are making the largest gains. It was prepared by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center.

How many kids in your state gained health insurance? >

Report Key Findings

  • Differences in children’s insurance status by household income were reduced.
    Children in households with family incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line were most likely to be uninsured, but also experienced the greatest gains in coverage.
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in insurance status among children were reduced.
    While the percentage of children with insurance coverage rose across the board, Hispanic and non-white children experienced the greatest gains.
  • The increase in kids having insurance coverage was widespread across the nation.
    No state showed an increase in its percentage of uninsured kids between 2008 and 2012. The percentages of uninsured children varied considerably, however, by state.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New 2012 School Health Profiles Products Released

Today, the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) released two 2012 School Health Profiles (Profiles) products on the Profiles web site at www.cdc.gov/schoolhealthprofiles.

The release includes:
  • a fact sheet for each state, large urban school district, territory, and tribal government that reports results from the 2012 Profiles on the following topics:
    • HIV, other STD, and teen pregnancy prevention
    • Chronic disease prevention
    • Other selected school health topics
  • a PowerPoint presentation that presents state results, by quartiles, on a U.S. map
These products provide an easy way to share Profiles results.  The fact sheets allow each state, large urban school district, territory, and tribal government to view their own results and see how they compare to other jurisdictions. The PowerPoint maps provide a visual comparison of states on all key variables.

Profiles Background:
 The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles surveys are conducted biennially by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers. Profiles monitors the current status of:
  • School health education requirements and content
  • Physical education and physical activity
  • School health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco-use prevention, and nutrition
  • Asthma management activities
  • Family and community involvement in school health programs
  • School health coordination
For more information about Profiles:
Web site: www.cdc.gov/schoolhealthprofiles Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)  E-mail: nccddashinfo@cdc.govDASH Header Image

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

U.S. Teen Birth Rate At Historic Low, But Girls Deliver 1,700 Babies Every Week, CDC Says

The national teen birth rate has plummeted 63 percent to its lowest level over the last 20 years, but with 1,700 babies born every week to girls under 18, the rate is still too high, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read the story 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Reframing Cultural Norms to Promote Healthy Relationships

thumbnail diverse womenA new groundbreaking report outlines effective lessons to prevent intimate parter violence (IPV) among immigrants and refugees. Over the course of three years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Strengthening What Works program evaluated IPV prevention initiatives serving different youth and adult Asian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Arab, and Hispanic communities. Case studies chronicle the efforts and showcase the importance of culture to improve health and relationships.

Read the key findings  >

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mountain States RHEC Webinar Announcement: Advancing Health Equity through Cultural Competency, April 17

Are you interested in learning how to build and sustain a culturally competent organization?
In commemoration of National Minority Health Month, the Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) is hosting the webinar Advancing Health Equity through Cultural Competency, which will help organizations and businesses explore ways to cultivate cultural competency in the workplace.  Speakers will discuss the skills, protocols and structures that integrate the value of diversity and promote effective work with employees and patients in an effort to advance health equity. 

Join Us for the Webinar!

DATE: April 17, 2014

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time

Susana Centeno Perez, MPH, Region VIII Women’s Health Coordinator
Renee Gamino, Associate Director-Outreach, AARP Wyoming, Mountain States RHEC member
Mailyn Salabarria, Community Outreach Coordinator & Translations Associate Manager, One World Translation

Register Here: https://events.na.collabserv.com/portal/wippages/register.php?id=c1afdfc4bd&l=en-US

The Mountain States RHEC is one of ten regional health equity councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners, and stakeholders that are committed to action. The Mountain States RHEC is a coalition of leaders and health disparities experts representing several sectors and the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The Mountain States RHEC envisions a region free of disparities in health and healthcare, where all people attain the highest level of health.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Clinics in Salt Lake Valley

Because of funding from the Affordable Care Act and other sources allocated to address primary care in our area, below is a list of new clinic locations open and accepting patients:

Intermountain Neighborhood Clinic
Glendale Community Learning Resource Center
1388 Navajo Street (1340 West)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Phone: 801-408-4550
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, Closed 12pm - 12:30 for lunch
Provides primary healthcare services to the residents of Glendale Middle School and Mountainland Elementary School boundaries.
Dental services available

Midtown South Salt Lake CHC Clinic-Grand Opening April 7
2253 S State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

Mid-Valley Health Clinic
Utah Partners for Health
8446 S. Harrison Street (Copperview Recreation Center)
Midvale, UT 84047
Phone: 801-417-0131
Hours: MTWF 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  TH 12:00 - 8:00 pm                              
Sliding Fee Schedule available with proof of income
Medicaid/Medicare accepted
Call for other insurance accepted                                        

Midvale CBC Community Clinic
7852 S Pioneer Street
Midvale, Utah 84047
Located in Midvale Middle School (south end of school parking lot)

Free Medical Clinic for qualified patients
Medical Clinic hours: Tuesdays 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Thursdays 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Physical Therapy Clinic hours: Saturdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dental services available 7 times per month upon availability.
Dental hygienist services also available to dental program patients.
Call for information about fees and services.

Call 801-566-6190 Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm for an appointment. 

Services available to all qualified individuals, preference for Midvale City residents

Molina Health Clinics
Molina Medical- Salt Lake City
2196 West 3500 South
West Valley City, Utah 84119

Molina Medical- Orem *
1409 South State Street
Orem, Utah 84097
*Clinic located in Utah County.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed for lunch 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Phone: 877- 385-7822

Sacred Circle Clinic
Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
660 S. 200 E. Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tribal members priority, but will see others as well.
Call for other insurance accepted

*This list has been provided as a courtesy only and should not be considered an official list of all clinics and services.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April is Minority Health Month


The Utah Dept of Health (UDOH) Office of Health Disparities (OHD) and partners are offering free health screenings and education classes.

FREE Medical Screenings for Utah's Underserved Sponsored by OHD and Partners

By appointment only

OHD and Centro Hispano

Tuesday, April 8 from 4 to 7 pm

For more information and to schedule an appointment contact Joel Loredo at joell@centrohispanouc.org or 801.665.0258
Spanish-speaking services available

OHD and Hawaiian Cultural Center
Thursday, April 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact Kathleen Madsen at kkmadsen12@gmail.com or 801.471.4635
Interpretation services available

OHD and People's Health Clinic
Wednesday, April 16 from 11 am to 2 pm
For more information and to schedule an appointment contact Rachelle Doucette at rachelle@phcpc.org or 435.333.1885
Spanish-speaking services available

Pre-scheduled and walk-in appointments available

OHD and Maliheh Free Clinic
Thursday, April 3 from 4 to 7 pm
For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact Leanna Davis at ldavis@malihehfreeclinic.org or call 801.266.3700 ext 106
Interpretation services available

OHD and Somali Community Self Management Agency
Wednesday, April 2 from 1 to 4 pm
For more information  and to schedule an appointment contact Ghulam Hasnain at saltlakeamerican@yahoo.com or call 801-671-6709
Interpretation services available

Huntsman Cancer Institute Screening Events
Screenings are free and open to the public. Spanish translation available.

Free Skin Cancer Screening on Saturday,  April 12

Free Oral Cancer Screening on Saturday,  April 26

Call 801.585.0605 to schedule an appointment

Living Well With Chronic Conditions Classes 
Sponsored by Intermountain

Classes at TOSH

April 1-May 6 (every Tuesday from 1-3:30)
Sept 9-Oct 14 (every Tuesday from 1-3:30)
To register, call 801.314.2201
Classes at Glendale Community Learning Center

April 14-May 19 (every Monday from 11-1:30) with lunch provided
To register, call 801.408.8635