Friday, November 20, 2015

Nov 24: Men's Health Call with HHS Secretary Burwell

The Department of Health & Human Services, American Osteopathic Association & Men’s Health Network would like to invite you to join a conference call featuring HHS Secretary Burwell on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 6:00pm ET.

This call will focus on engaging men in health, particularly in light of the fact that men are 57% of the QHP eligible uninsured. We will highlight work that stakeholder partners are doing to engage men and share best practices and strategies for engaging men in health and health decisions. There will be a question and answer period after formal remarks.

WHEN: TuesdayNovember, 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm ET (please dial in 10 minutes early).

RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking here (space is limited)Use Conference number: 6119568 and Passcode: 5464324 to register for the call. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Celebrating 4th Annual Utah Pacific Islander Health Week

Utah Pacific Islanders celebrated the 4th Annual Health Week with 24 coordinated events in 5 counties.  

Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition "Aloha 5K Fun Run/Walk" in sunny St. George.
Utah County Pacific Islander Health Coalition Kick-off Event, Provo Recreation Center
Salt Lake County Pacific Islander Health Week Kick-off Event. Sorenson Multicultural Center, Salt Lake City

Pacific Islander Veterans Health Celebration, Fort Douglas Officers Club, Salt Lake City

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

HHS Office of Minority Health Releases Implementation Progress Report of Disparities Action Plan

Office of Minority HealthImplementation Progress Report
of the HHS Disparities Action Plan

The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees the implementation of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (HHS Disparities Action Plan), has released the first Implementation Progress Report of the HHS Disparities Action Plan, which details HHS’s efforts to address disparities in health and health care among racial and ethnic minorities. 

These efforts, covering 2011 through 2014, include addressing disparities in coverage and access to care, improving the quality of care, enhancing the diversity and cultural competency of the workforce, advancing community-based approaches to promote health and wellness, improving the quality and availability of data collected and reported on minority populations, and furthering research on racial and ethnic health disparities.  

The Implementation Progress Report also highlights HHS’s commitment to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities and HHS’s efforts to strengthen our nation’s capacity to address health disparities and advance health equity.

The HHS Disparities Action Plan, which was released in 2011, is a comprehensive federal commitment to addressing health disparities. As the United States continues to face significant racial and ethnic health disparities, the HHS Disparities Action Plan provides a coordinated framework for HHS agencies and offices to heighten the impact of the agency’s policies and programs to reduce health disparities. The Affordable Care Act, one of the most significant laws since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid that will help to reduce health disparities, provided the foundation for the HHS Disparities Action Plan.

View the HHS Disparities Action Plan and the Implementation Progress Report for more information.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Nov. 10: Spanish Language Webinar on Promotores de Salud E-Learning Program

Office of Minority HealthWebinar: Promotores de Salud E-Learning Program
November 10, 2015 at 2 pm ET

The Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will host a Spanish-language webinar discussing Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud.

The e-learning program is designed to build the capacity of promotores de salud to promote better health among individuals and communities. The e-learning program is available in both Spanish and English at no cost to participants. It provides promotores de salud with basic knowledge to promote healthy choices, and strategies to motivate behavioral changes among the community members they serve.  

Speakers on the webinar will discuss how the e-learning program may help promotores de saludtalk to community members about chronic disease management.  You are invited to join this webinar.  Register.


Liliana Rañón, BS, Associate Director, Asian American/Pacific Islander & Latino Affairs, HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
Brendaly Rodriguez, MA, Manager, Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program, University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Co-chair, Florida Community Health Worker Coalition 
Betsy Rodriguez, MSN, CDE, Deputy Director, National Diabetes Education Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Seminario en línea: Programa de aprendizaje en línea para los Promotores de Salud
10 de noviembre, 2015 a las 2 pm ET

La Oficina de Salud de las Minorías (Office of Minority Health, u OMH) del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de EE.UU. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, o HHS) presentará un seminario web, en español, sobre el curso de aprendizaje en línea tituladoPromoviendo Decisiones Saludables Y Cambios en la Comunidad.

Este nuevo curso de aprendizaje en línea está diseñado para desarrollar la capacidad de los promotores de salud para promover cambios que conducen a la buena salud, al nivel individual y comunitario. Este programa de aprendizaje en línea está disponible en español e inglés sin costo a los participantes. Este programa también les proporciona a los promotores de salud los conocimientos básicos para promover decisiones saludables, y estrategias para motivar los cambios de conducta en los miembros de la comunidad que sirven. 

Las presentadoras invitadas a este seminario web hablarán sobre este curso de aprendizaje en línea y cómo puede ayudar a los promotores de salud hablar con miembros de la comunidad sobre el manejo de las enfermedades crónicas. 

Usted está invitado a participar en este seminario web. Regístrese para el seminario web.


Liliana Rañón, BS, Directora Asociada, Asuntos sobre Personas Asiático-Americanas/Islas del Pacifico & Latinas, Oficina de Asuntos Intergubernamentales y Exteriores del HHS 
Betsy Rodriguez, MSN, CDE, Directora Adjunta, Programa Nacional de Educación para la Diabetes, Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades
Brendaly Rodriguez, MA, Gerente, Programa de Participación Comunitaria y Diversidad Cultural,  Instituto de Ciencias Translacionales y Clínicas, Universidad de Miami, Co-Directora, Coalición de Promotores de Salud de Florida 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

St. Mark's Hospital opens new stand-alone Emergency Room in Taylorsville

This stand-alone facility serves the community in and around Taylorsville City.
The fourth of its kind in Utah, the new satellite ER will provide comprehensive, hospital-based emergency services. The Emergency Center offers 10 patient exam rooms for anyone in the city who needs emergency care on a 24/7 basis. 

The physicians, nurses, and other staff of St. Mark’s at the new ER can quickly diagnose and treat life-threatening conditions such as chest pain and stroke. They can also treat other types of medical emergencies, including traumatic injuries. The facility features comprehensive imaging services, including computerized tomography (CT scan), X‐ray, and ultrasound as well as a fully-equipped medical laboratory. 
The St. Mark’s Hospital Taylorsville Emergency Center is located at 
Taylorsville City
just south of the city’s Fire Station 118 and City Hall.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

You Can Pay for College Night

Granite School District College and Career Readiness Department would like to invite you to attend a regional "You Can Pay For College Night" sponsored by StepUpUtah and UHEAA. The events are open to all parents and students in grades 7-12 because it is never too early to start planning for college!

Granger High School - Pacific Islander
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm


Kearns High School - Spanish Speaking
Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 pm

For additional information see attached flyer or visit StepUpUtah website at

A Call with President Obama on ACA Open Enrollment

You are invited to join a conference call on Wednesday, November 4th at 2:25 PM ET with President Barack Obama and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell to discuss the upcoming open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. We encourage you to circulate this invitation to all of your members, volunteers, and partners who will engage in enrollment efforts during the open enrollment period from November 1st to January 31st.

Call Details
·         Date: Wednesday, November 4th  
·         Time: 2:25 PM ET, please join 5-7 minutes early to avoid connection delays
·         RSVPTo receive the dial-in information, click HERE and enter access code 373038

This call is off the record and not for press purposes. We look forward to speaking with you on Wednesday.


The White House Office of Public Engagement

Man Therapy

NAMI Utah and Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition are launching a new mental health awareness campaign to empower men to take action/ownership of their mental health. The campaign uses humor to reduce stigma surrounding men and getting help.

Check out 
and spread the word

Monday, November 2, 2015

ACA Open Enrollment is here


It’s time to get covered

Open Enrollment is here. Now’s your chance to sign up for a 2016 plan. Join the millions of Americans who have quality and affordable coverage from Submit your application today.
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8 out of 10 people who enrolled in a health insurance plan qualified for financial help. In fact, most people can find a health insurance plan for $75 or less per month. to see what you can save! 

Don’t miss your chance to get covered -- sign up for a 2016 plan today!

DEADLINE: December 15

The Team

Webinar: Health Insurance Coverage and LGBT Families

Health Insurance Coverage and LGBT Families
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
12:00-01:15 pm EST
11:00-12:15 pm CST
10:00-11:15 am MST
09:00-10:15 am PST

This webinar will outline how the Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) individuals. Discussion topics will include eligibility for obtaining health insurance coverage for LGBT families and legal rights in the health care setting. The target audience is HHS and HRSA grantees, healthcare providers, public health officials, and community advocates wanting to improve their competency in serving the needs of the LGBT patients in their practices.  This session is brought to you by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for Civil Rights, Administration for Children and Families.

For more information, please contact: Ellen Ingram, (303) 844-3375, or

Dial-in: 888-982-4695, Pin: 8535175

10:00 am            Introduction
CAPT Christina Mead, PharmD, US Public Health Service
Health Resources and Services Administration
                                             U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Denver, CO

Ian Shipps, J.D.
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Denver, CO

10:10 am            Eligibility for Health Insurance Coverage
Alvin Chee, Health Care and Enrollment Program Manager,
The Center- Denver, CO

10:30 am            Legal Rights and Protections
Daniel Ramos, Health Policy Manager
One Colorado- Denver, CO

10:50 am            Questions