Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dementia as a Public Health Issue: A New Look at Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Depression, and Caregiving

FY16 Advocacy Public Health News HeaderDementia as a Public Health Issue: A New Look at Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Depression, and Caregiving

Dementia-publichealth-webinar-buttonWhat’s the connection between cardiovascular disease, depression, and cognitive decline? How does caregiving for a person with dementia under the age of 65 (younger-onset dementia) differ from caring for an older person with dementia? Join us on Thursday, August 11, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT for a webinar featuring new information on these topics. After an initial presentation of study methods and findings, the webinar will engage participants in exploring the public health implications. Please register in advance (and input meeting number: 749 119 289). 
The webinar presenters are the recipients of Alzheimer’s Association scholarships, which were awarded as part of the Healthy Brain Initiative with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The scholarships for public health graduate students in support of work related to cognitive health, dementia, and caregiving as public health issues were awarded to: 
  • Nicole Armstrong, doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who examined whether depressive symptoms potentially mediate the association between cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive decline; and 
  • Elvira Jimenez, doctoral candidate at the University of California-Los Angeles, who studied the unique experiences and challenges faced by caregivers of people with younger-onset dementia.
Join us to learn about their findings and how they might inform public health programs. Public health professionals working in chronic diseases, healthy aging, health care quality, mental health, workforce competencies, and community-clinic partnerships may find their analyses to be particularly relevant.
Be sure to register online (meeting number: 749 119 289), mark your calendars, and forward this message to any interested colleagues.
The Alzheimer’s Public Health E-News is supported by Cooperative Agreement #NU58DP006115-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the Alzheimer’s Association and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Salt Lake County Diversity Affairs Communications Specialist - Paid Intern

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Diversity Affairs Communications Specialist - Paid Intern
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$10.00 Hourly
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Salt Lake County Government Center - 2001 South State Street
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Internship Duration: September to December 2016

Work Schedule: Flexible 

Internship Learning Objectives:
1. Technical Growth: Develop a working knowledge of social media platforms, website management and Microsoft Office Products.
2. Social Growth: Develop interpersonal skills to work effectively within a formal, professional environment.             
3. Personal Growth: Understand the role of local government to bring about meaningful and sustainable change and to observe local governance in action in order to inform future academic and career decisions.

An “At Will”, FLSA non-exempt employee who is not eligible for County benefits and who must work an average of less than 129 hours per month.

  • Must work less than an average of 129 hours per month.
  • Are not eligible for County benefits except as otherwise provided for by policy.
  • Are not considered merit employees.
  • Are "at will" employees who may be terminated for any reason, without notice, and without a pre-termination hearing.

Back to School Brush - Up: Free Dental Screenings & Cleanings

Back to School BRUSH-UP 
No appointment necessary, children are treated on a first come first serve basis and treatment will be limited by clinical capacity during the time of event. 

FREE Dental Screenings & Cleanings at Event Sealants provided for qualifying children 

Did you know that dental pain is the #1 reason kids miss school? Keep your kids in school with a FREE back to school dental screening and cleaning. 

Children K-12 also receive a voucher to return for a FREE comprehensive exam, x-rays and up to $50 of additional care. 

Learn more at 

WHERE The Dental Clinic Roseman University 10894 S River Front Pkwy South Jordan WHEN Tuesday, August 9th 
TIME 9am to 4pm 
Open to children entering grades K – 12 for the 2016 – 17 school year @rosemanuhs 10894 S. River Front Parkway | South Jordan, UT 84095 | 801-878-1200 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

We need to call American breakfast what it often is: dessert

In America, breakfast is often nothing more than disguised dessert, as this recent tweet from author and researcher Alan Levinovitz reminded us:
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Look no further than the menu at IHOP, where dessert for breakfast reigns. You can find such items as New York cheesecake pancakes or raspberry white chocolate chip pancakes, which come with a whopping 83 grams (nearly 21 teaspoons) of sugar. Remember that the government recommends no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per person per day (though the average American consumes 23.)
But you don’t need to go to IHOP to get a day’s worth of sugar in your morning meal. The muffins that greet us in the bakery aisle and at the coffee shop can contain about 37 grams of sugar — or a little more than 9 teaspoons.
And yogurt? The fermented dairy product has the patina of a health food, thanks to its protein and beneficial bacteria.

SAVE THE DATE - 2016 Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit

Inline image 1Mark your calendars for Monday, October 3! Every year, our Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit. Our Summit will take place at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center (Salt Lake City). Registration will open in mid August.

The Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit is an annual event for Utah middle school students (7th, 8th, & 9th) and educators. The vision of the Summit is to inspire middle school students to increase academic engagement, become community leaders, and pursue higher education. The Summit provides an engaging educational program for middle school students and educators of ethnically diverse communities.

We hope you and your students can attend. Please help us share this information with the Utah community, forward to other individuals within your network. Also, there are VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES during our event. Please visit our website for updates and further details, at

 If you have questions, please contact Rozanna at, 801-245-7210 or Jenny at, 801-245-7214.

Update on Algae Bloom

Elevated levels of a harmful bacteria in recently discovered in Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the Salt Lake County canal system, have prompted state and local agencies to restrict access to those bodies of water.

The harmful bacteria is caused by an algal bloom originating in Utah Lake, and has migrating into the Jordan River and Salt Lake County canal system. 

State and local officials are monitoring waterways daily at various locations in at least two counties. Some of the basic questions and answers about this bloom are listed at the bottom of this update.

The state of Utah today also published a link with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Utah Department of  Environmental Quality: FAQs Part 1  and FAQs Part 2
Salt Lake City drinking water is not impacted. For questions related to culinary water call 801-483-6900.  Residents are strongly encouraged to avoid contact with water from these waterways, and to keep pets out of both the Jordan River and Liberty Park pond. Exposure can cause vomiting, nausea, and skin rashes. The toxins can cause neurological and liver damage if consumed. If you believe you have symptoms contact poison control at 1-800-222-1222. For pets/animals call SL County Animal Services at385-468-7387.

It is difficult to know exactly how long this situation will last. Experts are monitoring the Jordan River and canal system and updates will be posted here.
Liberty Park Temporarily Closed for Safety

Out of an abundance of caution, Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands is temporarily closing the pond at Liberty Park. The pond is partially fed by sources connected to the Jordan River water system. Though no visible signs of contamination have been found, the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities has proactively taken water samples from the pond. The pond is serviced with “mixers” which continuously stir the water, which limits the possibility of algal contamination. The pond is being flushed with alternate sources of water and will be open for regular use when this is complete.

Note: No other water features in Liberty Park, including the Seven Canyons playground and the sprinkler system, are affected.

For updates on water conditions on Utah Lake and the Jordan River, go to to sign up for Utah Lake alerts. Create a profile, choose the method of contact, and select a location.

To receive updates on the status of the Jordan River and Utah Lake, be sure to choose the alert subscription for “Utah Lake” under “Utah County Alerts.” Utah County has added a tab for “Jordan River Alerts” for those in Utah and Salt Lake counties who would like ongoing information about the bloom.

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Andrew Johnston
Salt Lake City Council Member District 2

Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of children Ages 0-8


This morning, the National Academies of Medicine released a new consensus study:Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8. The study, conducted by an ad hoc committee of experts, was funded by a cadre of public and private sector partners. Among those were several divisions within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Administration for Children and Families, the Health Resources Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the U.S. Department of Education; and philanthropic partners including the Bezos Family Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for Child Development, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Packard Foundation.

The committee was tasked with examining the state of the research on parenting and family engagement – including parental knowledge, attitudes, and practices that support healthy child development- and with providing a robust set of policy recommendations and future research directions to help move this work forward.

ACF is eager to analyze the report, together with our partners, and use its findings to inform policy and ultimately better support the families and young children that we serve.

We encourage you to join a webinar today, hosted by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, that will highlight the report’s findings and recommendations. Please visit the following link to register:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the Salt Lake City County Canal System Advisory

Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the
Salt Lake City County Canal System Advisory

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is going on?

Elevated levels of a harmful bacteria in Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the Salt Lake County canal system, have prompted state and local agencies to restrict access to those bodies of water. The harmful bacteria is caused by an algal bloom originating in Utah Lake, and is migrating into the Jordan River and Salt Lake County canal system. Salt Lake City residents are strongly encouraged to avoid contact with water from these waterways, and to keep pets out of the Jordan River. Salt Lake City drinking water is not impacted.

Who is affected?

Bacteria can cause health effects in both humans and animals. Residents and their pets are advised to avoid coming into contact with water from Jordan River and County canal system.

Those using secondary water for irrigation are encouraged to find alternate sources. For questions relating to irrigation water supply, contact Public Utilities.

Anglers are advised to avoid fishing in the waters or consuming fish from impacted sources.

City-sponsored activities on and around the Jordan River are subject to cancellation. Please contact the sponsoring agency (Youth City, Sorenson, etc.) for additional information.

Drinking water is not affected. For questions related to culinary water contact Salt Lake City Public Utilities at 801-483-6900.

How long will this last?

It is difficult to know exactly how long this situation will last. Experts are monitoring the Jordan River and canal system and updates will be posted on the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website.

What if I come into contact with the water?

Exposure can cause vomiting, nausea, and skin rashes. The toxins can cause neurological and liver damage if consumed. If you believe you have symptoms contactpoison control at 1-800-222-1222.

For pets/animals call SL County Animal Services at 385-468-7387.

More Questions?

If you have any questions contact the Utah Department of Health 385-468-8888.

Andrew Johnston
City Council Member District 2

July 28th - The (SHEC) Cultural Competency Resource Guide Spotlight Webinar Series: Asian American & Pacific Islanders in the Southeast

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released their Cultural Competency Resource Guide last fall 2015. This guide was comprised of resources, trainers, institutions and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), stakeholders and partners to help address cultural barriers with health care systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the SHEC develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit:

To follow-up with the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC will be hosting three webinars in various regions of the country. The webinars will include speakers from organizations which focus on cultural competency. Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:
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1. Define cultural competency; 
2. Describe the diversity within the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community;
3. Explain the relationships among culture, language and health within the AAPI community; and
4. Identify cultural competency assessment and evaluation tools.

The focus of the webinar will be the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. and it will cover immigrants and refugees, with a focus on the AAPI community in Georgia.

DATE:  July 28, 2016

TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm. Eastern Daylight Time

Moderators: Bettina Byrd‐Giles, Chief Executive Officer, The Bethesda Life Center, Inc.
Lynette M. Gibson, Associate Professor and Director of Research in Nursing, University of South Carolina Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing

Presenter: Victoria Huynh, Vice President of the Center for Pan Asian Community Services 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Coverage to Care Webinar in Spanish

Office of Minority Health

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Webinar: Coverage to Care Partners Webinar
July 20, 2016 at 1 pm ET

You are invited to join the From Coverage to Care (C2C) Partner Webinar to be held in Spanish, hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health. This event is an opportunity to learn more about C2C, listen to your input, and discuss how to get involved to help people in your community make the most of their health coverage, and provide tools for health care professionals. Your support is vital to help patients and caregivers understand their benefits and connect to primary care and preventive services, so they can live healthier lives.
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Register for the webinar today.

Seminario virtual: De la cobertura al cuidado de su salud
20 de julio de 2016 a las 1 pm hora del este
Para ayudar a la comunidad latina a aprovechar su cobertura médica, la Oficina de Salud para las Minorías de los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid ofrecerán un seminario virtual en español. En el seminario recibirá información sobre los recursos educativos disponibles en español de la iniciativa “De la cobertura al cuidado de su salud” (C2C, por sus siglas en inglés). Organizaciones de la comunidad también compartirán sugerencias e ideas sobre cómo participar en C2C. Usted puede ser parte de este esfuerzo importante para mejorar la salud de nuestra nación. Esperamos que pueda participar en el seminario y colaborar en la iniciativa C2C.
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July 21- Equity and Empowerment Lens: A Tool to Create Equitable Policies and Programs_FIHET Webinar

Ohio Webinar HeaderMultnomah County, Oregon created The Equity and Empowerment Lens (with a racial justice focus) in 2012 to support the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities. The Lens is a quality improvement tool used to improve planning, decision-making and resource allocation leading to more racially equitable policies and programs. Essentially, the lens is a set of principles, reflective questions and processes that focuses at the individual, institutional and systemic levels by:

• Deconstructing factors that exacerbate health disparities;
• Reconstructing and supporting factors that promote health equity;
• Shifting the way we make decisions and think about this work; and
• Healing and transforming our structures, our environments, and ourselves.

This webinar will introduce practitioners interested in the lens to discuss the application and outcomes of this analysis in their work. Application of the equity lens ensures that policies impact community outcomes, and it creates the environment for candid dialogue about the root causes of inequities.

The presenter will discuss: 
1. The role and obligation of government to address not just social environments but also one’s own practices and approaches; 
2. Scenarios/circumstances that initiate conversation about implementing the Equity and Empowerment Lens; 
3. Ways in which the tool has been adapted in various settings to enhance organizational capacity and build accountability.

TOPIC: Equity and Empowerment Lens: A Tool to Create Equitable Policies and Programs 


Ben Duncan, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer and the Director of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Multnomah County, Oregon

DATE: July 21, 2016 
TIME: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
Click Here for Full Abstract and Speaker Biographies: 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Uplift Families Parenting Conference Luau

2016 Uplift Families Parenting Conference Luau


Jordan River Parkway Cleanup this Saturday, July 16

Jordan River Parkway Trail Cleanup
Saturday, July 16
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Meet in the East Parking Lot of the Community Center(1255 West Clark Avenue and 300 North)