Monday, July 31, 2017

Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training Registration is now open

Are you or someone you know is interested in a career in healthcare that uses your bilingual and bi-cultural skills? Here is a great training opportunity for you!

For more than 15 years, the Utah Department of Health has trained bilingual and bicultural individuals on how to become effective medical interpreters. We use the Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training, a nationally recognized training course from the Cross Cultural Health Care Program.

Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a 64-hour professional development program that prepares bilingual individuals to work as medical interpreters. BTG is used to train both novice and experienced medical interpreters, and is the first step towards national certification. Both accredited national certifying bodies, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI), accept BTG.

Space is limited and very competitive. Approved participants MUST attend the entire 64 hours in order to take the final exam and receive a certificate of successful completion. Failure to attend any portion of the course will result in failure of the course. 

Registration opens July 10, 2017
Registration closes July 31, 2017                                                 

Please follow the link below for more specific information on the program and to access the fillable application forms:
For more information
Please e-mail Brittany Guerra to be included in the list of prospective participants and to receive additional information about this training.

Brittany Guerra, MPH
Utah Department of Health

Monday, July 17, 2017

Expect The Great College and Career Readiness Fair 2017

The 2017 Expect The Great College and Career Readiness Fair which will be hosted (for the first time) at Westminster College.  The primary conference dates are: Friday, October 27 (evening session for college student organizations and advisors.) and Saturday, October 28 (roughly 8:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m.). 
Dr. Tamara N. Stevenson - Telephone: (801) 832-2454 

Friday, July 14, 2017

13th Annual World Refugee Day

HHS Announces $80.8 Million in Grants for Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts, and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

This week, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces funding of up to $80.8 million over a period of three to five years for treatment drug court programs for people who are involved in the criminal justice system with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Treatment drug courts combine the sanctioning power of courts with effective treatment services to reduce further criminal justice involvement and promote recovery for people with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.  By reducing the health and social costs of substance use disorders for individuals, treatment drug courts improve public safety in communities.

“One of the five key strategies the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has identified for fighting America’s opioid epidemic is expanding access to treatment and recovery services, including the full range of medication-assisted treatments. Drug courts can play an important role in connecting Americans to treatment when they need it,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “As HHS has carried out a national listening tour on the opioid epidemic—one of our top three clinical priorities—we have heard from many Americans finding recovery through drug courts, and we are pleased to support such work.”

“Providing needed treatment services for people with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system benefits everyone,” said Dr. Kim Johnson, director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.  “Treatment drug courts improve health and recovery outcomes, reduce the burden on the criminal justice system, and help people recover in their communities.”

The grant programs included in this SAMHSA effort are:

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Court and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment services in existing adult problem solving courts, and adult Tribal Healing to Wellness courts, which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders.

Forty-four recipients will receive up to $17.8 million per year for up to three years.

List of grantees

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts

The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, which use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to parents with a substance use disorder and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing.

Twenty recipients will receive up to $8.2 million per year for up to five years.

List of grantees

The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

Information on SAMHSA grants in available at:

For general information about SAMHSA please visit:

Gear Up for World Hepatitis Day on July 28th

Viral Hepatitis Updates from the HHS Office of
HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy

Gear Up for World Hepatitis Day on July 28th

Viral hepatitis affects more than 400 million people worldwide and has led to more than 1.3 million deaths globally in 2015. In the United States, an estimated 4 million people are chronically infected and more than 21,000 people died of hepatitis B and hepatitis C-related causes in 2015. Driven by the opioid epidemic, we are losing ground in the fight against new viral hepatitis infections; progress on hepatitis B prevention has stalled and some states have seen increases; and new hepatitis C infections have increased almost 300% from 2010 to 2015.

On July 28thWorld Hepatitis Day, join the World Hepatitis Alliance and other international partners to raise awareness, expand testing, improve care & treatment, and make progress towards global viral hepatitis elimination. This year’s theme isEliminate Hepatitis, and a variety of resources are available to get involved and share information with your networks. Learn more and do more by:

RWJF: New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Woman using a white board. Our nation needs a new generation of bold leaders—innovators who will seek and identify solutions to simple and complex problems that make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Nurses must be a part of those leadership efforts.

Help the RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.

Institutions that offer research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Diabetes Study using Virtual Reality seeks participants

Do you have Diabetes? 
Do you want to experience your diabetes related data in Virtual reality?

The University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics is looking for people with Type 2 Diabetes to participate in a research study. We will meet with you have you complete some questionnaires and then have you use a tablet computer and a virtual reality system to see/experience how well your blood sugar is under control, how blood sugar varies through the day, and what it might be like to have diabetic eye disease. 

The goal is to see how useful virtual reality is for educating people with Diabetes. We will meet with you, have you complete some questionnaires, and then have you use a tablet computer and a virtual reality system to see/experience how well your blood sugar is under control, how blood sugar varies throughout the day, and what it would be like to have diabetic eye disease.

The study will take 30-45 minutes, participants will be compensated with a $25 gift card.

Eligible participants are: 
  • 18 years old or older and 
  •  Have Type II Diabetes 
  •  but do NOT have diabetic eye disease. 
Please email: or call 801-585-0929 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Bryan Gibson, DPT, PhD 
Assistant Professor 
Department of Biomedical Informatics 
University of Utah School of Medicine

Webinar: Cultural Needs Assessments for Health for Providers Working with Tribal Communities

Mountain States RHEC

The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to end health disparities in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.  The RHEC is hosting a webinar training series on the history of tribes and treaties, utilization of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards (National CLAS Standards) and cultural sensitivity when working with tribal communities, and the impact of cultural needs assessments. Upon completion of this webinar, the participants will be able to do the following from the specific tribal perspective:
  • Describe the diversity of existing health care in Indian Country and explain the wide and varying differences in tribal health perspectives and cultures of health
  • Share examples of best and promising practices of cultural competency aligned with the CLAS Standards
  • Increase awareness of health equity challenges in tribal communities through the lens of health and cultural needs assessments

DATE: July 31, 2017
TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time


-Tom Anderson, MPH (Cherokee), Independent Senior Strategist and Tribal Health Consultant
Tom Anderson resides in Oklahoma and serves as an independent Senior Strategist and Tribal Public Health Consultant. Previously, he worked at the tribal level as Tribal Health Strategist, Deputy Health Director, and Tribal Health Director. He also has served and directed the programs and public health services of the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center for the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board for the 43 federally recognized tribes in the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. A citizen of Cherokee Nation, Mr. Anderson is involved nationally on many fronts concerning tribal public health issues.

-Dee Le Beau-Hein is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who currently serves as the Behavioral Health and Recovery Administrator for the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) in Rapid City, South Dakota. She has established and maintains strong working relationships with tribal, state, and local government agencies by providing training, education, and technical support. Ms. LeBeau-Hein broadly implements GPTCHB’s activities to ensure quality public health support and healthcare advocacy.

Moderator: Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS, Behavioral Health and Recovery Administrator, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board

Register Here:     
The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council is one of 10 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 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 nation free of disparities in health and health care. Visit Mountain States RHEC’s website for more information:

Free HIPAA training for small health care providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Rocky Mountain Region, will be presenting FREE training on the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules: HIPAA for the Small Provider in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. 

The purpose of the presentation is to help small health care providers that are covered entities understand their regulatory obligations under HIPAA. OCR will cover a number of topics such as an individual’s right of access, safeguarding protected health information, the business associate agreement requirement, and risk analysis/risk management.

Space is limited so registration is required and is on a first come, first served basis. Participants can register by emailing either of the following: 

  • Scott Grayson at
  • Hyla.Schreurs at

Salt Lake City Session
July 25, 2017
1:00 to 5:00 pm
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
125 South State Street
Room 5102
Salt Lake City, Utah

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Opportunities to bring your voice to research at the University of Utah

Collaboration and Engagement Team at the Center for Clinical & Translational Science at the University of Utah School of Medicine, is currently recruiting community members to bring their voice to the following projects. Community member input will strengthen and reshape the way clinical research is implemented in our community.

A Community/Patient Engagement Studio is a structured process for researchers to obtain a consultation with community “experts” - individuals who can speak for their broader community. It is designed for researchers who have specific questions and want to obtain advice on how best to proceed with an aspect(s) of their research project. A consultation on ways to increase enrollment in clinical trials and ways to address barriers/challenges would be an excellent and appropriate use for a Studio. 

Communication in Caregiver Systems for Cancer Patients

What is involved?
You will participate in a 1 ½  hours focus group
You will provide your input by answering questions related to the topic
You will receive a $50 Target gift card and a full meal 

You may qualify if you:
Are the main caregiver of a current cancer patient, OR
Were the main caregiver of a diseased cancer patient within the last 3 years

Date: 8/16/2017
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Place: University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center 515 E 100 S, Hollywood Room.  Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (free parking)

Childhood Immunizations After Oncology Treatment CIAO STUDY

What is involved?
You will participate in a 1 ½ hours session
You will provide your input on the study design by answering questions related to the survey they will use
You will receive a $50 Target gift card and a full meal 

You may qualify if you:
Patient must be off therapy for at least 6 months
Patients must have been diagnosed at age 20 or younger

Are the parent or main care giver of a pediatric cancer survivor

Date: 8/02/2017
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Place: University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center 515 E 100 S, Hollywood Room.  Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (free parking)

Uterine, Endometrial, Cervical, Ovarian, Breast, Cancer Survivors in Rural Utah

What is involved?
You will participate in a 1 ½  hours focus group
You will provide your input by answering questions related to the topic
You will receive a $50 Target gift card and a full meal

You may qualify if you:
Are 18 years or older
No longer under treatment
Must be available during the second half of August 2017 for a one-time session 

For more information contact Tatiana Allen-Webb at (801)-585-5287 or Tatiana.allen@hsc.utah.ed

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cancer Incidence and Deaths in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties

FORHP HeaderIn the latest edition of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined reported data in the United States to compare rates of incidence and death from cancer in rural and metropolitan areas.  The findings show that nonmetropolitan rural areas had lower incidence of cancer but higher rates of death than metropolitan areas.
But not all cancers are the same and geography can play a role in their incidence.  Overall, nonmetropolitan counties had higher incidence and death rates for cancers related to smoking, e.g., lung and laryngeal cancers, and those that can be prevented by screening, such as colorectal and cervical cancers.
The CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System collects data about health-related risk behaviors across the United States and the data there indicates that some risk factors such as tobacco use, excessive body weight, and exposure to cancer-causing agents more commonly reported by rural residents could account for some of the disparities between rural and metropolitan cancer death rates.
Evidence-based interventions – that is, addressing the problem in ways that have been proven effective – can be used to reduce risk factors at both the individual level and the population level. The report points to some of these interventions in The Guide to Community Preventive Services.  For rural-specific guidance, our office recommends resources available at the Rural Health Information Hub.
Researchers indicate that some disparities may be attributed to lack of cancer screening in rural areas, whether testing and follow-up care are unavailable in medically underserved areas or only accessible through health insurance.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends cancer screening as an important aspect of cancer prevention and control because it can detect cancer at treatable stages.

Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Social Determinants

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?
Webinar: Social Determinants New!

Register Now | July 20, 2017 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET
Join us on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET to learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants Leading Health Indicator. You’ll also hear how Diplomas Now is working to increase high school graduation rates by focusing on chronic absenteeism, behavior, and course performance in school.
About Social Determinants News You Can UseSocial determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Our health is determined, in part, by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. Social determinants are often a strong predictor of health disparities—so it’s important to recognize the impact that social determinants have on health outcomes of specific populations.
About Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators 
The Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) represent a smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions to help address them. LHIs are used to assess the health of the Nation, facilitate collaboration across sectors, and motivate action to improve the health of the U.S. population.

Webinar: Leveraging Service-Enriched Housing to Improve the Health of Vulnerable Populations

Leveraging Service-Enriched Housing to 
Improve the Health of Vulnerable Populations 

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 2pm CST

Affordable and adequate housing plays a critical role in creating economic opportunity and mobility, as well as improving health outcomes. Service-enriched housing for vulnerable populations, including low-income families and individuals as well as seniors, have added value, providing supports and programming that can improve access to healthcare resources. This webinar will explore the intersection of health and housing, discussing housing as a social determinant of health and the innovation and synergies around cross-sector engagement.
Presenter: Dr. Kamillah Wood, MD, MPH, FAAP, Senior Vice President of Health and Housing at Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand the role of service-enriched housing as a social determinant of health
  2. Discuss the use of data in the evaluation of health outcomes from a housing perspective
  3. Provide examples of cross-sector engagement between health and housing
  4. Validate the importance of cross-sector engagement to address opportunity, equity and health
Continuing Education Credit: 1
*In order to receive these credits you must complete the evaluation for the specific webinar within six months of its live air date.

Continuing Education credits provided by Marshall Unviersity, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Help Me Grow July 2017 Utah County Networking Breakfast

Don't forget to RSVP!
Intermountain Health Care: Utah Valley Regional Hospital will be hosting our upcoming Utah County Networking Breakfast.
WhenThursday, July 13th
Time8:30 am - 10:00 am

Location: Utah Valley Regional Hospital
                 Clark Auditorium, Northwest Plaza 
  1134 North 500 West
   Provo, UT 84604

Help Me Grow Utah presents: 

Pam Raleigh
Director of the Trauma Resilience Initiative (TRI) at the Family Support & Treatment Center in Orem since 2015. She will be speaking on Trauma Informed - Resilience Focused Communities. 

Pam Raleigh, Director of the Trauma Resilience Initiative (TRI) at the Family Support & Treatment Center in Orem since 2015. She will be speaking on Trauma Informed - Resilience Focused Communities. 
A light breakfast will be served. 

Complex Connections: Intimate Partner Violence and Women's Substance Abuse and Recovery

Banner of Women Matter_ A Webinar Series on Women_s Behavioral Health. Includes women from different races
Complex Connections: Intimate Partner Violence and Women's Substance Abuse and Recovery

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 2:00-3:30 P.M. EST


Intimate partner violence (IPV) and women's substance abuse are often intertwined.  Some women turn to substances to cope with the trauma of IPV, and others are coerced into using substances by an abusive partner.  High rates of substance abuse among women seeking domestic violence (DV) services, along with high rates of IPV among women seeking substance abuse treatment, underscore the need for an integrated approach.  However, DV programs are often unprepared to support women around substance abuse, just as behavioral health providers are often unprepared to identify and respond to IPV.  This webinar focuses on ways behavioral health and DV service providers can work together to address the complex range of issues women face in trying to find safety, access recovery services, and heal from the trauma of IPV. 

Topics will include:
Coercion and women's alcohol and drug use and abuse 
Screening and engagement regarding personal safety, IPV, and substance abuse
Considerations in treatment planning
Effective strategies and evidence-based practices for supporting women experiencing both IPV and substance abuse

This event will take place Tuesday, August 1, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST. Please confirm your local time.

This webinar is the final installment of the five-part Relationships Matter! series from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  This session is being provided in collaboration with the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. Learn More about the Series.

Announcing call for 2018 Public Health Fellow

Public health fellowship in governmentOn behalf of the American Public Health Association, I am thrilled to announce the call for applications for the 2018 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. This is the tenth year APHA is offering this fellowship, which has been described as an “amazing,” “phenomenal” and “life altering” experience by previous fellows.
Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be able to spend one year in Washington, D.C. The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health.

Training for the fellowship will begin in January 2018 so you must be able to move to the Washington, D.C., area. The fellowship provides a unique learning experience and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on sound science. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge of government and how the public policy process works.
All candidates must:
  1. be an APHA member;
  2. have a graduate degree in public health or a related discipline;
  3. have at least five years’ experience as a public health professional beyond graduate or medical training; and
  4. be a citizen of the U.S. or its territories or have permanent residence status in the U.S.
Applications, additional information and brief articles from the previous fellows are available onAPHA’s website. The application, including a CV and three letters of recommendation, is due to APHA by August 14, 2017.

Please forward this email to anyone you believe may be eligible and interested. For more information, please feel free to contact us at or 202-777-2510.

Susan L. Polan, PhD
Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy


UAID Internship Application
United Against Inequities in Disease is a national non-profit organization that empowers students to eliminate health inequities locally.  This application for the United Against Inequities in Disease National Board Internship will be for the 2017-2018 academic year.  By attending and participating in national board meetings, the intern will learn about health inequities as well as nonprofit management.  The selected intern will work within one of three divisions of the organization: management, chapters, or community projects teams.  The responsibilities are as follows:

United Against Inequities in DiseaseChapters Team: The intern will will collaborate with their team members to guide UAID chapters across the country; specifically the intern will be responsible for bi-weekly calls with 3-4 chapters.

Community Projects Team: The intern will collaborate with their team members to guide UAID community projects across the country; specifically the intern will be responsible for bi-weekly calls with 3-4 chapters.

Management Team: The intern will collaborate with their team members to manage national communication efforts, track organizational metrics, and execute the fundraising strategy.

Please note that the internship is unpaid and will take place remotely.  The time commitment is approximately 3 hours per week.

Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm on August 1, 2017. Apply here.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The National Prevention Strategy: Health Across the Life Span

Injury and Violence-Free Living
Thursday, July 20, 2017
                                                   2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)

2:00-2:05  Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
National Prevention Strategy.jpg                  Speaker:  Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

2:05-2:20  What IS the National Prevention Strategy, the Injury and Violence Free Living Priority Area (including an overview on human trafficking)
Speaker:   Sandy Naatz, Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Region VIII Program Specialist

2:20-2:40  Preventing Bullying through Positive School Climates: Explore Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Positive School Climate Toolkit, developed for the implementation of the Maternal and Child Health, Bullying and Youth Suicide Prevention priority.  Additionally, hear how a Local Public Health Department in Colorado is employing the Toolkit to strengthen relationships with school and community partners.  Speakers:  Susan Imhoff, Community Health Educator, El Paso County, Colorado and Kirstin Hoagland, Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

2:40-3:00  Addressing Elder Abuse in Indian Country – Learn about issues regarding elder abuse in indigenous communities and how innovative programs are successfully providing protections for our Native American elders. Speaker: Jacqueline S. Gray, PhD, Director of the National Indigenous Elder Justice initiative, University of North Dakota

3:00-3:20  Creating Safe Homes - Learn how modifications to one's living environment can make a home safer for people who are elderly or have disabilities. Examples of simple to complex home modifications will be provided. Speaker: Naomi Hubert, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing

3:20-3:30 Questions & Answers and Additional Resources


Please contact:   RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.GOV with any questions, to be added to our direct webinar series distribution list, or to request a written transcript of this event.

Continuing education credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this activity are pending.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Participate in the Healthy People 2030 Process News You Can UseParticipate in the Healthy People 2030 Process!

We’re happy to invite you to participate in the Healthy People 2030 development process. The online public comment period is open through September 29, 2017.

During this period, the Healthy People team is requesting your comments on the proposed framework for Healthy People 2030, which refers to the Healthy People 2030 vision, mission, foundational principles, plan of action, and overarching goals.

Participate now!

Public comment is an essential part of developing Healthy People. Members of the public — both individuals and organizations — are invited to submit comments on the proposed framework. We look forward to hearing from you!

Learn more about the proposed framework and see how to review and submit comments.