Thursday, November 30, 2017

Announcing New Wellness Court Publication: Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts Treatment Guidelines

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Treatment Guidelines, 2nd ed. (2017), is designed to provide tribal communities with an overview of Western substance abuse treatment strategies that have been developed by drug court programs over the past several years and that tribal programs might consider adapting, along with traditional healing practices. This guideline draws upon drug court standards and best practices, and the experiences of hundreds of tribal and state adult and juvenile drug court programs, operating in various environments and serving a wide range of individuals addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs. Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: Treatment Guidelines for Adults and Juveniles (2002 draft).

You can find this publication for free download on our Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Publication Series webpage, as well as on our website. The Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Publication Series is a free resource available to the field, documenting best practices and the latest in practice-based knowledge. 

Questions? Request for technical assistance?Email: Tribal Law and Policy Institute 8235 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 211West Hollywood, CA 90046  Phone: (323) 650-5467

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CMS posts update to Medicare Part D Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool

OEDA is part of The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated version of the Medicare Part D opioid prescribing mapping tool.  The mapping tool is an interactive, web-based visualization resource that presents geographic comparisons- at the state, county, and ZIP code levels - of Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates.  It allows users to understand and compare opioid prescribing at the local level and better understand how this critical issue affects communities across the country.  
The updated version of the mapping tool presents Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates for 2015 as well as the change in opioid prescribing rates from 2013 to 2015.  New for this release is additional information on extended-release opioid prescribing rates, which have been associated with misuse, including both addiction and overdose deaths as well as analyses that identify county-level hot spots and outliers.  In total, for Medicare Part D, there were approximately 80 million opioid claims for 111 distinct opioid products in 2015, accounting for $3.5 billion in spending. 

Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives

Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Time: 12:00pm (ET) to 3:00pm (ET)REGISTER HERE!

DESCRIPTION: We now know that overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the 15-year increase in opioid overdose deaths.  Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S.  has nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.  This comprehensive course, developed by experts from Collaborative for REMS Education (CO*RE), incorporates all six units outlined in the FDA blueprint for safe opioid prescribing.  Attend this webinar if you want to be able to:
·         Counsel patients and caregivers about safer use of opioids;
·         Describe strategies for diagnosing and managing opioid-addicted patients; and
·         Practice techniques for safe opioid prescribing.

cid:image001.png@01D3682F.18E74E40PARTICIPANTS: This webinar is designed for healthcare and human service providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurses, counselors, social workers, case managers, and other staff who interact with patients, who work in multiple types of settings including primary care, geriatric care, maternal and child health care, Head Start programs, STD/HIV & reproductive health care, mental health, addictions, health departments, hospitals, health centers, schools, and community health settings.  Prescribers of extended-release and long-acting opioids are particularly welcome, including pain specialists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, dentists, addiction medicine physicians, psychiatrists and other physicians and clinicians who prescribe opioids. Sponsored by The Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations (Region III),         In collaboration with the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Monday, November 27, 2017

FEMA Webinar: Tribal Individual Community Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation

DHS_fema_SU.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Intergovernmental Affairs Division
Telephone 202-646-3444
Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory

This month, FEMA will host a webinar on Tribal Individual Community Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation. The webinar will be on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 3-4 p.m.
 Eastern Time (ET). Those interested in the webinar can register to participate online. For those who do not have computer access, you can listen to the webinar by calling 1-800-320-4330 and using PIN 265976#. The line will be muted until the Q&A session.

For more information, please contact the Tribal Partners Branch at For more information on how we engage and work government-to-government with federally recognized tribes and tribal executives, visit FEMA Tribal Affairs

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Intergovernmental Affairs at 202-646-3444.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Community Health Workers of Utah November Meeting

New Diabetes Fact Sheets Available in English and Spanish

Start using the newest and most popular Diabetes at Work resources today. Available in English and Spanish, the new diabetes fact sheets provide people with diabetes information about a wide range of topics, from healthy eating to coping with the emotional side of diabetes.

Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy

Trust for America's Health
New Report: Utah's Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Death Rate Could Increase 41 percent in Next Decade; Utah Would have 14th Highest Rate in Country

Study Highlights Solutions, Calls for National Resilience Strategy

Washington, D.C., November 21, 2017 – Utah's drug, alcohol and suicide death rate could increase by 41 percent in the next 10 years, according to a new report, Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy, released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT).
Utah's rate could rise to 70 per 100,000 deaths from these three causes by 2025 – which would be the 14th highest – compared to the state's current rate of 49.7 per 100,000 (as of 2015), which is the 15th highest.
Nationally, deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide could account for 1.6 million fatalities over the coming decade (2016 to 2025). This would represent a 60 percent increase compared to the past decade, if recent trends hold, based on an analysis conducted by the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) for this report. From 2006 to 2015, there were 1 million deaths from these three causes.
  • Nationally, in 2015, there were 127,500 deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide. The epidemics currently are responsible for 350 deaths per day, 14 per hour and one every four minutes.
  • According to the report's projections, this could reach 192,000 per year by 2025 (39.7 deaths per 100,000 in 2015 compared to 55.9 per 100,000 in 2025).
  • At a state level, in 2005, 21 states and Washington, D.C. had death rates from these three causes above 30 per 100,000, and only six states had death rates above 40 per 100,000.
  • As of 2015, 48 states and Washington, D.C. had rates above 30 per 100,000, 30 were above 40 per 100,000 and five states had rates above 60 per 100,000, including New Mexico which had the highest rate of 77.4 per 100,000.
  • By 2025, 26 states could reach 60 deaths per 100,000 – and two states (New Mexico and West Virginia) could reach rates of 100 deaths per 100,000.
The study found, however, that these numbers may be conservative, especially with the rapid rise of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil use. If the nation continues along recent trajectories, death rates would actually double to 2 million by 2025.
"These numbers are staggering, tragic – and preventable," said John Auerbach, president and CEO of TFAH. "There is a serious crisis across the nation and solutions must go way beyond reducing the supply of opioids, other drugs and alcohol. Greater steps – that promote prevention, resiliency and opportunity – must be taken to address the underlying issues of pain, hopelessness and despair.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pedestrian Summit 2017

Continuous Improvement Capacity Building Grants for agencies working with youth in South Salt Lake and Kearns

Continuous Improvement Capacity Building Grants
funded by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
DEADLINE: December 01, 2017

United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) has made a commitment to the community to dramatically improve outcomes for every child in our region.  We believe that if nonprofits, schools, post-secondary institutions, businesses, government, philanthropies, and community members can align their resources toward the same goals, we can eliminate disparities and ensure that every child achieves their goals.

In partnership with Regence BlueCross BlueShield, we invite you to apply for a Continuous Improvement Capacity Building  grant.  The goal of this grant is for selected nonprofits to measurably improve an outcome for a group of targeted individuals through the implementation of continuous improvement principles and increased staff capacity focused on mental health for students and families in the Granite School District. Grant recipients will receive the following:

1.      Two workshops exclusively for grant recipients on results-based accountability and short-cycle continuous improvement
2.      Access to Results-Based Facilitation Training and Leadership Training
3.      Two technical assistance sessions to ensure clear implementation of outcome focused strategies
4.      A one-time grant of $5,000 to participate in workshops and trainings and to implement a continuous improvement strategy

Nonprofits who provide mental health services low to moderate income families in Granite School District in the below areas are eligible to apply for the grant:

       South Salt Lake

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017. 

Announcement of grant decisions will be made by December 15, 2017.

If you have questions regarding this grant application, please email Katherine Bark at Get the grant application here.

Please send your completed application electronically to:
Katherine Bark
Grants Manager
United Way of Salt Lake

Free, Online Trainings in Health Literacy


Even people who read well and are comfortable using numbers face health literacy issues when they aren’t familiar with medical terms or how their bodies work, when they have to interpret statistics and evaluate risks and benefits that affect their health and safety, or when they are voting on an issue affecting the community’s health and relying on unfamiliar technical information.
Trainings in health literacy, plain language, and culture and communication are essential for anyone working in health information and services. To make information more accessible and understandable to your audiences, consider taking online CDC trainings. (Continuing education credits and certificates are available.)

Choose from Five Different Trainings

Whether you are new to these topics, need a refresher, or want to train your entire staff, these courses are a good place to start:
  1. Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals (free continuing education)
  2. Writing for the Public (printable completion certificate)
  3. Using Numbers and Explaining Risk (printable completion certificate)
  4. Creating Easier to Understand Lists, Charts, and Graphs (printable completion certificate)
  5. Speaking with the Public (printable completion certificate)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Great American Smokeout- Nov 16

banner image for GASO 2017 that says "When Trying to Quit Smoking, Support Can Make All the Difference. #GASO"Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. 
Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

Thinking of quitting tobacco? Go to

Apply to be a YHEMOP Summer 2018 Placement Site

Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) Summer 2018 Placement Site Application is currently open and will be closing on December 7th, 2017.

As part of YHEMOP, OMH supports the placement of Health Equity Fellows (students enrolled in higher education studies) to assist in meeting the needs of diverse organizations by completing short-term health equity projects. For more information, please see the attached factsheet that describes the YHEMOP Placement Site experience and requirements.

Application Information
The deadline to submit an application to become a YHEMOP Placement Site is December 7th, 2017.  The application is attached and can also be accessed on our website . To submit the application, please go to and follow the directions to upload your application.

For more information on the YHEMOP Program please visit  or email us at

Connect the Dots Event: Sharing Community and Provider Resources

Bring Stress Sensitivity Training to Your School

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

UDOH Position - Laboratory Technician II - Toxicology

Department of Health has a recruitment open for the following position:

Laboratory Technician II-Toxicology 

This is a full-time, career service position with benefits.
Requisition #   13680
Closes:   11/15/2017 at 11:59 pm MST 

In order to be considered for an interview for these positions, you will need to apply on-line at  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.    

Job Opportunity

Victim Support Coordinator: Salt Lake County Children's Justice Center
$17.46 an hour
JOB SUMMARY - This position provides services to child victims of crime and non-offending family members. Provides crisis and support services to clients. Helps children and families understand and participate in the investigative and criminal justice process. Coordinates multi-agency response to child abuse and facilitates teamwork protocols. Coordinates case review meetings for criminal justice and protective action. Assists in providing training to professionals and public. Provides data and evidence specialist duties to include evidence collection, data entry, tracking, and data reports.
  • B.S. Degree from an accredited college or university in a related field (Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology, Psychology, Crimimal Justice, or other closely related field).
  • 1 year experience working with children or youth.
  • 1 year experience working with the public
  • Due to the nature of this position, the successful applicant must pass a required criminal and child abuse background check.
Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
  • Spanish speaking
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or University in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or other counseling related field.
Find details and apply here

24/7 Dad: Free event to support Fathers

24/7 DAD

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM MST

Granite Community Center
2500 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 

Registration is required. Must be 18 or older to attend. 

Session Dates: January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th

This is a FREE 5-session course for fathers and father-figures, filled with activities to increase their capacity in caring for themselves, their children, and their relationships. 

Food Provided at each Session.  *The first session is required for enrollment and incentive eligibility. If you would like to attend the course but are unable to attend the first session, or have any questions, please contact Richard at 801-641-0378 or Healthy Relationships Utah.

Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FK0072. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

Improving Health and Wellness by Linking Communities Event

Thursday, November 2, 2017

March of Dimes 2017 Premature Birth Report Cards released

2017 Premature Birth Report Cards

The preterm birth rate in the United States has increased for the second year, rising 2 percent to 9.8 percent in 2016. This year’s Report Card also reveals major racial/ethnic and geographic disparities signifying that babies have a higher chance of a preterm birth based simply on race and ZIP code.

Get each states report care here.

2016 School Health Profiles Results Released

CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) released the 2016 School Health Profiles (Profiles) results on the DASH Healthy Youth website at

The release includes:
  • a comprehensive report that includes results from surveys conducted in:
    • 48 states
    • 21 large urban school districts
    • 4 territories
  • a fact sheet describing Profiles and highlighting key 2016 results
  • a PowerPoint presentation that presents state results, by quartiles, on a U.S. map
  • all questionnaires and item rationales
  • information on how to obtain Profiles datasets
  • technical documentation for data analysis
Profiles Background: The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, and territories. Profiles surveys are conducted biennially by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers.

 For more information about School Health Profiles:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Open Enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance starts today

Image: Open Enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance starts today

Important dates

• November 1, 2017: Open Enrollment starts: first day to enroll, re-enroll or change a 2018 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace
• December 15, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change plans for 2018 coverage. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
• January 1, 2018: 2018 coverage starts, if you’ve paid your premium

Get started

• First time using Create an account now.
• Have 2017 Marketplace insurance? Log in now to update your application and compare plans for 2018.
• Want to see plans first? Preview 2018 plans, with price estimates based on your income, before logging in.
Get free enrollment help in Utah by calling Take Care Utah at 2-1-1. Ask for help enrolling in marketplace insurance. It's free!

National Rural Health Day Nov 16