Monday, March 20, 2017

Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (Short Title: ReCAST Program) grants. The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. The goal of the ReCAST Program is for local community entities to work together in ways that lead to improved behavioral health, empowered community residents, reductions in trauma, and sustained community change.
For the purposes of this FOA, civil unrest is defined as demonstrations of mass protest and mobilization, community harm, and disruption through violence often connected with law enforcement issues. Communities that have experienced civil unrest share similar characteristics [1]:
·        Barriers to access and lack of social services, health care, legal and political representation, housing, employment, and education;
·        Current and historic strains in community and public sector relationships, e.g., law enforcement, school, health, and/or housing and community relationships; and
·        Racial/ethnic minority and marginalized populations with experiences of poverty and inequality.
The ReCAST Program closely aligns with SAMHSA’s Recovery Support and Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiatives. For more information on the funding opportunity please visit:

More information on these Initiatives is available at: In addition, this program seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served. (See PART II: Appendix F – Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)

OMH Announces Release of Health Data for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Population

Office of Minority HealthOMH Announces Release of Health Data for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Population

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the results of the first large-scale federal survey designed to provide detailed health information about the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island population in the United States.  The project, the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), was conducted in 2014 through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the CDC.
Data from the survey provide detailed information on factors such as access to and use of health services, health insurance coverage, immunizations, risk factors, and health-related behaviors about Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The survey results can be used by policymakers, researchers, health professionals, community leaders, and others to help inform their programs and policies and to plan future interventions to help achieve health equity for this population.
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has developed a data brief that highlights differences in the prevalence of selected health conditions between the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population and the Asian population with whom they have been historically combined. The CDC has also made the data file publicly available.
“For years, we have been limited in our knowledge of the health status of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders because of their grouping with the larger Asian population,” said Carol Jimenez, OMH Acting Director.  “This is a historic survey that for the first time provides a detailed look at the health status of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community, which is the first step in addressing the disparities that uniquely affect this community.”
The CDC partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau in order to increase representation of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander households for this project. As part of this joint effort, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau collected data from approximately 3,000 households containing one or more NHPI residents, using the American Community Survey sample.  Responses were collected by the Census Bureau and securely transmitted to the National Center for Health Statistics, where any personal identifiers were removed.

Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8

National Governors Association Early Childhood Workforce Grant Team would like to invite you to special event!
Dr. Kimber Bogard, one of the authors Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8, is coming to Utah on April 27th to:
  • talk about this report
  • explain the recommendations for creating a quality early care and education systems for professionals working with young children
  • discuss the possibility of having Utah become one of the states that is implementing this work
This event is no cost and is open to anyone who is interested in supporting the early childhood profession and young children so PLEASE share the invitation with your networks!

RSVP by April 21st to

BRFSS Data: Dementia Caregivers Provide Long, Intensive Care

Majority of Dementia Caregivers Provide Care for Sustained Period of Time

BRFSS Logo with taglineIn 2015, 59 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had been providing care for at least the past two years. And, that care is often intense and intimate: 64.4 percent of caregivers help with personal care like bathing and feeding, while 81.7 percent help with household activities like cleaning and managing money. These data come from a new analysis – conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program – of the Caregiver Module from the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
Public Health Roadmap M-02 NewThe data demonstrate just a fraction of the burden Alzheimer’s and other dementias places on caregivers. Individual fact sheets are now available for the 24 states that used the Caregiver Module in their 2015 BRFSS surveys. With these new data, states can see the scope and burden of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including the toll that caregiving takes on mental and physical health.
We encourage you to download your state’s fact sheet not only for your own use, but to distribute to health officials, public health practitioners, and state policymakers. Tweet the fact sheet, link to it on your website, blog about it. Data are only useful when used to inform policy and systems change, and that can only happen if the data are widely distributed.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Voices for Utah Children: 2017 Utah Legislative Session

13 March 2017 Written by   
Voices for Utah Children
Early Childhood
Wins for new moms and babies including much-needed funding support for Early Intervention Services/Baby Watch (Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, SB 2) and SB 135 which will strengthen statewide, evidence-based home visiting programs for low-income mothers (Sen. Escamilla).
SB 100 (Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden) commissions an analysis of early childhood systems throughout the state, to determine where and to what extent early childhood services exist such as developmental screenings, home visiting, high-quality child care and preschool, as well as what access barriers there are between these services and the children and families who need them.
Access to Healthcare
A win for families is HB 278 (Rep. Chavez-Houck, D- Salt Lake City), which makes it easier for divorced parents to seek medical care for their children. It requires medical providers to separately bill each parent for their due portion, and prohibits a parent from getting a negative credit report if the other parent has not made his or her portion. The onus is no longer on the parent to track down the full payment or risk a bad credit score. HB 278 will help more kids get the care they need.
Sen. Christensen (R-Ogden) sponsored SB 51, which would return Medicaid managed care services to a fee for service model. Ultimately, this bill was decided outside of legislation, however, the agreement reached will help more children access a Medicaid pediatric dentist or school-based preventive dental care. To further monitor the issue, Sen. Escamilla (D-Salt Lake City) sponsored intent language that directs the Department of Health to investigate pediatric dental care access issues kids enrolled in Medicaid may experience (SB 2).
Rep. Thurston’s (R- Provo) bill HB 308 which will strengthen protections for Utah students against disease outbreaks and standardize vaccination exemption requirements and procedures, creating an online education module for those seeking an exemption.
Suicide Prevention
Lawmakers took several key steps toward addressing bullying, student safety and teen suicide in Utah. Sen. Escamilla (D-Salt Lake City) sponsored SB 161, which strengthens school anti-bullying policies, and gives parents and school staff greater ability to address anti-bullying behavior.
Rep. Eliason (R-Sandy), who was also the floor sponsor for SB 161, sponsored HB 223 which establishes a suicide prevention education program, including firearm safety curriculum to be made available in schools.
A big win this session for Utah kids is the repeal of the so-called “No Promo Homo” in SB 196. Previously schools were not allowed to discuss homosexuality in the classroom and curricula. This harmful and discriminatory policy was repealed thanks to the efforts of Sen. Stuart Adams (R-Layton), champions at Equality Utah and others for create a safer, creating more inclusive environment for Utah kids.
Juvenile Justice
For the last year, the state policy makers have been grappling with how to make Utah’s juvenile justice system work better for kids and our community. With the help of the Pew Charitable Trusts, a workgroup made up of key stakeholders—judges, mental health providers, police officers, school officials, prosecutors, and juvenile defense attorneys—made a number of strong recommendations including:
  • Keeping kids out of court for low-level status offenses like truancy.
  • Bringing much-needed structure to the sentencing process in the juvenile justice system.
  • Ensuring that kids don't spend time in detention just because they can't pay restitutions and fines.
  • Creating specific performance requirements for community placement programs.
  • Ensuring that children have their constitutionally guaranteed right to counsel.
HB 239, Juvenile Justice Amendments, sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow (R-St. George), incorporated many of these recommendations and received near unanimous support this legislative session. The bill that finally will bring much-needed structure to juvenile sentencing, and require important training for system workers. However, the legislature failed to provide sufficient funding to ensure kids have access to community-based and school-based interventions that offer more opportunities for positive change and that Utah is meeting its constitutional obligation that kids have legal representation.
The passage of SB 134, Indigent Defense Commission Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Salt Lake), may provide a forum to address the lack of legal representation for kids involved in juvenile justice system by expanding Utah’s Indigent Defense Commission’s mission to include looking at how Utah will protect children’s Sixth Amendment rights, not just adults.
Public Education
For decades Utah has languished at the bottom in terms of state investment in our kids. While big reforms inspired by the Our Schools Now initiative did not make it through in 2017 (The Our Schools Now ballot initiative, however, remains very much alive), the legislature did take a number of positive steps.
As a result of higher-than-expected revenue projections, the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee recommended a 3 percent increase to the value of the weighted pupil unit (WPU) — the basic unit of education funding — as well as $68 million for new growth in the state’s public education system.
HB 168 (Rep. Lowry Snow, R-St. George) appropriates just under $3 million in TANF funds to help schools establish kindergarten supplemental enrichment programs (extended-day kindergarten). Schools with at least 10 percent of their students experiencing intergenerational poverty will receive first priority for funding, followed by schools in which 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The bill also directs the State Board of Education to develop kindergarten entry and exit assessments to be used in conjunction with these programs.
HB 212 (Rep. Mike Winder, R-West Valley) provides bonuses for teachers working in high-poverty schools who have a 70 percent median growth percentile or higher (as determined by SAGE scores). The state and the school district will each provide half of the bonus funds. While there are concerns about the limitations imposed as a result of using SAGE scores as the sole determinant, it is nonetheless a good step toward incentivizing highly effective educators who work in high-need schools. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and now goes to the Governor.
SB 34 (Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden) authorizes the State Board of Education to reimburse a local education agency that provides competency-based education for a student who graduates early. In the past, school districts and LEAs lost the remaining per-pupil funding each time a student graduated before the end of their senior year. The bill passed the House unanimously and now goes to Governor Herbert.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Job Announcements at The Children's Center

Job Opportunities at The Children's Center include: Competitive salary and benefits.  The Children’s Center is a private, non profit community agency that provides comprehensive mental health care to children and their families across the socioeconomic spectrum.  We offer a range of services based upon the mental health needs of each child and family, including outpatient family and group therapy, as well as therapeutic preschool services. The Children’s Center is a partner with the National Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) so clinicians at The Center are able to participate in national trainings focused on the use of evidenced based treatments for early childhood trauma.  Extensive professional training and supervision is provided.

JOB SUMMARY:  Full time LCSW or CMCH to provide comprehensive mental health services to very young children and their families including assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and Family and Individual Child Therapy.  Licensure is preferred but CSW or ACMHC will also be considered.  Clientele includes children with severe emotional and behavioral problems, early childhood trauma, and children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Successful candidates must demonstrate clinical experience with toddlers and preschool aged children and experience with evidence based trauma treatments. 

  • Utah licensure as LCSW or CMHC
  • CSW or ACMHC
  • Clinical experience with children birth to age seven and their families
  • Experience using evidence based interventions for childhood trauma
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities for assignments, meet deadlines, and enthusiastically participate as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Highly motivated to learn new skills and work in a stimulating and busy clinical environment 

CONTACT:  Send resumes to Devon Musson Rose, LCSW by email at or fax to 801-582-5540.

JOB SUMMARY:  Full time Licensed Psychologist to provide comprehensive mental health services to very young children and their families including assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and Family and Individual Child Therapy. Clientele includes children with severe emotional and behavioral problems, early childhood trauma, and children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Successful candidates must demonstrate clinical experience with toddlers and preschool aged children and experience with evidence based trauma treatments. 

  • Utah licensure as Psychologist
  • Clinical experience with children birth to age seven and their families
  • Experience using evidence based interventions for childhood trauma
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities for assignments, meet deadlines, and enthusiastically participate as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Highly motivated to learn new skills and work in a stimulating and busy clinical environment 
CONTACT:  Send resumes to Douglas Goldsmith, Ph.D. by email at or fax to 801-582-5540.

SAMHSA's Training Tool Box for Addressing the Gender-Specific Service Needs of Women

SAMHSA's Training Tool Box for Addressing the 
Gender-Specific Service Needs of Women 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3:00-4:30 (ET)


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) created a new Training Tool Box for Addressing the Gender-Specific Service Needs of Women (draft). It is a resource to help trainers educate the workforce about the gender-specific needs of women with substance use disorders (SUDs).

The Tool Box allows trainers to create evidence-based, customized trainings. Attendees will leave with the resources and skills to better serve women, train staff and others about gender-responsive services, and make a compelling case for effective SUD interventions for women. This webinar will:

  • Offer an overview of the Training Tool Box and gender-responsive SUD services.
  • Teach attendees how to plan and deliver quality training and presentations on serving women with SUDs.
  • Provide all Tool Box resources (including fully designed PowerPoint presentations). 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Upcoming Community Focus Groups on Health Concerns in Salt Lake County

Healthy Salt Lake is asking for your help with promoting attendance from the communities, families and individuals you serve at several upcoming community focus groups.
Healthy Salt Lake, in partnership with Salt Lake County Health Department, is a coalition that brings together individuals, communities, and organizations committed to wellness in Salt Lake County.

The goal of HSL is to shape the pathway that will make Salt Lake County the healthiest county in the United States.

Recently several community groups, city councils and key organizations have voted on large health topics they feel still need to be addressed in our county.

We are now asking residents for feedback on these topics that then will inform efforts to address these issues within our communities over the next three years.

March of Dimes 2017 Grant RFP Announcement- Deadline March 24, 2017

2017 AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity

2017 AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity

UServeUtah, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, will be accepting applications for the operation of Utah State AmeriCorps programs. AmeriCorps provides support to nonprofits, community organizations, and public agencies committed to addressing critical issues in areas such as education, public safety, health, economic opportunity, the environment, and other human needs. Grantees and sponsoring organizations are responsible for recruiting, selecting, and managing members. New programs selected through this process will begin operation in the fall of 2017.
The application process will be explained in detail in mandatory AmeriCorps Funding Technical Assistance Meetings. Those interested in applying must attend one of the following meetings:
March 29 - Provo, UT
1:00 - 4:00 PM @ Provo City Library Rm 302, 550 North University Ave.

April 3 - Salt Lake City, UT
1:00 - 4:00 PM PM @ Utah State Library Rm 219, 250 North 1950 West

April 5 - Ogden, UT
1:00 - 4:00 PM @ Pleasant Valley Branch Boardroom, Weber County Library, 5568 South 500 East

April 7 - Webinar
RSVP for Webinar Information

To reserve a space at any these meetings, please contact Corynn Benoit at

For more information on AmeriCorps, visit
For more information on UServeUtah, visit

For more information on 2017 AmeriCorps funding,

2017/2018 Funding Cycle Timeline
February 28, 2017
RFP notification info to stakeholders 
March 29 - April 7, 2017
RFP outreach workshops - statewide
April 19, 2017
Submit notice of intent to apply by email to Corynn Benoit at
May 19, 2017 5:00 pm (MST)
Submit formula concept paper by email to Corynn Benoit at
May 20 - June 9, 2017
Formula review for submitted applications
June 13, 2017 Final decision letters to applicants
June 22, 2017 Successful applicant's complete full online application
Late Summer/Early Fall 2017 Selected programs begin operations

Spring Single Mothers Seminar

Employer Open House, Resource Fair & Guest Speaker

Spring is just around the corner and we are excited to let you know that our People Helping People Spring Single Mothers Seminar will be on March 23  at the Doty Education Center located on the campus of the Intermountain Medical Center in building #6 at the north end of the medical complex.  The address is 5121 Cottonwood Street, Murray, UT (approximately 5121 S. 300 W.) from 5 – 8:30 pm.  And best of all, it’s FREE!

The seminar will showcase 25 - 30 of our community’s best employers at our very popular Employer Open House, will spotlight valuable community partners at our Resource Fair and will feature a guest speaker, Peggy Larsen, Sr. Vice President, Marketing—WCF Insurance & President, Univantage Insurance Solutions, Integrating personal challenges for professional impact: Lessons from WCF’s First Female Executive.

Everyone is Welcome!
Pre-register at 
and receive a FREE gift at the door!!!

Join a Healthy People Webinar on Mental Health News You Can Use

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

Register Now | March 23, 2017 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET
Spread the word!

Tell your colleagues and friends about this great learning opportunity. Forward this email or tweet about the webinar.

Join us on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET to learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Mental Health Leading Health Indicators. You’ll also hear how one community organization is implementing the Sources of Strength Program to prevent suicide among youth.
About Mental Health
The burden of mental illness in the United States is among the highest of all diseases, and mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability. Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being, healthy family and interpersonal relationships, and the ability to live a full and productive life. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease the disease burden of mental health disorders as well as associated chronic diseases. Assessing and addressing mental health remains important to ensure that all Americans lead longer, healthier lives.

Health Promotion Director Position - TriCounty Health

TriCountyHealthDept_Logo_FINAL_MtandText.pngJOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Opening Date: March 2, 2017
Position Title: Health Promotion Director
Salary: $20.59 - $23.90 per hour depending on experience
General Purpose:
Under the general direction of the Health Officer, the Director of Health Promotion oversees the operation of Health Promotion Division of the TriCounty Health Department, supervises the Health Promotion staff, and performs assessment of division performance and other administrative activities.  This position designs, implements and evaluates health promotion and wellness activities that meet the needs of the district residents and department contractual obligations.  Examples of these activities include but are not limited to, tobacco prevention and control, violence and injury prevention, healthy living through environment, policy, and improved clinical care, etc..   The Director of Health Promotion articulates the concept of health and wellness throughout the community and collaborates with community partners on issues related to public health.

Get Activated at the 2017 Health Services Research Conference on March 13th

Learn how researchers and patients working together can result in better health

When health research intersects with engaged patients, amazing things can happen. After all, curing polio not only required the lab work of Dr. Jonas Salk, but also the engagement of thousands of doctors and millions of 1950s school children—the “Polio pioneers”—to test his vaccine.

On March 13, 2017, patients, researchers, providers, and health care advocates will come together at the University of Utah campus to promote new collaborations for research advances at the 12th Annual Health Services Research Conference.

You can join this exciting and growing network for a day of innovation, dynamic presentations and discussion about how to improve engagement and outcomes with patients, caregivers, providers, policymakers and payors. Interactive sessions include how to engage communities in research, humanizing critical care, how to create patient and family advisory councils, and a live demonstration of the studio-approach to patient feedback and collaboration.

*The conference is free for patients and family members, community members and speakers. The cost is $10 for students and $25 for health professionals, faculty or government employees.

2017 Health Services Research Conference
Partnering for Better Health through Patient and Caregiver Activation
Monday, March 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MT
U of U Health Science Education Building
26 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


For more information contact:
Allie Miraglia, HealthInsight

This event is organized by Intermountain Healthcare, HealthInsight, the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, Community Faces of Utah, the University of Utah’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Utah Health Policy Project, and supported through conference fees, donations from our community partners, and a Patient‐Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Program Award (EA‐3957‐Healthinsight)

Cultural Competence Symposium

You are invited to attend the Cultural Competence Symposium on Friday, March 17, 2017, at LDS Hospital in the Huntsman Education Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Participants will learn how to identify cultural barriers in communication, how to ask appropriate questions to learn how to face these barriers, how to apply cultural sensitivity, and how to properly apply the patient’s cultural values to western medicine to promote patient compliance.

Register for the symposium here.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Plan4Health Physical Activity Webinar

Plan4Health Physical Activity Webinar
Thursday, Mar. 9 
3 - 4 p.m. EST

Join us for the second webinar of a three-part series to learn about the Plan4Health Initiative, and the importance of planning and public health to create the healthiest nation. Presenters will talk about Complete Streets and ways it was integrated into a city plan and how a coalition worked to encourage dialogue across sectors and between decision-makers to ensure health is a consideration in policy recommendations and implementation strategies.

  • Discuss policies, systems and environmental strategies focused on physical activity.
  • Discuss the intersection of climate change and physical activity.
  • Describe successes, challenges and lessons learned when implementing policies, systems and environmental change related to physical activity. 

Terry Johnson
Director, Healthy Eating Active Living New Hampshire
Plan4Health Nashua
Judy Robinson 
Principal Planner, Sustainability Manager
Sacramento County
Design 4 Active Sacramento
Register today!

About Plan4Health:

The Plan4Health project is a collaboration between the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association. The project represents significant cross-sector support for policy, systems and environment changes, as well as an opportunity to build leadership among our members.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What’s our best defense against HIV and AIDS? Empowerment.


In 2017, more than 230,000 women and girls in the United States are HIV-positive. These women could be your friends, neighbors, or loved ones. It’s time for women and girls to stand together to prevent HIV!
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) happens every year on March 10. Join the Office on Women’s Health as we raise awareness of the impact that HIV and AIDS have on our nation’s women and girls.
This year, OWH is empowering women and girls to protect their sexual health, engage in healthy relationships, and put their #BestDefense against HIV and AIDS into play.
Here’s how you can help spread the word about NWGHAAD:
We hope you will join us, take action, and use your #BestDefense to help end HIV and AIDS.
For more information, visit