Friday, February 23, 2018


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families grant program (Short Title: Youth and Family TREE).  The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional aged youth (ages 16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.

· Application Due Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
· Eligibility: Community- and faith-based organizations are included as eligible applicants. Please see the FOA for other eligible entities. 

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released its Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness funding opportunity announcement (FOA).
 The purpose of this program is to support the development and/or expansion of the local implementation of an infrastructure that integrates behavioral health treatment and recovery support services for individuals, youth, and families with a serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, or co-occurring disorder (i.e., a serious mental illness [SMI] and substance use disorder [SUD] or a serious emotional disturbance [SED] and SUD) who are experiencing homelessness.

 ·  Deadline: Applications due March 9, 2018.
·  Eligibility: Community- and faith-based organizations are included as eligible applicants. Please see the FOA for other eligible entities. 

Award: Up to $500,000 per year for up to five years for governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town; federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations; public or private universities and colleges; and community- and faith-based organizations. Up to $1 million per year for up to five years for state governments and territories.

Native Youth and Culture Fund

Native Youth and Culture Fund

View Program Website

First Nations Development Institute

Letter of Intent (Required): Mar 8, 2018
Application: May 1, 2018


The Native Youth and Culture Fund provides grants for projects that focus on youth and incorporate culture and tradition to address social and health issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and mental health.
Projects should focus on one or more of the 4 program priority areas.
1. Preserving, strengthening or renewing cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs, and values
2. Engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices, and/or beliefs, where culturally appropriate
3. Increasing youth leadership and their capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs
4. Increasing access to and sharing of cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies (traditional and/or modern), as a means of reviving or preserving tribal language, arts, history, or other culturally relevant topics.

Eligible applicants are native-controlled nonprofit organizations and native-controlled community organizations.

Geographic coverage

Amount of funding
Award ceiling: $20,000
Award floor: $5,000
Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: 20

Application process
Links to additional guidance and the online application system are available on the program website.
Submit a Stage I proposal online by March 8, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a Stage II proposal, with a deadline of May 1, 2018.

Tagged as
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Cultural competency · Mental health · Social determinants of health · Substance abuse · Teen pregnancy

Community Engagement Working Group

Division of Public Health
Co-Sponsored by CCTS

Community Engagement Working Group

Meet the Community Health Workers (CHWs)”
Stephen Alder, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair
Chief, Division of Public Health
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of Utah

Please join us for a very informative session that will high-light our community health workers and their involvement with research.
A University of Utah IRB representative will be on-hand to answer all your questions regarding adding a CHW to your projects.
This session will provide valuable insight and guidance on working with diverse communities.

Friday, March 9th, 2018
Division of Public Health Classroom 203
375 Chipeta Way

Lunch will be provided

Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Proposed Rule

Fact Sheet: Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Proposed Rule 

Proposed Policy Changes

In October, President Trump issued an Executive Order instructing the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury to consider proposing regulations or revising guidance to promote healthcare choice and competition by expanding the availability of short-term, limited-duration insurance. As a direct result of this, the Departments issued a proposed rule on Tuesday, February 20, that would change the maximum duration of such coverage to less than 12 months, as opposed to the current maximum duration of less than three months.

Short-term, limited-duration insurance is a type of health insurance coverage that is designed to fill temporary gaps in coverage when an individual is transitioning from one plan or coverage to another form of coverage. This type of coverage is exempt from the definition of individual health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is therefore not subject to the ACA provisions that apply to individual health insurance plans.

The proposed rule includes measures to help consumers who purchase short-term, limited duration policies understand the coverage they are getting. The proposal would require one of two versions of a notice to appear in the contract and in any application materials that the plan is not required to comply with ACA provisions.

Providing Relief from Higher Rates and Limited Choice 

Under the previous Administration, the Departments published a final rule in October 2016, which restricted short-term, limited-duration insurance to less than three months, further limiting consumer choice in a market where too many Americans cannot find affordable coverage that meets their health care needs. Average premiums have more than doubled from 2013 to 2017 in health plans on the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, and half of U.S. counties have only one insurance carrier to choose from.

Short-term, limited-duration insurance is generally more affordable than ACA-compliant plans. In the fourth quarter of 2016, a short-term, limited-duration policy cost approximately $124 a month compared to $393 for an unsubsidized ACA-compliant plan. Based on enrollment trends prior to the October 2016 final rule, the Departments project that approximately 100,000 to 200,000 additional individuals would shift from an ACA-compliant individual market plan to short-term, limited-duration insurance in 2019. Only about 10 percent of these individuals would have been subsidy-eligible if they maintained their Exchange coverage.

Expanding Access to More Affordable Options: 

Today’s proposed changes are intended to provide additional, often much more affordable coverage options, while also ensuring consumers understand the coverage they purchase. Individuals and families who would benefit from this policy may include those:
• who are between jobs or other sources of coverage;
• who find ACA coverage too expensive or have seen their health insurance choices diminish; and
• whose doctors are not in network under ACA plans.

Longer limited-duration plans would also reduce the risk of a gap in coverage for people with short-term coverage who become seriously ill while covered. Under current rules, a person who becomes ill would likely not qualify for another plan less than three months in duration because of the illness and would then need to wait without coverage until the next year to gain coverage in the individual market.

CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule for 60 days. The proposed rule is available here: ### Get
CMS news at, sign up for CMS news via email and follow CMS on Twitter CMS Administrator @SeemaCMS, @CMSgov, and @CMSgovPress.

2018 AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity

2018 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 2018.
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 19 - Provo, UT
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Provo City Library Rm 309, 550 North University Ave.
March 22 - Salt Lake City, UT
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Utah State Library Rm 219, 250 North 1950 West
March 28 - Ogden, UT
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Pleasant Valley Branch Boardroom, Weber County Library, 5568 S Adams Ave.
March 30th - Webinar, if needed
1:00 - 4:00 PM
RSVP for Webinar information

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

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

For more information on 2018 AmeriCorps funding,

2018 Funding Cycle Timeline

February 7, 2018 - RFP notification info to stakeholders

March 19 - March 30, 2018 - RFP outreach workshops - statewide

April 13, 2018 - Submit notice of intent to apply by email to Corynn Benoit at 

May 6, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. (MST) - Submit formula concept paper by email to Corynn Benoit at

May 11, 2018 - June 13, 2018 - Formula review for submitted applications

June 14, 2018 - Final decision letters to applicants

June 20, 2018 - Successful applicants complete full online application
Late Summer/Early Fall 2018 - Selected programs begin operations

Thursday, February 22, 2018

HHS Office of Minority Health: Black History Month Observance

You are invited

Friday, February 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (ET)

Watch live at

Dr. Matthew Lin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), invites you to the HHS Black History Month Observance via livestreamon February 23rd at 9:00 a.m. (ET). Please join us as we highlight HHS’s efforts to improve the health of the nation and advance health equity. 
HHS and OMH are proud of the work we do with partners throughout the country to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. Please join us for this event as we continue to work together to achieve this mission.
Speakers include:
Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service
Matthew Y.C. Lin, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
Eliseo J. PĂ©rez-Stable, M.D., Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health

Monday, February 12, 2018

University of Utah Mobile Health Program Job Opportunities

cid:image001.png@01D34981.2EEBA3C0The University of Utah Mobile Health Program has job openings for the mobile health program/unit.  They are (1) Community Health Worker, (2) Health Coach, (3) Driver/Screener. All three positions are 30 hours/week with excellent benefits. 


Questions? Email Nancy Ortiz at

Monday, February 5, 2018

WSU Black Scholars United, Black History Month Events

Weber State University
Black Scholars United
Black History Month Programming 2018

February 7:     Student Athlete Activism in the Age of Kaepernick: Lunch & Learn
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Shepherd Union Fireplace Lounge
February 13: Sessions on the Ledge – Spoken Word Artist
12 noon – 1:00 p.m.  Shepherd Union
February 13 -14:  Black Genocide Display
Millions Didn’t Make it but I Am One of the Ones Who Did” 
11:00 – 2:00 Both Days Shepherd Union Atrium
February 20:  My Black is Beautiful: Display and Community Tabling
                        10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                        Jazz & the Spoken Word: An Evening of Cultural Arts
                        6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Union Ballroom C
February 21“Street Fighting Men”, Film Screening and Discussion
7:00 p.m. Ogden’s Peery Egyptian Theater
February 22Stop the Hate Event: Conversations on the “N” Word
10:00 -11:30a.m.   Center for Diversity & Unity
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. Black in Latin America, Film & Discussion, Center for Diversity & Unity
February 23Do or Die Art Exhibit: Affect, Ritual, Resistance,

Opening Night
7:00 p.m. Kimball Visual Arts Center Shaw Gallery. Join the artist for a discussion and reception
February 28Cultural Connections & Amnesty International: Black Lives Matter (BLM),
5:30 - 6:30 Panel and Discussion, Elizabeth Hall Room 229
Speakers: Jasmine Richards Abdullah, BLM Pasadena, CA and Lex Scott, BLM Utah

All events are FREE! For additional information contact: Betty Sawyer, or JaLisa Lee,

Minority Health Month Theme Announced: Partnering for Health Equity

NMHM18OMH Director Dr. Matthew Lin announces 2018 theme for National Minority Health Month

Partnering for Health Equity

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) Director Dr. Mathew Lin today announced the theme of National Minority Health for April 2018: Partnering for Health Equity. Partnerships at the national, state, tribal and local levels are vital to the work of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. During National Minority Health Month, beginning April 1, 2018, OMH will join with partners, health advocates and organizations in highlighting the role of partnerships in improving the health of people and communities across the country.
Visit the OMH website to learn more about National Minority Health Month, and sign up for the National Minority Health Month topic on our email list to be notified when we post new tools and resources to support your #NMHM18 events and programs!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Utah’s Primary Care Network (PCN) is now open

For Immediate Release:  

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Media Contact: 
Kolbi Young

What: Utah’s Primary Care Network (PCN) will open enrollment today. PCN is a primary preventive health coverage plan for uninsured adults. Benefits include physician services, prescriptions, dental services, eye exams, emergency room visits, birth control, and general preventive services.

Why: Since August 2017, PCN has not accepted new applications for adults without dependent children. Beginning today, all uninsured Utah adults may apply online, by mail, or in person to receive primary health care.

Who: Adults who meet the following requirements may apply:
  • Age 19 through 64
  • U.S. citizens or legal residents
  • Not covered by other health insurance
  • Meet income guidelines (e.g., a family of 4 with a maximum income of $23,376 per year)
  • Not qualified for Medicaid
  • Have no access to Medicare or Veterans benefits
  • Have no access to student health insurance (as full-time students)
When: PCN will accept applications for all adults from February 1-28, 2018. PCN enrollment for parents/caretaker relatives will stay open and accept applications at any time.
Where: Apply online at or call the PCN hotline at 1-888-222-2542.