Monday, April 30, 2018

Refugee Foster Care Orientation

Nearly 30 years, CCS of Utah has provided specialized foster care services to hundreds of unaccompanied children from around the world.  Children entered the U.S. without their parents or an adult to care for them.  Minors that are eligible for the program include refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, special immigrant juveniles, and victims of human trafficking. For more information on becoming a foster care parent, please attend our next Refugee Foster Care Orientation on May 3rd or contact Meg Buonforte @ 801-428-1283 or  More information HERE.

Job Posting - Utah Association of Local Health Officers Executive Director Position

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Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes:
A Life-Course Perspective

Thursday, May 3, 201812:00 - 1:00 pm ET

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In the United States, black infants have significantly worse birth outcomes than do white infants. The cause of this persisting disparity remains unexplained. Most of the disparity studies have focused on differential exposures to protective and risk factors during pregnancy, such as current socioeconomic status, maternal risky behaviors, prenatal care, psychosocial stress, or infections. These factors, however, do not adequately account for the gap in birth outcomes.
This webinar will highlight the relevance of the life course perspective by providing evidence that suggest that risk factors during pregnancy happen prior to conception. This presentation will aid in closing those gaps by introducing the life course perspective and the importance of treating the whole person and not just the symptoms in public health research.


Dr. Michael Lu, Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, Professor of Prevention and Community Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health,
Tamara Henry, Senior Program Analyst, Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Monday, April 23, 2018

NCUIH Youth Council Launch - Apply Now!

The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) invites applications from young adult ambassadors (ages 18-24) located in our urban communities and surrounding areas to participate in NCUIH’s Inaugural National Urban Indian Youth and Young Adult Advisory Council (“Youth Council”).

Youth Council members will promote awareness of substance misuse, trauma, suicide prevention, and mental health among peers on a local level. All project related activities will be created by and targeted towards American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults living in urban communities.

Youth and Young Adults must submit a Youth Council Application and a supporting Adult Reference.  Applicants also have the option to obtain a Peer Reference or an additional adult reference.

Please take a look at our Youth Council FAQs website for more information.

Youth Council Application Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time on FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bridging the Gap - 2018 Medical Interpreting Training

Are you interested in a career in healthcare that uses your bilingual and bicultural 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.

This FREE 64-hour professional training will be taught in eight daily sessions beginning Wednesday, August 28 through Friday, September 14, 2018. Please see schedule below. Classes begin daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Training Dates:

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Please follow the link below for more specific information on the program and to access the fillable application forms:

Monday, April 16, 2018

NACDD April General Member Webinar: Minority Health Month

Building the Public Health Narrative to Address Root Causes for Health Disparities

Thursday, April 26, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

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April is Minority Health Month! NACDD is committed to advancing health by raising awareness about health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities living in priority populations. This month’s webinar will focus on root causes associated with health disparities and social justice. Health begins where we live, learn, work, worship, and play.  Social justice affects the way people live, impacts their risks for illness, and their chances of premature death. Can public health influence the unequal structuring of life conditions? During this webinar, our featured speaker, Richard Hofrichter, the Senior Director of Health Equity at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), will discuss how chronic disease prevention and health promotion practitioners can create opportunities for building a public narrative about the root causes of health disparities. Additionally, Michigan and Massachusetts chronic disease programs will provide examples of how they are addressing some of these root causes in their states. The webinar will conclude with a short update about the NACDD Health Equity Council’s Institutional Equity Tool Project.

Intended Audience:
Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Directors
Chronic Disease Practitioner Network
All General Members who work in state health departments

Join us for this exciting webinar on April 26, 2018 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET.

Community Awareness Night

HHS National Minority Health Month Observance Livestream April 17

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Dr. Matthew Lin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), cordially invites you to attend the HHS National Minority Health Month Observance. Please join us on April 17th as we highlight nationwide efforts to advance health equity. 

The National Minority Health Month 2018 theme, Partnering for Health Equity, focuses attention on partnerships at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels that help reduce disparities in health and health care. This year’s event brings together HHS leadership from across the Department to highlight public and private sector collaborations that help improve the health of the nation.

Speakers include:

Leaders from the HHS Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and Indian Health Service

Alex M. Azar II

Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD
Assistant Secretary for Health

Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH
Surgeon General

Matthew Y.C. Lin, MD
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Director, HHS Office of Minority Health

Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee
Acting Director, Indian Health Service

Leaders from the HHS Offices of Minority Health and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Francis D. Chesley, Jr., MD
Acting Deputy Director, AHRQ
Director, AHRQ Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
Director, CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

Cara V. James, PhD 
Director, CMS Office of Minority Health

CAPT Richardae Araojo, PharmD, MS
Associate Commissioner for Minority Health, FDA
Director, FDA Office of Minority Health

Michelle Allender, RN, MS
Director, HRSA Office of Health Equity

Eliseo J. PĂ©rez-Stable, MD
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD
Director, SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity

We invite you to arrive early and visit the Partnering for Health Equity Showcase, featuring exhibits from the seven HHS Offices of Minority Health, NIMHD and other HHS offices. Representatives will be on hand beginning at noon to showcase impactful partnerships and talk about collaborative efforts to advance health equity.

National Minority Health Month Events

  • April 171:00-3:00 pm - HHS National Minority Health Month Observance Live Stream
  • April 252:00-3:00 pm - #Partner4HealthEquity Twitter Chat 
  • April 262:00-3:00 pm - Strategies for Building and Strengthening the Community Health Worker Effort in Your Area: A Case Study from Utah Webinar
  • April 3012:00-1:00 pm - Making the Invisible, Visible: Lessons learned from a Hispanic/Latino Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers Audience Needs Assessment Webinar

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Friday, April 13, 2018

UDOH Office of Health Disparities Job Posting

The Office of Health Disparities has an opening for a Health Program Specialist I, posting # 15384.  The posting will close at 11:59 PM on April 152018 MST

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

COMING SOON! The Rural Communities Opioid Response Funding Opportunity

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration


April 10, 2018

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) plans to award up to 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative in FY 18.
Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 for one-year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations.
The initiative will focus on the 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at risk (PDF – 158 KB), as well as other high risk rural communities.
The lead applicant must be part of a group including at least three other partners that have committed to forming a consortium or are part of an established consortium.
All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, will be eligible to apply and all services must be provided in rural communities.
This initiative is part of a three-year Rural Communities Opioid Response initiative by HRSA aimed at supporting treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder.
Please watch and for the Notice of Funding Opportunity anticipated later this spring, 2018.
For more information please contact: Allison Hutchings.

Monday, April 9, 2018

RWJF Funding Opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Is the health and well-being of children and families in your community a priority for you?
Evidence for Action—a signature program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—is funding studies of programs, policies and partnerships and their impact on health and well-being, specifically to help vulnerable children and families.

RWJF is looking for researchers, advocates, or public and private-sector professionals in a variety of fields to bring fresh approaches, untapped datasets, or methodologies to better understand the challenges and opportunities of making health a priority in public policy and personal decision-making.

Join an informational webinar on Monday, April 16 from 4–5 p.m. ET, for an overview and answers to frequently asked questions.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Resources for community/ disaster and traumatic events

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supports preparedness efforts by states, territories, and local entities to deliver an effective mental health and substance use (behavioral health) response to disasters. SAMHSA helps states and communities with disaster behavioral health preparedness and response issues directly and also through the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC). For more information about these services, please visit You can also contact SAMHSA DTAC by emailing or calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-308-3515.

The attached list of materials includes those focused on general behavioral health needs for a school shooting for students, teachers, parents and those affected by such a tragedy.
General Disaster Response and Recovery Information
·         Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress—This SAMHSA tip sheet gives stress prevention and management tips for dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence, or terrorism. It lists tips to relieve stress, describes how to know when to seek professional help, and provides accompanying resources.

This tip sheet is also available in Spanish at
·         Effects of Traumatic Stress After Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster—This online article from the National Center for PTSD describes the emotional, cognitive, physical, and interpersonal reactions that disaster survivors may experience and discusses severe stress symptoms and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The article also presents information on risk and protective factors in disaster survivors.  
·         Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, 2nd Edition—Developed jointly by the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. It is designed to reduce initial distress and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning. At the NCTSN’s website, the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide is available in Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese as well as English. You can also access Psychological First Aid online, a free 6-hour course providing an introduction to PFA. and
Mass Violence and Trauma-specific Information
·         Coping With Grief After Community ViolenceThis SAMHSA tip sheet introduces some of the signs of grief and anger after an incident of community violence, provides useful information about to how to cope with grief, and offers tips for helping children deal with grief.
·         Mass Violence/Community Violence Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) Installment—This SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) DBHIS installment is a collection of resources about common reactions to incidents of mass violence, community violence, and terrorism; tips for coping with such incidents; ways to support children and youth in coping; signs of the need for professional behavioral health assistance; and tips for enhancing resilience.
·         Incidents of Mass Violence—The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline supports survivors, family members, responders, and recovery workers who are affected by incidents of mass violence and other disasters. Information on this webpage includes a list of signs of emotional distress related to incidents of mass violence, details of lockdown notices and other warnings, and additional resources for coping.
Resources for Children, Youth, Parents and Other Caregivers, and Schools
·         Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers—This fact sheet can help parents, caregivers, and teachers recognize and address problems in children and teens affected by a disaster. Readers can learn about signs of stress reactions that are common in young survivors at different ages, as well as how to help children through grief.

This tip sheet is also available in Spanish at
·         Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent ShootingIn this 3-page tip sheet, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network describes how a shooting may affect children and teens as well as parents and other caregivers. The tip sheet lists reactions common among people of all ages, offers coping tips for caregivers, and suggests ways for caregivers to support children and youth in coping with their reactions to a shooting. This resource is available in Spanish as well as English.
·         Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting—This document from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network lists different psychological reactions to a shooting and its related consequences (such as decreases in school performance and sleep disturbances).
·         Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals—This fact sheet from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress provides tips for professionals to help them communicate effectively about a shooting, ensure physical safety and security, and provide answers to some common questions.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources (NCTSN)
The NCTSN has multiple resources to support children, youth, families and community response efforts.  Please click hyperlinks below:

A traumatic event is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. People can call the Disaster Distress Helpline’s toll-free number (1-800-985-5990) and receive immediate counseling. This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is also available via SMS (text TalkWithUs to 66746) to anyone experiencing psychological distress as a result of this event. People who call and text are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. The Helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services. 
The SAMHSA Disaster App allows disaster behavioral health responders to navigate resources related to pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, and post-deployment resources.  Users can also share resources from the app via text message or email and quickly identify local behavioral health services.