Friday, July 20, 2018

Salt Lake Job Fair to be held Friday, July 27, 2018

The Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office and Salt Lake City Police Department are hosting a job fair

Horizonte Instruction and Training Center 
July 27th from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Participating Employers: Salt Lake City Corporation, Salt Lake City Fire Department, Salt Lake City Police, Salt Lake City 911, Salt Lake City Airport, Henkel, Sephora, Amazon, University of Utah Hinckley Institute, UPS, Sweet Candy Co., Specialized Bicycles, Workforce Staffing, C.R. England, M&M Distributing, Advanced Storage Products, Stadler Rail and ARUP.  

Resume building workshop – 10:00-11:30 AM. Mock interviews – 12:00-1:30 PM

The American Red Cross will have a blood drive and people can register to participate at and by entering sponsor code SERVICE.  

The National Tongan American Society will do a voter registration drive during this event.

Mental Health First Aid Training in Montezuma Creek

Monday, 30 Jul 2018 00:00 – Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018 23:59

Mental Health First Aid Training

 Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
Date: Monday, July 30th & Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm (lunch provided)
Location: Montezuma Creek Community Health Center  E HWY 262, Montezuma Creek, UT 84534
Register: Contact Kurt Holiday or (435) 260-8710

Thursday, July 19, 2018

USU health extension co-hosts opioid summit

USU health extension co-hosts opioid summitLOGAN — Utah State University Extension recently launched a new program this spring – Health Extension: Advocacy, Research & Teaching (HEART). The program came about as a way to provide credible resources to help Utahns improve their health and wellness in multiple areas, including physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, social, environmental, spiritual and financial.

The first area of focus for HEART is on opioid misuse prevention and treatment. As a start for addressing this issue, an Opioid Health and Wellness Summit will be held Aug. 1-2 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek.

The summit is co-hosted by USU Extension Health, USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, College of Education, and College of Humanities and Social Sciences and will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in Utah to come together to learn, network and collaborate on substance use disorder issues in the state.

The summit is designed for anyone working in the areas of opioid misuse prevention or treatment, including social workers, first responders, public officials, medical professionals, mental health professionals, educators and researchers, advocates, family members and people in recovery.

“Utah is, in many ways, an unusually healthy state,” said Sandra Sulzer, USU Extension assistant professor of health and wellness. “We have some of the lowest rates of cancer in the nation and lower-than-average tobacco and alcohol use rates. Nonetheless, opioids have been a major issue.”

Sulzer said that between 2000 and 2015, the state saw a 400 percent increase in deaths resulting from the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. From 2013-2015, Utah ranked seventh in the nation for drug overdose deaths, the majority of which were opioid-related.

“And some counties, such as Carbon and Emery, have rates well above that state average,” she said. “This puts them among the hardest hit in the nation.”

Read the entire article here:

For registration information, visit For further summit information, contact Durward at or 435-797-5843.
Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (proposed) for

CDC Report from the Field:
Social and Structural Determinants of Health in Public Health Practice

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | 12:00–1:00 pm (EDT)
CDC’s Roybal Campus, Building 19, Rooms 256 & 257
Join by phone: (800) 857-2359 | Conference ID: 77515

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NEW HRSA Funding Opportunity- Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

The purpose of this program is to promote behavioral health integration in pediatric primary care by supporting the development of new or the improvement of existing statewide or regional pediatric mental health care telehealth access programs, thereby facilitating access to and availability of telehealth (including by telephone) psychiatric consultation and care coordination to pediatricians and other pediatric primary care providers. 

The program also will provide training and education on the use of evidence-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate telehealth protocols to support the treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders.  The program will support telehealth consultation with a pediatric behavioral health clinician on the team and referral to a local pediatric behavioral health provider, to the extent possible.

This program will serve as a resource for pediatric primary care providers serving children and adolescents, including, but not limited to, pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, and case coordinators.

Funding Opportunity Title:
Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Funding Opportunity Number:

Due Date for Applications:
August 13, 2018

Anticipated Total Annual Available
FY 2018 Funding- Up to $8,900,000

Estimated Number and Type of Award(s):
Up to 20 cooperative agreements

Estimated Award Amount:
Up to $445,000 per year, per award, for the 5-year period of performance, dependent on the availability of appropriated funds

Cost Sharing/Match Required:
Yes: 20% ($89,000): non-federal to federal match in each year from Year 1 to Year 5

Period of Performance:
September 30, 2018 to September 29, 2023 (5 years)

Eligible Applicants:
States, political subdivisions of states, and Indian tribes and tribal organizations (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)).

See Section III-1 of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for complete eligibility information.

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance webinar
  • Day and Date: Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET
  • Call-In Number: 1-888-600-4866
  • Participant Code: 556514
  • Playback Number: 1-888-203-1112
  • Passcode: 1390598
To access the full Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), please

1.    Go to
2.    Click on “Package”
3.    Click on “Preview”
4.    Click on “Download Instructions.”

To just view the NOFO, go here:

CDC presents data by race and ethnicity on adult depression

A 2018 data brief published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents data by race and ethnicity on adult depression. This is their first report to include survey data for Asian Americans on this topic. 

While the prevalence of depression is comparable by gender, Prevalence of Depression Among Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 2013–2016, shows that both Hispanic and non-Hispanic black men have higher a prevalence of depression as compared to other races. People living below the federal poverty level also had a significantly higher prevalence of depression. Read the report here.

FREE back to school brush up event

Lead a Walk with Ease walking group

Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services is looking for individuals to teach Walk With Ease classes at the county senior centers.   Currently looking for Rose Park and Holladay areas.

Walk with Ease
Walk with Ease is a walking program developed by the Arthritis Foundation.  The class empowers people who have been sedentary to start a walking program.   Benefits for this program include: motivation to get in shape, tips on walking safely and with comfort, improved flexibility, strength and endurance. You can volunteer to lead a Walk with Ease group where you will have the opportunity to discuss health-related topics, and guide self-paced group walks.

Classes are held 3x a week for 1 hour for 6 weeks. 
$360 volunteer stipend available

A 2 hour online training is required and you must commit to teach 2 series in on year.
For more information contact Jayme Haight:  385-468-3083 or

USDA Invests In Opioid Health Care For Rural Utah Communities

USDA Invests In Opioid Health Care For Rural Utah Communities

Utah Public Radio

The United States Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it is investing in two rural health centers in Utah: the Brigham City Bear Lake Community Health Center and Rocky Mountain Health Care in Heber.

Utah is one of 29 states to receive a piece of the total $237 million the USDA has granted or loaned toward 119 rural community service facilities, nationwide.

The Brigham City health center will use the loan to build two new exam rooms that in addition to regular medical visits will be used for brief intervention and referral to treatment for opioid misuse.  

Randy Parker, Utah’s USDA director, said funding rural health centers, and focusing on the opioid misuse, is important.

“These are isolated communities that really do need to have some attention and focus on healthcare needs," he said. "Utah’s been hard hit with opioid misuse. There’s no question, there’s no doubt, based on the numbers this is a dynamic need.”

Utah’s drug overdose rate ranks seventh highest in the nation and six Utahns die every week from opioid overdose. Rural areas have not been left unaffected by the crisis. According to a 2017 survey sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, 74% of farmers and farmworkers say they have been impacted by the opioid epidemic.  

“There was an important aspect to this project that really was elevated on the USDA priority list," Parker said. "And that’s opioid misuse. Utah has been identified as an area of critical need and so this expansion into the Bear Lake area and adding an opioid misuse component for treatment and referral is of critical importance.”

More information on USDA loans is available at


U of U Wellness Bus Outreach Position

cid:image001.png@01D3CA91.59A99130U of U Wellness Bus has a full-time benefitted outreach position open for Samoan and Tongan speaking applicants. Go here to apply and learn more

For specific questions, contact Nancy Ortiz at

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Take Precautions against Mosquitoes and Mosquito Bites

Utah’s public health officials are reminding all residents who will be outside over the 4th of July holiday and the rest of the summer to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

  • When making plans to be outside, prevent mosquito bites by wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs and use an insect repellent with 20%-30% DEET, which is safe to use during pregnancy.
  • Find and remove any puddles of water or standing water around your home or property to reduce mosquito breeding sites, including in pet dishes, flower pots, wading pools, buckets, tarps, and tires.
  • Wipe out your birdbath every few days to keep mosquito eggs from sticking to the bottom.
  • Maintain your swimming pool to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Report bodies of stagnant water to your local Mosquito Abatement District (MAD). Visit for a list of MADs.
  • Keep doors, windows, and screens in good condition and make sure they fit tightly.
  • Consult with an immunization travel clinic before traveling to areas that may have mosquito-borne illness such as Zika or dengue and take the necessary precautions.

So far this season, no locally-acquired human cases of any mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus (WNV) or Zika virus have been reported in Utah, and the mosquitoes that carry Zika virus aren’t currently found in Utah. Even so, Utah Department of Health (UDOH) epidemiologist Dallin Peterson warns, “Since there is no human vaccine for these diseases, taking simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites are key to reducing your risk for infection.” A West Nile virus vaccine is available for horses and officials recommend all horses be vaccinated against the disease.

While West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, not all mosquitoes carry the virus. The mosquitoes that carry the virus are typically out from dusk to dawn. However, the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus tend to bite mostly during the daytime and are also the same type of mosquitoes that carry dengue and chikungunya. So, it is especially important to use insect repellent and cover your arms and legs when you are traveling to areas with these diseases.

“The best way to reduce your risk for any illness carried by mosquitoes is to use an insect repellent with DEET when you’re outside,” says Peterson. “Adults and children older than two months of age can safely use repellents that contain up to 30% DEET,” Peterson added. Repellents are not recommended for children younger than two months of age.

Mosquito surveillance in Utah is underway and will continue into the fall. For more information, call your local health department or visit The UDOH web site will be updated each Wednesday through October with available detection information. Information on the Zika virus is available at

Media Contact:
Rebecca Ward
(o) 801-538-6682
(c) 801-352-1270

Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health begins in St. George and Ogden

Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health begins in St. George and Ogden

Non-medical determinants of health are thought to account for up to 60 percent of health outcomes

By Daron Cowley 
The Independent

A new collaborative called the Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health has been formed to promote health, improve healthcare access, and decrease healthcare costs. The alliance — a collaboration in Ogden, Utah, and St. George led by Intermountain Healthcare involving city, county, and state government agencies and other community based organizations — seeks to improve health by focusing on nonmedical factors that affect health, such as housing instability, utility needs, food insecurity, interpersonal violence, and transportation. The collaborative will begin with demonstration programs in Ogden and St. George.

Addressing these nonmedical health drivers requires innovative, comprehensive, and collaborative solutions from the public and private sectors. The goal of the Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health is to achieve healthier communities, lower healthcare costs, and be a model for positive changes that other areas of the U.S. can replicate. The work will begin in Ogden and St. George with SelectHealth Medicaid members with the intention to eventually initiate similar work throughout Utah with other patients.

Intermountain will provide funding to support the alliance’s initial demonstration programs in Ogden and St. George for three years subject to applicable regulations. These communities were selected based on the needs of the communities, opportunities to partner with other organizations and agencies, and other factors such as available social services. The initial demonstration will work with SelectHealth Medicaid members in four ZIP codes: 84401 and 84403 in Ogden and 84770 and 84790 in St. George. Alliance program services will be available to qualifying persons without regard to their choice of healthcare providers. Upon the completion of the demonstration, the program will be evaluated for expansion to other populations and geographic areas.

The alliance is designed within the Accountable Health Communities model designed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This approach will include screening SelectHealth members for social needs and assisting with the coordination of those needs. It will also include working with community partners to ensure that services are aligned with the needs of community members.

Intermountain will invest $12 million over three years — $2 million annually in both Ogden and St. George — which will sustain the three-year demonstration project. Intermountain’s initial funding for this demonstration will be used to bolster the impact of numerous pre-existing programs currently led by community partners. The addition of funds will enable Intermountain and community partners to gain efficiencies in coordinating care and other services that will reduce total spending.

Annual Public Health and Disasters Conference September 17 & 18 - Registration is now OPEN!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Heart Disease: Prevention and Access to Treatment for Minorities


NPA Partner Series Webinar Featuring the National Hispanic Medical Association
Heart Disease: Prevention and Access to Treatment for Minorities

DATE: July 18, 2018
TIME: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

WELCOMING REMARKS: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association


  •        Martha L. Daviglus, MD, Professor of Medicine; Director, Institute for Minority Health Research; Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Chicago
  •        Jovonni R. Spinner, MPH, CHES, Senior Public Health Advisor, Office of Minority Health, Food and Drug Administration 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States (US) and second leading cause of death for Hispanic populations. However, heart disease is often preventable and manageable through lifestyle changes and efforts to stay heart healthy, such as engaging in physical activity; eliminating smoking; following a healthy diet; and managing cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose optimally. This webinar—hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and the Office of Minority Health’s National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA)—will provide an overview of heart disease and its impact on the Hispanic community and will share findings from NHMA’s Cardiovascular Disease and Hispanics Summit Series. The webinar also will describe the need for racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials of interventions for heart disease to ensure that communities of color have treatments that work for them. 

*If the registration link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your web browser.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Baltimore's Innovations in Faith and Community Collaborations

Baltimore's Innovations in Faith and Community Collaborations

DATE: July 12, 2018
TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
MODERATORSDaniel Gallardo, Regional Minority Health Consultant, Region III and Seneca Bock, Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC III) Co-chair
  • Rev. Kimberly Lagree, Trauma Programs Coordinator, Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Baltimore City Health Department
  • William Kellibrew, Director for Trauma Programs, Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Baltimore City Health Department
  • Colonel Melvin T. Russell, Chief of the Community Partnership Division, Baltimore Police Department

    This webinar will focus on Baltimore’s efforts to galvanize the faith-based community to help prevent violence and address trauma. Webinar participants will be able to identify how violence leads to trauma and the complex challenges to address trauma in minority communities. Presenters will discuss faith-based or community models that faith and spiritual leaders and providers can utilize to address trauma. They will also outline how to systematically integrate faith-based leadership into violence prevention and other public health programming.

    Register here*:

A State of Decay: A State Report on Older Adults' Oral Health

Presenters: Bianca Rogers, BS; Natalie Shaffer, BS

July 10, 2018, 1:00 PM CT
In 2003, Oral Health America (OHA) commissioned the A State of Decay (ASOD) series to provide the public with data describing the oral health status of adults 65+. In April 2018, OHA released volume four of this biannual report, analyzing six variables that impact the oral health of older adults. The report ranks each state with an overall score.

This webinar’s purpose is to summarize the importance of the findings in ASOD with take-home lessons about how messages can be tailored to raise awareness about the oral health needs of older adults. The goal is to empower participants to use the report to take collective action in improving oral health practices, plans, and policies in their states by sharing data, field strategies, and communications techniques for the purpose of working toward creating a healthier older adult population. In addition, the report includes a special section on national data to start a conversation in the national infrastructure of oral 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.