Thursday, August 30, 2018

Hike or Bike for Hunger

Workshop on Hiring and Retaining Individuals with Disabilities

The Business Relations team would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming events. These events are great opportunities to begin or continue your partnership with The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. They also make great additions to Federal 503 Affirmative Action Plans.

We will be holding our next Workshop on Hiring and Retaining Individuals with Disabilities on September 11th from 9am to 2pm at DSBVI (Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired). This workshop is designed to provide information on hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities.  Current issues surrounding disability and employment will be discussed. Lunch will be provided with an opportunity to speak with other business representatives and professionals in the disability field. There is no fee to participate.  This Spring, we ended up with a waiting list for the event, so register as soon as possible to reserve your seat.  The Workshop is limited to the first 70 participants.

If you have previously participated in the workshop, we strongly encourage sending hiring managers and supervisors for this experience.

Additionally, the Work Ability Career Exploration and Job Fair will be on October 2nd. This job fair is an excellent opportunity to market your business and open positions to individuals with disabilities who are ready, willing and able to work. The career exploration component allows you to participate even if you do not have current positions available. The information fair will allow the job fair participants to gather information on how to better prepare to apply with your business in the future. As in the past, we will offer workshops that both business partners and job seekers can attend. The workshops include online applications, business partner panel, answering tough interview questions, and SSI/SSDI & working. Lunch will be provided for participating business partners and there is no fee to participate, however, space is limited to the first 45 employers.

If you have questions about any of these events feel free to contact Leah Lobato, Director, Governor’s Committee on Employment of Disabilities & Business Relations at (801), Thomas Smith, Business Relations Specialist at (801), or Suzy Sanchez, Administrative Assistant for Business Relations and Choose to Work at .

Space for all events is limited, so if you are interested in attending the events listed please register at the following links:

If you are unable to attend at this time, the Spring 2019 dates are listed on our fliers at

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Webinar Series: Taking Action to Promote Health Equity

Dialogue4HealthTrust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) is launching a four-part Web Forum series called Taking Action to Promote Health Equity—Using the Lessons from Cutting-
Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being.

Our goal is to shine a bright light on some of the most compelling and replicable activities that help advance health equity. Program speakers will share their lessons learned through practice and experiences that are transferable to diverse community settings—large or small, urban or rural—and with substantial or minimal resources. And while a few of the examples may be familiar, the Web Forum series will feature excellent work that has not received much national attention.

TFAH designed the series so you can participate in all four Web Forums or any that you want to attend. And when the series is over, they will be available online. Each segment is being planned with substantial time for questions and answers. Furthermore, if the participants identify topics of further interest, TFAH will use that information to plan future Web Forums.

The series will be hosted by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, TFAH’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and presented through the Dialogue4Health platform. The first Web Forum of the series will analyze the impact of The California Endowment’s unprecedented Building Healthy Communities initiative. This $1 billion, multi-year effort in 14 communities across California has shown what can be achieved with long-term, community-led, place-based campaigns. The panelists will provide a broad overview of the initiative, highlight two community examples, and equip audience members with strategies and tools they can use to advance health equity in their work and communities.

Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees. This event is recommended for anyone working in public health, advocacy, community-based systems, insurers, and local and state health officials.

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Tony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities, The California Endowment
Andrea Manzo, Hub Manager, East Salinas Building Healthy Communities
Sandra Celedon, Executive Director, Fresno Building Healthy Communities
J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Executive Vice President and COO, TFAH

Webinar: Learn About Increasing Access to Primary Care

PCPs play an important role in protecting the health and safety of the communities they serve. By working in the context of family and community, they can provide integrated services and develop meaningful, sustained relationships with patients. Having a usual PCP is associated with greater patient trust in the provider, effective patient-provider communication, and increased likelihood that patients will receive appropriate care.
Join Healthy People 2020 on Thursday, September 20 at 12:00 p.m. ET to learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Access to Health Services Leading Health Indicators. You’ll also learn about a nonprofit community benefit organization working to increase access to primary care providers (PCPs) for vulnerable populations.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Salt Lake County presents The Diversity of Families & Individuals who Experience Homelessness

Join the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Human Rights Subcommittee as we explore the homelessness condition and gather information for understanding the problems families and individuals face and how we can help those facing homelessness.
Michelle Flynn, Associate Executive Director of Programs, The Road Home
Andrew Johnson, Vice President of Program Operations, Volunteers of America Utah
Jimmy Lee, Youth & Family Programs Manager, Utah Pride Center
Shaleane Gee, Director, Mayor’s Initiatives and Special Projects, Salt Lake County
Rich DeBlasio, Homeless Network Coordinator, Veterans Administration Rocky Mountain Region
Tricia Davis, Program Manager of the State of Utah, DWS, Housing and Community Development Division, Homelessness Programs Office


OHD Releases New Report about Cross-Cultural Education in Utah's Oral Health Schools

OHD released findings of a survey of local oral health institutions. OHD surveyed dental residency programs, dental schools, dental hygiene schools, and dental assisting schools in an effort to understand cross-cultural training offered to future oral health professionals.

For survey respondents, the key findings include:

  • The majority of institutions address cross-cultural issues either in the classroom and/or in an extracurricular setting.
  • The largest motivator to offer cross-cultural training to students is a diverse patient population.
  • The largest overall barrier to providing additional cross-cultural training is competing curricular time.
  • Institutions with longer programs tend to offer more cross-cultural opportunities and rate their level of cross-cultural competence higher.

OHD produced this report as a second installment in a series of reports regarding oral health in Utah. Find OHD published reports on the Data and Reports page of the OHD website.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Free HIPAA Training for Small Health Care Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rocky Mountain Region, will be presenting training on the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules: HIPAA for the Small Provider in Durango, Colorado, on August 9, 2018 and in Washington Terrace (near Ogden) and Vernal, Utah on August 22 and 23rd, respectively. The purpose of the presentation is to help small health care providers that are covered entities understand their regulatory obligations under HIPAA. We’ll cover a number of topics, such as an individual’s right of access, safeguarding protected health information, the business associate agreement requirement, and risk analysis/risk management.

This is for any individuals, organizations, medical providers, etc. that would benefit from attending. We only have limited space, so registration is required and is on a first come, first served basis. Participants can register by emailing either of the following:

·         Emily Prehm at

·         Hyla Schreurs at

The full details of the events are:

Washington Terrace, UT
August 22, 2018
Weber County Library
Pleasant Valley Branch
5568 S. Adams Ave.

Vernal, UT
August 23, 2018
BLM District Office
Green River Field Office
170 South 500 East

U of U Health Plans presents Women Empowered

Zika in Babies in US Territories

Zika in Babies in US Territories
Zika virus (“Zika”) infection during pregnancy can cause severe health problems in babies, such as birth defects, problems with vision and hearing, seizures, and developmental delays.

More than 4,800 pregnancies in the US territories (American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Republic of Marshall Islands, US Virgin Islands) had a lab result showing confirmed or possible Zika from 2016-2018.

From these pregnancies, 1,450 babies were at least one year old and had some follow-up care reported for this analysis. About 1 in 7 (or 14%) of the 1,450 babies had one or more health problems possibly caused by Zika reported to the US Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry. Some of these problems were not apparent at birth and were identified as the babies grew older. Throughout early childhood, healthcare providers should closely monitor the health and development of all babies born to mothers with Zika during pregnancy.

Key points:

4800. Over 4,800 pregnancies in the US territories had a lab result showing confirmed or possible Zika from 2016-2018.
1 in 7. About 1 in 7 babies had health problems possibly caused by Zika reported, among 1,450 babies at least one year old.
1 in 3. Only 1 in 3 babies had the recommended eye exam reported, among 1,450 babies at least one year old.

Visit the CDC for more information.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Webinar Training- Learn about Silver Diamine Fluoride: Science, Practice, and Potential

Silver Diamine Fluoride: Science, Practice, and Potential

Presenter: Dr. Michael Helgeson and Dr. Ryan Quock

August 30, 2018, 2:00 PM CT

This webinar will provide attendees with insight on how Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), recently FDA approved, can arrest carious lesions without the need for anesthesia or excavation. Attendees will  gain an understanding of how SDF can stabilize a tooth as part of a continuum of care to restore form and function with a variety of dental restorative materials. SDF offers a disease management and minimally invasive approach of value for patients whose dental treatment options are limited by co-morbidities, ability to tolerate invasive procedures, financial circumstances, or other access to care barriers. Dr. Quock’s scholarly interests include the practical aspects of caries management including fluoride therapies and the conservative surgical treatment of dental caries.  Apple Tree Dental has implemented the use of SDF in its outpatient clinics and, with funding from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation, in long-term care facilities. This session will provide an overview of the science, current research, and describe Apple Tree’s practical experiences in the use of SDF with children, older adults, people with special needs and other patients.

Tribal Vision Design and Capacity grants training, Denver, Sept 12/13

Dear Tribal Leader:

Through our consultation process and our continued engagement with the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has heard consistently from Tribes about their difficulties in successfully obtaining HHS grant funding.  HHS understands the importance of Tribes accessing these grant funds so that they are able to provide culturally appropriate care and services to their communities. 

In response, the Department has worked on increasing tribal access to grants in a number of ways including holding webinars and workshops over the years.  In an effort to bring more comprehensive training directly to Indian Country, we are excited to announce that in collaboration with the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, HHS will host several trainings Tribal Vision, Design and Capacity technical grant writing workshops across Indian Country.  

The Tribal Vision, Design and Capacity technical grant writing workshops will be held in the following locations on the following dates:

Dates and Locations:

August 14-15, 2018 Sacramento, CA Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento at CSUS
August 23-24, 2018 Atmore, AL Wind Creek Casino and Hotel
September 12-13, 2018 Denver, CO Holiday Inn East Denver Stapleton
September 20-21, 2018 Oklahoma City, OK Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel
September 26-27, 2018 Fairbanks, AK Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center

If you have questions about this particular training, please contact Quinn Buchwald at or (206) 601-1812

Thank you,

HHS Tribal Affairs

Publication Update: Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit Now Available in Spanish

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationSAMHSA announces the release of the Spanish translation of the updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Because interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to success, resources and information are specifically tailored for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from opioid overdose. 

CDC: 11 Percent of Adults Report Subjective Cognitive Decline

One in nine adults aged 45 and older report experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD) — that is, a self-reported increase in confusion or memory loss that is getting worse — according to new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program. Combining data from the 2015 and 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys, the analysis indicates that 11.2 percent of adults reported SCD, half of whom reported their memory issues caused interruptions in everyday life. 
MMWR Memory Loss Infographic
Subjective cognitive decline, including memory loss, is typically one of the earliest warning signs of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, and an increasing body of research (see below) indicates that modifying certain risk factors can reduce the risk of further cognitive decline. Despite the benefits of early detection, the new CDC analysis shows that less than half (55 percent) of individuals with SCD have talked to a health care provider about their cognitive problems. Read the full analysis in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Primary Health Coverage Available for Uninsured Adults

Media Contact:
Kolbi Young

Primary Health Coverage Available for Uninsured Adults
Primary Care Network opens enrollment today

What:  Utah’s Primary Care Network (PCN) opens enrollment for the month of August.  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 February 2018, PCN has not accepted new applications for adults without dependent children.  During the month of August, 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 $23,856 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 until August 31.  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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Join the NHMA/NPA Webinar! Diversifying the Health Workforce for an Equitable Future

DATE: August 16, 2018
TIME: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

WELCOMING REMARKS: Matthew Y.C. Lin, MD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Director, Office of Minority Health (OMH)

MODERATORElena Rios, MD, MSPH, President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
  •       Wilma Alvarado-Little, MA, MSW, Associate Commissioner, New York State Department of Health and Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention, New York, NY
  •       Godfrey Jacobs, Think Cultural Health Initiative, OMH


This webinarpresented by the National Hispanic Medical Association and the Office of Minority Health’s National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA)—will highlight strategies to diversify the health workforce in order to create a more equitable future for all. Currently, the nation’s health workforce does not reflect the diversity of the nation. A diverse health workforce—made up of individuals with a wide range of characteristics and experiences, including different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, and sexual orientations—serves as a strategy for addressing racial and ethnic health disparities. Increasing the diversity of the health workforce can help to improve access to care in underserved communities; increase patient choice, satisfaction, and health outcomes; and enhance healthcare quality for vulnerable populations. Presenters will share their experiences, recommendations, and tools for increasing the diversity of the health workforce to meet the needs of communities of color, thereby allowing for a more positive and equitable future.