Friday, May 31, 2019

Strategies for Opioid Data Visibility, Integration, and Sharing, webinar, June 27, 1-2:30

Strategies for Opioid Data Visibility, Integration, and Sharing

Region VIII Opioid Misuse Consultation Team Quarterly Webinar

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 1 – 2:30 Mountain Time. 

The full agenda will be sent in advance of the meeting.

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Registration is not required.

Audio Connection 1-877-267-1577 (US Toll Free Call In Number)
Access Code: 992 157 747

World Refugee Day 2019 Celebration

Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake Meet & Greet of New Executive Director

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Pain Management Task Force Issues Final Report on Best Practices for Treatment of Pain

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Twitter @SpoxHHS
May 30, 2019
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, a federal advisory committee established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 - PDF, today released its final report on acute and chronic pain management best practices, calling for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered approach.

To ensure best practices for the treatment of pain, the Task Force final report underscores the need to address stigma, risk assessment, access to care and education. It also highlights five broad categories for pain treatment: medications, interventional procedures, restorative therapies, behavioral health, and complementary and integrative health approaches.

“There is a no one-size-fits-all approach when treating and managing patients with painful conditions,” said Vanila M. Singh, M.D., MACM, Task Force chair, and chief medical officer of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. “Individuals who live with pain are suffering and need compassionate, individualized and effective approaches to improving pain and clinical outcomes. This report is a roadmap that is desperately needed to treat our nation’s pain crisis.”

The Task Force was created in the midst of a national opioid epidemic, but also at a time when an estimated 50 million adults in the United States experience chronic daily pain. As such, the report emphasizes safe opioid stewardship by recommending more time for history-taking, screening tools, lab tests, and clinician time with patients to establish a therapeutic alliance and to set clear goals for improved functionality, quality of life, and activities of daily living.  Medication disposal and safe medication storage are also emphasized for patient safety.

The report includes a section highlighting disparities and unique challenges faced by special populations, including veterans, active military, women, youth, older adults, American Indians and Alaska Natives, cancer patients and those in palliative care, and patients with sickle cell disease and other chronic, relapsing painful conditions.

The Task Force has 29 members, representing federal and non-federal entities with diverse disciplines and views. It is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense. The Task Force members have significant public- and private-sector experience across disciplines, including pain management, patient advocacy, substance use disorders, mental health, veteran health, and minority health.
For your convenience, below are some social media messages and hashtags you can use for sharing the Final Report immediately.
Social Media Messages
  • The #PainTaskForce Final Report is now officially available for dissemination of best practices for acute and chronic pain! View the #PainTaskForce Final Report here->
  • The Task Force report is an overview of the complex multidimensional topics of acute and chronic #pain management. The report includes over 150 gaps and recommendations. Learn more about each of the gaps & recommendations here-> #PMTF @cmoHHS
  • #PainTaskForce Final Report emphasizes the importance of individualized patient-centered care. #FinalReport, #PainTaskForce, #PMTF
  • The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Final Report emphasizes multidisciplinary & multimodal treatment for acute and chronic #pain in various settings. Learn more about specific #PainTaskForce recommendations here:
Again, thank you all for your contributions as we move forward with this important work to improve compassion and science-based pain care for patients, with the goal of improving health outcomes!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Job opportunities at UDOH

The Utah Department of Health has recruitment open for the following positions:

Research Consultant III/Special Projects Coordinator
$27.36 - $44.59

This is a full-time position with benefits. Requisition #   19868

Closes:   06/02/2019 at 11:59 pm MST

The Department of Health has an opening for a Licensor, posting # 19998.  

The posting will close at 11:59 PM on May 30, 2019, MST

The Department of Health has an opening for a Social Worker, posting # 19810.  

The posting will close at 11:59 PM on June 2, 2019 MST

The Department of Health has an opening for a Speech Language Pathologist, posting # 19781.
The posting will close at 11:59 PM on June 2, 2019 MST

In order to be considered for an interview for these positions, you will need to apply online at STATEJOBS.UTAH.GOV .  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Utah Awarded its Very First Promising Practice for its work with Pacific Islanders

(Salt Lake City, UT) – During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Office of Health Disparities (OHD) is proud to announce receiving Utah’s first Promising Practice Award for its work with Utah’s Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities.

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) awarded OHD’s It Takes a Village: Giving our babies the best chance (ITAV) project as a Promising Practice because of its unique and innovative anthropological approach to addressing birth outcomes disparities among Utah's NHPI communities. The ITAV project weaves Pacific Islander cultural wisdom and practices with current maternal and child health recommendations to engage and educate community members.  
The award came with the recommendation to pursue the most prestigious designation of Best Practice, which OHD hopes to pursue.

AMCHP is the foremost national organization working to improve maternal and child health. “As part of its commitment to serve as a national resource … AMCHP collects, reviews and disseminates cutting-edge, emerging, promising, and best practices from public health programs across the U.S. so that effective models can be shared and replicated among the [Maternal and Child Health (MCH)] community.”

The project would not have been possible without federal funding from the UDOH Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant) and the Federal Office of Minority Health (State Partnership Grant to Improve Minority Health) along with countless collaborations among UDOH programs and community partners.  

The vision of the Utah Department of Health Office of Health Disparities is for all people to have a fair opportunity at reaching their highest health potential given that health is crucial for well-being, longevity, and economic and social mobility.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Mapping Hepatitis Elimination Webinar

Mapping Hepatitis Elimination Webinar

Mapping Hepatitis Elimination Webinar

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
3-4 pm ET
This webinar is approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) for a total of one (1) continuing education credit hour (CECH) in health education.
One (1) CECH has been approved for advanced-level credit.
Register Here

A growing number of hepatitis elimination projects are being established across the United States. Responding to the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan calls for more coordinated and collaborative efforts aimed at elimination, a wide range of stakeholders are leading and engaged in these efforts across a variety of settings including states, local jurisdictions, health systems, and non-governmental organizations. This webinar is hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy. Participants will learn about several elimination project examples, practical steps, and key messages to inform individuals and organizations in responding to the public health threat of viral hepatitis.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the current state/community level approaches and interventions to eliminate viral hepatitis.
  • Be able to describe planning tools for culturally competent programs/campaigns for viral hepatitis prevention and elimination.
  • Identify potential stakeholder types and strategies for new states, local jurisdictions, health systems, and non-governmental organizations to join and help put the United States on the path toward viral hepatitis elimination.
CAPT Felicia Collins, MD, MPH, Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Corinna Dan, RN, MPH, Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor, HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
Brian J. McMahon, MD, Medical and Research Director, Liver Disease and Hepatitis Program, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Janice Lyu, Senior Hepatitis B Program Associate, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Emilia Myers, MPH, Viral Hepatitis Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Health

Friday, May 10, 2019

AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunity for Seniors

Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services - Caregiver Support is seeking clients

Caregivers are faced with a host of new responsibilities many of which are unfamiliar and intimidating and can ultimately create caregiver burnout. As a result, the Caregiver Support Program is a short term program that provides assistance and support to these caregivers.
  • Respite Services. (Brief period of relief for the caregiver) Homemaking, home health aide, adult day care, short term stay in a nursing home. An application and eligibility requirements apply. Call 385.468.3280 for more information.
  • Information, Education, and More. Caregivers may sign up for monthly emails, attend free classessupport groups, and much more.
A few samples of upcoming options are attached. Visit our website ( for more information.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spanish-Speaking Family Conference

2019 Salt Lake County Youth Government Summer Summit – June 26-27, 2019

Tfree, two-day event on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27, 2019.
he Salt Lake County (SLCO) Youth Government offers students an up-close look at government. It also provides opportunities to develop leadership and social skills through meetings with elected officials, volunteer and service projects, and special events like Legislative Day at the State Capitol. This year we will, once again, host a Summer Summit. It will be a

What is the purpose of the Summer Summit?
The focuses of the summit will be on teaching students how government works, how it serves our community, and about some real issues that currently impact the County. This is designed to be interactive and engaging; students will hear from a variety of leaders in Salt Lake County as well as participate in activities and discussions that reinforce the topics.

Who can attend?
Students entering grades 8-12 are welcome to apply; this includes students who attend public and private schools as well as those who are homeschooled.

Application/Registration Process
The Youth Government Summer Summit is an interactive event. Due to the design of the Summit, space is limited to 50 students. Students will be able to fill out the short application online between Monday, May 13 and Sunday, May 19. If we receive more than 50, we will use the applications to select the 50 students; applicants who aren’t selected will be placed on the wait list. We will send an email to all applicants by Wednesday, May 29 to let them know if they are officially registered or on the wait list.

Where can you find additional information?
Additional information, including the link to apply, is on the attached flyer. You are welcome to print and distribute it, forward it in an email, and/or distribute it in any other way you see fit. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you know specific people we should include in future communications.

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Pregnancy RiskLine/MotherToBaby 35th Anniversary Celebration


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Advocating for Prevention in Communities of Color: The Role of Providers Amid the Opioid Crisis

u s department of health and human services - office of minority health

Advocating for Prevention in Communities of Color: The Role of Providers Amid the Opioid Crisis

Monday, May 13, 2019
1:00-2:30 pm ET
This webinar is approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) for a total of one (1) continuing education credit hour (CECH) in health education.
One (1) CECH has been approved for advanced-level credit.
Register Here

Drug overdose deaths, including those involving opioids, continue to increase in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more than 130 people a day die from opioid-related drug overdoses. To further explore this epidemic, the Office of Minority Health is conducting a four-part webinar series for providers aimed at addressing and raising awareness about opioid-related disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations.
The first webinar, Advocating for Prevention in Communities of Color: The Role of Providers Amid the Opioid Crisis, will highlight key facts and statistics about opioid misuse and mortality, and the disparities that exist among racial and ethnic minority populations. Speakers will discuss principles, strategies and best practices for preventing opioid misuse and addiction. Additionally, they will provide information on the provider's role in culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention efforts.
  • Gain a better understanding of opioid misuse and addiction and its impact on racial-ethnic minority populations.
  • Increase awareness of principles, strategies and best practices for preventing opioid misuse and addiction in communities of color.
  • Identify and share resources for providers and other stakeholders to facilitate culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention efforts. 
CAPT Felicia Collins, MD, MPH, Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Amy Goldstein, Ph.D., Branch Chief, Prevention Research Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Danica Brown, Behavioral Health Manager, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Ingrid Binswanger, MD, MPH, MS, Senior Investigator, Institute for Health Research
Anh P. Nguyen, Ph.D., Research Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Health Research
Juliet Bui, MPA, MSW, Public Health Analyst, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

AGE WELL: A new healthy brain initiative from the UDOH Alzeimer's Disease and Related Dementias Program

The Utah Department of Health Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias program has rolled out its new Age Well campaign. This campaign focuses on getting your annual brain health check if you have concerns with your memory or thinking and especially during an Annual Wellness Visit provided by Medicare for those 65 years of age and older. 

The University of Utah Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR) is playing a vital role in Utah’s healthy brain initiative by supporting the Age Well campaign and offering family-oriented, interdisciplinary cognitive specialty team care with a proactive prevention focus. CACIR also offers meetings with a Family Support Advisor that helps families plan for necessary lifestyle changes, reduce stress, optimize care, and improve quality of life conserving resources for families caring for someone with memory loss.  

The goals of a visit with CACIR are: 
1) determine the cause of symptoms and how they affect you as accurately as possible; 
2) develop a care plan to avoid disease complications and crises, and 
3) use the results of your evaluation to design care to meet your individual circumstances and wishes.  

CACIR works with some insurance plans but is also funded by grants, foundations, and private donations. A referral is not necessary to meet with the Family Support Advisor team and grant funding may be available to cover these costs.  For more information and resources on the Age Well campaign please visit Please call 801-585-7575 to set up an appointment with a Family Support Advisor. 

OHD and Team Smile team up to offer free dental services to local elementary school children

Team Smile event at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 11.
OHD has been working with Team Smile, a national organization who partners with professional sports teams throughout the country, to deliver a day of free dental care to underserved children.  For the past four years, Team Smile has been working with the Utah Jazz organization to bus children from local schools to the arena for a day of free dental care and fun with the Jazz mascot, dancers and former Utah Jazz player and icon Thurl Bailey. 

OHD initiated contact with Team Smile and linked them with the Granite School District to coordinate the participation of two schools on the west side of their district.  On April 11, along with volunteer oral health professionals and other volunteers, OHD helped Team Smile to provide 250 children with preventive and restorative oral health services. OHD has helped to solidify this partnership between Team Smile and the Granite School District so that they can return each year to offer this event.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. During this month, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and raise awareness about the health disparities that impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1 in 2 Asian Americans is living with diabetes and Pacific Islanders are 2.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.
This year, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will focus its efforts on staying active and healthy and raising awareness about diabetes and the effects on the AAPI community. Visit the AAPI Heritage Month web page for downloadable materials, upcoming events and health resources.

Medically Complex Children’s Waiver Opens Enrollment

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Media Contact:
Kolbi Young

News Advisory

Medically Complex Children’s Waiver Opens Enrollment 
Medicaid Program Now Accepting Applications for 100 New Participants

What: The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Medically Complex Children’s Waiver will open enrollment today and accept applications until Wednesday, May 31.  This program is intended to serve children with disabilities and complex medical conditions, providing them access to respite services, as well as traditional Medicaid services. 

Why: The UDOH has determined that current program funding will support an additional 100 children. Children currently participating in the program will not need to re-apply. 

Who: In order to qualify for this program, a child must:

  • Be age 0-18
  • Have three or more specialty physicians
  • Have three or more organ systems involvement
  • Demonstrate a level of medical complexity based on a combination of the need for device-based supports, high utilization of medical therapies, and treatments and frequent need for medical intervention
  • Not meet age-appropriate milestones for their activities of daily living, including eating, toileting, dressing, bathing, and mobility
  • Have a disability determined by the State Medical Review Board

When: The program will accept applications from May 1 through May 31. Applicants will not be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.  Once the application period ends, if more applications are received than spots available, UDOH clinical staff will review the applications and base entrance into the program on the highest medical complexity and critical needs of the family, as identified through the application process.

Where: Apply online at or print an application and submit by fax (801-323-1593) or by mail (UDOH, Medically Complex Children’s Waiver, DMHF, PO Box 143112, Salt Lake City, UT 84114). To be considered for the program, applications must be received or postmarked on or before Friday, May 31.