Thursday, June 27, 2019

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day- Annual County & State Data Lauch

To commemorate National HIV Testing Day, AIDSVu released the annual update of its interactive maps and data at the county- and state-levels this morning, illustrating the impact of HIV across the United States and continuing its commitment to provide public health officials, policymakers, healthcare professionals, researchers, and community leaders with a more comprehensive view of the HIV epidemic. We ask for your support in sharing this valuable information with your colleagues and networks. Below you’ll find the formal eBlast announcement for easy sharing.

Our annual update includes:
  • Updated state- and county-level data showing HIV prevalence (2016) and new HIV diagnoses (year-over-year for 2008 to 2017);
  • Updated mortality data at the state-level, showing rates and number of deaths that occurred among people with diagnosed HIV (2016);
  • Updated state-level PrEP rates and users data (2018), which can be stratified by age and sex, as well be compared to social determinants of health data;
  • Enhanced state local data profiles including new diagnoses and HIV care continuum data; and
  • Enhanced HIV prevention, testing, and Ryan White care services, as well as locations of housing opportunities for persons with AIDS and NIH-funded HIV prevention, vaccine, and treatment trial locations.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Opioid Prevention Specialist Position with UDOH

Department of Health has recruitment open for the following position:

Overdose Prevention Specialist
$21.43 - $28.00

This is a full-time, career service position with benefits.
Requisition #   20078
Closes:   06/26/2019 at 11:59 pm MST 

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

RWJF Funding Opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Good nutrition is important to health at every stage of life. But often people from lower-income communities and communities of color lack access to healthy, affordable foods and beverages and the opportunity to make healthy choices. As a result, low-income families are disproportionately impacted by higher rates of obesity and other poor health outcomes.

There are many factors that contribute to this inequity in access to nutritious food items and the ability to make healthy choices, including the communities and neighborhoods where families live, education, access to good jobs with fair pay, and income. Helping low-income families build healthy habits must involve addressing these broader factors that underlie unhealthy eating.

Healthy Eating Research, an RWJF national program, is funding grants for research that will help reduce inequities in access to healthy foods and beverages and the underlying factors that contribute to those inequities, to ensure that all families and young children (0-8), particularly those from lower-income communities and communities of color, can build healthy eating habits. A total of $2.7 million in funding is available for approximately 11 research projects spread across three award types.

All studies must have the potential to impact groups at highest risk for poor health and well-being, and nutrition-related health disparities. Does your research qualify?

Do you have questions? Attend the optional applicant webinar on June 25 at 3 p.m. ET.

Utah’s Every Kid Outdoors Summer Kick-Off June 21

Utah’s Every Kid Outdoors Summer Kick-Off
When: Friday June 21, 2019 4-6 pm  
Where: Taylorsville Walmart Supercenter
Find more details and register here!
Join the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation (OOR), WalmartLifetime Products, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake City, local officials, booths, kids, families and more for the special launch of Utah's Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Initiative.
Check out fun games, music, special speakers, snacks and more during this FREE event! This family friendly event will celebrate the OOR's new EKO Initiative which inspires kids to head outside and try some outdoor recreation activities. Grab an EKO Explorer Activity Passport to complete with your family this summer!

CHW Section Meeting

Funding Opportunity: Supporting Maternal Health Innovation Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently released a funding opportunity to reduce maternal mortality and improve maternal health.  The State MHI Program is being established to assist states in collaborating with maternal health experts, and optimizing resources to implement state-specific actions that address disparities in maternal health and improve maternal health outcomes, including the prevention and reduction of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (SMM).  Applications are due July 15, 2019.

Eligible applicants include any domestic public or private entity.  Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply.  For the purpose of this funding opportunity, applicants should propose projects that involve collaboration with a state or group of states to strengthen state-level capacity in achieving program aims. A letter of support and planned participation to evidence this relationship should be included as Attachment 4.

More information, including the a link to the full Notice of Funding Opportunity and a contact person for the funding opportunity, is available at:

If you would like to be connected with state maternal health and mortality contacts regarding related state-level efforts please contact Dianna Frick with the HRSA Office of Regional Operations-Denver at

Monday, June 17, 2019

2019 Census Webinar Series: Free Online Trainings on How to Access and Use our Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct a series of free data access webinars to all interested data users. Attendees will learn how to access demographic, socioeconomic, housing and business data from the Decennial CensusAmerican Community SurveyLocal Employment DynamicsEconomic Programs and more.
When: April 1 – June 28, 2019
To learn about and register for our webinars, visit Census Academy.

Pain in the Nation Issue Brief: Alcohol and Drug Misuse, Suicide – the Impact on Millennials

Pain in the Nation Issue Brief:
Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide and the Millennial Generation — a Devastating Impact
This issue brief, focused on the Millennial Generation, is a continuation of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust’sPain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises series. The Pain in the Nation series helps inform and create a comprehensive National Resilience Strategy.
This brief is focused on Millennials for numerous reasons: Millennials are dying due to alcohol and drug misuse and suicide in record numbers. Millennials are more than one-third of the workforce, they are the largest proportion of Americans serving in the military. About a quarter lack health insurance, many are burden by education debt, and, many are or will be parents responsible for the well-being of young children.

Parent Orientation for College Students at White Horse High School

Free Dental & Medical Health Fair in Box Elder County

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Utah Department of Health Job Opportunity

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

Health Program Manager I – Managed Health Care
$23.89 - $37.90

This is a full-time position with benefits.

Requisition #   20129

Closes:   06/24/2019 at 11:59 pm MST

In order to be considered for an interview for these positions, you will need to apply on-line at  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account at

Monday, June 10, 2019

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavior Health Professionals E-Learning Program

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is launching the Improving Cultural Competency for Behavior Health Professionals e-learning program. The free online program for behavioral health professionals is designed to enhance knowledge and skill levels as it relates to culturally and linguistically appropriate services. The e-learning program will cover:
    Think Cultural Health E-Learning Program
  • The connection between culture and behavioral health
  • The impact of cultural identity on interactions with clients
  • Ways to engage, assess, and treat clients from diverse backgrounds
Behavioral health professionals can earn up to five continuing education hours upon the completion of the self-paced program, which is accredited for counselors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. The e-learning program will be available on the Think Cultural Health website. Other free accredited e-learning programs include:

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2019 Utah Safety Week Diversity Forum

Friday, June 7, 2019

Call for Applications - CCTS Translational Research Community Initiated Pilot Program Grant

The Community Initiated Pilot Program focuses on community-identified health-related needs and encourages collaborations between community organizations and researchers.
Eligible projects are those that involve collaboration between at least one leader of a community organization in Utah, and at least one researcher that is affiliated with a Utah CCTS Organization, which include University of Utah, Utah Department of Health, Veterans Affairs – Salt Lake City, Intermountain Healthcare, or HealthInsight.  

Attached is the full funding opportunity and requirements for this grant. Those interested can contact Sarah Elliott, CCTS Grants and Contracts Officer, or 801-213-1504 to discuss the funding mechanism.

Important Deadlines:
Joint Letter of Intent:  August 31, 2019
Application Due Date:    November 15, 2019
Earliest Project State date:     March 1, 2020

The letter of intent will be sent by email to The full application process will occur through Competition Space, which can be accessed at the following link:

For any questions, please contact Sarah Elliott, CCTS Grants and Contracts Officer, at or 801-213-1504.

Opioid Town Hall at Taylorsville Library on June 18th, 2019

After our success with the first Opioid Town Hall in Salt Lake City...we are hosting a second town hall at the Taylorsville Library on June 18th, 2019.

Have you, your family, business or community been affected by the Opioid Epidemic? Have you wanted to understand more about what you can do and have your voice heard? This event is for you and we would like to invite you to attend this town hall. 

What: This is an opportunity to share your ideas and concerns as to how the opioid epidemic is affecting your community. This meeting will focus on the needs of Salt Lake County and its unique challenges in relation to the opioid crisis. 

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 4-6pm (light refreshments served)

Where: Taylorsville Library, 4870 S 2700W, Salt Lake City, UT 84129

Who should attend: Business owners, law enforcement, EMS, community council members, neighborhood groups, community members, faith leaders, community-based organizations, and other community leaders and decision makers. 

Why should I attend: Your feedback is very valuable for shaping the policies and local community resources towards our goal of reducing deaths due to the use of prescription or illicit opioids. If you missed our first Town Hall this is the right time to attend as this will be our last for the Salt Lake.

Pre-Survey: In order to better guide the Opioid Town Hall discussion and focus on the issues you are facing, we would like you to complete a very short, completely anonymous survey - 
English VersionSpanish Version. It will only take an estimated 2-5 minutes to complete. 

Please also forward this invitation to other Salt Lake City leaders and/or residents you think may be interested in attending or providing feedback.  

RSVP: Please RSVP for the event here Taylorsville Opioid Town Hall

Contact for more information.

Hosted by: Utah Department of Health; Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health; Utah State University Extension; Department of JusticeDEA 360; Salt Lake County Health Department; Utah Coalition for Opioid Overdose Prevention

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

REGISTRATION OPEN for Region 8 Summit-Healthy Transitions: Partnering with Youth and Young Adults in Salt Lake City

Region 8 Summit-Healthy Transitions: Partnering with Youth and Young Adults
July 30-31, 2019
Utah State Library-Program for the Blind and Disabled
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Summit will provide tools and skill development to support the health and well-being of youth and young adults living in urban, rural and frontier, or tribal communities.  Throughout the Summit, participants will learn from the lived experience and expertise of young adults, including youth with special health care needs, sexual minorities, those living in non-traditional housing or who are homeless, and young people of color.  The Summit will also include national experts who will provide additional resources and information.
During the Summit, you will:
·       Develop skills for being an ally for youth and young adults within your organization and community
·       Learn evidence-based recommendations for increasing youth engagement and participation within your organization
·       Define health equity as it applies to providing public health services to youth and young adults
·       Identify resources available to support the development of systems and services to better engage and support youth and young adults  
The R8 Summit is a project of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 8 Interagency Adolescent and Young Adult Task Force. 

New Research Study Estimates Preventable Cancer Burden Linked to Poor Diet in the U.S.


NIMHD-Supported Research Study Estimates Preventable Cancer BurdenLinked to Poor Diet in the U.S.

The "Preventable Cancer Burden Associated with Poor Diet in the United States," published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), Cancer Spectrum, estimates that diet-related factors may account for 80,110 of the new invasive cancer cases reported in 2015 or 5.2 percent of that year’s total among U.S. adults. This is comparable to the cancer burden associated with alcohol, which is 4 to 6 percent. Excessive body weight, meanwhile, is associated with 7 to 8 percent of the cancer burden, and physical inactivity is associated with 2 to 3 percent.

“Our findings underscore the opportunity to reduce the cancer burden and disparities in the United States by improving food intake,” said first and corresponding author Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, a cancer and nutrition researcher at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, also supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01MD011501) and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R01HL115189).
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