Friday, August 30, 2019

Counting a Diverse Nation: Disaggregating Data on Race and Ethnicity to Advance a Culture of Health

Cover for Counting a Diverse Nation: Disaggregating Data on Race and Ethnicity to Advance a Culture of HealthThis report discusses current and recommended methods for collecting and analyzing data about race and ethnicity, particularly for under-reported minorities such as Asians/Pacific Islanders and AI/AN, as well as government policies that enable and enhance data disaggregation. Read full report (PDF).

Thursday, August 29, 2019

NIHWebinar: Mass Incarceration, Housing, and HIV/STI Risk for Women

Register at

AHEC Annual Primary Care Summit

Annual Primary Care Summit
October 18, 2019 8:30-4:00
Cultural Celebration Center
West Valley, Utah

Please join Utah AHEC for the 4th Annual Primary Care Summit where primary care stakeholders from across the state of Utah will share perspectives on primary care workforce concerns, celebrate accomplishments from the past year, and continue the discussion on a comprehensive statewide strategic plan to address the glaring shortages in Utah’s primary care workforce.

Breakfast and lunch will be served. 

Register here and please feel free to share this invitation with those who would be interested! We are also excited to offer free registration to community health workers.

Also, if you would like to nominate a preceptor for our Preceptor of the Year Award that will be given at our Primary Care Summit, please click here.

Julie Koldewyn, MS
AHEC Coordinator

Division of Public Health
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
375 Chipeta Way, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT  84108
(801) 581-6368

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

RWJF Funding Opportunity: Measuring the Impact of Community Base-Building

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Powerlessness is a substantial barrier to advancing health equity. When underserved and historically marginalized communities are left out of decision-making, how can they improve their own health and the health of their communities?  
Community Power: Measuring the Impact of Community-Based Base-Building CFP.While many grassroots-led organizations are working to influence community conditions and the factors that shape health and well-being, there is a lot to learn about the processes, infrastructure, and relational networks that drive their systems change. RWJF is looking to work with community-based organizations and researchers to measure and understand how groups build power to address the inequitable conditions they see and experience in their neighborhoods and daily lives.

Up to $1 million for as many as six projects is available.

Homeowner or Renter? What You Need to Know About Wealth

Many U.S. Households Do Not Have Biggest Contributors to Wealth

Home Buyers
Wealth inequality between homeowners and renters is striking: Homeowners' median net worth is 80 times larger than renters' median net worth.
That’s just one of the findings of a recent U.S. Census Bureau report and detailed tables on household wealth in 2015 that reveals wide variations across demographic and socioeconomic groups.

Read More

CDC webinar: Strategies for Addressing Vaccine Misinformation in the Practice

Strategies for Addressing Vaccine Misinformation in the Practice

August 28, 2019
1-2 pm ET


With the recent outbreaks of measles across the U.S., ensuring parents have access to accurate and credible information about vaccines is key to increasing vaccine acceptance. As a trusted source of information about vaccines, healthcare professionals can play a key role in establishing trust and educating parents and patients on the important role that vaccines play in protecting against serious diseases. 

In this webinar, practicing healthcare professionals will share their evidence-based strategies for recommending vaccines and addressing vaccine hesitancy in their practice. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will provide opening remarks about the agency’s efforts to address vaccine misinformation and the important role that healthcare professionals can play in addressing vaccine misinformation. 

Chanie Sternberg, President & CEO of RefuahHealth Center, and Dr. Corinna Manini, Refuah’s Chief Medical Officer, have worked to cultivate trust with parents and patients in their practice to reassure them that vaccines are safe and effective. RefuahHealth Center is a federally-qualified health center in New York that serves patients in communities affected by ongoing measles outbreaks. Dr. Todd Wolynn, is a practicing pediatrician and CEO at Kids Plus Pediatrics in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Wolynn has been a vocal advocate for the importance of effective communication to address parental hesitancy about vaccines.


  • Understand the role healthcare professionals can play in addressing vaccine misinformation
  • Describe evidence-based approaches to recommending vaccines
  • Describe strategies to foster support for vaccination among all staff in the practice
  • Highlight available resources to assist healthcare professionals in making effective vaccine recommendations


  • Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Chanie Sternberg, President & CEO, RefuahHealth Center
  • Dr. Corinna Manini, Chief Medical Officer, RefuahHealth Center
  • Dr. Todd Wolynn, CEO, Kids Plus Pediatrics

Monday, August 26, 2019

RWJF Funding: Research addressing health care cost

Expanding costs coversations between patients and doctors.
Cost of health care remains a significant barrier for a large portion of the population-even for individuals who have low cost-sharing through their health plan. In a 2018 national survey, 64% of patients reported they have delayed or skipped care within the past year because the cost would be too high.

RWJF is funding new research to test emerging best practices for increasing the frequency and quality of conversations about cost between clinicians and patients, which is one promising strategy for addressing patients' cost concerns. Cost of care conversations can also give clinicians a better understanding of patients' social needs, such as housing and transportation, that affect their ability to access care.

This research will call attention to consumer perspectives and focus on populations most at risk of suffering health inequities. Up to $2.4 million is available.

Do you have questions about the application process, deadline, or who should apply? Attend the applicant webinar on September 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET.

Job opportunity: Bilingual Community Outreach Coordinator Position with University of Utah Health Plans

Job Information

Health Plans Community Outreach Coordinator in Murray
As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA
This position for use in Health Plans Departments only.
The Health Plans Community Outreach Coordinator serves as a community based member advocate and resource. The position implements strategies for the promotion and expansion of health plans services and products for specific target groups, including community services and businesses.

Social Investors Forum


Social Investors Forum

Applications are OPEN for our Fall 2019 Social Investors Forum! Finalists will have the opportunity to pitch - Shark Tank-style - to our Investment Committee, who can award loans, grants, or mentorship to organizations with innovative programming that are committed to improving the quality of life for Utahns.

Learn more about the Social Investors Forum or apply on our website.

Utah Cancer Action Network Conference 2019, September 27

Salt Lake City hosts the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference Aug 26-28

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Intersection of Homelessness and Human Trafficking Training/ New HT Report Department of Transportation Inbox x

NHTTAC Webinar: Intersection of Homelessness and Human Trafficking
This webinar will be held September 4th from 12-1:30pm MT, addressing the correlation between homelessness and human trafficking. The presenters Jean Bruggeman of Freedom Network USA, Julia Einbond of Covenant House, Nat Kinnicutt, a leading expert, and Alison Lannarone of Covenant House New Jersey will highlight research and best practices for providing housing in this intersection. Register here.
US Deptartment of Transportation Publishes First Human Trafficking Report
The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) formed an Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking in 2018 comprised of 15 members.  The committee was tasked with identifying best practices and providing recommendations to the agency on data collection, information-sharing, technology, legislative and administrative changes that will improve the transportation sector's counter-trafficking efforts.  Their final report was submitted to Secretary Cho on July 2nd and outlines the recommendations of the advisory committee.

Extragenital Screening and EPT: Missing Infections in Utah's Priority Populations Webinar

Walk to Fight Suicide

RWJF Funding Opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
A pre-schooler sits at a table eating apples.Federal nutrition policies are vital in providing low-income families with access to food and eliminating hunger around the country. However, there are still several barriers preventing families from accessing key programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

RWJF is funding new research to build evidence on the barriers faced by low-income families with young children when it comes to obtaining nutrition support benefits.

Academic institutions, public entities and private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations are all encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity.

We will be making up to 10 awards ranging from $50,000 to $500,000.  Do you think you could be a part of this important work?  

Census 101: Training and Overview

2019 Move Utah Summit

The Move Utah Summit will bring together key decision-makers in Utah’s transportation and health sectors to focus on building active, healthy and connected communities. The summit will provide unique opportunities for attendees to learn what they can do to make a difference.
For more information, including the event agenda and sponsors, visit

Thursday, August 15, 2019

2020 Culture of Health Prize from RWJF

Advances Newsletter2020 Culture of Health Prize

Is your community working to expand opportunities across all the factors that influence health, including jobs, education, housing, and transportation? Are you embracing local data and applying resources in ways that give all residents the chance to thrive?

Teens at a council meeting.We want to hear how your community is working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all. Up to 10 communities will each be awarded the $25,000 RWJF Culture of Health Prize and the chance to share their accomplishments and lessons learned with the nation.

Tell us your story >

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lead Free Utah Event

Lead Free Utah: Improving Lead Testing and 
Reporting in Utah’s Children

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wheeler Historic Farm - FREE

Looking for a FREE ABP MOC Part 4 QI project?
  • Earn 25 MOC Part 4 credits when you test your 1 and 2-year-old parents for lead exposure, report results to the state, track your data and give appropriate follow-up
  • Earn up to 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM and 5 MOC Part 2 Points by attending our FREE one-day educational conference on lead to give you all the tools you need to start testing for lead exposure*
  • Attend if you are just interested in learning about lead exposure and testing
  • Offered in partnership with the Salt Lake County Health Department, Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment, Salt Lake County Housing, and Community Development, American Academy of Pediatrics, Utah Chapter, the Utah Lead Coalition, with support from a CDC and AAP grant
  • Light breakfast and lunch will be served

For more information or to register please visit:

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Life-Saving Naloxone from Pharmacies: CDC Vital Signs Report

Video: Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

Video: August 2019 Life-Saving Naloxone from Pharmacies

About 48,000 US drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2017. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Pharmacists and other healthcare providers play a critical role in ensuring patients receive naloxone. Many states have laws that allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription (called standing orders), which have contributed to lowering deaths. Dispensing has increased in recent years, but more work needs to be done, particularly in rural counties.

Key Points:

  • The number of prescriptions for naloxone doubled from 2017 to 2018. 
  • Only 1 naloxone prescription is dispensed for every 70 high-dose opioid prescriptions. 
  • Rural counties are nearly 3 times more likely to be ranked low dispensing than metropolitan counties.
Vital Signs is a monthly report that appears as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

HHS Awards Nearly $400 Million to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $400 million to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. The investments will enable HRSA-funded community health centers, rural organizations, and academic institutions to establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services. The awards support HHS's Five-Point Opioid Strategy, introduced under President Trump in 2017. The number of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction at HRSA-funded health centers increased 142 percent from 2016 to 2018 and, since President Trump took office, the number of patients receiving buprenorphine, a common form of MAT, has increased 28 percent.
“Health centers and behavioral health providers are on the front lines of the fight against the opioid crisis and substance abuse, especially in rural communities,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “With our evidence-based strategy, HHS is working to support local communities in fighting back against substance abuse, and our united efforts are yielding results. Together, we can end our country’s opioid crisis and lay a foundation for a healthier country where every American can access the mental healthcare they need.”
HRSA is awarding more than $200 million to 1,208 health centers across the nation to increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health services, including the prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder through the Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program.
In addition to HRSA’s investments in community health centers, HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is awarding more than $111 million to 96 rural organizations across 37 states as part of its Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative.  These funds, which also include an evaluation of the initiative, will strengthen rural communities’ capacity to provide needed SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services and build the evidence base for interventions that are effective in rural settings.
HRSA is also awarding nearly $70 million to Opioid Workforce Expansion Programs (OWEP) for Professionals and Paraprofessionals to fund 64 grantees and over $17 million to Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program to fund 49 grantees.
Please find a link to the full press release here.
Secretary Azar’s remarks can be found here.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Back to School Brush- Up: FREE Dental Screening and Cleaning

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness MonthAugust is National Immunization Awareness Month. This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is raising awareness about the importance of immunizations in preventing disease and saving lives.
Vaccines are often associated with children. However, CDC is encouraging communities across the nation to use this month to help raise awareness about the important role immunization plays in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan. Vaccines can save the lives of seniors, mothers, adolescents, those who travel internationally and individuals who work as health care providers and are at a high-risk for contracting diseases.
It is important to make sure children are vaccinated before the back-to-school rush. Immunizations ensure your child’s long-term health while also protecting the health of classmates, friends, family and others in the community. You can start by following CDC’s recommended immunization schedule.
For more information on resources, programs and partnerships that aim to increase vaccination rates among minority populations, visit the CDC website or

Learn More

Monday, August 5, 2019

Summer Readers Receive Free Admission During Library Days at the Natural History Museum of Utah

August 2, 2019

Contact: Jeff Buydos—801.944.7522

Summer Readers Receive Free Admission During Library Days at the 
Natural History Museum of Utah

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah­­—Participants who completed the County Library’s Summer Reading Program will receive free admission during Library Days at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center at the University of Utah.

Entrance during Library Days will include the many interactive exhibits the museum has to offer, as well as a scavenger hunt, crafts, Music and Movement and a visit with Owlexander, the County Library’s mascot. A special Adult Night includes backroom tours that will provide attendees with exclusive access to minerals and fossils cared for by the museum. The Grey Hounds will perform as part of Blues and BBQ during Adult Night. Food will be available for purchase. Parking may be limited.

“We’re extremely excited to once again partner with the Natural History Museum of Utah to reward summer readers of all ages,” said County Library Outreach Manager, Stephanie Anderson. “We’re both thrilled so many people in Salt Lake County read, created, learned, played and connected during this year’s Summer Reading Program.”

Finishers can pick up their free ticket to Library Days by taking their completed Reading Record to any open County Library branch. All Summer Reading Challenge participants will receive $2 off admission through September 30, 2019 by simply showing their library cards.

For a calendar of events at the County Library, please visit Please visit for a calendar of events at the Natural History Museum of Utah.

WHAT: Library Days at the Natural History Museum of Utah
WHEN: Saturday, August 10, 10 am–5 pm
Sunday, August 11, 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday, August 14, 5–9 pm (Adult Night)
WHERE: Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City


2019 Advance Care Planning Summit


Thursday, August 1, 2019

UTA Change Day- August 11

Sunday, August 11 is UTA Change Day. Three times a year, UTA tweaks the schedules, adding and subtracting service, bumping the times and seasonally adjusting routes.

To check if your route has been affected, go to