Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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UDOH News Release: Utah Health Officials Announce Second Case of COVID-19

For Immediate Release
March 10, 2020

Media Contact:
COVID-19 Media Line
385-429-0015

Utah Health Officials Announce Second Case of COVID-19 

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and the Weber-Morgan Health Department (WMHD) today announced the state’s second case of COVID-19.

The patient resides within the Weber-Morgan health district, is older than 60, and is currently in serious, but stable, condition at Intermountain McKay Dee Hospital. Prior to becoming ill, the patient traveled extensively outside Utah and the U.S. and is believed to have been exposed to COVID-19 during those travels.

The UDOH and the WMHD are working to identify and contact anyone who may have been in close contact with the confirmed case. These individuals will be monitored by public health for fever and respiratory symptoms.

UDOH State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn will be available for interviews at 9:30 at the Cannon Health Building, room 129.

The patient’s sample was tested by the Utah Public Health Laboratory and is considered to be a “presumptive positive.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will conduct further confirmatory testing.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to what someone may be experiencing as the result of seasonal influenza – namely a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. These symptoms on their own are not worrisome and should not cause alarm. But if someone exhibits these symptoms who has recently traveled to areas with widespread COVID-19 illness or has been in close contact with a known positive case, that individual should immediately notify their health care provider, who will coordinate with the appropriate public health officials to determine next steps.

There is currently no vaccine or antiviral treatment available for coronavirus and it is flu and respiratory disease season. The UDOH recommends getting vaccinated for influenza, and taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs including regular hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or an elbow, and staying home when you’re sick. All nonessential travel to areas affected by COVID-19 is also discouraged.

More information about novel coronavirus can be found at coronavirus.utah.gov or at cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Employer Information Session

Coronavirus Employer Information Session
Employers, are you concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact your business?

Join us for a YouTube Live webcast where we’ll share information about protective measures you can take in the workplace.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox will lead the session and Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist from the Utah Department of Health, will address the outbreak, provide information and recommendations for Utah businesses.

The Utah Department of Health is monitoring the ongoing outbreak of novel (new) coronavirus that began in China and has subsequently spread to other countries. Utah employers may be concerned about the current situation, especially if they conduct business in mainland China or have employees or clients who have visited areas where the illness is widespread.

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Where: The public is invited to watch the YouTube Live video stream at utahgoed.info/coronavirus. The recorded session will be available at the same URL immediately following the live video stream.

Speakers
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox
  • Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist, Utah Department of Health
  • Val Hale, GOED executive director
  • Miles Hansen, president and CEO, World Trade Center Utah


Monday, March 9, 2020

Utah Community Action’s FREE HEAT Program is now year-round!

Utah Community Action’s FREE HEAT Program is now year-round!

Struggling with your power and gas bills? Utah Community Action’s HEAT program provides free utility assistance and budget counseling to residents of Salt Lake County at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Learn more, apply online, or call 801-521-6107.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, HIV Prevention Starts with Me: Ending the HIV Epidemic Together 

Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10
The HHS Office of Women's Health (OWH) recognizes March 10 as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in order to raise awareness about the need for all women, especially pregnant women, to be tested and treated for HIV.

For information and resources, please visit OWH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and HIV.gov.

Find an HIV testing site with GetTested.  

HHS Finalizes Historic Rules to Provide Patients More Control of Their Health Data


Today, HHS finalized two transformative rules that will give patients unprecedented safe, secure access to their health data. Interoperability has been pursued by multiple administrations and numerous laws, and today, these rules finally deliver on giving patients true access to their healthcare data to make informed healthcare decisions and better manage their care. Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of giving patients more control in healthcare, and patient control is at the center of the Trump administration’s work toward a value-based healthcare system.

The two rules, issued by the ONC and CMS, implement interoperability and patient access provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) and support President Trump’s MyHealthEData initiative. MyHealthEData is designed to empower patients around a common aim - giving every American access to their medical information so they can make better healthcare decisions.

To read the HHS press release, please visit: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/03/09/hhs-finalizes-historic-rules-to-provide-patients-more-control-of-their-health-data.html

For more information on the ONC final rule, please visit: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=f38dbe61-afd9974a-f38d8f5e-0cc47a6d17cc-bffa0ac2011a7cad&u=https://healthit.gov/curesrule

For more information on the CMS final rule, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/interoperability-and-patient-access-fact-sheet

To view the CMS final rule, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index

To view the ONC final rule, please visit: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=f9e21b2d-a5b63206-f9e22a12-0cc47a6d17cc-f19fbf5cef959860&u=https://healthit.gov/curesrule

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Coronavirus – Latest Information

Current Situation

The Utah Department of Health is actively monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to expand in China and other countries. 
NO CASES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED IN UTAH. Only cases diagnosed in Utah will be counted as Utah cases. Although, the UDOH has investigated, and ruled out, several potential cases. Utah’s disease surveillance system is working as designed, as public health officials and health care providers are coordinating to identify and investigate potential cases.
While the origin of this particular outbreak can be traced back to China, it would be grossly inappropriate, not to mention medically ineffective, to ostracize anyone from our communities or exclude anyone from our places of public gathering based on their race, nationality, or ethnicity.
Many rumors related to COVID-19 circulating on social media are false or contain misinformation. People should be skeptical of rumors they hear on social media that aren’t being reported by reputable health organizations or mainstream media outlets and should not share or repost items unless they are able to confirm that they are true. False and inaccurate social media posts can cause a great deal of harm.
Even though this is a worrisome public health situation, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general public is believed to be low. We can all contribute to a healthy community, and we appreciate your willingness to help protect the public health in Utah.

What’s Happening in Utah

The Utah Department of Health is working with local health departments, healthcare providers, and other public health partners throughout the state to monitor illness associated with this new coronavirus and to prevent further spread.
The Department has activated its Incident Command System in order to ensure effective communication and coordination with all involved agencies.
While there are currently no confirmed cases in Utah, the UDOH will actively track potential cases as they occur in Utah and will reach out to local health departments and clinicians for assistance to determine the scope of this outbreak and provide technical assistance as necessary.

What’s Happening Nationally

Cases of COVID-19 infection in travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been seen among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan, but at this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.
Currently, passenger screening is ongoing at airports where most travelers returning from China enter the country. The CDC is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to expand entry health screening for travelers from Wuhan, China.
Public health entry screening is part of a layered approach that, when used with other public health measures already in place to detect ill arriving travelers, can slow and reduce the spread of disease into the United States.
Public health entry screening alone is not a guarantee against the possible importation of this new virus, but is an important public health tool during this period of uncertainty and part of a multilayered response strategy.
Travel into and out of Wuhan, China has been restricted. The number of travelers coming into the U.S. should decline and further reduce the potential for spread of illness.

Utah 2020 Census website is up!


Utah has an estimated 3.21 million people

The amount of federal funding Utah receives for healthcare, education, and transportation is dependent on census participation. In recent years that funding accounted for 28% of the state budget.

The website is up and running, check it out!


https://census2020.utah.gov/

RWJF: Build a healthy community in the 2020's

Advances Newsletter

Build a healthy community in the 2020s
Group dancing in the street.
We combed through our research and identified the top five things your community can do to thrive in the next decade:
  1. Set a shared vision
  2. Use big data locally
  3. Practice resiliency
  4. Foster radical collaboration
  5. Lift up marginalized communities
Set your community up for success by taking on one or more of these strategies to promote health equity.
Read about what we've learned >

Adult Expansion Medicaid Training for Community Partners


Come learn about the new Adult Expansion Medicaid in Utah
Did you know there is a new Medicaid program for adults? More Utah adults have access to Medicaid than ever before! Please join us for a one-hour training for community agencies and partners to learn more about Adult Expansion Medicaid. Come learn about the program and eligibility requirements so you can help inform and educate your community about this free or low-cost health coverage.

Date And Time

Thu, March 19, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT

Location
Cannon Health Building room 128
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Registration for the Healthy People 2030 Launch Event on March 31, 2020 is now open!

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Registration for the Healthy People 2030 Launch Event on March 31, 2020 is now open!

Registration is available in person or via webcast.   Link to the Healthy People 2030 Launch Eventbrite Registration Site

UDOH Job Posting: Bureau of Financial Services

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

Financial Manager II
$27.77 - $44.06

This is a full time, career service position with benefits.
                
Requisition #   23181

Closes:   03/15/2020 at 11:59 pm MST
  
In order to be considered for an interview for this position, you will need to apply on-line at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah.  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Census Bureau Reaches Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders Through Music

Kalenakū Singing and Playing Piano

New Video Features Award-Winning NHPI Musicians to Promote 2020 Census

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) share a common bond and heritage. But whether they live in Hawaii, on another island or on the mainland of the United States, the NHPI community is also connected through its traditional music.

The video was shot in Honolulu, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and New York City.

Read more.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Zero Fatalities Safety Summit in Layton

The Zero Fatalities Safety Summit is the premier safety event in Utah. The Summit occurs once every two years and is a unique opportunity for safety officials and advocates to network with each other and share best practices that enhance safety on our roads.

The Summit fosters interactive discussions with participants on a variety of topics, including safety education programs, teen driving, impaired driving, engineering, safety restraint systems, the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, crash data, enforcement, and other topics.

March 31-April 2, 2020
Davis Conference Center, Layton Utah

We can achieve our goal of Zero Fatalities on Utah’s roads if we each do our part. Small changes can add up to zero. Do your part now by registering for the Safety Summit.

UDOH Job Opportunities

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

Prior Authorization Nurse Reviewer
$26.04 - $39.09

This is a full time, career service position with benefits.

Requisition #   22790

Closes:   03/08/2020 at 11:59 pm MST

In order to be considered for an interview for this position, you will need to apply on-line at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah.  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.
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Health Program Specialist II – Provider Enrollment
$17.68 - $31.25

This is a full time, career service position with benefits.


Requisition #   22618


Closes:   03/04/2020 at 11:59 pm MST



In order to be considered for an interview for this position, you will need to apply on-line at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah.  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Network with Recruiters. Register Today for HRSA Virtual Job Fair!

HRSA Health Workforce

March 4, 2020

6:45 - 10:45 PM ET

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Use a computer, smart phone, or tablet with Internet to access the virtual job fair

Create Your Profile

Create a profile on the Health Workforce Connector to help recruiters learn more about you.
With more than 6,000 job opportunities throughout 23,000+ organizations, the Connector helps future and current health professionals find careers in underserved communities.
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watch video about the benefits of attending a HRSA virtual job fair

Webinar: Jump into Action with the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map

Public Health Events

Reminder for Upcoming Webinar: Fab 5: Jump into Action with the HBI Road Map
Register Online ButtonMore than ever before, state and local public health agencies are jumping into action on Alzheimer’s and other dementias. How can you successfully tip-off your agency’s efforts to quickly and strategically prepare your communities for the growing burden of dementia? Join us for Fab 5: Jump into Action with the HBI Road Map on Monday, February 24 from 2:00—3:00 pm ET, a live webcast with national and state public health experts. Please register in advance.

Our Fab 5 presenters will provide a fast-paced lay of the court, with assists on the top five public health issues in the Healthy Brain Initiative — State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018-2023 Road Map. For each issue — risk reduction, early detection, caregiving, workforce, and data and evidence — participants will learn: accompanying HBI Road Map actions, examples from public health agencies, resources available to make implementing the HBI Road Map easy and efficient, and a tip based on lessons learned.
Be sure to register in advance and share this announcement with colleagues.

Intellectual/Developmental Disability and Mental Health Training Opportunities in Southeast Utah

Intellectual/Developmental Disability and Mental Health Best Practices
April 20, 8a-5p
Ramada 838 Westwood Blvd. Price
Cost: $15, lunch included
Sponsors: Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the National Association for Dual Diagnosis (NAAD)
The Department of Human Services and the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council are pleased to announce a free one-day event for professionals and families who work with and support people with intellectual/developmental disability and mental health (IDD/MH) needs. A NADD certified speaker will present multiple important topics:; Introduction to IDD/MH; Bio-Psycho-Social Model of Assessment; Adapting Psychotherapy Practices for People with IDD; Best Practice Competencies; Inter-system Collaboration; How to Advocate and Impact State and National Policy; Considerations in working with Children vs. Adults. Space is limited. Register
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Intellectual/Developmental Disability and Mental Health Train the Trainer
April 21-23, 8a-5p
Ramada 838 Westwood Blvd. Price
Cost: Free
Sponsors: Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the National Association for Dual Diagnosis (NAAD)
The Department of Human Services and the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council are pleased to announce a free three-day train the trainer for professionals working with and supporting people with intellectual/developmental disability and mental health (IDD/MH) needs. Course expertise provided by NADD, thenadd.org. Commitment to provide trainings is expected. Space is limited. Please email Kelly Thomson for more information and to reserve a seat. 
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Libby Oseguera
Executive Director
Utah Developmental Disabilities Council 
(801) 245-7352 | Loseguera@utah.gov

Emergency Fund Assistance Opportunity for Survivors

The Salt Lake Domestic Violence Coalition offers an emergency survivor fund of up to $200 per client. Referrals must come from a professional working with the survivor (domestic violence service provider, case manager, victim advocate, etc). The guidelines and request instructions are listed on the website: http://sldvc.org/emergency-assistance/ 

Funds are available for clients on a first come first serve basis until the funds run out. It is a great option for items, services, rental applications, and all other immediate needs that often don't fit into funding programs with more specific guidelines and requirements. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

APPLICATION OPEN: National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs

The application cycle is open!

Accepting applications through
Thursday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. ET

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) opened its application for three loan repayment programs: the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program.
NHSC 2020 LRP Comparison GraphicFind which one is right for you:
Visit the NHSC website to review the Application and Program Guidance (APG) documents and learn more about eligibility and specific disciplines. Each program has a different APG with the detailed information you need to apply, including eligibility requirements, site information, documentation, and service requirements. Read the APG carefully before you start your application.

Application Help

NHSC is hosting a webinar and Q & A sessions to review program requirements and answer applicant questions.
NHSC Loan Repayment Programs Application Webinar Thursday, March 5
1:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Access Link    
Dial-in: 800-857-1286
Participant Code:  8178562 
NHSC Loan Repayment Programs Application Online Q & A Sessions
March 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 9, 16, & 21
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
Access Link