Thursday, September 20, 2018

Cognitive Care Conference October 5th at South Town Expo Center


Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids

The Surgeon General released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids, a condensed document with opioid-relevant content from the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. The Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. 
The Surgeon General also released a digital postcard which is a call to action to the general public.  Learn and share the 5 actions every person can do to stem the opioid epidemic.

Webinar Series: Innovative Funding Approaches to Promote Health Equity

Taking Action to Promote Health Equity Series, Part 2:
Show Me the Money—Innovative Funding Approaches to Promote Health Equity

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
10 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific
1 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern

Dialogue4HealthThis is the second installment of TFAH’s 4-part Web Forum series: Taking Action to Promote Health Equity—Using the Lessons from Cutting-Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being.

Public health organizations often are frustrated by the lack of specialized funding to promote equity. Categorical funding by disease may restrict the types of interventions needed to tackle the complex causes of health disparities. Please join us for this Dialogue4Health Web Forum, which will feature place-based initiatives that are leveraging diverse funding, assets, and commitments of multiple sectors, while at the same time involving the community members in meaningful ways to advance health equity. Included in the session will be information on the successful Health Equity Zones in Rhode Island, which has managed the seemingly impossible task of converting categorical funding into community-driven equity work.

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, education, faith-based organizations, hospitals/health systems, insurers, local and state health officials, and housing.

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Presenters will include:
Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director, Rhode Island Department of Public Health; and President, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Ana Novais, MA, Executive Director, Rhode Island Department of Public Health
J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Executive Vice President, and COO, TFAH

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

UDOH Suicide Prevention Coordinator Position

Do you have experience building partnerships to meet a common goal? Do you have experience with mental health promotion and suicide prevention? The Utah Department of Health seeks you as the Public Health Suicide Prevention Specialist to oversee the Department's suicide prevention program for the state of Utah. You will work closely with suicide prevention coordinators from the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, the Utah State Board of Education, the Office of the Medical Examiner, and the Utah Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to implement the state suicide prevention plan. To be successful in this position, you need to be able to work effectively on a team, build partnerships, have good organizational and time management skills, and effectively manage multiple projects with varying deadlines.  

The Ideal Candidate
  • Has work experience in the prevention field.
  • Has a bachelor's degree or higher in Public Health, Social Work, Education, or Social Services.
  • Has a certification in suicide prevention and postvention training programs.
  • Has the knowledge to manage grants, contracts, and budgets.
  • Has a knowledge of Public Health principles on suicide prevention and response.
  • Has a knowledge and experience with the state mental health system.
Preference may be given to applicants with any of the above items.
Why You Should Join Our Team
This is an opportunity to make a difference. Along with the satisfaction of helping improve awareness to Utah on Suicide Prevention you will receive great health and retirement benefits, such as, generous paid time off so you can have a positive work life balance. Click here to view a summary of all the benefits we offer.

Position closes on September 26, 2018 so get your application submitted today! To apply click here.

Monday, September 17, 2018

New Medicare Card Mailing for Utah Beneficiaries

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Medicare Learning NetworkCMS started mailing new Medicare cards to people with Medicare who live in Wave 6 states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
We finished mailing cards to people with Medicare who live in Waves 1, 2, 3, and now Wave 4 states and territories. If your Medicare patients say they did not get a card, ask them to:
  • Sign into to see if we mailed their card. If so, they can print an official card. They must create an account if they do not already have one. 
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). There might be something that needs to be corrected, such as updating their mailing address.

You can also print out and give them a copy of Still Waiting for Your New Card?, or you can order copies to hand out.
To ensure your Medicare patients continue to get care, you can use either the former Social Security number-based Health Insurance Claim Number or the new alpha-numeric Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) for all Medicare transactions through December 31, 2019.
Check this website as the mailings progress. Continue to direct your Medicare patients to for information about the mailings and to sign up to get email about the status of card mailings in their state.
We are committed to mailing new cards to all people with Medicare by April 2019.
Information on the transition to the new MBI: