Monday, November 19, 2018

Mayor Ben McAdams Native American Proclamation

Please join the Council of Diversity Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and other offices within the Salt Lake County Government in listening to Mayor McAdams read the Native American Proclamation, which solidified November as National Native American Heritage Month.
When: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Where: County Council Chambers
Salt Lake County Government Complex,
2001 South State Street
North Building, First floor
: 4:00pm

Friday, November 16, 2018

Largest Dementia Prevalence Increase Projected Among Minority Groups

Between 2014 and 2060, minority racial and ethnic populations — including Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and African Americans — are projected to have large increases in Alzheimer’s and other dementias prevalence, according to a new analysis from the CDC published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Overall prevalence of dementia is projected to rise from 1.9 percent of the United States population aged 65 years or older (in 2014) to 3.3 percent of that population by 2060.

Researchers used U.S. Census Bureau and Medicare fee-for-service data to estimate the number of people with Alzheimer’s by age, sex, race, and ethnicity in 2014 and 2060. During that timeframe, the projected percentage increases in prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other dementias are:

644 percent among Hispanics
520 percent among Asian and Pacific Islanders
477 percent among American Indian and Alaska Natives
279 percent among African Americans
90 percent among whites

The analysts indicate these prevalence increases are expected as a result of fewer people dying from other chronic diseases and surviving into older adulthood when the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias rises. With an enhanced emphasis on promoting health equity, the HBI Road Map recommends using surveillance data like these to prioritize systemic disparities that may differentially impact minority and underserved populations. Learn more about data and needs assessments on

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

New Medicare Card Mailing – Wave 6 Ends

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Medicare Learning Network
CMS finished mailing cards to people with Medicare who live in Waves 1-5 and now Wave 6 states (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). Card mailing in Wave 7 states and territories continues.
If someone with Medicare says they did not get a card, you should instruct them to:
  • Sign into to see if we mailed their card. If so, they can print an official card. They will need to create an account if they do not already have one.
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) where we can verify their identity, check their address, and help them get their new card.
You can print out and give them a copy of Still Waiting for Your New Card?, or you can order copies to hand out. Continue to direct people with Medicare to for information about the mailings and to sign up to get an email about the status of card mailings in their state.
To ensure that people with Medicare continue to get care, health care providers and suppliers can use either the former Social Security number-based Health Insurance Claim Number or the new alpha-numeric Medicare Beneficiary Identifier for all Medicare transactions through December 31, 2019.
People with Medicare should continue to protect their new number to prevent medical identity theft and health care fraud, especially during Medicare Open Enrollment. You can find fraud prevention resources on our Medicare card Outreach & Education page to share with people with Medicare.

FEDERAL GRANT APPLICATIONS CDBG Hard Costs & Community & Support Services

CDBG Hard Costs & Community & Support Services

WHAT:          Salt Lake Urban County is Releasing the RFA for the 2019-2020 Community and Support Services (SSBG, ESG and CDBG Public Services) and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Hard Cost Programs.

WHEN:          Applications will be available beginning Thursday, November 8, 2018

WHERE:       The Applications will be accepted through ZoomGrantsTM the online grant management system. 

                        A Federal Grant Application Handbook will be available on the County website at to assist applicants through the process, as well as the link to ZoomGrantsTM for the applications

The Salt Lake County Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is releasing the RFA for Community & Support Services and CDBG Hard Cost Programs, on or about Thursday, November 8, 2018.  These funds include CDBG & ESG funding through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and SSBG funds through the State of Utah.

Applications will only be accepted through ZoomGrantsTM, the County’s online grant management system.

A Mandatory Training has been scheduled for these programs.

November 13, 2018                     9:00 am – 11:00 am                   CDBG “Hard Cost Projects”
November 13, 2018                     3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                     CDBG “Hard Cost Projects”

November 13, 2018                     11:30 pm – 2:30 pm                    Community & Support Services
November 16, 2018                     1:00 pm – 4:00 pm                     Community & Support Services

Agencies need to attend only ONE training for each type of application they plan to submit.  Both Program and Fiscal staff should attend.  More information can be found on the County Website at .   You can also contact Karen Kuipers at or Amanda Cordova at for additional information.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services or alternate formats) for individuals with disabilities may be provided upon receipt of a request with five working days’ notice. To expedite accommodation requests and coordination, call 385-468-4900 or 385-468-4893.  TTY user’s: 711

Completed applications must be submitted via ZoomGrantsTM by 5:00 pm MST on
Friday, December 21st, 2018

Hard copy applications or late applications will not be accepted

November 1, 2018
Contact:  Karen Wiley
TTY - 711

Monday, November 12, 2018

Privacy and Confidentiality Protections: Substance Use Disorders and the Opioid Crisis

Thursday, November 29, 1 – 2:30 MT: Privacy and Confidentiality Protections: Substance Use Disorders and the Opioid Crisis.  The next call from the Region VIII Opioid Misuse Consultation Team will include speakers from the Office for Civil Rights and from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and will focus on HIPAA and 42 CFR as applied to substance use treatment issues.  Pre-registration is not required.

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AGENDA (all times mountain)

1:00 – 1:05 pm:  Welcome and housekeeping  (Christina Mead or Charlie Smith)

1:05 – 1:30 pm:  HIPAA PRIVACY RULE: OCR will provide an overview of how the HIPAA Privacy Rule protects information regarding substance use and abuse and how it allows for information sharing that is necessary to aid in treatment.  Specifically, OCR will discuss the access provisions of the Privacy Rule, as well as OCR’s guidance related to opioid overdose and sharing information related to mental health.

SpeakerEmily Prehm, J.D., Equal Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, Rocky Mountain Region.
Emily Prehm is an Equal Opportunity Specialist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Rocky Mountain Region in Denver, Colorado.  She began working with OCR in 2002 as a Legal Intern.  Emily received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado.

1:30-1:55 pm:  42 CFR Part 2: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records is a Federal law that protects and ensures the rights of patients receiving treatment for a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) so that they do not face adverse consequences as a result of their SUD treatment such as arrest, child custody, divorce or employment proceedings. This presentation will briefly review the components of 42 CFR Part 2 and considerations relative to community and provider responses to the opioid epidemic. 

Speaker: Charles H. Smith, Ph.D., Regional Administrator Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Region VIII
(Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming). Dr. Smith is the Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Region VIII.  Dr. Smith is the former Director of the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the State of Colorado.  Dr. Smith is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in fields of forensic psychology, addictions, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, behavioral health policy and administration.

1:55-2:05 pm: Discussion and Q&A

2:05-2:30 pm: State and Federal Leadership comments and announcements

2:30 pm: Adjourn

Thursday, November 8, 2018

November is Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month 2018
Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of American Indian Physicians: New report. Reshaping the Journey: American Indians and Alaska Natives in Medicine. This report illustrates the case for increasing AI/AN representation in health professions by highlighting the value of diversity in education and training, and workforce needs. It summarizes effective, promising practices and programs at many of the nation's medical schools that have contributed to the development of Native physicians and allies who are trained to address the health care needs of AI/AN communities. 
Learn more | Download the full report (PDF).

Using Our Wit and Wisdom to Live Well with Diabetes is an autobiography of a Native American woman describing her experience of living with and managing diabetes. Published by the Indian Health Service, the book shares numerous personal stories of how her diagnosis impacted the author’s everyday life, ways the culture and traditions of her tribe helped her to become comfortable with the diagnosis, and changes she made to improve her health. Find a copy of chapter one here.