News and Updates

September is Healthy Family Meals Month

29 August 2014
Governor Herbert has officially declared September "Healthy Family Meals Month."  During September, many activities will be taking place at the state and local level to promote the importance of eating healthy meals together as a family and September 22 is Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children. Please help spread the word by joining the social media effort! At the beginning of each week in September, a challenge will be announced via social…

Both People and Economy Would Benefit Under Gov's Plan

28 August 2014
A recent study, penned by economist Sven Wilson, concluded that implementation of Governor Herbert's Health Utah Plan, a Utah-specific alternative to expanding Medicaid, would generate an estimated $652 million in economic impact to the state. More than $250 million annually in federal funding would come into Utah, and millions more would be created by helping people stay out of poverty, reducing overspending and inefficiencies in health care spending, and generally increasing statewide economic activity. The study…

HHS Awards $54.6M in ACA Mental Health Services Funding

31 July 2014
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 221 health centers in 47 states and Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services for over 450,000 people nationwide. Health centers will use these new funds for efforts such as hiring new mental health professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder health services, and employing integrated models of primary care. In Utah, Wasatch…

Access to Dental Care Grant Opportunity

30 July 2014
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) is committed to supporting community-based initiatives providing Dental Homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines a Dental Home as the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care, delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. HSHC supports this goal through its Access to Care Grants targeting children up to age…

Op-ed: Health Centers Can’t Replace Medicaid Expansion

28 July 2014
On Sunday July 27th, the Salt Lake Tribune ran an op-ed written by Alan Pruhs, Executive Director of the Assoscition for Utah Community Health, along with the organization's Public Affairs Committee. The piece spoke to ways in which a Utah Medicaid Expansion would provide funding necessary to build the Health Center infrastructure to serve more patients and cover a more complete spectrum of healthcare needs. Read the Full Op-ed Here

Utah Health Centers Contribute More Than Healthy Communities

21 July 2014
Hundreds of thousands of Utahns visit community health centers each year, mostly for health and medical issues pertaining to preventive care. But the 40 clinics across the state do more than deliver health care — they provide jobs and contribute more than $141 million to the state's economy, according to the latest economic impact analysis of the Association for Utah Community Health. Read the Full Deseret News Article

Free Breast Exams for Women Under 40 from UDOH

18 July 2014
The Utah Cancer Control Program has received funding from Susan G. Koman to provide breast cancer screenings for women ages 39 and younger.  Eligibility Criteria: 39 years or younger Uninsured Have an income no more than 250% of the federal poverty level Past abnormal breast exam, or Present with a finding that is suspicious for breast cancer The program covers the cost of initial diagnosis for young women with a lump, nipple discharge, breast skin changes…

HHS Announces $11M to Better Integrate HIV Services into CHCs

15 July 2014
HHS announces availability of $11 million to better integrate HIV services into community health centers HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today the availability of $11 million, through the Affordable Care Act and the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, to support the integration of high‐quality HIV services into primary care through innovative partnerships between health centers and state health departments in Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York.  This initiative supports the goals of the Administration’s…

New Access Point Funding TA Calls

10 July 2014
Fiscal Year 2015 New Access Point (NAP) Funding (HRSA-15-016) – HRSA has released the FY 2015 New Access Point funding opportunity announcement (FOA). HRSA will award approximately $100 million for 150 grants to new and existing health centers for operational support of new primary care service delivery sites.  HRSA will hold two Technical Assistance (TA) calls to provide an overview of the funding opportunity: For cooperative agreement partners (NCAs, PCAs, PCOs): Monday, July 14 at…

Women's Health Mini-Grant Opportunity

09 July 2014
Due Date: November 19th, 2014 Amount: At least $500 per organization Requirements: All activities must be started and completed between July – November 2014 Complete or update a women’s health (e.g. cervical cancer screening) process map. Complete and document one women’s health PDSA   Present (3-5 minutes) your process map and PDSA results at the November QI Forum call. Questions: Email Libbey Chuy or call 801.716.4603

UDOH Pharmacist to Treat RFP

09 July 2014
The Utah Department of Health recently announced an RFP to support the provision of pharmacist clinical services and sustainable referral systems for evidence based chronic disease self-management education. The RFP includes two components and a maximum award of $30,000 over one year. Part A requires that organizations work to improve hypertension and/or diabetes care by providing one or more pharmacist clinical service defined as a "professionals service provided by a pharmacist who uses their skills…