News and Updates

Utah Navigators Awarded $740,090 Grant

03 September 2015
As the start of Utah’s third open enrollment period approaches this November 1st, the Utah Health Policy Project, along with its lead community partners, the Association for Utah Community Health, and United Way of Salt Lake 2-1-1, received a new competitive grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to offer free insurance enrollment assistance to tens of thousands of Utah consumers. Utah's navigator program is a key component of Take Care Utah, a statewide network of trained…

Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model RFA

02 September 2015
The Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model test is a randomized-controlled trial designed to identify and test scalable models of care delivery that reduce Cardiovascular Risk. Background Million Hearts®: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model (MH Model) supports both the Million Hearts’ goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes and CMS’ objective to identify and spread better models of care delivery and payment. This model aims to improve quality while maintaining budget neutrality…

$1,000 Innovative Team Huddler Award

31 August 2015
DOWNLOAD ONE-PAGER Objective: To determine the effect of the use of the Healthy Huddler on UDS Measures and Team Huddles. Criteria: Pull your UDS data before implementing the Healthy Huddler. Implement the Healthy Huddler for at least one month at your Health Center (either by team, provider, or organization-wide). After one month of implementing the Healthy Huddler, pull your updated UDS data. Give a 5-minute presentation describing how you implemented the Healthy Huddler and what…

Updated Adobe Flash Player Needed for AUCH Webinars

26 August 2015
In order to continue attending AUCH webinars via Adobe Connect, you will need to ensure your system is up-to-date with the following system requirements: Adobe Flash Player 13.0 will officially be the minimum requirement for attending meetings. To receive optimal performance, please obtain the latest version. Download the latest Flash Player. If you are a meeting presenter/host on Windows or Mac, this update will require a new Adobe Connect Add-in (henceforth referred to as simply "Add-in")…

HRSA Announces Health Center Quality Improvement Awards

25 August 2015
Health Center Quality Improvement Awards - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator Jim Macrae today announced $63.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,153 Health Centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 7 U.S. Territories to recognize Health Center achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care. Health Centers will use these funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure, and improve primary care service delivery in the communities…

RFA: Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Tied with Clinical Support

11 August 2015
The Healthy Living through Environment Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program, housed within the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), is seeking proposals. The goal of this project is to promote team based care and improve control of high blood pressure by working with interested primary care clinics to implement blood pressure self-monitoring tied with clinical support.   Background The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently reviewed the effectiveness of blood pressure self-monitoring…

FY16 Substance Abuse Service Expansion Funding Opportunity

30 July 2015
HRSA is pleased to announce the release of the Fiscal Year 2016 Substance Abuse Service Expansion Funding Opportunity Announcement (HRSA-16-074). This funding opportunity will provide approximately $100 million through competitive supplements to support an estimated 300 existing health centers to improve and expand the delivery of substance use disorder services, with a focus on medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Applications are due in by September 28, 2015 at 11:59pm, ET. Required supplemental information…

Conceptual Framework for Expanding Medicaid is Reached

23 July 2015
Republican leaders have agreed to a broad, conceptual framework for expanding Medicaid to insure tens of thousands of low-income Utahns with a plan that would call on medical providers to pay for the new health coverage. The so-called Gang of Six — Gov. Gary Herbert, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, House Speaker Greg Hughes, House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan and Sen. Brian Shiozawa — huddled this week constructing the skeleton of a…

Strategies to Address Opioid & Prescription Drug Misuse Series

15 July 2015
Learning Series Summary: This FREE five-part Learning Series will provide information and strategies to effectively address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.  The Series will focus on multiple topics to include: 1) An overview of both national and regional data, and brief physiology review, 2) Effective clinical assessment and screening practices, 3) Appropriate prescribing standards, 4) Effective interventions for treating opioid addiction and overdose, and 5) Unused medication disposal. Target Audience: Healthcare Providers serving underserved and safety net…

FY 16 Budget Period Progress Report Submission Schedule Released

08 July 2015
The BPR non-competing continuation provides an update on the progress of Health Center Program award recipients.  Award recipients who do not have a project period end date in FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016) are required to submit a BPR.  View more information on the BPR, including the submission schedule and technical assistance resources.

Love Utah Give Utah 2016 Date Announced

01 July 2015
Every year the Community Foundation of Utah hosts a major day of giving that enables Utahns to give where they live. In March, 2015 Utahns and supporters from all over the country raised $1,231,521 for Utah nonprofits and schools. On March 31, 2016 Love Utah Give Utah is sure to be bigger than ever! Mark your calendars and start your preparations by reaching out to new supporters, old supporters, and compete for prizes that will enable your…