News and Updates

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 Grants.gov 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…

Expanded Services Funding Opportunity

29 June 2015
Health Center Program - Expanded Services Expanded Services (ES) supplemental funds support increased access to preventive and primary health care services at existing Health Center Program grantee sites. HRSA expects to award approximately $350 million through formula-based supplements in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. All eligible grantees will be notified of the maximum amount of ES funding they may request. The ES application will be available in the HRSA Electronic Handbook (EHB) on June 26, 2015. Applications…

Service Area Competition Funding Opportunity

29 June 2015
Health Center Program - Service Area Competition This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits applications for the Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition (SAC). This FOA details the SAC eligibility requirements, review criteria, and awarding factors for organizations seeking an award for operational support to provide comprehensive primary health care services in a service area currently served by a Health Center Program grantee whose project period is ending in FY 2016. Through the FY 2016 Service Area…

Report Touts Benefits of Utah Expanding Medicaid

08 June 2015
White House Report Touts Benefits of Utah Expanding Medicaid According to a new report by the White House Council of Economic Advisors, an estimated 68,000 additional Utahns could tap health insurance in 2016 if the state approved Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act. With improved access to both primary and preventive health care, at least 9,000 Utahns could see improved health and 6,000 fewer would experience symptoms of depression, the report projected, and…

HealthInsight Physician Office Quality Award

03 June 2015
HealthInsight is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Physician Office Quality Award The 2015 Physician Office HealthInsight Quality Award aims to promote excellence in healthcare. Awards will be presented to physician office practices that meet the following criteria: Exemplary performance on nationally-recognized clinical quality and customer experience measures Participation in a data reporting quality initiative Regular use of population care management methods Patient engagement tools and strategies incorporated into care…

HHS Awards Funds for New Healthcare Delivery Sites in Utah

06 May 2015
$2.3 million awarded to expand access to healthcare at new Community Health Centers Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today approximately $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new Health Center sites in 33 states to serve approximate 650,000 patients. The award included $2.3 million to establish four new Health Centers in Utah, which will provide access to quality preventive and primary healthcare for over 5,100 Utah residents, many of…