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Utah, leading the country in doses administered, launches state-wide vaccine volunteer recruitment

| Feb 11, 2021 | Utah

Following Utah’s daily vaccine administration record of 26,612 doses on Feb. 4, as well as its nation-leading 96% administration of allocated doses, Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson are continuing ahead with the creation of a statewide volunteer recruitment initiative.     Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson said Utah...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Freshman Rep. Rosemary Lesser talks this year's legislative session

| Feb 9, 2021 | Utah

Representative Rosemary Lesser, a veteran and an obstetrician-gynecologist, is a newcomer to the Utah Legislature this year. She was appointed to her seat less than a month ago by the state’s Democratic delegates after a short-notice series of events prompted her to offer her name for consideration to replace the...[ Read More ]

Student mental health is a growing priority for Utah lawmakers

| Feb 9, 2021 | Utah

Two bills that extend students’ capacity to stay home from school for mental health issues are advancing through the Utah Legislature. House Bill 81, sponsored by Rep. Mike Winder, would allow students to list mental health issues as an excused absence from school. House Bill 116, sponsored by Rep. Adam...[ Read More ]

Cox announces new vaccine eligibility phase, set to start in March

| Feb 4, 2021 | Utah

Governor Spencer Cox announced today the expansion of vaccine eligibility in Utah, set to begin March 1. Next month’s vaccine-eligible population will consist of every Utahn 65 years or older as well as Utahns 18 and older with certain comorbidities such as certain cancers, HIV and individuals who are immunocompromised....[ Read More ]

Intermountain launches world's largest DNA mapping project for children

| Feb 3, 2021 | Utah

Intermountain Healthcare announced today a massive study conducted in partnership with deCODE genetics that invites children and families to voluntarily provide DNA samples to Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital. Through its collection of 50,000 DNA samples, “HerediGene: Children’s Study” aims to utilize the DNA of children ranging from newborns to infants...[ Read More ]

Five new health bills approved by Utah House HHS Committee, including expansion of congregate care for homeless youth

| Feb 1, 2021 | Utah

Friday’s meeting of the Utah House Health and Human Services Committee resulted in unanimous do-pass recommendations for five new bills. The progressing legislation concerns congregate care programs, changes to involuntary commitment programs and modifications to the Children’s Hearing Aid Program, among others.     House Bill 135 would amend current...[ Read More ]

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