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5 Things Utah: DOH merger update, "Safe UT" app proves successful, Q&A w/ Ashley Moretz

| Oct 21, 2021 | Utah

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features an update on Utah's DOH-DHS merger, a conversation on the state of rural hospitals with DOH's Ashley Moretz, and the SafeUT app's success at supporting mental health needs during the pandemic. Thanks for reading, and if you have any tips or recommendations...[ Read More ]

DHS survey shows "relatively stable" student mental health increases in last two years

| Oct 18, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) recently released the bi-annual Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) survey detailing comprehensive mental health, substance use, and COVID-19 impact data among Utah students.  The survey found that behavioral and mental health remained “relatively stable” in several metrics in 2021, even with the...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Office of Rural Health director discusses the workforce pipeline and access challenges for rural communities

| Oct 15, 2021 | Utah

Ashley Moretz is the director of the Office of Primary Care & Rural Health at the Utah Department of Health. He has been the director since Feb. 2020 and aims to improve health care access to rural, underserved communities in Utah.  In this Q&A, Moretz discusses the challenge of workforce...[ Read More ]

U of U Health recognized as health technology leaders, says CHIME

| Oct 12, 2021 | Utah

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently released the Digital Health Most Wired survey to assess the effectiveness of health system’s application of core and advanced technologies into their clinical models. The University of Utah (U of U) Health received a “Level 9” out of 10 recognition in...[ Read More ]

SafeUT report shows increased utilization and suicidal ideation amongst students

| Oct 8, 2021 | Utah

The SafeUT Commission recently released their 2020-2021 annual report, which outlines key statistics in the utilization, chats, trips, and demographic data on the free mental health crisis app. The report found increased app usage, increased chats and tips on suicidal ideation, and greater use by those in high poverty communities. ...[ Read More ]

DOH and DHS name new department leadership and release updated organizational chart

| Oct 7, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) provided an update on the progress of their merge into one organization on Monday detailing executive leadership confirmations and a new organizational chart. The two departments also held a public Q&A on their plans and perspective around integrating...[ Read More ]

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