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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 ]

Park City hospital receives $7.5 million gift to enhance preventative health services for residents, underserved populations

| Oct 6, 2021 | Utah

Intermountain Park City Hospital will expand wellness services and preventive medicine to Park City area residents and underserved populations thanks to a $7.5 million gift from the Jerry A. and Kathleen A. Grundhofer Family Foundation. The donation to Intermountain Foundation will support Intermountain Park City Hospital in three key areas:...[ Read More ]

Utah's high Medicaid enrollment rate might lead to redetermination backlog and lost coverage after pandemic

| Sep 28, 2021 | Utah

The Urban Institute recently released a study showing the increase in Medicaid enrollment growth rates in states across the country, due to “unprecedented” job loss and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s prohibition on disenrolling beneficiaries.  The study found that Utah had the highest enrollment growth rate in the country...[ Read More ]

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