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Industry leaders recap mental health bills from last session

| May 12, 2021 | Utah

Four mental health experts joined us at our 2021 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference to discuss mental health and progress on substance abuse legislation in Utah.     The Utah Legislature passed significant mental and behavioral health legislation in the previous session to attempt to curtail high suicide...[ Read More ]

Joint 3i/U2M2 project grants open pathways for infectious disease research

| May 6, 2021 | Utah

The University of Utah Health Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease Initiative (3i), in conjunction with the University of Utah Molecular Medicine program (U2M2), has awarded program planning grants to four collaborative research projects. The funded projects will explore alternative treatments and diagnoses for many human disorders, including viral infections and...[ Read More ]

Utah Republicans talk about plans for the interim

| May 4, 2021 | Utah

Three key Republicans with vast health policy experience joined State of Reform at our 2021 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference to discuss their plans for the interim and next session.      On the panel, we had Sen. Jacob Anderegg, chair of the Senate Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee,...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Frank Pignanelli discusses telehealth policies and future sessions

| Apr 30, 2021 | Utah

Frank Pignanelli is a partner at Foxley & Pignanelli, a bipartisan government relations firm in Utah. Formerly he served in the Utah House of Representatives for 10 years, where he was one of the youngest Utahns to be elected to state office. In this Q&A, Pignanelli talks about key takeaways...[ Read More ]

UNA on legislative wins, losses and future advocacy

| Apr 27, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Nurses Association (UNA) works to support legislation that assures nurses have the right resources to work to their full extent and to protect the overall health of all Utahns. Liz Close, PhD, RN, executive director of UNA, recently spoke with State of Reform about her organization’s advocacy.  ...[ Read More ]

Experts warn of potential hidden child abuse epidemic

| Apr 27, 2021 | Utah

As families became more isolated during the pandemic, reported cases of child abuse from clinics and providers went down significantly, according to a child protection official. However, emergency department visits have remained the same from years prior.      According to Dr. Antoinette Laskey, division chief of child protection and...[ Read More ]

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