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DOH report says suicides and overdoses have not increased during pandemic

| Oct 27, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) recently released a report on suicide and accidental drug overdose data in Utah. Though increases in suicides and overdoses increased in other states and nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no significant change or increase in Utah’s cases, according to the report.   ...[ Read More ]

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 ]

5 Things Maryland: Dr. Aliya Jones, Federal action, TCOC report

| Jul 30, 2021 | Maryland

We are getting July's market and policy intelligence newsletter to you just in the nick of time... I was out on vacation a few weeks but left things in the able hands of our managing editor Emily Boerger. Thanks as always for letting us play this role in Maryland health...[ Read More ]

Utah DOH and DHS release organizational structure draft for merger

| Jul 23, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) released a draft of their new Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) organizational chart last week, marking a “critical milestone” into the new department’s implementation.      The new organization is broken up into three main branches:...[ Read More ]

Gov. Cox names Utah's first chief innovation officer

| Jun 11, 2021 | Utah

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox has appointed Rich Saunders as the first chief innovation officer for the state of Utah. Saunders, who currently serves as executive director of the Utah Department of Health, will shift to become part of the governor’s senior staff effective June 21. Although many states and...[ Read More ]

DOH and DHS present merger update to legislature

| May 18, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) and the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) gave an update on the merging of the two departments to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee today in their first meeting since the end of session.     Richard Saunders, executive director of DOH...[ Read More ]