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Gov. Cox names Interim Medicaid Director

| Mar 17, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) today announced Gov. Spencer Cox has appointed Emma Chacon as the Interim State Medicaid Director. Chacon will be replacing Nathan Checketts who has served as Medicaid director for the past five years. In addition to overseeing the Medicaid program, Checketts also served as the...[ Read More ]

Intermountain Healthcare and Maverik donate $2 million to Utah Department of Health to fund community health workers for vulnerable communities

| Mar 5, 2021 | Utah

Intermountain Healthcare and Maverik – Adventure’s First Stop are joining together to donate $2 million in funding to support a Utah Department of Health program to mitigate the spread and negative impact of COVID-19 and support vulnerable community members. Community health workers are actively addressing the health disparities among communities...[ Read More ]

UDOH announces changes to COVID-19 Transmission Index

| Feb 12, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) today announced changes to the percent positivity threshold levels in the COVID-19 Transmission Index and to actions individuals and businesses should take in areas of “moderate” and “low” transmission. A transmission level (high, moderate, low) is determined if a county has two of the...[ Read More ]

Utah's successful newborn GAMT screening program serves as model for other states

| Dec 30, 2020 | Utah

Utah’s first Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase (GAMT) deficiency diagnosis through its newborn screening program today could spur the creation of similar testing in other states. According to Kim Hart, Program Director for the Newborn Screening Program at the Utah Department of Health, other states are likely to look to Utah’s success and...[ Read More ]

Cox appoints new UDOH director

| Dec 21, 2020 | Utah

Gov.-elect Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson announced a number of new executive appointments on Monday, including a new leader of the Utah Department of Health (UDOH). Rich Saunders will replace Dr. Joseph K. Miner as Executive Director of UDOH under the Cox Administration. Having worked at UDOH since...[ Read More ]

Governor signs bill for DOH modifications

Haley Donwerth | Sep 2, 2020 | Utah

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 6006 into law August 31, confirming modifications to the Department of Health requirements for executive and deputy directors.  The bill, effective immediately, allows current interim Executive Director Richard Saunders to become the permanent executive director.     Saunders said he is grateful for...[ Read More ]