Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed House Bill 311 and Senate Bill 152 on Thursday, which regulate how social media platforms engage with minors. Under Utah law, minors are now prohibited from entering into any online contract without parental consent.      The regulations represent the first of their kind in the US. A growing number … Read more

Gov. Spencer Cox signed a series of measures this week aimed at addressing the state’s ongoing mental health crisis.     Utah maintains the highest levels of mental illness in the country, with more than 30% of adult Utahns experiencing anxiety or depression. A survey on maternal health showed more than half of new mothers … Read more

This week, the Utah Legislature passed two bills that would establish the Utah Social Media Regulation Act and regulate social media usage affecting youth in the state.      The House passed an amended version of Senate Bill 152 on Wednesday, which would require social media companies to verify the age of users and obtain … Read more

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed Senate Bill 16 on Saturday, just one day after the Utah Legislature passed the controversial measure that bans gender-transitioning surgical procedures and places a moratorium on hormonal treatment for minors.      After advancing out of the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee (HHSSC) on Jan. 18th, it took … Read more

John Poelman led a team that supported Governor Spencer Cox’s office throughout the design and community input phase of forming the One Utah Health Collaborative. The collaborative is a community-owned organization that is focused on enabling the health system to scale successful outcomes for all Utahns. Poelman’s efforts included facilitating community town hall meetings, aggregating … Read more

The Medical Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health at the University of Utah (U of U) and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, Lisa Giles, MD, is optimistic about the progress to come around youth mental health and crisis in Utah. Speaking to State of Reform, she said the statewide focus on improving mental health offers a positive … Read more

The University of Utah Health (U of U) Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Huntsman at Home (HH) program has been providing a full spectrum of care to acutely ill cancer patients in the home setting since 2018.      HH administrators say during the course of their treatment, oncological patients are more likely to develop acute symptoms … Read more

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the University of Utah’s (U of U) new 185,000-square-foot medical education building.      Construction of the $185 million Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine was made possible in part by a $110 million gift from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Nora Eccles … Read more

Utah Governor Spencer Cox gave an address Wednesday on the negative effects that social media has on the mental well-being of children and youth.      Speaking at a local middle school, the governor announced the creation of the Office of Families under the Division of Family Health that will be focused on addressing social … Read more

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