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Utah Senate endorses ban on gender transitioning procedures for minors

| Jan 20, 2023 | Utah

On Thursday, the Utah Senate voted 22-7 in favor of advancing Senate Bill 16, a controversial bill that would ban transgender surgical procedures on children and place a moratorium on prescribing puberty blockers to minors. The bill would also prohibit individuals over 25 from pursuing malpractice litigation against providers of...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Rep. Marsha Judkins' 2023 priorities, Q&A w/ Leavitt Partners' John Poelman, 2023 budget recommendations

| Dec 23, 2022 | Utah

The final Utah edition of "5 Things" for 2022 features Rep. Marsha Judkins' outlook for health-related work in the upcoming 2023 legislative session, Leavitt Partners Senior Director John Poelman's input on the status of value-based care in Utah, and some information about the Executive Appropriations Committee's recently approved budget recommendations for...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Upcoming 2023 legislation, Mark Rapaport on mental health stigma, Summit County's COVID response

| Dec 1, 2022 | Utah

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! This month's "5 Things We're Watching" in Utah explores some of the teed-up legislation for Utah's upcoming 2023 legislative session, insight from the Huntsman Mental Health Institute's Mark Rapaport about mental stigma in Utah, and a county public health leader's reflection on successful...[ Read More ]

Utah governor focused on addressing social media’s harms to youth mental health

| Oct 18, 2022 | Utah

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...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Marina Lowe, Policy Director at Equality Utah, on LGBTQ advocacy in Utah

| Aug 31, 2022 | Utah

Prior to joining Equality Utah, Lowe was Legislative & Policy Counsel for the ACLU of Utah and has been instrumental in helping pass non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. She has spent years advocating for LGBTQ rights, reproductive freedom, and criminal justice reform, successfully drafting and passing numerous bills in...[ Read More ]

Utah commission to determine eligibility of transgender athletes for participating in girls’ sports this fall

| Aug 26, 2022 | Utah

The Utah Legislature is in the process of establishing the School Activity Eligibility Commission, a delegation that will decide which transgender athletes can compete in school-sanctioned girls’ sports.      The eligibility commission process was initiated after Third District Judge Keith Kelly’s ruling last week that granted a preliminary injunction...[ Read More ]