News and Updates

BIG NEWS: HRSA’s New Health Center Program Compliance Manual is Here!

11 December 2017
In August 2017, HRSA finally published its long-awaited Health Center Program Compliance Manual. This new Manual clearly spells out Health Center Program Requirements, and, by doing so, replaces several Policy Information Notices (PINs) and Program Assistance Letters (PALs). The Manual explains why each Program Requirement is legally required, what a Health Center has to do to meet the requirement, and where a Health Center has flexibility in areas related to the requirement. The information in…

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

07 November 2017
Focusing on Diabetes Prevention  A 2017 report from the CDC shows that: More than 30 million U.S. adults have diabetes, and 24% don't know they have it. About 84 million U.S. adults (more than a third) had prediabetes in 2015, and 88% didn't know. The CDC also reports that people with prediabetes who take part in a structured lifestyle change program can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%.…

AUCH Executive Director Recognized for Advocacy Work

30 October 2017
AUCH Exectiver Director, Alan Pruhs, was recognized at the CHAMPS Board of Directors meeting on Sunday, October 22 as the Outstanding Advocate of the Underserved for 2017.  Alan was recognized along with Eileen Flaherty, FNP for the Stanley J. Brasher Legacy Award; Linda Hughes for the Exceptional Board Leadership Award; Rebecca McCay for the Exceptional Administrative Leadership Award; David Pump for the Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award; and Ricardo Velasquez, MD for the Exceptional Clinical Leadership Award. Thank you to CHAMPS for…

A State of Addiction: Utah's Opioid Epidemic

06 December 2017
AUCH is proud to underwrite the Utah Public Radio Original (UPR) Series, "A State of Addiction: Utah's Opioid Epidemic." UPR journalists have been traveling around the state for several months learning how the opioid epidemic is affecting our state and local communities.  In this 13-part series, UPR explores the issue of opioids in Utah - hear people’s stories, dissect the complexities and explore possible solutions. New episodes air every week on Utah Public Radio. In…

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

12 September 2017
September is National Childhood Obesity Month – CDC September 2017 Childhood Obesity Is a Major Public Health Problem Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes. They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers. Children with obesity can be bullied and teased…

September is National Recovery Month

05 September 2017
September is National Recovery Month Prevention Works-Treatment is Effective-People Recover September is National Recovery Month, giving all of us the opportunity to celebrate those in recovery in our communities. Recovery month is intended to increase awareness and understanding of the pressing challenges of mental health and substance abuse issues. Over 23 million Americans are in long-term recovery. Public celebrations are planned for several locations in Utah, however, each of us can personally recognize and encourage…

Governor Herbert Declares August 13 - 19, 2017 Health Center Week in Utah

14 August 2017
Governor Gary Herbert issued a Declaration stating August 13 – 19, 2017 is Health Center Week in Utah. The week is part of a larger national campaign celebrating the work of Health Centers throughout the U.S. - with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers over the course of more than five decades. In Utah, 13 Health Center organizations serve over 147,000 Utahns annually at 54 sites from…

Help Spread the Word About Summer Nutrition Programs

04 June 2017
Summer Nutrition Programs work to fill the nutrition gap between school years for low-income students who rely on free and reduced price breakfast and lunch school meals. Summer food sites in Utah are almost always sponsored by a school district’s food service program and breakfast, lunch, and supper are served in parks and schools across the state. These programs are free to all kids 18 years and younger and there is no paperwork or registration…

Governor Herbert urges Utah families to enroll children in CHIP health insurance

10 April 2017
  (KUTV) Utah Governor Gary Herbert is reaching out after a report found his state has the highest rate of uninsured Hispanic children in the United States. The Georgetown Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza finds that 23.4 percent of Hispanic children in Utah are uninsured — that's nearly two and a half times the national rate. Herbert is speaking out with local nonprofit group Take Care Utah to try and…

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

18 March 2017
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and a great time for your organization to support life-saving colorectal cancer screening in your community. Whether you belong to a healthcare organization, worksite, or community organization, we invite you to join us in raising awareness about the life-saving power of colorectal cancer screening this March and we urge you to continue to promote screening throughout the year.   Here is a link to a toolkit full of…

2017 Loan Repayment Programs

02 February 2017
Loan Repayment Programs Overview   State Healthcare Workforce Program – Applications due February 28th, 2017 Application Information  Applications and relevant attachments must be compiled as a single PDF and sent via email to opcrh@utah.gov. Provider Application Site Application   NHSC Loan Repayment Program – Applications due by 5:30PM on April 6, 2017   NHSC Provider Application: https://programportal.hrsa.gov/extranet/application/nhsclrp/login.seam Review your NHSC Point of Contact Information: https://programportal.hrsa.gov/extranet/site/login.seam