News and Updates

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

30 September 2015
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. Thanks to screening, breast cancer often can be found early, when the chance of successful treatment is best.  Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans must cover certain preventive health services for women. For more information on preventive health services for women, visit View more information and resources about breast cancer awareness.  

Heart of Our Community Contest

25 September 2015
Heart of Our Community gives credit to the wonderful people of Utah, the non-profit organizations they support, and the work done to fill the gaps that exist in our communities. Run by the Utah Bankers Association, Heart of Our Community, is a collection of local stories which share the inspiring things happening in communities across Utah every day.  The hope is that by sharing these stories, others will be inspired to reach out, volunteer, contribute, and serve in…

2015 UDS Available Manual

24 September 2015
2015 UDS Available Manual – The 2015 Uniform Data System (UDS) manual which includes instructions for health centers to submit UDS data for Calendar Year 2015 is now available on the UDS Resources webpage. View the 2015 UDS Manual.

$3.5M Awarded to Utah CHCs to Expand Primary Care Services

15 September 2015
HHS Awards Nearly $500 Million in Affordable Care Act Funding to Health Centers to Expand Primary Care Services Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support Health Centers nationwide in providing primary care services to those who need them most.  The awards include approximately $350 million for 1,184 Health Centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision…

National Voter Registration Day - September 22nd

14 September 2015
National Voter Registration Day is September 22, 2015. Community Health Centers serve millions of patients and their families and have a unique opportunity to educate these potential voters on the need to register or update their registration. There are many issues and candidates on the ballot this November and next year that impact Health Centers and our local communities. Registering to vote is the first, critical step we must take to make sure our voice…

Utah Navigators Awarded $740,090 Grant

03 September 2015
As the start of Utah’s third open enrollment period approaches this November 1st, the Utah Health Policy Project, along with its lead community partners, the Association for Utah Community Health, and United Way of Salt Lake 2-1-1, received a new competitive grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to offer free insurance enrollment assistance to tens of thousands of Utah consumers. Utah's navigator program is a key component of Take Care Utah, a statewide network of trained…

Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model RFA

02 September 2015
The Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model test is a randomized-controlled trial designed to identify and test scalable models of care delivery that reduce Cardiovascular Risk. Background Million Hearts®: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model (MH Model) supports both the Million Hearts’ goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes and CMS’ objective to identify and spread better models of care delivery and payment. This model aims to improve quality while maintaining budget neutrality…

$1,000 Innovative Team Huddler Award

31 August 2015
DOWNLOAD ONE-PAGER Objective: To determine the effect of the use of the Healthy Huddler on UDS Measures and Team Huddles. Criteria: Pull your UDS data before implementing the Healthy Huddler. Implement the Healthy Huddler for at least one month at your Health Center (either by team, provider, or organization-wide). After one month of implementing the Healthy Huddler, pull your updated UDS data. Give a 5-minute presentation describing how you implemented the Healthy Huddler and what…

Updated Adobe Flash Player Needed for AUCH Webinars

26 August 2015
In order to continue attending AUCH webinars via Adobe Connect, you will need to ensure your system is up-to-date with the following system requirements: Adobe Flash Player 13.0 will officially be the minimum requirement for attending meetings. To receive optimal performance, please obtain the latest version. Download the latest Flash Player. If you are a meeting presenter/host on Windows or Mac, this update will require a new Adobe Connect Add-in (henceforth referred to as simply "Add-in")…

HRSA Announces Health Center Quality Improvement Awards

25 August 2015
Health Center Quality Improvement Awards - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator Jim Macrae today announced $63.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,153 Health Centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 7 U.S. Territories to recognize Health Center achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care. Health Centers will use these funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure, and improve primary care service delivery in the communities…

RFA: Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Tied with Clinical Support

11 August 2015
The Healthy Living through Environment Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program, housed within the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), is seeking proposals. The goal of this project is to promote team based care and improve control of high blood pressure by working with interested primary care clinics to implement blood pressure self-monitoring tied with clinical support.   Background The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently reviewed the effectiveness of blood pressure self-monitoring…