Utah’s declining case trends indicate that we may be seeing a leveling off of positive tests in our state. Our real-time reproductive number is currently tracking below one—a critical level that reduces the infection rate in Utah. These trends are important now as our system level and state level census approach their highest levels of the pandemic.... Read More
Office of Academic Affairs & Faculty Development
The Office of Academic Affairs & Faculty Development appoints, promotes, and provides professional development opportunities for faculty. We serve as a central resource for the Health Sciences by providing guidance, resources, and training to enhance the success of individual faculty. We also strive to strengthen cohesion and collaboration among all colleges, schools, and departments.
We recognize racism as a public health crisis and believe anti-Black racism is one major cause of health disparities that we observe in our society. U of U Health has established an Anti-Racism Commission that is coordinating efforts to advance our goals and improve our culture. Our initial focus is to support students in the School of Medicine MD program. ... Read More
We have seen a few days of decreased new coronavirus cases—although our transmission rate continues to be high. Hospitalizations across the state continue to rise, but county-level data suggests that masking policies may be impacting new case numbers. Continue to practice masking, hygiene, and distancing measures.... Read More
In recent weeks, the legacy of racism in the United States has been at the forefront of the national consciousness. We must commit to using this moment in time to listen, learn, and develop new ways to act. As leaders of the largest academic health care institution in the Mountain West, we are in a position to leverage our influence to be a sponsor of positive change in our community and the region. ... Read More
Our state has seen a steady rise in both the seven-day average of daily COVID positive cases and subsequent hospitalizations. Time delays in the different measures of this pandemic—patients with positive tests, those admitted to the hospital, and unfortunate deaths—can be challenging to interpret, but we continue to watch these measures carefully, and emphasize the importance of everyone wearing face masks and face coverings. ... Read More
We are living through a period of increased emotional strain and mental health disruptions. Providers note an increase in reports of stress, anxiety, fear, and suicidal thoughts even among people with no prior psychiatric history. Kristin Francis, MD, provides wellness tips and behavioral techniques for actively building resilience. ... Read MorePsychiatry