With the finalization of the Utah state budget, the Utah Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program is pleased to announce that it has been granted $800,000 annual ongoing funding by the Utah Legislature. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Senator Evan J. Vickers (R-Dist. 28) and Stephen Lisonbee, Executive Director of Office of Regional Services for Southern Utah University, the funding will allow the program to ... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
The University of Utah's School of Medicine established the Department of Preventive Medicine in 1970 to address current and emerging health care needs by educating health care professionals, conducting basic and applied research, and implementing state-of-the-art clinical and community-based health services. Since then, the Department has grown into a booming entity that house the Divisions of Family Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies, Public Health, and Occupational and Environmental Health.
As an ever growing and developing department, our goal is to expand the possibilities of health by serving the communities we work with in a variety of capacities. Click here to read more about the department, our vision, and who we are.
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As we grapple with the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine is doing all it can to make sure that our community remains informed, connected, and safe. Click here to read department updates and find relevant resources.
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Members of the Division of Family Medicine and the community gathered on February 26, 2020 for the first annual Dr. Sarah Hawley Memorial Lecture. The Lecture series commemorates Sarah Hawley, MD, a Family Medicine resident whose life was cut short when she was killed in 2019. The yearly lectureship focuses on subjects Dr. Hawley was passionate about, including women’s and children’s health, and wilderness medicine.... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
Occupational health and medicine experts at the University of Utah's Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) have compiled an employer's guide to handling the 2019 corona virus (declared a public health emergency by the Department of Health and Human Services). This guide is drawn from multiple sources and expert opinion, and will be updated as the epidemic progresses/recedes and information becomes better known.... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
In January of this year, students in the Physician Assistant Program joined their colleagues in the Utah Acadamy for their annual visit to the Utah State Capitol Building. While there, the students had the opportunity to listen to legislators and and industry leaders on issues of public health, and network with their peers as they learn more about the Physician Assistant profession.... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
The University of Utah and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine were hosts of an NIH-funded study in January of 2020. The study, titled "University of Utah Grant Writing Coaching Group Study," seeks to determine the best methods for coaching researchers writing applications for NIH grants. ... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine
Public Health Professor Christy Porucznik, PHD, MSPH, was interviewed by Caroline Ballard of Utah's KUER 90.1 regarding the recent roll-out--and recall--of a campaign using humor to encourage Utahans to use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Porucznik discussed the Utah Department of Health's initial decision to support the campaign and its subsequent reversal of that decision, and what the implications of the situation are for public health efforts in Utah. Dr. Porucznik's comments can be found at https://www.kuer.org/post/sex-positive-or-innuendo-campaign-highlights-conflicting-views-how-promote-safe-sex-utah#stream/0.... Read MoreFamily and Preventive Medicine