CERNER Data Access Awarded to Dr. Qeadan
RECOGNITION, RESEARCH
Jun 09, 2020

CERNER Data Access Awarded to Dr. Qeadan

Data is paramount to managing the COVID-19 crisis, and Public Health assistant professor Fares Qeadan, PhD, has been awarded access to an extensive data set related to the outbreak. As a result of the award, Dr. Qeadan can now access a wealth of de-identified data from 68 million+ patients, including lab results, underlying illnesses and chronic conditions, and clinical complications.... Read More

PA Program's COVID-19 Response Highlighted by PAEA
RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Jun 09, 2020

PA Program's COVID-19 Response Highlighted by PAEA

In recognition of the U's Physician Assistant program's excellence in reaching out to students of all backgrounds during the pandemic, the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Commission has identified the program as "an exemplar in implementing strategies to recognize and address the needs of its students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic." The program's frequent communication with students and opportunities for activism have helped to manage both the challenges of COVID-19 and the fight for racial justice in the past weeks.... Read More

University of Utah Division of Public Health Partners with UDOH to Trace COVID-19 contacts
EDUCATION
May 28, 2020

University of Utah Division of Public Health Partners with UDOH to Trace COVID-19 Contacts

The Division of Public Health at the University of Utah announced that they are partnering with the Utah Department of Health to train and field 100 or more workers as contact tracers. These workers will join the State’s effort to conduct contact tracing of those who test positive for COVID-19 and active monitoring of individuals who may have had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.... Read More

CDC Grant Given to Public Health Researchers
RESEARCH
May 04, 2020

CDC Grant Given to Public Health Researchers

Christy Porucznik, PhD, MSPH and Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH have been selected as one of only two research sites nationwide to lead a study of household transmission of SARS-CoV2 within their existing Utah Children’s Project cohort. Over the course of the next year they expect to enroll approximately 100 families, both adults and children, into the study. Participants will repeatedly self-collect nasal swabs that will be shipped to a lab to be analyzed for evidence of COVID-19 infection. ... Read More

Public Health Donation Drive for Navajo Nation Health Clinic
RECOGNITION
Apr 20, 2020

DFPM Donation Drive for Navajo Nation Health Clinic

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout the United States, some communities are suffering disproportionately to their size and density. One such area is that of the Navajo Nation, a territory covering the Four Corners region of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. Despite their relative isolation and aggressive testing, the Navajo people have the third-highest infection rate in the country, outside the epicenters of New York and New Jersey, and have suffered more fatalities than fourteen other states with much larger populations.... Read More

Public Health Partners with Amplifier for COVID-19 Art Campaign
EDUCATION
Apr 13, 2020

Public Health Partners with Amplifier for COVID-19 Art Campaign

The University of Utah’s Division of Public Health has teamed up with Amplifier, a nonprofit design lab that uses are to amplify the most important movements of our time. As a rapid response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic, Amplifier has issued a call for top art curators and grassroots artists from around the world to submit art to the COVID-19 mental health and public safety promotion campaign. Working with Amplifier founder Aaron Huey, Public Health leadership has contributed funds to the organization and is helping spread the word in Utah and across the globe about this important effort.... Read More

Utah AHEC Program Receives $800,000 Appropriation
RECOGNITION
Mar 13, 2020

Utah AHEC Program Receives $800,000 Appropriation

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 More

Dr. Sarah Hawley Memorial Lecture
RECOGNITION
Feb 26, 2020

Dr. Sarah Hawley Memorial Lecture

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 More

RMCOEH Releases Employer's Guide to Corona Virus
RESEARCH
Jan 31, 2020

RMCOEH Releases Employer's Guide to Corona Virus

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 More

Physician Assistant Day on the Hill 2020
EDUCATION
Jan 29, 2020

Physician Assistant Day on the Hill 2020

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 More

NRMN/Utah Mentoring Study Kickoff
RESEARCH
Jan 22, 2020

NRMN/Utah Mentoring Study Kickoff

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 More

Dr. Porucznik Featured on KUER's Discussion of Condom Campaign
RECOGNITION
Jan 17, 2020

Dr. Porucznik Featured on KUER's Discussion of Condom Campaign

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 More

Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony
EDUCATION
Jan 09, 2020

Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony

Physician Assistants at the University of Utah recently celebrated their 2020 White Coat Ceremony, in which students beginning clinical work receive the white coat they will use during their rotations. The ceremony this year featured Dr. David Owen, MD, Clinical Vice Department Chair, as a keynote speaker.... Read More

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