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Telemedicine Spotlight: Blue Mountain Hospital, Blanding, UT
Highlights how Blue Mountain Hospital (BMH), a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Blanding, Utah, implemented a telemedicine program to provide services to patients needing a higher level of care in their community rather than being transferred to an urban center hospital several hours away.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stroudwater Associates
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Maternal and Child Health Assessment for American Indians and Alaska Natives Using a Women, Infants, and Children Program in Utah
Reports on the health indicators of pregnant and postpartum mothers, infants, and children within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities from 2014-2018. Data presented is derived from the Utah Department of Health's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Offers recommendations from professional healthcare organizations to improve the health of AI/AN pregnant and postpartum mothers, infants, and children.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Tribal Epidemiology Center, Utah Department of Health
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Dentistry in the Navajo Nation: Q&A with Dr. Crystal Willie Sekaquaptewa
An interview with the first Native American to work as a dentist in the Utah Navajo Health System. Discusses the importance of patient education and cultural competency.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Utah Critical Access Hospital Community Profiles
Provides an overview of the 30 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in Utah. Reports on 30 health indicators for the communities and surrounding areas served by each CAH.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Prognostic Factors for Rural Endometrial Cancer Patients in a Population-Based Cohort
Examines rural-urban differences in prognostication of endometrial cancer and mortality rates among 2,994 endometrial cancer patients in Utah between 1997 and 2012. Analyzes healthcare data from the Utah Population Database, which includes EMR data from the University of Utah Healthcare and Intermountain Healthcare, two of the largest healthcare providers in the state.
Author(s): Brenna E. Blackburn, Sean Soissan, Kerry Rowe, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 19, 921
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Utah
Shows the state's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Utah Opioid Overdose Fatality Review Hot Spots Report
Examines opioid overdose deaths in Utah to identify hot spots. Focuses on a rural and an urban hot spot area to provide recommendations for preventing and responding to opioid overdoses.
Additional links: Utah Small Area Information
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Department of Health
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Utah Primary Care Needs Assessment 2018
Assesses the primary care need in the state of Utah. Reviews indicators of healthcare access, health status, social determinants of health, and the primary care workforce shortages in Utah. Includes information and maps on primary care, dental, and mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Additional links: Individual Small Health Area Snapshot Reports
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Suicide and Firearm Injury in Utah: Linking Data to Save Lives
Report highlights data pertaining to suicides, homicides, and injuries from firearms in Utah. Compares data between rural and metro areas on a number of measures, such as suicides among youth, firearm ownership and storage, and suicide completion rates, among others.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Surveillance among American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah
Provides a snapshot of traumatic brain injuries for Native Americans in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Includes breakdowns by gender, age group, and cause, where data is available. Identifies action items for tribes, public health workers, and individuals.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, American Indian Research Center for Health
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Allergy, Asthma, and Respiratory Disease Surveillance among American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah
Examines the prevalence of asthma, allergies, and respiratory disease among Native Americans in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, including related hospital admissions and mortality rates. Addresses risk factors such as tobacco use and wildfire smoke, along with prevention and treatment efforts. Identifies action items for tribes, public health professionals, and individuals.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, American Indian Research Center for Health
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Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Surveillance among American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah
Examines substance abuse and behavioral health indicators for American Indians/Alaskan Natives in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Covers hospital discharges for behavioral disorders, suicide attempts and mortality, binge drinking, drug overdose mortality, hospitalizations for substance abuse including opioids, and more. Identifies action items for public health professionals, tribes, and individuals.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, American Indian Research Center for Health
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Utah's Mental Health Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
Shows population-based and geographic-based mental health federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Utah.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Utah's Dental Health Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
Shows population-based and geographic-based dental health federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Utah.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Maternal and Child Health Assessment for American Indians and Alaska Natives in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah
Examines infant, child, and maternal health indicators for Native Americans in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Addresses infant mortality, birth weight, prenatal care, substance use, injuries, and more. Identifies action items for tribes, public health workers, and individuals.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, American Indian Research Center for Health
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Utah's Primary Medical Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
Shows population-based and geographic-based primary health care federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Utah.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Rural-Metropolitan Disparities in Ovarian Cancer Survival: A Statewide Population-based Study
Examines rural-urban disparities in ovarian cancer survival rates in Utah. Assesses other factors related to differences in all-cause mortality among participants of this study, including age, weight, and baseline comorbidities.
Author(s): Jihye Park, Brenna E. Blackburn, Kerry Rowe, et al.
Citation: Annals of Epidemiology, 28(6), 377-384
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Disparities in Cancer Survival and Incidence by Metropolitan Versus Rural Residence in Utah
Examines differences in cancer incidence and 5-year cancer survival rates by metro and nonmetro Utah counties. Includes analysis describing disparities in cancer risk factors. Table 1 provides statistics on cancer patients living in rural and urban areas by race, treatment, age at diagnosis, stage, and insurance status. Table 3 compares 5-year cancer survival rates for metro and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Mia Hashibe, Anne C. Kirchhoff, Deanna Kepka, et al.
Citation: Cancer Medicine, 7(4), 1490-1497
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Promising Practice: Utah SORH Saves Rural Hospital by Obtaining GDSA Certification
Illustrates how the Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health found a solution to maintain Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) status for a Rural Health Clinic (RHC), in the process of being built but in danger of losing its federal designation, by applying for a Governor's Designated Shortage Area (GDSA) status.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Utah's Pharmacist Workforce, 2018
Analyzes 2017 survey data of licensed Utah pharmacists to assess the supply and demand, demographic and geographic distribution, and workforce trends in rural and urban areas of the state.
Author(s): Sydney Groesbeck
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Utah's Occupational Therapy Workforce, 2018: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants in Utah
Analyzes Utah's occupational therapy (OT) workforce in 2017. Includes statistics on demographics, practice characteristics, rural and urban practice setting, and county-level information on the OT workforce compared to the county population. Discusses future needs, supply, and demand for OT workforce in Utah. Offers policy recommendations to strengthen the rural workforce.
Author(s): Andrew Salt
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Rural Rotation Program: Utah Medical Education Council, 2007-2018
Provides county-level data on clinical rotations for advanced-practice registered nurses (APRN), pharmacists, physicians, dentists, and physician assistants (PA) in rural and undeserved areas of Utah since 2007.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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A Statewide Investigation of Geographic Lung Cancer Incidence Patterns and Radon Exposure in a Low-Smoking Population
Examines Utah Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) data to describe smoking-adjusted lung cancer rates between nonmetropolitan and metropolitan counties by indoor radon levels, sex, and cancer stage. Compares lung cancer rates between Utah and all SEER sites. Includes statistics of nonmetropolitan and metropolitan Utah counties by race/ethnicity, smoking prevalence, education, income, and more.
Author(s): Judy Y. Ou, Brynn Fowler, Qian Ding, et al.
Citation: BMC Cancer, 18, 115
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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Community Health Workers Get Trained to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
Highlights programs serving the Navajo Nation, Texas colonias, and Appalachian Maryland that use community health workers to provide oral health education and improve access dental care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental health 2016 Annual Report
Reports on the activities, priorities, outcomes, and the population served in Utah in 2016. Includes a rural and urban breakdown on the number of individuals and total percent population served through substance use disorder services and mental health services. Covers mental health client data for the 13 local authorities, rural versus urban, and state totals for service utilization and median length of services for multiple types of healthcare services, including outpatient, inpatient, residential, medication management, case management, therapy, emergency, and more.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Department of Human Services
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Utah's Dentist Workforce, 2017: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of Dentists in Utah
Analyzes the dental workforce in Utah to assess supply and demand in urban and rural areas. Includes statistics, such as licensed dentists practicing status and demographic characteristics of dentists and patients. Covers dental practice characteristics, such as specialty, practice setting, geographic distribution, practice hours, and accessibility.
Author(s): Jenna Christensen
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Utah's Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Workforce, 2017: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of APRNs in Utah
Provides a comprehensive overview of Utah's advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) workforce. Includes analysis of the fourth Utah Medical Education Council's (UMEC) APRN workforce survey. Covers topics such as certification, demographics, average income, education, distribution, supply and demand, practice setting, and more.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Supply of Nurses in Utah: The 2016 Survey of Utah's Registered Nurses
Provides an overview of the registered nurse (RN) workforce in the state of Utah. Includes demographic statistics and practice characteristics. Covers information describing the level of education for Utah RNs and includes the distribution of RN workforce in rural areas. Discusses the future RN workforce needs.
Author(s): Elizabeth Nagelhout
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Utah's Mental Health Workforce, 2016: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psychologists in Utah
Provides an overview of the mental health workforce in the state of Utah. Includes demographic statistics, practice characteristics, and a breakdown of mental health profession by rural and urban. Covers policy recommendations to increase the mental health workforce.
Author(s): Jenna Christensen
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Utah's Physical Therapist Workforce, 2016
Describes the composition of Utah's physical therapy workforce in 2016. Includes statistics on demographics, practice characteristics, rural and urban distribution, and the supply and demand of physical therapists in Utah. Offers policy recommendations to strengthen the rural workforce.
Author(s): Jaron Halford
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Utah's Physician Workforce, 2016: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of Physicians in Utah
Describes Utah's physician workforce composition, practice characteristics, rural and urban distribution, and supply and demand. Offers policy recommendations.
Author(s): Clark Ruttinger
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Utah's Medically Underserved Areas and Medically Underserved Populations (MUA/Ps)
Identifies the Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs), Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs), and areas that are not designated as MUAs or MUPs in Utah.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Utah's Physician Assistant Workforce, 2015: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of PAs in Utah
Describes the physician assistant (PA) workforce in the state of Utah. Examines the current workforce supply, geographic distribution, emerging trends, and projected demand on PAs in rural Utah.
Author(s): Jenna Christensen, Clark Ruttinger
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Utah Rural Health Plan
Describes Utah's rural healthcare system, the organizations comprising the healthcare safety net, and the environment in which those organizations provide healthcare services. Prioritizes specific rural health issues identified by hospital surveys, health assessments, and interviews with key rural health stakeholders.
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Utah County Classifications Map
Interactive map providing information on county classifications in Utah by frontier, rural, and urban.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Utah Health Centers (CHC, FQHC, RHC) Map
Interactive map providing county-level information on community health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Utah.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Utah Rural Hospitals Map
Interactive map providing county-level information on rural and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in Utah. Hovering over a hospital location on the map will show hospital specific information, including the hospital name, address, city, phone number, affiliation, and number of inpatient beds
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Data Portal
Offers a compilation of interactive maps of Utah on a variety of topics, including Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), primary care workforce distribution, percent below the poverty level, county classifications, primary care safety net sites, dental safety net sites, and more. Several maps include county-level data.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Cancer-Rates.info
Contains cancer incidence and mortality data for a number of states, with the option to view data by county, cancer type, gender, race and ethnicity, and in most cases, rural/urban geography.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky
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OPCRH Blog
News blog providing policy updates, resources, events, and funding opportunities focused on rural health and primary care issues in the state of Utah.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Utah
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Utah KIDS COUNT Data Center
Provides data on child well-being for the state. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Utah QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Utah State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Utah Resources.


Last Updated: 11/21/2019