• Health Promotion announces senior falls workshop in Coalville

    Registration open for Stepping On, a program to reduce falls in older adults

    Park City, Utah (April 18, 2017) — The Summit County Health Department Health Promotion team is holding a free workshop for seniors in the North Summit area. Stepping On, a workshop to helps older adults improve balance, strength and other behavioral habits to reduce falls, is held once a week, for seven weeks.

    Workshops will be held Wednesday evenings, beginning April 26 through June 7, from 5-6:00 p.m. at Toole & Associates Physical Therapy in Coalville. To register, contact Tiffany Anderson at the Summit County Health Department by phone at 435-333-1506 or email: tanderson@summitcounty.org.

    Stepping On will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review. The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with greater strength, improved balance and increased confidence and independence as a result of performing various exercises and sharing personal falls experiences as a group.

    The program was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson of Sydney, Australia, to help older adults learn ways to prevent falls. It was brought to the United States by Dr. Jane Mahoney, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and other partners.  Research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31 percent reduced rate of falls.

    For more information, contact Tiffany Anderson at the Summit County Health Department by phone at 435-333-1506 or email: tanderson@summitcounty.org.

  • Mental health and substance abuse initiative receives $250,000 grant from Vail Resorts

    Donation to aid in establishing a “Communities that Care” program

    Summit County, Utah (April 17, 2016) — The Summit County Health Department along with the Summit County Mental Health Alliance and its members would like to thank Rob Katz and wife Elana Amsterdam for their philanthropy in supporting the Park City Community Foundation in their efforts to establish a “Communities That Care” program in Summit County.

    In an April 14th press release, Vail Resorts, Inc. announced that the Company’s CEO Rob Katz and wife, Elana Amsterdam, made personal contributions totaling $1.6 million to eight non-profit organizations in the communities where the Company operates. Each of the contributions will be directed toward programs that support children and families in these local communities or improving local recreation opportunities. The Park City Community Foundation, a member of the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance, will receive $250,000.

    “The welfare of children and families in our local communities who are most vulnerable requires our attention, and we feel fortunate to be able to support some outstanding non-profit organizations who work tirelessly to serve them,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “We hope our contributions serve as a catalyst for others to join our efforts to help ensure the vibrancy of these incredible cities and towns.”

    Excerpt from the Vail Resorts release:

    Mental health and substance abuse among youth has become a serious issue in many resort communities, including Summit County, Utah. With support from the Park City Town Council, the Summit County Government and in partnership with the Summit County School District and local mental health providers, the Park City Community Foundation is launching the “Communities that Care” program as part of a larger initiative focusing on mental health. This grant will support the development and implementation of intervention programs designed to prevent and treat mental health issues and is estimated to help more than 4,200 teens, grades six through 12, across three school districts in the county.

    “Our community is poised to take action for better mental wellness among young people,” said Katie Wright, executive director of the Park City Community Foundation. “This gift is exactly what we needed to move quickly and create systemic, countywide sustained change that will benefit our youth for years to come.”

  • Free county-wide mental health and substance abuse event April 21

    “Summit County Mental Wellness Solutions” providing information, resources and support

    Summit County, Utah (April 11, 2016) — Sponsored by the Summit County Health Department, CONNECT Summit County and the Park City Community Foundation, Summit County Mental Wellness Solutions is a free community event providing information, resources, support and discussion regarding mental health and substance abuse action in Summit County. The half-day event, held at the Blair Education Center in the Park City Hospital, features a keynote speaker, panel, open forum and several breakout sessions.

    Keynote speaker Leon Evans is the President and CEO of The Center for Health Care Services, the agency responsible for groundbreaking mental health inroads Bexar County and specifically, San Antonio, Texas. Due to Evans’ efforts and innovative programs, more than 100,000 people have been diverted from jail to treatment in San Antonio, saving the city nearly $100 million over eight years. The center has 1,000 employees who handle over 800,000 clients per year.

    In addition to the keynote address from Evans, Mental Wellness Solutions also includes a community panel featuring representatives from Vail, the Park City Interfaith Council, the Park City Council, CONNECT Summit County and the Park City Community Foundation. Following the panel, an open forum will be held for public commentary. The event will conclude with themed breakout sessions: Youth Prevention, the Criminal Justice System, Professional Perspectives and Personal Stories.

    Summit County Mental Wellness Solutions is the first event held as part of a county-wide mental health and substance abuse partnership, known as the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance. Comprised of the Summit County Health Department, the Summit County Council, the Park City Council, Park City, South Summit and North Summit school districts, the Park City Community Foundation, CONNECT Summit County, the Park City Interfaith Council and other critical community partners, the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance was formed to improve mental health and substance abuse services and education in Summit County, Utah.

    Key Information:
    • Who: All Summit County residents and visitors are invited
    • What: Summit County Mental Wellness Solutions event – keynote speaker,
    • Where: Park City Hospital, Blair Education Center 900 Round Valley Dr., Park City, UT 84060
    • When: Friday, April 21 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
    • Why: To provide free information, resources and support to members of the community regarding mental health and substance abuse challenges and questions.
  • Mental health and substance abuse coordinator hired

    New contract position created to head Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance

    Park City, Utah (April 4, 2017) — To spearhead the initiative for improving mental health and substance abuse services across Summit County, the Summit County Health Department has hired Aaron W. Newman as Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coordinator. As coordinator, Newman will be responsible for heading the newly formed Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance, a group comprised of various county government entities, local nonprofits, school districts and more.

    “Aaron is going to be a tremendous resource for the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance moving forward,” Health Department Director Rich Bullough said. “He has vast experience with all of the skills we believe are required to succeed in this challenging position. We’re thrilled that he has an interest in working with us to address these important issues.”

    Newman’s responsibilities as the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coordinator include strategic planning, coalition building, program development and grant writing, all of which he has vast experience in.

    “My ultimate goal is for this position not to be needed,” Newman said, “For everyone in the community to know where to go with mental health or substance abuse concerns. We have a unified community wanting to find solutions, which speaks a lot to this county that we live in.”

    A full-time resident of Synderville Basin for the past ten years, Newman has spent the past 16 years working with suicide prevention efforts through nonprofits and for eight years as the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership at Weber State University. Newman has a Masters in Higher Education from the University of Missouri.

    Comprised of the Summit County Health Department, the Summit County Council, the Park City Council, Park City, South Summit and North Summit school districts, the Park City Community Foundation, CONNECT Summit County, the Interfaith Council and other critical community partners, the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance was formed to improve mental health and substance abuse services and education in Summit County, Utah.

  • Free HPV vaccines available for qualifying adults

    Summit County Health Department offering free HPV vaccine at Coalville and Kamas offices to qualified adults.

    March 29, 2017 — Until May 12, the Summit County Health Department offices in Coalville and Kamas are seeking qualifying individuals to begin the Gardasil series, a vaccine to protect against 9 strains of HPV (human papillomavirus). Both offices have a limited supply of vaccine and are offering them at no charge for qualifying individuals.  To qualify, individuals must be between the ages of 19-26 (male or female) have no insurance coverage and be high risk. The completed series consists of three shots spaced over a six month period.  For more information and to see if you are eligible to receive the Gardasil series, please contact the Coalville or Kamas Health Departments.

    Coalville Health Department

    85 North 50 East
    Coalville, Utah 84017
    Clinic Office: 435-336-3234

    Kamas Health Department (Temporary Office)

    228 W 200 S Ste #2 B
    Kamas, Utah 84036
    Clinic Office: 435-783-3161