Summit County News Releases
One of 46 winners statewide for excellence in blood pressure control
Park City, Utah (May 25, 2017) — The Summit County Health Department and Utah Million Hearts Coalition recognized People’s Health Clinic for Excellence in Blood Pressure Control. With only 46 clinics recognized statewide, this exclusive achievement demonstrates People’s Health Clinic’s dedication to its patients and continual focus on proper blood pressure control.
“This award recognizes the hard work and dedication People’s Health Clinic has made to meet the highest standards of clinical blood pressure care,” said Kelly Robinson, Utah Million Hearts Coalition spokesperson. “More Utah providers, like People’s Health Clinic, are taking blood pressure measurement and control to the net level by using evidence-based strategies to help patients keep blood pressure down — a strong sign that we’re making progress in preventing heart attacks and strokes and prioritizing patient care.”
Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. Only half have it under control, putting them at greater risk of developing heart disease or stroke — two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
“The Summit County Health Department is excited that People’s Health Clinic has partnered with us to address high blood pressure in our community,” Nursing Director Carolyn said. “Keeping high blood pressure under control is a joint effort between patient and health care provider with long-term benefits. This is just another example of how our health department works collaborates with various partners such as People’s Health Clinic to improve the health of our residents.”
To be eligible for the award, People’s Health Clinic shared verifiable high blood pressure control data with the Utah Million Hearts Coalition and highlighted successful strategies or best practices they adopted, such as the use of health information technology or team-based care. People’s Health Clinic achieved blood pressure control rates of 70 percent of adult patients by using a variety of innovative approaches, including:
- Making blood pressure measurements accuracy a priority
- Continually training staff on correct measurement protocols
- Using team-based care models to improve patient engagement
- Implementing consistent, strategic use of electronic health records that include patient reminders and visit summaries
- Staying engaged with patients by offering support and education tools.
The Utah Million Hearts Coalitions, a local effort of the national Million Hearts initiative, is made up of public and private health care organizations dedicated to preventing heart attacks. Visit http://choosehealth.utah.gov/healthcare/million-hearts.php/php for more information.
**Adopted by the Summit County Board of Health on May 12, 2017. This regulation is effective for 120 days from adoption date.
For questions, please contact Summit County Environmental Health (435) 333-1511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(1) “Primary Permit” – The Health Permit described in Section 55-104 (1) of the Enrolled Copy of S.B. 250.
(2) “Secondary Permit” – The Health Permit described in Section 55-104 (2)(a) of the Enrolled Copy of S.B. 250.
(3) “Commissary” – A food service establishment permitted by a Local Health Department (LHD) from which a food truck operator may perform operations including:
(a) Food preparation;
(b) Hot and cold holding of TCS foods;
(c) Disposal of solid and liquid wastes;
(d) Refilling of water tank(s) with potable water; and
(e) Utilizing electrical power sources.
(4) “TCS” – Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food (formerly known as “potentially hazardous food” (PHF)).
Consensus was reached on the following food truck requirements:
- A primary food truck permit will be issued based on a two-tiered risk based assessment
- Tier One – Two or fewer low-risk TCS ingredients
- Tier Two – More than two TCS ingredients
- Each LHD will indicate the following items in writing on the issued permit:
- The name of the issuing LHD
- The name of the permittee as provided on the application
- Tier designation (printed on primary permit)
- Whether the permit is “primary” or “secondary”
- The license plate of the associated food truck
- Expiration date
- Date on secondary permit must be the same as primary permit
- Any LHD issuing a secondary food truck permit will accept and agree with the risk assessment and tier designation determined by the LHD that issued the primary permit.
- All food trucks must have a commissary, but the LHD may use discretionary judgement to make exceptions when appropriate.
- Only the LHD issuing the primary permit will conduct a plan review.
- This committee has established standardized food truck permit criteria and requirements, which all LHDs will use. (See attachment)
- All Local Health Departments will charge the same permit fee which will be:
- Primary Permit
- Tier One (Lower Risk) – $200
- Tier Two (Higher Risk) – $350
- Secondary Permit – $100
- Flat fee regardless of tier designation on the primary permit
- Flat fee – There will be no prorating of the permit fee for number of months left on the primary permit. (eg. If the primary permit expires in one month, the secondary permit expires in one month and the fee is same, regardless).
- There will be a fee assessed for a plan review conducted by the LHD issuing the primary permit that is separate from the permit fee, and each LHD may establish this fee, individually, in an amount that reimburses the LHD for time and administrative costs.
- If a food truck’s primary permit is suspended for any reason, all other permits issued by other LHDs will be rendered invalid until the suspended permit is reinstated.
- LHDs agree to communicate with each other when any enforcement actions are taken on a food truck permit.
- The food truck operator will need to pay a follow-up inspection fee of $100 to reinstate a suspended permit.
- When only offering food at a private event on private property, a food truck operator can legally operate in another health district, acting temporarily as a “caterer,” without obtaining a secondary food truck permit.
- Primary Permit
The Summit County Health Department Coalville lab will be closed the week of May 22-26 for remodeling and expansion. During this time, the lab will not be accepting samples while equipment is being moved and re-installed.
For more information, please contact the Environmental Health program:
Interns will work with Division Health Promotion and Education under the supervision of Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or a Registered Dietician. Intern will obtain hands-on experience in various health promotion programs that exist to encourage proper nutrition, increased physical activity, prevention of tobacco use and prevention of injury.
Intern will perform a variety of duties in all health promotion programs offered by Summit County Health Department. Experience gained will provide an intern with knowledge of the practice of CHES competencies and help to develop a better understanding of the role of a community health worker. Interns will participate in the following programs:
- Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and improved Clinical Care (EPICC)
- Tobacco and Nicotine Prevention
- Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP)
Possible objectives include, but are not limited to:
- Assist in planning and implementing sun safety education and shade policies.
- Planning and implementing worksite wellness program.
- Develop and implement anti-tobacco/nicotine events.
- Participate in starting a new farmer’s market.
Student must be pursuing a degree in Health Education or a closely related field and must be eligible for CHES exam at end of academic program. Must have completed or be enrolled in a Program Planning class and be eligible to begin working toward internship credits. Applicants must be able to complete a minimum of 100 hours and maintain a consistent work schedule. Applicants must be dependable, strong communication skills, organized, self-motivated, and enthusiastic about improving health in the community.
Positions are available for summer and fall 2017 semesters.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.
Additional questions please contact:
Shelley Worley, CHES
Health Promotion Director
Summit County Health Department
When former U.S. Army Captain and Bronze Star Recipient Stacy Bare retired from the military he began battling depression and substance abuse. For Stacy, the path to healing began when a friend to him rock climbing in Colorado. Stacy wondered “if it feels this good for me, what could it do for others?” Since then, Stacy has used outdoor recreation to help hundreds improve their mental wellness. He’s now the Director of the Sierra Club Outdoors, a Brand Ambassador for The North Face and was co-named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2014. In this episode, learn how taking just a few seconds to appreciate the beauty of your natural environment can help improve your overall happiness.
Things we talked about in this episode:
Before joining Summit County as the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coordinator in April 2017, Aaron Newman worked in a variety of collegiate roles, including Dean and Director of Student Services. Recently, Aaron spent time at Weber State University and the National Abilities Center in Park City. In this episode, Aaron discusses the state of mental health and substance abuse in Summit County. We also cover the work going on right now to improve mental health and substance abuse services in the county.
Things discussed in this episode
Summit County is currently recruiting for a Communities That Care Coordinator. This will be a contract position. Will work collaboratively to implement the Communities That Care model to reduce youth substance use and overall substance abuse, and to improve mental health in Summit County.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university; and five (5) years’ experience in managing coalitions involving public health or other community benefits; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Please send letter of interest, resume and references to Summit County, Personnel Department, P.O. Box 128, Coalville, Utah 84017.
Closing Date: Friday, May 19th, 2017
When Aaron Burgin’s brother committed suicide seven years ago, Aaron wanted to understand what his brother was going through. When he searched suicide on the internet, however, he found only harmful topics and advice, nothing to help a suicidal person find help. As a result, Aaron formed Suicide sucks, a nonprofit that uses SEO and digital marketing technology to locate and provide resources for people like Aaron’s brother. A self-styled “Suicide Prevention Strategist,” Aaron works to help identify suicidal tendencies before they reach life-threatening levels.
Highlights from this episode
- 500,000 people a year attempt suicide.
- “One day when technology is advanced enough and machine learning can be used, it can match up my message to the one guy or girl that needs it at the exact moment they need it.”
- “If there’s a message I have for anybody today it would be that everyone has value everyone has worth.”
- “Suicide is becoming an epidemic. Suicide is becoming this solution of all solutions.”
The audio feed from the Community Panel and open forum Q&A at the Summit County Mental Wellness Solutions event from April 21, 2017.
Leon Evans, the keynote speaker for the 2017 Summit County Mental Wellness Solutions, discusses the work San Antonio has done to improve mental health and substance abuse services and treatment in their city.