Summit County News Releases

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

SCHC: Bonus – Community Panel and Open Forum, Mental Wellness 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.

To listen to Leon Evans’ keynote speech from Mental Wellness Solutions, click here.

SCHC: Bonus Episode – Leon Evans Keynote, Mental Wellness Solutions

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.

SCHC016: Mental Wellness Solutions w/Leon Evans

See Leon present live, in person at Summit County Mental Wellness Solutions Friday, April 12 @ 9 a.m.

For the past forty years, Leon Evans has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with mental illness. As President and Chief Executive Officer at The Center for Health Care Services, Evans has developed an innovative and highly integrated system of care for people in the San Antonio community who struggle with mental health and substance use disorders. Utilizing strong community partnerships and diverse funding sources, Leon’s programs have created an effective public safety net that keeps people with mental illness out of emergency rooms, jails and prisons and links them to treatment programs that help them lead independent, productive lives.

As President/CEO, Evans has developed a number of nationally recognized initiatives including the Bexar County Jail Diversion Program; the 24/7 Crisis Care Center; Crisis Intervention Training for public safety officers; and The Restoration Center, an integrated clinic providing psychiatric care, substance abuse services, transitional housing and general health care services for the homeless population. Each year, these programs save thousands of lives and result in millions of dollars of cost savings for the community.

Things we talked about in this episode:

SCHC015: 30 years in Public Health w/Stephanie Hurt

Stephanie Hurt or “Nurse Hurt” as she is known in the Kamas Valley as spent 30 years with the Summit County Health Department. After switching from a music major (she played the pipe organ), Stephanie discovered nursing and never looked back. In this interview, Stephanie explains why her career is also her dream job and talks about the changes she’s seen in the Kamas office of the Summit County Health Department over the years.

SCHC014: Early Intervention w/ Susie Bond

Suesanne Bond has spent 36 years working in Early Intervention. A Summit County native, Susie began her work with special education out of high school as an aid in a severely mental handicapped unit. She completed her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education before earning a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She’s spent 17 years with the Early Intervention program at Summit County Health Department, which serves all of Summit and Wasatch Counties. Currently, the EI program serves 70-75 families in addition to seven referral families per week on average and transition families. Together, this amounts to about 100 children per month.

Early Intervention serves children with delays and disabilities from birth to three years of age. Workers go into the home and do an overall assessment the main domains of childhood development. Most work takes places in the home or other natural environments.

  1. Adaptive ( sleep patterns, eating patterns and abilities, self-help),
  2. Cognition (learning, how children interact and gain information from their environment)
  3. Communication (expressive and receptive: speaking, hearing and understanding)
  4. Motor (gross motor: crawling, walking. fine motor: using hands and fingers.)

Things we talked about in this episode: