Do You Know How Much Utah Spends on Primary Care?

By Sarah Woolsey, MD, MPH, FAAFPDirector Family Health and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health After 20-plus years as a family physician, I continue to strive to create communities where all people, all Americans, all Utahans have access to an affordable primary care team and have their health and well-being needs met. I want to share…

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Nominate a Boundary Breaker Today

This year’s Utah Family Physician of the Year is a little different. AAFP wants to provide the opportunity for chapters to recognize up to two members leading up to and during 2021 FMX. Keeping with this year’s FMX theme, AAFP is happy to announce Boundary Breakers. Boundary Breaker Definition: A family physician who empowers their…

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Letter from UDOH Deputy Director, Dr. Michelle Hoffman

Dear Colleagues, Since the FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccines for use in individuals 12 and older, more than 1.5 million Utahns have received their first dose! As a pediatrician by training, this has been one of the most exciting developments in our pandemic response. These vaccines are exceedingly effective. As of March 23, when all Utahns…

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Students and Residents, Take the Lead

Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., is the resident member of the AAFP Board of Directors. Family physicians are taught to practice the art and science of medicine by caring for patients, their families and communities while fostering trusting relationships. As I consider the current landscape of family medicine, as well as its future direction, I keep coming…

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How You Can Help Increase HPV Vaccination Rates in Utah

Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes more than 32,000 new cancer cases in the U.S. each year and most are preventable. Even though the HPV vaccine is an effective strategy in cancer prevention and has been available more than 12 years, only 51% of adolescents have been vaccinated, far below the national target of 80% by 2020.…

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Annals of Family Medicine Appoints José E Rodríguez, MD, FAAFP as New Associate Editor

LEAWOOD, Kan. — José E Rodríguez, a family physician in Salt Lake City and associate vice president for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at University of Utah Health, has been appointed associate editor of the Annals of Family Medicine, a bimonthly, peer-reviewed clinical research journal for primary care. As associate editor, Rodriguez will help lead the Annals in…

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Report Links Vaccine Hesitancy to More Deaths, Restrictions

 Source: AAFP Michael Devitt — This year, the Office of Minority Health announced #vaccineready as its theme for National Minority Health Month in April. According to OMH, the objectives of the #vaccineready campaign include confronting misconceptions about vaccines for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases as part of a larger goal to end the pandemic, reduce vaccine hesitancy, and…

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Utah Legislative Wrap-up: COVID, Collaboration, and Compromise

By Darlene Petersen, MD and Maryann Martindale, UAFP Executive Director This year’s session was very different from previous years. With COVID still in full swing and very few people vaccinated, the legislature opted for a hybrid version of the session. Committees that were typically held in small rooms were moved to larger spaces, all committees…

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Utah’s Statewide Mask Mandate to End April 10

With the passage of HB 294, Utah’s statewide mask mandate will end April 10, 2021. While not fully supported by Governor Cox, he will likely sign it as the bill passed with a veto-proof majority. Masks will still be mandated for gatherings of 50 or more and County governments can still impose their own mandates. Other restrictions can be…

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A Legacy of Public Health Leadership by Utah Family Physicians

Utah Academy of Family Physicians congratulates two members and leaders, Dr. Marc Babitz and Dr. Sarah Woolsey, for their public health leadership in Utah. Dr. Babitz will retire from the Utah Department of Health after a lengthy career of service to the community and family medicine profession. Dr. Babitz has had a prolific career in…

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