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Do You Know How Much Utah Spends on Primary Care?

July 15, 2021

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…

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Nominate a Boundary Breaker Today

July 8, 2021

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…

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Letter from UDOH Deputy Director, Dr. Michelle Hoffman

June 18, 2021

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,…

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Students and Residents, Take the Lead

June 4, 2021

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…

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How You Can Help Increase HPV Vaccination Rates in Utah

June 1, 2021

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…

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

May 18, 2021

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…

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Report Links Vaccine Hesitancy to More Deaths, Restrictions

April 30, 2021

 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…

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

March 25, 2021

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,…

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Utah’s Statewide Mask Mandate to End April 10

March 17, 2021

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…

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A Legacy of Public Health Leadership by Utah Family Physicians

February 23, 2021

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…

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