About us

About Us

Utah Department of Health

The Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) addresses ten chronic disease and health promotion areas. Because risk factors, such as poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and tobacco use, are common to many chronic conditions, and because prevention and management strategies are similar for many chronic conditions, prevention and control efforts are closely coordinated within the Bureau. Additionally, the BHP works closely with numerous external partners. The BHP programs are:

Alzheimer’s And Related Dementias

The Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Program coordinates the implementation of the Utah State Alzheimer’s Plan. A coordinating council with representatives from other state and local government agencies, business and community partners, and patients and caregivers are striving to raise public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, coordinate resources and support for caregivers, improve the competency of the dementia care workforce, and manage lifestyle behaviors and conditions related to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Arthritis Program

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Utah for people 45 and older. In the Arthritis Program, we focus on improving access to high-quality, evidence-based management practices for people with arthritis and other chronic conditions. We provide data and resources to minimize the burden of arthritis across Utah and work with more than 20 partners in local governments, health care systems, and community organizations to implement physical activity and self-management programs. www.health.utah.gov/arthritis

Asthma Program

The Utah Asthma Program works to promote comprehensive asthma control services by providing school- and home- based self-management education, helping those with asthma identify and reduce exposure to triggers, and increasing reimbursement for asthma services. Our partners include local health departments, schools, clinics, the American Lung Association, Utah Pediatric Partnership to Improvement Healthcare Quality, and Utah Asthma Task Force. We also work with health care organizations and providers to improve guidelines-based clinical care through quality improvement and team-based care. www.health.utah.gov/asthma

BeWise Program

The BeWise Program provides free cardiovascular screening to low income, underinsured, or uninsured women aged 40-64. The program offers eligible women health coaching, group classes, membership to Weight Watchers and is designed to help women set and reach their health goals through free education and resources. Trained educators cover a variety of health topics, including exercises, diet, smoking cessation, and support options. All of the education is tailored to meet the participant’s needs, abilities, and health goals. Participants will be contacted by the health coach 3-5 times in a year to see how the participant is doing with their goals and to provide additional tools and resources when needed. www.cancerutah.org/bewise

Cancer Control Program

The Utah Cancer Control program works with local health departments, health systems, and community partners to provide free or low cost cancer and cancer-related health screenings to women ages 40-64. We provide public and professional education on the importance of prevention and early detection of cancer and the availability of screening and health coaching services. We strive to make policy, system, and environmental changes that result in improved lifestyle choices, access to health care, and survivorship of cancer. www.cancerutah.org

Health Resource Center (Baby Your Baby & Check Your Health)

The Health Resource Center provides information to individuals who call the Utah Department of Health programs. We refer the public to appropriate government and community organizations and enroll eligible clients into the Baby Your Baby Presumptive Eligibility Program as well as the Utah Cancer Control Program. We also assist callers with applying for CHIP, PCN, UPP, and Medicaid. The Baby Your Baby and Check Your Health media campaigns are housed within the Health Resource Center. www.babyyourbaby.org and www.checkyourhealth.org

Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy And Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program

The Healthy Living through Environment, Policy, and Improved Clinical Care Program (EPICC) aims to reduce the incidence of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke by reducing obesity, increasing physical activity and nutritious food consumption, and improving diabetes and hypertension control. We work with many partners including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), HealthInsight, Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH), Utah State Office of Education (USOE), and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). www.choosehealth.utah.gov

Tobacco Prevention And Control Program

Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in Utah. The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) uses a comprehensive approach to reduce disease, disability and death related to tobacco use by preventing initiation, promoting quitting, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and addressing tobacco related disparities. The program applies a multi-component approach including (1) state and community interventions, (2) mass-reach media campaign, (3) cessation services, and (4) surveillance and evaluation. TPCP works with local health departments and other community agencies to develop and coordinate tobacco prevention and cessation interventions in every Utah community. www.tobaccofreeutah.org

Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN)

The Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN) is Utah’s comprehensive cancer control coalition, comprised of a diverse, professional group of stakeholders from across the state. Stakeholders represent a variety of groups and interest areas, including state and local governments, private and nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, researchers, physicians, cancer survivors, caregivers, patients, and advocates. The mission of UCAN is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through prevention and control, advocacy, partnerships, and survivorship. UCAN is led by an Executive Committee that oversees coalition activities and determines coalition priorities. www.ucan.cc

Utah Disability and Health Program

The Utah Disability and Health Program is committed to reducing health disparities associated with health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management programs and services for persons with disabilities. Inclusion and accessibility will be accomplished through policy, environment and system changes. The program is guided by the Utah Disability Advisory Committee, a coordinating council with representatives from state and local government agencies, business and community partners, self-advocates and caregivers. We collaborate with community and government partners to leverage technical assistance and other resources that will benefit the health status of persons with mobility limitations and intellectual disabilities.

Violence And Injury Prevention Program

The Violence and Injury Prevention Program collects data, increases public awareness, provides prevention funding, and offers prevention services for child injuries and fatalities, child maltreatment, dating and domestic violence fatalities, falls, motor vehicle injuries, prescription drug overdoses, rape and sexual assaults, school-based injuries, suicides, traumatic brain injuries, and violent deaths. Our partners include local health departments, health care systems, mental health agencies, schools, other state and local government agencies, and nonprofit community partners. VIPP also administers the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund as well as the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and TBI Rehabilitation Fund. www.health.utah.gov/vipp