Categories: Announcements

“My doctor just told me I have type II diabetes. Now what do I do?”
“Everyone says I have to lower my BMI. I don’t know what that means.”
“I want to join an ALS patient support group. Is there one near my home?”

The need for reliable and clear consumer health information has never been greater. University of Utah Health Care provides 850,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually, with 10,000 people passing through the front doors of the University Hospital daily. With the opening of the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library in March, every one of these visitors now has convenient access to quality health information – information that can lead to better decision making, and ultimately, improved health care.

The library was funded through a generous donation from the George and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, and through the support and commitment of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and University of Utah Health Care. Located off the University Hospital’s main lobby, it offers an inviting, comfortable, and contemplative environment for information seekers. All patients, their families, and the general community are welcome.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff can locate, print, email, and mail relevant health information for visitors free of charge. Five computer workstations are available for accessing trustworthy online resources. A professional medical librarian can help visitors better understand their health issues, and is available to speak with groups about health information websites.

You can reach the library by:
• Stopping by in person. University Hospital’s main lobby, next to Starbucks.
• Calling 801-581-4685.
• E-mailing

April 14th, 2011

Free Webinar: Research to Practice: Examples of Translation in Public Health Systems and Services Research

Thursday, December 16
1:00 – 2:30 PM

This webinar focuses on two examples of translation in PHSSR. Participants will learn about designing research questions in partnership with practitioners, conducting research with practice partners, and sharing findings with those who can use them to support the implementation of evidence-based and innovative public health practice.
William Riley, Ph.D., associate dean for the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, will discuss his work developing a pilot program to expand the use of continuous quality improvement (CQI) principles to public health agencies, with a focus on reducing health disparities. Danielle Varda, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, will discuss her research examining partnerships in public health. In response, the researcher’s practice partners will discuss their experience working with the investigators, describe the research’s relevance for the field, and give suggestions for translating findings.
To register, click here:

November 30th, 2010

InfoFair 2010 — The Personal Health Record: Possible, Portable, Private?

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: George and Dolores Eccles Institute of Human Genetics Auditorium and the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building Atrium (2nd floor)
Who: Kenneth D. Mandl, M.D. and others
Hosted by: Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

InfoFair 2010 focuses on the personal health record. Kenneth D. Mandl, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, delivers the Clifford C. Snyder, M.D. and Mary Snyder Lecture Patients at the Center of an Innovation Platform: Personally Controlled Health Records and the App Store for Health from 8:45-9:45 a.m.

At 10:15-11:45 a.m. a Meet the Experts panel responds to Dr. Mandl’s remarks. Jean P. Shipman moderates panelists Amy Rees Anderson, Kirk L. Davis, Leslie Lenert, Curtis Newman and Nancy T. Lombardo. Panelists represent private, government, academic, hospital and patient interests.

At 11:45-12:15 Sarena Burgess from the National Library of Medicine will join us virtually to provide an overview of MedlinePlus Connect, a tool to link quality information to a patient record.

Exhibits with lunch takes place at 12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m. in the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building Atrium. Exhibits highlight various online personal health tools including myMediConnect, MyChart, My Health, My HealtheVet and My WebMD.

For details about InfoFair 2010 please visit the website at There are links to the schedule, presenters, and exhibits.

Contact Jeanne Le Ber if you have questions. 801-585-6744

November 18th, 2010

A UPIQ Learning Collaborative

The Children’s Healthcare Improvement Collaborative (CHIC) and the Utah Pediatric Partnership to Improve Healthcare Quality (UPIQ) are recruiting pediatric primary care and subspecialty practices along the Wasatch Front to participate in a 4-year Medical Home Demonstration Project focused on children with chronic conditions.   The project aims to evaluate practice-level innovations in care delivery.  Each participating practice will receive:
·         A Medical Home Coordinator (MHC), shared with one or two other practices, to help with care coordination for your patients, team building, and quality improvement. The MHC will be housed in your practice but employed, trained, and supervised by CHIC
·         Training, resources, and ongoing assistance from UPIQ Practice Coaches, Parent Partners (selected from your practice and trained/coordinated by CHIC), and experienced case managers to support your efforts in innovation and improvement
·         Technical assistance for your medical home infrastructure, including optimizing utility of your electronic health record
This project is funded by a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The funding may be augmented by Utah insurance companies, which would allow direct compensation to practices to help build infrastructure and support innovation in care delivery.

A Request for Application (RFA) will be mailed directly to pediatricians and subspecialists and will arrive shortly; the 2-page application is due no later than 5pm on November 23rd.  In-person interviews will be conducted with final candidate practices in December.  Space is limited, so please carefully review the details outlined in the RFA before submitting an application.  For more information, contact Chuck Norlin at 801-581-5239.

– Application deadline is November 23, 2010 –

November 16th, 2010

The NAMI Utah Conference will be held on Thursday, November 4th from 8:30-5 at the Union Building at the University.

The conference was scheduled at the student union building to encourage University faculty, staff and student participation. A “heads up” is appreciated for planning purposes, however if you’d like to attend the entire day and participate in lunch, please register and pay the registration fee.

Thursday November 4, 2010
Ray Olpin Student Union Building, University of Utah
200 S. Central Campus Drive, SLC
Register at

October 27th, 2010