Division of
Family Health
and Preparedness

The Division of Family Health and Preparedness consists of the Office of the Director, which supervises Bureau and Office Directors

Division of Family Health and Preparedness

The mission of the Division of Family Health and Preparedness is to assure basic levels of quality care for the most vulnerable citizens of the State of Utah. This quality assurance is accomplished through the use of regulatory standards, processes, and authorities. The division additionally works to achieve continuous improvement and evidence-based decision making both internally to the division, and externally through the numerous programs that we operate.

Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)

The mission of CSHCN is to improve the health and quality of life for children with special health care needs, and their families, through early screening and detection, data integration, care coordination, education, intervention, and life transitions.

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Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness (BEMSP)

The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness, is the lead agency for Utah’s EMS system and public health and medical preparedness and response. The BEMSP is housed within the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Division of Family Health and Preparedness. To ensure constituent input, the BEMSP has three statutory committees, three subcommittees, and various task forces.

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Bureau of Licensing and Certification (BLC)

The Bureau is assigned by the state Department of Health to regulate health care and child care facilities and providers in the State of Utah. We are part of the Division of Health Systems Improvement.

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Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (MCH)

The Maternal and Child Health BUREAU supports the Utah Department of Health’s mission to reduce illness, disability, and death among women of childbearing ages, children, and youth in the State. The Bureau identifies health concerns, prioritizes strategies to address needs, develops programs, coordinates efforts, and develops resources to address health issues for mothers and children.

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Office of Background Processing (OBP)

The Office of Background Processing is responsible for completing background clearances for licensed health facility direct access staff, child care providers, emergency medical personnel, licensed medical cannabis entities, and the Department of Health Employees. Utilizing state statute, rules, and policy, fitness determinations are made on individuals which may allow them to have access to some of Utah’s most vulnerable populations. Our mission is to provide timely, accurate, data driven decisions to the citizens of Utah.

Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (OPCRH)

Office of Primary Care and Rural Health coordinates federal, state, and local efforts aimed at improving the health of Utah&rquo;s rural and medically underserved residents. OPCRH works with Utah’s urban and rural communities, agencies and organizations to recruit health care professionals, identify sources of funding, and to implement other projects related to decreasing disparity and increasing access to primary health care services.

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