Bureau Director: Anna Fondario, MPH
The Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) works diligently to reduce the leading causes of illness and death of Utahns through prevention, early detection, and management of injuries, chronic diseases and conditions, and promotion of early pre-natal care in community, school, worksite, and health care settings.
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 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.
The Utah Asthma Program works to increase access to comprehensive asthma control services for Utahns, which includes guidelines-based clinical care, self-management education, and trigger education and remediation. We work with healthcare organizations to promote guidelines-based clinical care through quality improvement projects and the free Asthma Webinar Series program. For Utahns with uncontrolled asthma in need of additional help, we fund Salt Lake County and Utah County Health Departments to provide the Utah Asthma Home Visiting Program, which includes intensive self-management education and referrals to trigger remediation services. In addition, we provide school nurse mini-grants to encourage completion of asthma-related projects, we house the Utah Recess Guidance, and we provide an asthma training for community health workers. Our partners include local health departments, the Association for Utah Community Health, the Utah Community Health Worker Coalition, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Habitat for Humanity, Primary Children’s Hospital, Utah Pediatric Partnership to Improvement Healthcare Quality, and the Utah Asthma Task Force.
The BeWise Program provides free cardiovascular risk screening to low income, underinsured, or uninsured women aged 40-64. The program also includes health coaching and is specifically 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 and abilities.
Breast and Cervical Cancer
The goal of the Utah Cancer Control (UCCP) Breast and Cervical Program is to increase the number of Utah women who receive recommended breast and cervical cancer screenings. The program provides education to help Utah women learn how they can prevent cancer, understand the importance of early detection (finding cancer early), and link them with treatment resources.
The UCCP provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to Utah women aged 40-64 who are low income, uninsured, or underinsured.
The Utah Cancer Genomics Program provides information and resources on hereditary breast/ovarian cancer (HBOC), and hereditary colon cancer due to Lynch syndrome. These resources and information are provided to healthcare professionals, healthcare systems, high risk individuals, and the general public.
The Utah Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCC) is dedicated to the idea that all Utahns deserve equal opportunity and access to achieving good health. CCC supports the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN) to bring together individuals, cancer survivors, health professionals, hospitals, policy makers, and other organizations interested in preventing and controlling cancer.
Disabilities Health Program
The Utah Disability and Health Program is housed within the Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Health Promotion. It is committed to improving the health of persons with disabilities by improving access and inclusion in health promotion programs, such as physical activity and nutrition, diabetes prevention and self-management and ending tobacco use. Utahns of all abilities will have more opportunities to adopt healthy lifestyles, prevent and manage chronic diseases and become more integrated into the communities in which they live.
Health Resource Center
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.
Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC)
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 thirteen local health departments, American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), HealthInsight, Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH), Utah State Board of Education (USBOE), and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT).
Tobacco Prevention and Control
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.
Violence and Injury Prevention and Control
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.