) – In compliance with Senate Bill 33, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), Center for Multicultural Health has been replaced with the Office of Health Disparities Reduction (OHD). Dulce Díez, MPH, CHES, has been selected as its manager. Salt Lake City, UT
Díez says the new office will have a broader mission than the former Center for Multicultural Health, which focused only on racial and ethnic minority health. “As the new Office of Health Disparities Reduction, we will continue our commitment to tackling those issues, but we are also looking for opportunities to uncover and address health disparities by geography and income,” she explained.
“The name of the office reflects a goal that is a top priority for the Utah Department of Health,” said Dr. David Patton, UDOH Executive Director. “Many citizens of our state don’t enjoy the good health outcomes we have come to expect in
, but every citizen should have equal opportunities to become healthy.” Utah
Morgan, Cache, and
counties had the lowest death rates in the state, as well as the healthiest lifestyles. Duchesne, Carbon, and Beaver counties had the highest death rates. Rural areas of Summit had a number of problems with health care access. Utah
April Young Bennett
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