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S.B. 31 Enrolled

                 

AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER AMENDMENTS

                 
2001 GENERAL SESSION

                 
STATE OF UTAH

                 
Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

                  This act modifies the Health Code to remove the Department of Health from the
                  responsibility of establishing area health education centers. The act establishes five regional
                  centers and makes technical changes. The act appropriates $300,000 from the General Fund
                  for fiscal year 2001-02 to the University of Utah Health Science Center to expand the Area
                  Health Education Center Program.
                  This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
                  AMENDS:
                      26-9-3, as enacted by Chapter 321, Laws of Utah 1995
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 26-9-3 is amended to read:
                       26-9-3. Rural health development initiatives.
                      (1) (a) The University of Utah Health Science Center [and the department] shall use any
                  appropriations it receives for developing area health education centers to establish and maintain
                  an area health education center program in accordance with this section.
                      (b) Implementation and execution of the area health education center program is
                  contingent upon appropriations from the Legislature.
                      (2) (a) The area health education [centers] center program shall consist of a central
                  program office[, and one or more area health education centers established throughout the state.
                  The purpose of the program is to establish and operate a statewide, decentralized, regional health
                  professions and training program, with special emphasis on addressing rural education and training
                  needs] at the University of Utah Health Science Center. The program office shall establish and
                  operate a statewide, decentralized, regional program with emphasis on addressing rural health
                  professions workforce education and training needs.
                      (b) The area health education center program shall have five regional centers serving the
                  following geographic areas:


                      (i) the northern center serving Box Elder, Cache, Rich, Weber, and Morgan counties;
                      (ii) the crossroads center serving Salt Lake, Wasatch, Summit, Tooele, Utah, and Davis
                  counties;
                      (iii) the central center serving Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne counties;
                      (iv) the eastern center serving Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Grand, San Juan, and
                  Uintah counties; and
                      (v) the southwest center serving Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington counties.
                      [(3) The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is responsible for the development and
                  maintenance of the area health education centers program. The department shall provide assistance
                  to the University of Utah Health Sciences Center for the development and maintenance of the area
                  health education centers program.]
                      [(4)] (3) The area health education [centers] center program shall attempt to acquire funding
                  from state, local, federal, and private sources.
                      [(5)] (4) Each area health education center shall provide community-based health professions
                  education programming for [a defined] the geographic area described in Subsection (2)(b) of this
                  section.
                      Section 2. Appropriation.
                      (1) There is appropriated from the General Fund for fiscal year 2001-02 only, $300,000 to
                  the University of Utah Health Science Center.
                      (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that this appropriation shall be used for the Area Health
                  Education Center program established in Section 26-9-3 .

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