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H.B. 142






Chief Sponsor: Ross I. Romero

Senate Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends the duties of the Center For Multicultural Health to include capacity
             11      building for translation and communication services for the Hispanic community.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    amends the duties of the Center for Multicultural Health.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          This bill appropriates:
             17          .    as an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints, $150,000 from the
             18      General Fund for fiscal year 2006-07 to the Department of Health.
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          26-7-2, as enacted by Chapter 286, Laws of Utah 2004
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 26-7-2 is amended to read:
             27           26-7-2. Center for Multicultural Health -- Duties.

             28          (1) As used in this section, "multicultural and minority health issues" means health,
             29      including mental and oral health, issues of particular interest to cultural, ethnic, racial, or other
             30      subpopulations, including:
             31          (a) disparities in:
             32          (i) disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, treatment, and treatment
             33      response; and
             34          (ii) access to care; and
             35          (b) cultural competency in the delivery of health care.
             36          (2) There is created within the department the Center for Multicultural Health.
             37          (3) The Center for Multicultural Health shall:
             38          (a) promote and coordinate the research, data production and dissemination, education,
             39      and health promotion activities of the department, local health departments, local mental health
             40      authorities, public schools, community-based organizations, Indian tribes, and other
             41      organizations within the state as they relate to multicultural and minority health issues;
             42          (b) assist in the development and implementation of programs to address multicultural
             43      and minority health issues;
             44          (c) promote the dissemination and use of information on multicultural and minority
             45      health issues by minority populations, health care providers, and others;
             46          (d) seek federal funding and other resources to accomplish its mission;
             47          (e) provide technical assistance to entities within the state seeking funding to study or
             48      address multicultural and minority health issues;
             49          (f) develop and increase the capacity of the center to provide translation and
             50      communication services for the Spanish language community;
             51          [(f)] (g) provide staff assistance to any advisory committee created by the department
             52      to study multicultural and minority health issues; and
             53          [(g)] (h) annually report to the Legislature on its activities and accomplishments.
             54          Section 2. Appropriation.
             55          As an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints, there is appropriated
             56      from the General Fund for fiscal year 2006-07, $150,000 to the Department of Health to fund
             57      the translation and communication duties of the Center for Multicultural Health.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-6-05 1:10 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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