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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies the Utah Health Code to address the Center for Multicultural Health
11 and provide for an American Indian-Alaskan Native Health Liaison.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . renames the Center for Multicultural Health to be the Office of Health Disparities
16 . establishes the position of American Indian-Alaskan Native Health Liaison; and
17 . makes technical and conforming amendments.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 9-9-104.6, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 286
25 26-7-2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 349
27 26-7-2.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 9-9-104.6 is amended to read:
31 9-9-104.6. Participation of state agencies in meetings with tribal leaders --
32 Contact information.
33 (1) For at least three of the joint meetings described in Subsection 9-9-104.5 (2)(a), the
34 division shall coordinate with representatives of tribal governments and the entities listed in
35 Subsection (2) to provide for the broadest participation possible in the joint meetings.
36 (2) The following may participate in all meetings described in Subsection (1):
37 (a) the chairs of the Native American Legislative Liaison Committee created in Section
38 36-22-1 ;
39 (b) the governor or the governor's designee; [
40 (c) (i) the American Indian-Alaskan Native Health Liaison appointed in accordance
41 with Section 26-7-2.5 ; or
42 (ii) if the American Indian-Alaskan Native Health Liaison is not appointed, a
43 representative of the Department of Health appointed by the executive director of the
44 Department of Health; and
53 (3) (a) The chief administrative officer of the agencies listed in Subsection (3)(b) shall:
54 (i) designate the name of a contact person for that agency that can assist in coordinating
55 the efforts of state and tribal governments in meeting the needs of the Native Americans
56 residing in the state; and
57 (ii) notify the division:
58 (A) who is the designated contact person described in Subsection (3)(a)(i); and
59 (B) of any change in who is the designated contact person described in Subsection
61 (b) This Subsection (3) applies to:
62 (i) the Department of Agriculture and Food;
63 (ii) the Department of Community and Culture;
64 (iii) the Department of Corrections;
65 (iv) the Department of Environmental Quality;
66 (v) the Department of Public Safety;
67 (vi) the Department of Transportation;
68 (vii) the Office of the Attorney General;
69 (viii) the State Tax Commission; and
70 (ix) any agency described in Subsection (2)(c) or (d).
71 (c) At the request of the division, a contact person listed in Subsection (3)(b) may
72 participate in a meeting described in Subsection (1).
73 (4) A participant under this section who is not a legislator may not receive
74 compensation or benefits for the participant's service, but may receive per diem and travel
75 expenses in accordance with:
76 (a) Section 63A-3-106 ;
77 (b) Section 63A-3-107 ; and
78 (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
79 63A-3-107 .
80 Section 2. Section 26-7-2 is amended to read:
81 26-7-2. Office of Health Disparities Reduction -- Duties.
82 (1) As used in this section[
83 (a) "Multicultural or minority health [
84 mental and oral health issue, [
85 subpopulations, including:
88 response; and
91 (b) "Office" means the Office of Health Disparities Reduction created in this section.
92 (2) There is created within the department the [
93 of Health Disparities Reduction.
94 (3) The [
95 (a) promote and coordinate the research, data production [
96 education, and health promotion activities of the following that relate to a multicultural or
97 minority health issue:
98 (i) the department[
99 (ii) local health departments[
100 (iii) local mental health authorities[
101 (iv) public schools[
102 (v) community-based organizations[
103 (vi) other organizations within the state [
105 (b) assist in the development and implementation of one or more programs to address a
106 multicultural [
107 (c) promote the dissemination and use of information on a multicultural [
108 minority health [
109 (d) seek federal funding and other resources to accomplish [
110 (e) provide technical assistance to [
111 funding to study or address a multicultural [
112 (f) develop and increase the capacity of the [
113 (i) ensure the delivery of qualified timely culturally appropriate translation services
114 across [
115 (ii) provide, [
116 communication services for limited English proficiency individuals;
117 (g) provide staff assistance to any advisory committee created by the department to
118 study a multicultural [
119 (h) annually report to the Legislature on its activities and accomplishments.
120 Section 3. Section 26-7-2.5 is enacted to read:
121 26-7-2.5. American Indian-Alaskan Native Health Liaison -- Duties.
122 (1) As used in this section:
123 (a) "Health care" means care, treatment, service, or a procedure to improve, maintain,
124 diagnose, or otherwise affect an individual's physical or mental condition.
125 (b) "Liaison" means the American Indian-Alaskan Native Health Liaison appointed
126 under this section.
127 (2) Subject to budget constraints, the executive director shall appoint an individual as
128 the American Indian-Alaskan Native Health Liaison.
129 (3) The liaison shall on behalf of the executive director and the department:
130 (a) promote and coordinate collaborative efforts between the department and Utah's
131 American Indian population to improve the availability and accessibility of quality health care
132 impacting Utah's American Indian populations on and off reservations;
133 (b) interact with the following to improve health disparities for Utah's American Indian
135 (i) tribal health programs;
136 (ii) local health departments;
137 (iii) state agencies and officials; and
138 (iv) providers of health care in the private sector;
139 (c) facilitate education, training, and technical assistance regarding public health and
140 medical assistance programs to Utah's American Indian populations; and
141 (d) staff an advisory board by which Utah's tribes may consult with state and local
142 agencies for the development and improvement of public health programs designed to address
143 improved health care for Utah's American Indian populations on and off the reservation.
144 (4) The liaison shall annually report the liaison's activities and accomplishments to the
145 Native American Legislative Liaison Committee created in Section 36-22-1 .
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