Academics & Research

February 2021

Feb

25

Empowering Others to Live a Healthy Life

Newly appointed Chief Wellness Officer Amy Locke, MD, continues to champion the important programs and services that drive the health and well-being of our health care teams, our patients, and the community we serve. Her vision for the future focuses on preventive medicine, social determinants of health, clinical integration of wellness services, and connection to purpose.

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Feb

24

COVID-19 Weekly Update, February 23, 2021

With vaccinations and the continued public health actions of masking, washing hands, staying home when sick, and keeping physical distance, fewer than one in 159 Utahns has an active case of coronavirus. Fortunately, hospitalizations and deaths also continue to decline across our state. To date, about nine percent of all Utahns are vaccinated, including nearly 70 percent of Utahns 70 and older.

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Feb

17

COVID-19 Weekly Update, February 16, 2021

We continue to see sustained declines in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19. Thanks to Governor Cox and our legislators, the state continues to successfully roll out vaccinations, with about 60 percent of all Utahns over the age of 70 having been vaccinated. However, between vaccinations and recovered cases, immunity to coronavirus appears to be lower than expected statewide so continued masking, hand washing, social distancing, and staying home when sick are critical.

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Feb

11

The Power of Storytelling

At the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Dr. Mark Rapaport, CEO of Huntsman Mental Health Institute, participated in a panel discussion with four accomplished filmmakers. They talked about the powerful combination of science and storytelling to influence mental health and foster resiliency in troubled times.

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Feb

10

COVID-19 Weekly Update, February 9, 2021

As Utah continues to see decreases in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, it indicates that our strategies are working. We are in a race between vaccinations and mutations and we must continue to do all we can to prevent infections while we inoculate our community. At the request of the state, U of U Health is preparing to augment statewide vaccination efforts for many of our patients.

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Feb

08

Leadership Defined by the Success of Others

As the new, and first female, chair of dermatology, Kristina Callis Duffin, MD, MS, believes a leader should find their greatest joy and satisfaction through the success of others. While creating opportunities for people to engage in meaningful work, she wants to develop more women and underrepresented minorities for leadership roles, pursue innovations in dermatopathology, and utilize patient-reported outcomes as a decision-making tool.

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Feb

05

Sounding the Trumpet for Racial Healing

Family medicine physician Jessica L. Jones shares key takeaways from the latest Friday Forum on Racism in Higher Education. National thought leaders discussed how we can begin the process of racial healing on our campus, emphasizing the importance of creating a space in which people can step forward and tell their own stories.

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Feb

03

COVID-19 Weekly Update, February 2, 2021

As of Feb. 2, 2021, one in 85 Utahns currently has an active coronavirus infection, down from one in 53 this time last month. Increasing numbers of vaccinated Utahns, growing numbers of Utahns who have recovered from coronavirus with presumed immunity, and continued preventive health measures are contributing to these improvements. We are seeing downward trends in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state.

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