Congressional testimony: Modernizing child welfare

On Sept. 28, 2023, Utah DHHS Executive Director Tracy Gruber testified as part of a panel discussion in front of the House Subcommittee on Work and Welfare, part of larger...
Last updated: September 29, 2023

Utahns encouraged to protect themselves from respiratory illness this fall and winter

COVID-19, flu, and RSV vaccines are now available Salt Lake City— Vaccines against COVID-19, flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) are now available to help Utahns avoid winter respiratory infections....
Last updated: September 12, 2023

Why DCFS doesn’t comment on child abuse and neglect cases

The Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) works with children and families during some of their most vulnerable moments. DCFS respects that each child and family has a right...
Last updated: September 8, 2023

DCFS maintains confidentiality in its casework

The DHHS Division of Child and Family Services has received numerous media inquiries about the arrest of parenting YouTuber Ruby Franke. Due to confidentiality and the privacy of the children...
Last updated: September 1, 2023

Rumor control: No mask mandate plans for Utah

This communication was sent to the Utah Legislature from Utah DHHS Executive Director Tracy Gruber on August 31, 2023. Dear Members of the Legislature, Beginning about two weeks ago, the...
Last updated: August 31, 2023

Don’t forget to take precautions against mosquito bites

Salt Lake City—Given the record-breaking water season in Utah, mosquitoes are abundant this summer. Fortunately, only some of them spread illnesses. More than 200 types of mosquitoes live in the...
Last updated: August 31, 2023

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