Rita Osborn
Tel: 435-865-8520

Utah is a Ute Indian world meaning "home on the mountain top" and makes sense if you consider that Utah is the rooftop of the United States. The average elevation of the tallest peaks in each of Utah's counties is 11,222 feet above sea level, higher than the same average of any other state. Utah also has incredible deserts and plateau regions.

Visitors love Utah's extravagant landscapes...its awesome redrock canyons, lush emerald forests and flaming sunsets. There is nothing like making first tracks on fresh snow, flyfishing in a trout stream or just listening to aspen leaves whisper in a cool autumn breeze.

If you've never wrapped your lips around luscious Bear Lake raspberries, kicked back at the Snowbird Jazz & Blues Festival, grilled Wayne County trout over an evening campfire, joined the Antelope Island Buffalo Roundup or simply succumbed to the grandeur of Zion National Park, then you have so much to look forward to in Utah.

Utah's attractions include canyons, colorful towns and breathtaking national parks. The state capitol, Salt Lake City, with its international airport 11km (7 miles) west of downtown, is the world center of the Mormon Church. Salt Lake City surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, boasts historic buildings, churches, museums, science exhibitions, near-by ski resorts and arts festivals. Salt Lake City was the host for the 2002 Winter Olympics with the largest sport program in history.

Key Points

Utah is a wonderful place to live and work. Utah's economy, internationally recognized for its rapid job growth, low unemployment and increasing diversity, is as strong as it has ever been. Utah has a strong economy with above-average employment growth and continues a four-decade history of low unemployment. Most Utah sectors are thriving. Tourism has set visitor records and new construction has set all-time highs in total valuation. Utah's work force is outstanding and continues to earn national plaudits. Relative to the rest of the nation, Utah workers are younger, healthier, and the most educated and productive. Also, the state has become known for its friendly business climate, moderate business taxes, and solid utility, communications and transportation infrastructures.

The cost of living in Utah compares favorably with the region and the nation. The American Chamber of Commerce Researchers' Association's Cost of Living Index for Salt Lake City shows all items are typically at or below the national average. Housing costs in Salt Lake City reflect a strong economy and in-migration. Analysts believe housing costs began a moderation that brought them in line with surrounding Western cities during 1996.

Utah ranks among the leading states in the educational attainment of its population. The state's system of public and private education offers a high quality educational experience for the nearly one-half million students in elementary and secondary programs. Utah has six four-year, degree-granting universities and colleges, including four state institutions and two private institutions as well as five community colleges. The University of Utah, Utah State University and Brigham Young University are the largest institutions in terms of student enrollment, number of degrees conferred, and research and development expenditures. In recent years, more than one-quarter of all students either worked on graduate degrees or declared undergraduate majors in science, engineering, agriculture, natural resources, mining and minerals or medicine and pharmacy.

It's not hard to understand why Utah is experiencing such a rapid population increase. Utah is truly an incredible place to live. Utah's low crime rate and growing job market coupled with our beautiful surroundings, make it difficult to find a place more suitable to live and raise a family!

The PCRH supports the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program and is the agency designated by the Governor of the State of Utah and the United States Department of State to act as the "Interested Government Agency" for physicians requesting J-1 Visa Waiver's in the State of Utah. For general information on the State of Utah Conrad State 30 Program activities, you can review the "Conrad State 30/J-1 Visa Waiver Program Fact Sheet."

PLEASE NOTE: As of April 20, 2009,only the following counties are eligible for J-1 visa waiver placements:Cache, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Juab, Kane, Piute, Utah, and Wayne,as well as select primary care HPSA designated Census Tracts: Central Weber, Magna, Midvale, South, Southeast, and West Valley located in Salt Lake and Weber counties.

The need in those communities not listed has been filled. You can go to the following web site to see if an employment site is located in a "primary care" health professional shortage area (HPSA); or you can view a HPSA map by clicking on "Health Professional Shortage Areas" or the button to the left with the same title. Utah does not use medically underserved area or medically underserved populations (MUA/MUP) designations to consider employment sites eligible for J-1 visa waiver placements.

J-1 VISA WAIVER requests Will ALSO be considered by the Utah Department of Health for Specialists and Sub-Specialists racticing in NON-HPSA designated areas, if the employment site meets the FLEX Slot requirements listed below.

"Primary Care" physicians include: Family Practice, Gynecologic, Internal Medicine, Obstetric, Pediatric, and Psychiatry.

Physicians with J-1 Visa's must find position in the State of Utah. We do not place providers or match with sites. Site must meet the US Department of State eligibility criteria.

J1 Contact Information

Mason Payne, MBA
Utah Department of Health
Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
3760 S Highland Dr., Ste. 361
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106
Phone: 801-638-9566
Utah Home Page

Rita Osborn
Southern Utah AHEC
Southern Utah University
351 W University Blvd
Cedar City, UT 84720
Phone: 435-865-8520
Southern Utah AHEC


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