JUNE 2020
Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, Teaching (HEART) is partnering locally and nationally to address the Opioid crisis and other pressing public health issues. The Health & Wellness faculty team serves the state of Utah. Five faculty are housed in nine counties where Opioid Use Disorder has had some of the most devastating effects. HEART seeks to coordinate on-the-ground efforts that advance evidence-based information, community-based solutions, and multi-sector partnerships.
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Each month for a year and a half, the HEART Beat Newsletter has published the HEART Initiative’s news, accomplishments, highlights, upcoming events, and more. The HEART Beat newsletter now has 17 published issues. To reflect back on these past issues, view them any time on the HEART website.

Thank you to all who have read and partnered with the HEART Initiative. The HEART team appreciates all the support you have offered over the past two years. The HEART Initiative is committed to making a significant impact in the community and will continue to keep you updated through the HEART Beat Newsletter.

Once again, thank you to everyone who reads and supports the HEART Beat Newsletter.

Did You Know? 
The PARCKA Parley

Did you know that the Program of Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge, and Advocacy (PARCKA) holds monthly hour-long seminars which they call Parleys, focused on a topic around addiction?

June’s Parley is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th, and the topic will be “Working with community partners on developing sustainable education about opioid use disorders and treatment options” presented by Kris Williams and Kristy Baron from Weber State University School of Nursing. You can view past Parleys on the PARCKA’s Facebook page or on the PARCKA website

May’s Parley was titled “Training Providers and Staff about Chronic Pain Management and Opioids in Long-Term Care,” presented by Linda Edelman from the University of Utah’s College of Nursing.

The “Managing Opioid Use in Long-Term Services and Supports” curriculum is interprofessional and can be utilized by anyone who is interested in learning more about the use of opioids in long-term care for the treatment of chronic pain. The modules were developed through a literature review and feedback from professionals and community members in Utah.

There are eight modules in the curriculum, lasting about 20 minutes, that can be taken in either group settings or individually. Modules focus on topics such as “opioid use in older adults with dementia” to "motivational interviewing" or “non-opioid pharmacological & non-pharmacological pain management techniques”. The module curriculum includes case scenarios and slideshow voice-over recordings developed by an interprofessional team of experts. If you are interested in the course, you can begin the modules here. If you are interested in reviewing the PARCKA’s May 19th Parley, click here to be redirected to the Facebook video. 

Community Highlight
Eye-Catching Banners for Summer 2020

You might notice some striking new banners at the Brigham City Pioneer Park & Tremonton Jeanie Stevens Park. The banners feature important messages for parents about how to keep their kid’s safe this summer. They’re part of a new partnership between Box Elder Safe Communities Coalition and Parents Empowered. The eye-catching messages encourage parents to spend time with their kids in the park, enjoying various outdoor activities, in an effort to prevent underage drinking. Studies show parents are the number one reason kids don’t drink. That’s why developing a close relationship with a child by spending time with them, doing things they like to do, is so essential. This message is featured prominently in the baseball field banners, reminding parents that “you can’t strike out with quality time.” 

The Box Elder Safe Communities Coalition, or BESCC, is a group of individuals focused on helping make our community safer, healthier, and happier place to live. The BESCC helps empower and unite community members by raising awareness of local issues and providing education and resources to help people thrive. Preventing underage drinking and substance abuse in our homes, neighborhoods and communities requires teamwork and collaboration.

For more information about the coalition click here, or contact HEART Team member Tim Keady at, or the contact the Coalition Coordinator at 435-695-2094. 

Upcoming Events 
To prevent the spread of illness and promote health and wellness, USU Extension has moved some programming online. Please contact your county Extension office to see if they are offering in-person programs.
Utah County (Orem area) and Tooele County are signing up Mentors and Mentees for Health Rocks! starting June 2020.

Contact Maren Voss at or Gabriela Murza at for more information.
Peer Support Specialist Hybrid Online/Broadcast/In-Person Trainings will start in August 2020.

Contact Maren Voss at for more information.
Carbon & Emery 
Opioid & Substance Use Coalition Meetings Now Online.

First Monday of the month from 11:00 am - noon
Now held online
Please email Ashley Yaugher, PhD for the meeting link.
Living Well with Chronic Pain being offered as a virtual class for the first time.

Contact Rebbi Burdett at for more information.
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