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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.
HEART Team Highlights
Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program

USU Extension recently received a grant for $175,000 for opioid prevention, treatment and recovery opportunities under USDA's 2019 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The DLT program helps rural communities use telecommunications to connect people and the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density.

According to Maren Wright Voss, USU Extension professional practice assistant professor of health and wellness, the award couldn't come at a better time, as the state of Utah has been one of the hardest hit by the opioid overdose deaths.

"To combat it, we need better treatment resources in our rural areas," she said. "The USDA funding will be used to enhance the equipment and broadcast curriculum for peer support specialist trainings in rural Utah. We are excited to partner with the USDA in supporting a critical treatment resource for those suffering from the opioid epidemic." 

Learn more about USU Extension's USDA grant here.

Did You Know? 
Naloxone for Opioid Overdose 101
"Naloxone for Opioid Overdose 101" is a new online training developed by the Utah Poison Control Center and the Utah Department of Health.

The 15-20 minute training reviews what opioids are and how they work, the signs of an opioid overdose, what naloxone is and how it works, when and how to use naloxone and Utah laws related to naloxone. Participants will receive a Naloxone for Opioid Overdose 101 Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the course.

You can view the Naloxone for Opioid Overdose 101 training here, and the Utah Poison Control Center's Naloxone administration videos here.

Naloxone is a safe antidote to opioids that has no risk of abuse and will not help or harm someone if they are overdosing on another drug. Locate Naloxone near you by clicking here. Additional Naloxone information is available by contacting your closest HEART Team member or Tim Keady at
Community Highlight
A Light to Remember

An evening of grieving, an evening of hope. A Light to Remember is a lantern tribute to the nearly 80,000 lives that were cut short last year due to overdose and to recognize the loved ones who have been left behind to cope with the loss. Far too many of us are grieving this day, but today is also a day of hope, a call to further action to end this crisis. Join us, our families, and community advocates, as we come together to celebrate life and create change in a pattern that is avoidable! This event is open to all but Tribute Lanterns are limited. Reserve yours now by securing a spot at this event here.

Upcoming Events 

Overdose Awareness Event

Saturday, August 24, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price City, Peace Gardens
185 E Main Street
Price, UT 84501

A Community Conversation on the Opioid Epidemic

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Ogden Library
2464 Jefferson Ave. 
Ogden, UT 84401

Carbon & Emery 
Opioid & Substance Use Coalition Meetings

First Monday of the month from 11:00 am - noon
USU Eastern Student Center
Price, Utah
Mental Health Screening for Youth

Davis County students and families are invited to a free youth mental health screening night to address depression, anxiety, suicide, bipolar disorder, and more. Meet mental health providers, enjoy refreshments and learn more about the mental health resources in your community. These screenings are not a full psychological evaluation and are not a clinical diagnosis.

Secondary screenings: September 25, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Viewmont High School
Pre-Kindergarten & elementary screenings: October 1, 2019 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Davis Behavioral Health
Community Education Dinner

Open to all members of the community who are interested in learning more on the current Opioid Crisis affecting both Carbon and Emery Counties. Dinner will be followed by presentations and panel discussions.

Monday, November 4, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
USU Eastern Multipurpose Room
Price, Utah

To register or learn more about this event, click here.
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