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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
Clear Recovery of Cache Valley - HEART SUD Curriculum

In an effort that combines many of our HEART Objectives, Tim Keady (a member of the Team) was invited to pilot a 16-week curriculum targeting patients at Clear Recovery of Cache Valley in treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The patients in the progressive and supportive local SUD Treatment Facility with the motto of "bringing families together" have been provided with a weekly one-hour session for a variety of education experiences and harm reduction training. 

The curriculum has provided educational experiences that includes: A Food $ense Programming Series, Gardening, Growing Micro-greens, an Employment Assistance Training and Education, Maintaining Good Health During Treatment, Opioids and other Drugs, Current Advances in Treatment, Stress and Relaxation, Drug Court, Medication Assisted Treatment, and Substance Use Disorder Bias and Stigma Education. The curriculum has successfully completed 1.5 cycles with ongoing evaluation.

What began as an effort to save lives by bringing Narcan training to Clear Recovery clients, their friends and families has evolved into a weekly pilot program introducing a variety of educational activities and experiences. The response has been exactly what was hoped, very positive with clients and presenters asking for the programs to continue. Jay and Lauren Hymas (Owners), Melanie Rust (Clinical Director) and their staff have graciously provided their support to our program. The client's participation has also been very enthusiastic. 

The fact that they look at those who come into their treatment facility as friends and not as clients provides a clue as to why they are having success with their programs. It is not difficult to imagine that Clear Recovery of Cache Valley may become a model for Substance Use Disorder programs across the state of Utah and possibly across the United States. With thousands dying of Substance Use Disorders, Clear Recovery is a bright example of the possibility of incorporating USU Extension and community members to actively support the educational treatment model of people with substance use disorders with the goal of "bringing families together."

Did You Know? 
USU HEART Celebrates First Year of Program Implementation
Our team began in July 2018 and July 1, 2019 marked our first full year of program implementation through the Utah State University HEART Initiative. Our diverse and multidisciplinary five faculty team, team evaluator, and part-time staff hit the ground running in July 2018. Our focus is the health and wellness of Utah, with a particular focus on current public health crises. In our first year, the HEART Initiative team used a community guided, comprehensive approach to addressing Utah’s opioid crisis in our nine counties and throughout the state. The team has done an amazing job creating large first year impacts in our four identified areas of need: Prevention and Education; Stigma Reduction; Strengthening Community Ties; and Harm Reduction. 

To view our year one impacts, click here. To stay up-to-date with the ongoing happenings of the USU HEART Initiative, visit our website here, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
Community Highlight
Community Education Dinner

Join USU HEART for an evening of education and dinner to talk about the current Opioid Crisis affecting both Carbon and Emery Counties. Monday, November 4, 2019 from 5 to 8 PM at Utah State University Eastern in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center.

This event is open to all members of the community who are interested in learning more on the current crisis. We will have presentations followed by panel discussions.

Learn all about these evidenced-based topics:

  • Naloxone/Narcan Training
  • Harm Reduction
  • Prevention
  • Treatment for Substance Use Disorder
  • Resources for Treatment and Recovery
All while enjoying a free delicious dinner.

A survey will be provided at the event to complete about the learning objectives and your experience.

Click here to register.
Upcoming Events 
Carbon & Emery 
Opioid & Substance Use Coalition Meetings

First Monday of the month from 11:00 am - noon
USU Eastern Student Center
Price, Utah
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