In September 2020, a team of five USU Extension faculty from the Home and Community Department, Marketing, and Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) program received a $75,000 Coronavirus Prevention Messaging Grant from the Utah Department of Heritage Arts. This grant aims to disseminate information that supports the health guidance found in Utah Leads Together and Utah Department of Health (UDOH) phased guidelines, reaching underserved populations, high-risk individuals and their caregivers, multi-cultural communities, and geographical areas of Utah that show high rates of infection, as monitored by UDOH.
HEART team faculty member, Gabriela Murza, is the principal investigator of the grant, and the HEART team are serving as consultants to and creators of messaging surrounding mental health, self-care, and caring for others in times of crisis. Additional faculty representing Family and Consumer Sciences and Marketing have expertise in health, wellness, and personal safety and will be creating messaging surrounding those themes.
The grant period runs through the end of December 2020, so be on the lookout for messaging encouraging you to continue following public health guidance, engaging with the economy, and taking care of self and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.