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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

Utah Health Improvement Plan - Executive Committee Award

HEART team member Reshma Arrington received Utah Health Improvement Plan's (UHIP) Executive Committee Award for exceptional efforts to prevent suicide and reduce prescription drug misuse in Utah. You can learn more about UHIP, and view the Utah Health Improvement Plan 2017-2020, here

Did You Know? 

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force developed a report that is both "broad and deep and will have sections that are relevant to different groups of stakeholders regarding best practices."

The Final Report emphasizes multidisciplinary & multimodal treatment for acute and chronic pain in various settings. Learn more about specific Pain Task Force recommendations and see the full report here.

Community Highlight
Randall Carlisle

Randall Carlisle is a well-known figure in the state of Utah. The former lead news anchor on ABC4, got his start in media as a teenager, and retired in 2017 after 50 years in broadcasting. What some may not know is that Carlisle is now sober, and soon to celebrate his 7th birthday, after struggling as a functional alcoholic for years.

Carlisle has been working for Odyssey House, Utah's largest substance use treatment center, for the past year and a half. He says he's become a happier, more gentle, patient, caring person with sobriety. His experience at Odyssey has been very rewarding, especially seeing others go from living on the streets to finishing treatment programs, and moving on with life after getting jobs and moving into housing. To Carlisle "recovery is possible with anybody. Doesn't have to be somebody who goes to an expensive treatment center or goes to a nonprofit. Whatever works, works, but recovery is possible, and that's the message I want to get out."

Learn more about Carlisle's story on the podcast Project Recovery, here. For more on Odyssey House, click here.

Upcoming Events 
Save the Date!
Rural Opioid
Health & Wellness Summit -

Communities Empowered to Save Lives!

USU Eastern, Price, Utah 
July 18-19, 2019

Click here to register.
Carbon County
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 24, 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
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