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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
Staff Assistant II (EFNEP/HEART) Job Opening

Utah State University HEART and EFNEP are seeking a part time staff assistant. The Staff Assistant II (EFNEP/HEART) provides clerical support for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, and Teaching (HEART) Initiative. The successful applicant will be housed in the Davis County Extension Office in Kaysville.

Click here to learn more and apply today to join the team!

Did You Know? 
Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities
The Office of National Drug Control Policy shared a new tool this month to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction, the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities.

The guide gives information for rural communities and actions that can begin immediately (e.g., background information, action steps, and ways to help people with substance use disorders).

*The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county-specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different funds for rural communities impacted by addiction.

*The guide also has a companion supplement, a listing of promising practices which you can find here: Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices.
Community Highlight
Informing the National Narrative: Stories of Utah's Opioid Crisis

We are excited to announce the launch of the Informing the National Narrative: Stories of Utah's Opioid Crisis digital collection, a joint project of community scholars, the HEART team, and USU Libraries. The project is a collection of 31 interviews (audio and transcripts) of individuals from nine Utah Counties who have a personal connection to the opioid epidemic (e.g., people in recovery, family members, treatment providers, etc.). We invite you to explore the collection, listed to the experiences of our community members, and consider attending one of our community conversations in the spring.

To register and see more about the upcoming community conversations to be held in 9 Utah counties this spring and summer, click here.

Upcoming Events 
Community Education Dinner - East Carbon

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Union Hall (United Mine
Worker local #995)
705 Market St.
East Carbon, UT 84520

Click here to register
Stories of Utah's Opioid Crisis - Cache County Community Conversation

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cache County Extension Office
Multi Purpose Room
179 North Main St.
Logan, UT 84321

Click here to register
Stories of Utah's Opioid Crisis - Tooele County Community Conversation

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tooele Health Department
Room B-126
151 North Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074

Click here to register
Community Education Dinner - Green River

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Green River
Senior Center
335 East 175 South
Green River, UT 84525

Click here to register
Stories of Utah's Opioid Crisis - Box Elder County Community Conversation

Tuesday, April 2, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Utah State University Brigham City Campus
989 South Main
Brigham City, UT 84302

Click here to register
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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