Office of Health Equity and Community Engagement
Utah State University has the Land Grant mission of serving all corners of our state with evidence-based information, support and collaboration. This new office will serve as a hub for our health volunteers, tribal and rural wellness outreach efforts, and other health initiatives.
A local podcast dispelling myths about the opioid crisis. Each episode will be released on the second Wednesday of the month.
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Well Connected Communities supports coalition development around local health needs to grow place-based health and wellness. Teams across Utah create multi-sector coalitions to tackle tough social issues like diabetes prevention, substance use, and mental health. With a youth-led model, this initiative embodies the best of youth-adult partnerships in creating health equity. Visit here for more information.
The Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative targets rural and tribal communities in Utah, and works to reduce stigma around treatment best practices. Harm reduction is the gold standard, evidence-based best approach to substance use treatment, and includes syringe distribution, overdose reversal medications, and medication assisted treatment, like methadone. Due to stigma around these approaches, we work to educate health professionals and community members about the scientific evidence, in the hopes of eliminating myths and promoting health. Click here to see resources and information from the 2020 Intertribal Opioid Wellness Summit. Or, learn about our virtual harm reduction training for substance and opioid use disorder first responders and professionals.
The first-ever FREE, online, rural community summit! Participants were offered resources for strengthening hope and resiliency, coping strategies, wellness tools and opioid harm reduction education, presented by leading health and wellness experts in all four quadrants of the Wellness Wheel - spiritual, mental, physical and emotional wellness. Summit resources and session replays are now available.