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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.

Debunked Podcast

A local podcast dispelling myths about the opioid crisis. Each episode will be released on the second Wednesday of the month.

Become a Master Health Volunteer

The Master Health Volunteer Program empowers people to make a difference in their own communities. Take our online course, with support from your local county USU Extension faculty. Learn about health and wellness, but also how to design an impactful volunteer project in your community. The course includes 40 hours of online, self-paced training, and to graduate, you will  complete a 40-hour, local volunteer project around something you are passionate about. Find more details and register for the next training session here.

Our Team

We strive to support and help our community to the best of our abilities. Get to know us! 

Well Connected Communities

Well Connected CommunitiesWell 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.

Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative

Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative | USU Office of Health Equity and Community EngagementThe 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. 

2020 Intertribal Opioid Wellness Summit

2020 Intertribal Opioid Wellness Summit | Tribal and Rural Opioid Iniative

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.