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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.

2021 Intermountain Tribal & Rural Opioid Wellness Summit

This year's opioid wellness summit offers best practices, community panels, and opioid harm reduction education via Zoom, Tuesday, May 18, through Thursday, May 20, 2021. Guests will hear from leading researchers, service providers, and community members as they discuss the intersection of opioids, mental health, and well-being. Our goal is to inform and strengthen rural and tribal prevention, treatment and recovery services through increased understanding of harm reduction, stigma and supportive recovery environments. Find more details and a complete schedule 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. Learn about our virtual harm reduction training for substance and opioid use disorder professionals. 

Master Health Volunteer Program


Master Health Volunteer Program | USU Office of Health Equity & Community Engagement

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. Includes 40 hours of online, self-paced training, and to graduate, you will complete a self-designed, 40-hour, local volunteer project. Find more details and register for the next training session here.

Harm & Stigma Reduction & Opioid Use Disorder Fact Sheets

To learn more about Harm Reduction, best practices, reducing stigma, and opioid use disorder facts, please view our official fact sheets.