Most commonly known for agriculture, National Cooperative Extension has been shifting to health as the next essential area of emphasis. Utah State University is running a cutting-edge four-year pilot initiative to model how Extension can partner with health departments, research experts, community coalitions and other key stakeholders to better address the health and wellness needs in our state.
Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, & Teaching (HEART) is partnering locally and nationally to address the Opioid crisis and other pressing public health issues. This team covers nine counties where Opioid use disorder has had some of the most devastating effects. Beginning July 2018, five new HEART faculty are coordinating an on-the-ground effort that advances evidence-based information, community-based solutions, and multi-sector partnerships.
Dr. Ashley Yaugher serves Emery and Carbon Counties.
Dr. Maren Voss serves Utah and Tooele Counties.
Timothy Keady, MS, CHES serves Cache and Box Elder Counties.
Kandice Atismé, MPH, MHA serves Davis and Weber Counties.
Reshma Arrington, MPH serves Salt Lake County.
Each member of the team has a unique educational and career background and has been hand-picked to target Opioid prevention and harm reduction efforts in the state. They are well-positioned to partner, serve, advocate and support other community-level efforts to improve health and wellness in their respective counties, and across Utah. We look forward to working together toward a healthier Utah.