Health & Wellness

USU Health Extension Co-Hosts Opioid Summit

Utah State University Extension recently launched a new program this spring – Health Extension: Advocacy, Research & Teaching (HEART). The program came about as a way to provide credible resources to help Utahns improve their health and wellness in multiple areas, including physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, social, environmental, spiritual and financial.
The first area of focus for HEART is on opioid misuse prevention and treatment. As a start for addressing this issue, an Opioid Health and Wellness Summit will be held August 1-2 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. The summit is co-hosted by USU Extension Health, the USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the College of Education, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in Utah to come together to learn, network and collaborate on substance use disorder issues in the state.
The summit is designed for anyone working in the areas of opioid misuse prevention or treatment, including social workers, first responders, public officials, medical professionals, mental health professionals, educators and researchers, advocates, family members and people in recovery.
According to Carrie Durward, USU Extension nutrition specialist and summit coordinator, the summit includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions and workshops. Highlights include evidence-based best practices for opioid misuse prevention, treatment and harm reduction; programs and efforts in the state of Utah and around the country; and local networks that will provide opportunities for collaboration. 
For registration information, visit For further summit information, contact Durward at or 435-797-5843.

Writer: Julene Reese, 435-757-6418,
Contacts: Sandra Sulzer, 435-797-2925,
Carrie Durward, 814-321-3632, 

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