USU HEART Initiative receives accolades

USU HEART Initiative receives accolades

The Utah State University Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, & Teaching (HEART) Initiative team will be honored in October for its approach to the opioid epidemic.

The team will be honored during the virtual 2020 Epsilon Sigma Phi National Conference for community education and harm reduction.

The team was also honored with the Innovative Program Team Award and the Marketing/Public Relations Team award from the Utah Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences; the ESP IOTA (Utah) Chapter Distinguished Team Award; and the Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Western Distinguished Team Award on a national level.

“Our multidisciplinary team of faculty are all from different backgrounds and training modalities, which really sets the team apart and allows us to be successful in making significant impacts in many domains of health and wellness,” Ashley Yaugher, HEART coordinator and team lead, said. “The team has done amazing work these past two years, and we are excited to continue to serve our communities and state. We are proud to be saving lives and of our collaborative efforts across the state to bring additional programming, funding, and support to our communities.”

The HEART Initiative is a four-year program addressing the opioid epidemic and other public health issues.