Organizations Come Together for Free Disease Prevention Education

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Multiple organizations joined forces on Jan. 13 at the Southeastern Utah Health Department (SEUHD) to offer disease prevention education, free screenings and more. The event featured participation from the Southeastern Utah Health Department, Utah Naloxone, Four Corners Behavioral Health, One Voice Recovery and Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness.

“It was very successful,” said Debbie Marvidikis, SEUHD Health Promotion Director. “I feel that we were able to use community resources to save lives.”

These life-saving resources included HIV and Hep-C testing, recovery services, Naloxone distribution, syringe services and disease prevention education, all offered for free through the participating entities. Those who attended the event had access to all of the services, or they could take part in just the options that appealed to them, in a safe environment.

“The health department is a safe place,” Marvidikis said, encouraging interested parties to attend future events without fear. “It is very private.”

During the event, 70 life-saving Naloxone kits were distributed. Overdose prevention, education and rescue training was also provided along with counseling support, addiction treatment information and more.

Because of the day’s success, a similar event will take place once again on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 12-6 p.m. The event is open and free to the public. For more information, please contact Marvidikis at (435) 637-3671.

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