College of Health Sciences Recognized as a Healthy People Champion

Published: April 03, 2023 | Author: Ryann Anderegg | Read Time: 2 minutes

SUU College of Sciences named Healthy People ChampionSouthern Utah University’s College of Health Sciences is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Healthy People 2030 Champion.

“The Healthy People 2030 objective to increase interprofessional prevention education in health professions training programs fits with the SUU College of Health Sciences plans to develop an Interprofessional Mobile Wellness Program,” said Dr. Mark Siemon, registered nurse and assistant professor of nursing at SUU. “The program aims to increase opportunities for SUU students to collaborate on interprofessional wellness initiatives to improve the health and wellness of rural communities and vulnerable populations in southwestern Utah. The project will also provide an opportunity for SUU health profession students to encourage students in rural communities and minority students to consider careers in healthcare.”

As a Healthy People 2030 Champion, SUU has demonstrated a commitment to helping achieve the Healthy People 2030 vision of a society in which all people can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across their lifespans. ODPHP recognizes the College of Health Sciences, along with other Healthy People 2030 Champions, as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with ODPHP to improve health and well-being at the local, state, and tribal levels.

The mission of SUU’s College of Health Sciences is to offer students the knowledge and experience needed to build a healthier and sustainable tomorrow through dynamic, hands-on, and student-centered learning. The COHS vision is to empower students to change the world by promoting sustainability in health, wellness, and quality of life.

“Collaborating with the ODPHP and being recognized as a Healthy People 2030 Champion is a positive, progressive step toward fulfilling the COHS mission and achieving the COHS vision,” said Dr. J. Tony Oliver, dean of the College of Health Sciences at SUU.

Healthy People 2030 is the fifth iteration of the Healthy People initiative, which sets 10-year national objectives to improve health and well-being nationwide. Healthy People 2030 Champions are public and private organizations that are working to help achieve Healthy People objectives. They receive official support and recognition from ODPHP.

“ODPHP is thrilled to recognize SUU for its work to support the Healthy People 2030 vision,” said RADM Paul Reed, ODPHP Director. “Only by collaborating with partners nationwide can we achieve Healthy People 2030’s overarching goals and objectives.”

Healthy People 2030 Champion is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Used with permission. Participation by SUU does not imply endorsement by HHS/ODPHP.

About the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

ODPHP plays a vital role in keeping the nation healthy through Healthy People 2030, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, and other programs, services, and education activities. ODPHP is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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