Each year, Get Healthy Utah gives Partnership Awards to organizations that have collaborated across sectors to significantly improve community health. This year at the Fall 2021 Get Healthy Utah Stakeholder Retreat, Partnership Awards were presented to five recipients. Three awards were presented for work done in 2020 and two awards were presented for work done in 2021.
Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)
The Utah Department of Transportation introduced Utah’s Transportation Vision, which looks to improve quality of life through good health, connected communities, better mobility, and a strong economy. In combination with their work on Safe Routes to School, TravelWise, and Move Utah, UDOT is working to build communities that improve quality of life for everyone.
Utah Worksite Wellness Council (UWWC)
For over 40 years the Utah Worksite Wellness Council has worked to help build and support effective worksite wellness programs in Utah. The UWWC provides the opportunity for employers to come together, learn from each other, share experiences, and share resources. This important work is helping Utahns have healthier work environments and healthier lives.
Utah Produce Incentive Collaborative
The Utah Produce Incentive Collaborative is a multi-sector coalition focused on increasing equitable access to healthy food throughout Utah. The collaborative successfully secured both national and local funding to support Double Up Food Bucks and Produce RX. These programs are a triple win for Utah. They help low-income families bring home more healthy food, support local farmers, and stimulate local economies.
Utah Public Health Association (UPHA) Community Health Workers Section
The Utah Public Health Association’s Community Health Worker section began on May 19th, 2016. In the five years since its creation, the Community Health Worker section has recognized, embraced, and advocated for better health in diverse communities. Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Health Worker section ensured that Utahns from a wide variety of backgrounds had access to needed resources and culturally-appropriate support.
Mike’s Food Town / Utah State University Extension Beaver County
Mike’s Food Town and USU Extension Beaver County partnered with Get Healthy and the Beaver Valley Hospital to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among children in Beaver, UT. With funding from the United Fresh Start Foundation, weekend bags of fresh produce were provided monthly to students at Belknap Elementary School. Vouchers to purchase additional fruits and vegetables at Mike’s Food Town were also provided, and healthy taste-testing events were provided throughout the community.