Michael J. Tinkler, DEA speaking at the Summit

Grand County public safety professionals receive awards for exceptional service

Cedar City, Utah, 10/13/21 — 

Members of the Utah Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium (UROHC) received the opportunity to meet as a group at Southern Utah University for the Public Safety/Public Health Summit. This event brought together law enforcement, first responders, and public health partners from Iron, Beaver, Carbon, Emery, Wayne, Piute, Garfield, Kane, and Grand Counties. 

As a consortium, the goal of the event was to utilize the resources available to each county to maximize the efforts in the battle against the opioid epidemic. The UROHC Summit addressed issues related to opioid use, overdose, opioid education, prevention programs, and the coordination of care for individuals and their family members after an overdose.

Twelve public safety and public health professionals received awards for providing exemplary service to their respective communities in rural Utah. Of those twelve individuals, two awardees hail from Grand county. 

Those Grand County public safety professionals are Captain Shan Hackwell (Grand County Sheriff’s Office), and Deputy Micah Ward (Grand County Sheriff’s Office). 

Kasey Shakespear, Program Director of the Utah Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium mentions that “Combating opioid use disorder is critical as we see the damage it does to our communities daily. This event was an opportunity to forge the necessary relationships to help these communities. It will take efforts from all of these groups to end this opidemic.” 



The mission of Utah Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium is to bring together providers, health care entities, FQHCs, public and behavioral health, and nonprofit organizations to coordinate resources, and expertise to combat opioid use disorder in Utah.


If you would like more information about the Utah Rural Opioid Consortium please call Kasey Shakespear at (435) 879-4364 or email kaseyshakespear@suu.edu