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Utah State University launches virtual research series

Posted at 6:36 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 09:15:59-04

A new interactive virtual health series kicks off next week, featuring experts from Utah State University and sponsored by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah.

According to their website, Utah State University outlines Blue Plate Research as, "A new event series from Utah State University that is focused on sharing easy-to-understand well-being research with Utah health advocates, statewide stakeholders, and the public."

"Our goal here is to feature USU’s nationally recognized research team in a very informative and what I would say is approachable manner," said Jim Swayze, President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah.

Swayze says the new virtual platform makes the this important information more accessible and more widespread to all Utahns.

Utah State University President Noelle Cockett says, "We have over 130 faculty at Utah State who actually work in the areas of health and well-being."

And now these experts are sharing their expertise with all of us, something Cockett says they've been able to excel at.

"We think of it as a continuous circle of research informing our outreach, and our outreach raising issues that need to be further researched which then feeds into our research program," Cockett says.

Mental Health is the focus of the first session, along with Music Therapy. Other topics include Equine-Assisted Therapy. "It combines therapy for people with anxiety, uh, people with post-traumatic anxiety, with working with horses," says Cockett.

At Utah State right now they are focusing this program on veterans and plan to share what they've found works with their audience at the Blue Plate Research Series, getting underway Tuesday, September 29 at 11:30 a.m.

"Just give this a try, because once you do, you’re hooked," says Cockett. "There are so many, and they’re so diverse, the topics, the things you can learn about, it’s a very very fun series, and I hope you can see my enthusiasm. We’re very very excited to be able to launch this."

For more information or to register, visit blueplateresearch.usu.edu.