Empowering Change: A Summer of Impact with Naphtali Garcia Arana, Our Community Outreach Intern

Community engagement and activism play a vital role in shaping the future of our environment and society. One remarkable individual who has truly exemplified the power of grassroots efforts and community involvement is Naphtali Garcia Arana, a dedicated community outreach intern at HEAL Utah

2023 Legislative Recap

On Friday, March 3rd, the 2023 Utah Legislative Session officially ended with a record 1,400 bill requests, 933 bills filled, and 575 bills passed. During these fast-paced 45 days, topics such as healthcare, education, and even updating Utah’s state flag gained special attention from Utahns.

Here is a bit about this year’s interns and their amazing work.

Celebrating Community Accomplishments During the 2023 Legislative Session.​

We’ve mentioned Community Lobbying several times in the past few months. Now that the session is officially over, it’s a good time to tell you a little bit more about this program, its impact during this year’s session, and why HEAL thinks it’s so important.

Here is a bit about this year’s interns and their amazing work.

Meet the interns behind this year’s legislative session.

Every winter, we have the pleasure of welcoming two interns onto our legislative team, who work alongside HEAL Utah staff to support our civic engagement and environmental policy efforts. Our interns collaborate closely and bring new perspectives and ideas to our team. We are grateful for their hard work and thank them for ensuring our legislative efforts run smoothly.

Here is a bit about this year’s interns and their amazing work.


Welcome to the final four days of this year’s legislative session! You may think things will slow down now that we are at the final stretch, but in reality, things are about to move even faster.

Legislators will rush to finalize actions on over 1,300 pieces of legislation in the upcoming days. It is crucial that you continue voicing your concerns and reaching out to your lawmakers as we race to the finish line.

Here is a breakdown of what you can expect during the rest of this week.

Week Five Capitol Report: 2023

Welcome to the final nine days of this year’s legislative session! If you’re like us, you probably feel like you’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions in the past 36 days. Some days felt like highs with positive steps towards passing good policy, while others felt like steep lows when harmful policies prevailed.