Engaging in a culture of health:
Making waves in the land of 10,000 lakes
The 2018 National Health Outreach Conference was held in Bloomington, Minnesota, on May 2-4, 2018.
The conference brought together stakeholders and partners from across the nation and Extension to explore transformative approaches for improving community health.
The goals of this conference included:
- Fostering a culture of health through community-based strategies.
- Encouraging health equity.
- Creating improvement in health through disruptive change and innovation.
- Promoting co-creation with communities to ensure relevance and reduce barriers to positive change.
What did attendees gain from this conference? Here are a few takeaways:
- The challenge of learning innovative practices around health in an environment that values diversity, inclusion, and health equity.
- A chance to look at health holistically, beyond just physical health.
- The opportunity to develop new partnerships while engaging in a highly interactive conference.
You can read about the 2018 programs offered below or download the full program (PDF).
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Initiative and Bridgespan Rural Summit
Participants joined with Bridgespan representatives, colleagues, and partners for a focused, solutions-oriented discussion among key stakeholders. Discussion included promising, innovative, and potentially transformative interventions “bright spots”) to improve social mobility in rural America. Participants were encourage to learn how to understand what it takes to make these efforts successful, with a focus on the role that different stakeholders (public, private and nonprofit sectors) can play in advancing these solutions. They were asked to examine the findings from a youth viewpoint and ensure their voice is heard. Finally, they learned how to develop plans to encourage stakeholders to pilot promising solutions in rural communities.
Implementing Traditional Native American Games as a Strategy to Increase Physical Activity in Native American Communities
South Dakota State University Extension is working with eight community wellness coalitions on American Indian reservations to provide opportunities to educate youth and adults about wellness and healthy lifestyles. These coalitions collaborated to host three training sessions on traditional Native American games in two locations across the state. As a result, these communities now have increased opportunities for community members to be physically active in ways that embrace culture and traditions.
The first part of this presentation provided an overview of the three training sessions, including goals for the training. During the second part, participants heard about the background of traditional American Indian games, including how the games originated and evolved and how they were played. Finally, participants will tried their hand at each game at stations set up at the MAIC. Afterwards facilitators lead a discussion on how to use the games to promote physical activity in participants’ communities.
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension
Beverly R. Durgan has dedicated her career to connecting University of Minnesota Extension and research with the citizens of Minnesota. As dean of University of Minnesota Extension, she leads a team of more than 800 employees who deliver practical and useful research-based education and information to Minnesotans.
Before becoming dean in 2005, she oversaw agricultural research and held several administrative positions at the University. She holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, where she is a weed scientist focused on small grains and specialty crops. Dean Durgan is widely known as a national leader in her academic discipline, as well as in Extension and academic organizations.
A native of Montana, she was raised on an irrigated corn and small-grain farm. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at Montana State University and master’s and doctorate degrees in agronomy from North Dakota State University.
Keynote — Changing what health means in America
Dr. Besser Besser
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dr. Besser, M.D., is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a position he assumed in April 2017. Dr. Besser is the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and former chief health and medical editor with ABC News.
At RWJF, Dr. Besser leads the largest private foundation in the country devoted solely to improving the nation's health. RWJF's work is focused on building a comprehensive Culture of Health that provides everyone in America with the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible, regardless of finances, geographic location, race, ethnicity, or physical challenges. Access to healthy food, safe housing, employment, transportation, and education, as well as clean air and water are all important contributors to health and well-being.
In Dr. Besser's role at ABC News, he provided medical analysis and reports for all ABC News programs and platforms. His weekly health chats on social media reached millions.
Before joining ABC News in 2009, Dr. Besser worked as director of the CDC's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. In that role he was responsible for all of the CDC's public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. He also served as acting director of the CDC from January to June 2009, during which time he led the CDC's response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic.
Dr. Besser's tenure at the CDC began in 1991 working on the epidemiology of foodborne illness. He then served for five years on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, as the pediatric residency director, while also conducting research and working for the county health department on the control of pediatric tuberculosis. He returned to the CDC in 1998 as an infectious disease epidemiologist working on pneumonia, antibiotic resistance and the control of antibiotic overuse.
Dr. Besser received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Williams College and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. His book, "Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions," was published by Hyperion in 2013.
President & CEO, National 4-H Council
Jennifer is a believer in young people and their capacity to change the world. She leads National 4-H Council in its mission to increase investment and participation in high-quality 4-H positive youth development programs.
Jennifer joined National 4-H Council in 2006 to grow support for America's largest youth development organization. The Council is the non-profit partner to the Cooperative Extension Systems 4-H movement, supporting leadership development for nearly six million young people in the United States. The movement does so through diverse and inclusive programs in agriculture, science, citizenship and health accomplished via alliances with America's philanthropic sector.
In 2017, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest health philanthropy, awarded National 4 H Council a $4.6 million grant to improve the health of 1,000 communities across the country over 10 years. Phase 1 of the Culture of Health Initiative is currently underway in partnership with numerous land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension, which serves every county and parish in the United States. The initiative is focused on empowering community based health councils to develop and implement action plans that ensure all community members are healthier at every stage of life. The initiative emphasizes engagement with youth.
A Missouri native, Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and political science from William Jewell College, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University. She also attended St. Peter's College at Oxford University. As an undergraduate, she was recognized as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Keynote — Shared work: Working across difference over time
Co-founder and President, Tuesday Ryan-Hart, LLC
Tuesday is a host and facilitator who left the fields of traditional social service provision and academics to become a new kind of change maker, partnering with community builders around the world. Her work in community is featured in the book, “Walk Out Walk On” by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze. She is known internationally for her strategic work with organizations and communities engaged in systemic change.
Trained as a clinical social worker, with a bachelor’s degree in individual and family studies and a master's degree in social work, Tuesday is an expert in transformational work. She specializes in helping individuals, community non-profits, governmental agencies, and organizations of all sizes undergo the changes that will help them change and become more successful.
With a passion for social justice and expertise in gender and race equity, as well as anti-violence work, Tuesday excels at working with groups to enhance awareness and understanding, build alliances, and share long term work together. Tuesday is a steward of the Art of Hosting global community of practice, former board member of the Berkana Institute, mother of two school-age children, and a long-distance runner who recently ran her first ultra-marathon.
Engagement Specialist and Systems Change Facilitator
Tim has been supporting diverse stakeholders to come together to launch, sustain and grow innovative initiatives for 20 years. He has extensive experience working with major international businesses, government agencies, local communities, and regional collaborative organizations. All his work is rooted in the belief that if the right conditions are created, people will organize together and solve their own problems.
Tim designs, delivers and trains tailor-made processes where stakeholder voice is key to creating the systems, structure and services that meet the needs of all involved. He is a popular public speaker, panelist and commentator, appearing in the media and writing a column for his community’s paper. Tim is one of the co-founders of the Art of Hosting global community of practice and initiated the Art of Hosting Beyond the Basics training. He has been a supporter and board member of the Berkana Institute, and is a co-founder of the Hub South Shore in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.
Tim founded the Split Rock Learning Centre, a youth drop in centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and co-founded the Engage! InterAct training organization in the Netherlands. He also is a core team member of NOW Lunenburg County, a citizen-led change initiative in the Mahone Bay area.
Keynote — Engaging Communities as partners to achieve health equity
Executive Director, Latino Health Access
America Bracho, M.D., is the executive director of Latino Health Access, a center for health promotion and disease prevention in Santa Ana, Calif. Latino Health Access facilitates mechanisms of empowerment for the community and trains community health workers as leaders of wellness and change through an innovative system of promotores. America worked as a physician in her native Venezuela for several years before coming to the United States to obtain a master’s degree in public health at the University of Michigan.
America is a member of the Board of Trustees for Casey Family Programs and a former trustee of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. She also has served on the Institute of Medicine Round Table on Health Disparities and on the Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Initiative Program. She has been featured in several documentaries, including the HBO special “The Weight of the Nation” and a TedMed Talk on the role of patients in improving health care and their communities. She is a co-author of the book “Recruiting the Heart and Training the Brain: The Work of Latino Health Access” published in May 2016.
Priester Awards Luncheon and Keynote — We Cannot Treat Our Way Out of the Problem of Mental Illness: Promotion and Protection of Positive Mental Health
Professor of Sociology, Emory University
Corey Keyes, Ph.D.,is a professor of sociology at Emory University where he holds the Winship Distinguished Research Professorship. Corey was a member of a MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development. He also co-chaired—along with Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association, and other pioneers in the positive psychology movement— the First Summit of Positive Psychology held in 1999. Corey is a founding member of the Society for the Study of Human Development, a participant in the 2007 National Academies Keck Future’s Initiative Conference, “The Future of Human Healthspan,” and was a contributing author to the World Health Organization’s publication, Mental Health Promotion Worldwide.
Keynote — Brain development, health and economic growth in the context of poverty
Megan R. Gunnar
Director, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
Megan R. Gunnar, Ph.D., is the director of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She is a Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor. Megan received her doctorate in developmental psychology at Stanford University in 1978 and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in stress neurobiology at Stanford Medical School. In fall 1979 she joined the University of Minnesota faculty as an assistant professor, then moved through the ranks to full professor in 1990.
Megan has spent her career studying how stress affects human brain and behavioral development and the processes that help children regulate stress. She also is the co-director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota. Megan is a recipient several lifetime achievement awards from national organizations. In addition, she is involved in many activities to translate research on early development for use by policy makers, practitioners and families.
Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Rob Grunewald is an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Grunewald conducts research on community development and regional economic issues. He co-authored “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return” for the Fed Gazette newsletter in 2003 and has written several other articles on the economic and social impact of early learning. He frequently speaks to community and business leaders, policymakers, and media throughout the United States.
Rob has served on boards and advisory committees for organizations involved with early childhood development, including Think Small: Leaders in Early Learning, First Children’s Finance, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency. He is also a past president of the Minnesota Economic Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.
Keynote — From a street kid to building program evidence: My story and what it means for our collective work
Director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation, University of Minnesota Extension
Mary Marczak, Ph.D., is the director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development. In her role, she leads ethnically and racially diverse staff across critical health-related content areas of nutrition, child wellbeing, and children’s mental health. For over 20 years, Mary has evaluated more than 70 programs, including national and statewide initiatives as well as local programs run by small, non-profit organizations.
With a strong emphasis on an ecological framework for designing evaluations, Mary is experienced in evaluating participatory processes with diverse communities, including woodland and plains tribal, Latino, and new immigrant communities. Her current research is focused on understanding effective programmatic strategies for working with traditionally under-served and under-resourced communities.
Outreach and Education Increases Physical Activity during the School Day
Katie Ahern, Barb Brody, Kathy Gunter, Mandy Hatfield, Jenny Rudolph, OSU Family and Community Health Extension and College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Extension can play a vital role in increasing school-day physical activity (PA) through the Balanced Energy Physical Activity (BEPA) Toolkit. Using the Toolkit, SNAP-Ed educators have influenced school systems-level environments and increased child PA behaviors. OSU educators also work with community partners to expand reach with innovative approaches.
Healthy People in Healthy Homes: A Community Engagement and Education Project
Antonio Alba-Meraz, Jose Lamas, Francisca Mendoza, Gabriela Burk and Mary Jo Katras, University of Minnesota Extension
University of Minnesota Extension delivered healthy homes educational workshops across 12 MN counties, project helped to promote health and social equity. Pre-and-post participants’ evaluations showed increase in learning and awareness about indoors hazardous risks. Conference participants will learn how this project supported a culture of health in the Hispanic (Latino) community.
Lead Rifle Ammunition, Hunting and Human Health
Leif Albertson, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Lead rifle ammunition creates a significant risk for those relying heavily on harvested large game as a dietary staple. Recent research has clarified human health concerns as well as the viability of non-lead ammunition alternatives. We will also discuss survey data from public outreach efforts.
Selling Food that is Good Tasting, Good for Communities and Good for Business in Small Rural Stores
Teresa Ambroz, Minnesota Department of Health
Betsy Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension
Learn how multiple stakeholders came together to re-envision small rural stores and co-create tools and strategies to increase access to appealing and affordable foods and beverages, and promote the sales of these items to support rural economic development in underserved communities. This interactive session will provide hands on experience to support stocking and merchandising healthy items through product, price, placement and promotions with a focus on the checkout area.
Mindfulness on the Inside - 4-H & Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: Helping Incarcerated Youth Discover Their Inner Resiliency
Mara Bacsujlaky and Kendra Calhoun, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska 4-H, partnering with the Fairbanks Youth Facility, offers life skills programming to incarcerated youth. In recognition of the trauma that these youth have experienced, 4-H incorporates trauma-sensitive yoga in its programming. Outcomes support other research findings that regular yoga practice facilitates self-regulation and impulse control in youth.
Building a Culture of Breastfeeding Support One Community at a Time: The “Community Supporting Breastfeeding” Designation in Kansas
Brenda Bandy, Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition
Martha Hagen, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
In the adult world, a food desert is a community with no access to healthy fruit or vegetables. Babies need access to the healthiest “First Food” breast milk. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition created the “Communities Supporting Breastfeeding” designation to address “First Food Deserts” without adequate breastfeeding support. Using the social-ecological model of breastfeeding support, this designation recognizes communities who have developed innovative partnerships to create a multifaceted approach to breastfeeding support.
University of Minnesota Extension and Anoka County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership: Addressing Disease Prevention in Unison
Erica Bania and Andrew Doherty, University of Minnesota Extension
Participants will be guided through facilitation questions to think through potential partnerships or innovative strategies, including Extension resources that could come together to address an opportunity gap in their communities based off examples highlighted from the Anoka County Public Health and University of Minnesota Extension partnership.
The Power of Community: Reducing Youth Alcohol Use by Increasing Positive Community Norms in Minnesota
Phyllis Bengtson and Al Fredrickson, MN Dept. of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division
“The solutions are in the community.” This session focuses on the process and results of over 10 years of a Community Impact Model that uses the Positive Community Norms & Science of the Positive frameworks to “engage and strengthen community”. The framework and process can be used to improve various health concerns.
Consciousness-raising about Age and Ageism
Jacquelyn Benson, University of Missouri
Erin Yelland, Kansas State University
Leacey Brown, South Dakota State University
Chelsey Byers, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
For the proposed discussion session, we will address the topic of age and ageism by facilitating a consciousness-raising dialogue about the ways we can combat ageism in both our personal lives and in our work as health outreach professionals.
Historical Trauma & Cultural Healing: Implications for Health Outreach Practice
Mina Blyly-Strauss and Cari Michaels, University of Minnesota Extension CYFC
This session will introduce the concept of historical trauma. Participants will watch short topical videos, review resource materials, and discuss relevance of these to their work. Small groups will reflect on their responses and implications. Large group discussion will be captured and shared to inform equity and health outreach work.
Connecting with Community - Reflections on the Good, the Hard and the Inspirational
Laura Bohen, University of Minnesota Extension
This ignite talk will reflect on a year of Community-University partnership focused on increasing health and wellness in one neighborhood in St Paul. The talk will focus on how the open-ended approach to building these relationships was transformative for the team members involved, and impacted internal systems thinking at University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition.
Working IN to Working WITH: Supporting Organizational Movement towards Community Engaged Approaches
Laura Bohen, Laura Perdue, JoDee Christianson and Trina Adler, and Stephanie Heim, University of Minnesota Extension
Evalyn Carbrey, University of Minnesota Extension
This abstract proposes a facilitated discussion for organizations working on implementing community-engaged policy, system and environmental change, and how to manage the internal challenges that a community-engaged approach can create. Leadership and front-line staff from University of MN Extension who co-facilitate to address different leverage points for organizational change.
Rethinking our Community Practice: Conversation with America Bracho
America Bracho MPH. CDE, Executive Director, Latino Health Access
Is it a grant or a life? Is it a life-cycle or a grant-cycle? If we only focus on community needs who has the assets? If people are seeing only through their problems, how can they become part of the solution? Why is important to hire community members? Who are the community experts? Join America in a conversation about the importance to recognize the impact the personal and institutional paradigms, values and principles have on our community practice.
Connecting Health and Well-Being to Farm and Ranch Vitality: Health Insurance Tools You Can Use
Bonnie Braun, University of Maryland Extension
Shoshanah Inwood, The Ohio State University
Maria Pippidis, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
Participants in this workshop will work with newly released tools they can use to help farmers and ranchers decrease risk to farm and ranch viability. Results of a USDA-funded, multi-state study of how health insurance decisions impact farm and ranch families served as the research base for development of the tools. Tools can also be used with farming communities to better understand the issues identified by the study participants in a multi-systems approach to community health and financial well-being.
Does Adding Texting Affect Behavior Change in Live Healthy Live Well Email Challenges?
Patricia Brinkman, Lisa Barlage, Michelle Treber, Jami Dellifield, Beth Stefura and Joanna Fifner, Ohio State University Extension
The Live Healthy Live Well Email Challenges have impacted people to improve health behaviors. Text messages were tested in the 2017 spring and Zero Weight Gain Challenge. Online pre- and post-surveys tracked participants’ change of behavior. Learn about using texting in programming, writing a text message and frequency of messages.
CDC and Alabama Extension: A Partnership for Success
Ruth Brock, Barb Struempler and Jennifer Wells Marshall, Alabama Extension at Auburn University
Claire Heiser and Sarah Kuester, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborated with eight State Land Grant University Cooperative Extension Services to combat the obesity epidemic. In Alabama, one of the funded sites, the Cooperative Extension System’s interdisciplinary programming, multi-component staff and connection to local stakeholders are important in this collaboration’s success.
Farm Stress and Mental/Behavioral Health Resources and Training: Outline of an Extension Initiative
Sean Brotherson and Kimberly Bushaw, North Dakota State University
During the past two years in North Dakota, levels of individual and family stress among rural and farming populations have risen substantially due to a confluence of factors. In response to this emergent issue affecting the physical, mental, and behavioral health of those working in agriculture, the NDSU Extension Service has developed a coordinated educational initiative targeting the issue of farm stress and mental/behavioral health. This interactive presentation will identify and share resources and strategies that have been incorporated in this farm stress educational initiative. Participants will be engaged in brainstorming additional resource and strategy approaches to share as a group.
Reducing Confusion around Health Insurance: A Text Message Program
Virginia Brown, University of Maryland Extension
Elizabeth Kiss, Kansas State University
Mary Jo Katras, University of Minnesota Extension
Kenneth Martin, Ohio State University
Joan Koonce, University of Georgia
Dena Wise, University of Tennessee Extension
The goal of this interactive workshop is to guide participants through the research and process of creating health insurance text messages. Participants will enroll and participate in the messages. At the end of the session, they will leave with information about how to enroll others in the project.
Creating Healthy Communities through Food Mapping
Fernando Burga, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
The session will be based on a study that seeks to identify specific needs, experiences, and challenges that immigrant populations in Southeastern Minnesota face in accessing healthy, affordable, and culturally relevant food. We will demonstrate a creative community engagement and mapping process that will help inform planning policies around food access.
Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis for Community Needs Assessments
Mitch Carter, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
GIS and spatial analysis can complement traditional knowledge gained through focus groups when it comes to needs assessment activities for health-related initiatives. By spatially analyzing data from a representative sample of residents, we can identify geographic patterns of disparities in access to healthy food, places for recreation, or healthcare facilities.
Cancer Prevention: Promoting a Culture of Health in the Rural South through the C4L Program
Swarn Chatterjee, Alison Berg, Joan Koonce and Pamela Turner, University of Georgia
This ignite session presents preliminary findings from the Cancer Prevention Cooking School (C4L), an Extension cancer prevention project, implemented in rural counties in Georgia and Texas. The goal of the project is to promote a culture of health by educating participants on the recommended cancer screening practices, and healthy cancer prevention nutrition and physical activity behaviors.
Realizing Well Care: Achieving a Sustainable System for Community-based Chronic Disease Management and Prevention
Lori Christiansen, Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging
Aaron Leppin, Mayo Clinic
Our proposal for an interactive workshop session focuses on an innovative partnership out of SE MN called WellConnect. As a hub for multiple evidence-based health promotion programs implemented by many different organizations throughout the community, this model of "well care" represents clinic-community collaboration, as well as healthy aging and systems-level strategies. Our proposal includes leading participants through an interactive process of how the WellConnect model adds value to clinical care, community based organizations, health outcomes, and ultimately the health of a population as a whole. Participants of this interactive session will also become familiar with an array of nationally implemented evidence-based health promotion programs via short demonstrations of program activities, with session attendees being active program participants. WellConnect is led by a 20 member multi-sector steering committee and is a replicable model of clinic-community partnership.
Extension's Role in the Opioid Crisis
Courtney Cuthbertson, Kea Norrell-Aitch and Abigail Cudney, Michigan State University Extension
MSU Extension will share its socio-ecological approach to the opioid crisis including specific community engagement activities. Through discussion, we will generate lists of ongoing Extension activities nationwide to address the opioid crisis, brainstorm new ideas for continued efforts, and establish a network of people in Extension working on this issue.
Using Community Health Needs Assessment Data and Community Coalition Partnerships to Impact Behavior Change Through Extension Programming
Elizabeth Davis and Brittany Bingeman, Utah State University Extension
Utah State University Extension utilized local community needs assessment data from the Student Health and Risk Prevention survey to direct implementation of health promotion programs in a community in Southern Utah. By leveraging partnerships with existing community coalitions, health promotion programs were implemented, resulting in increased health benefits among participants.
Creating Aging-Friendly Communities
Karen Dickrell, University of Wisconsin Extension Outagamie County
Jane Jenson, University of Wisconsin Extension Sheboygan County
Gail Peavey, University of Wisconsin Extension, Polk County (Emeritus)
We will provide an overview of why the issues were identified as a priority program. We will provide an overview of the facilitation guide that includes: Readiness, Demographics; Survey tools; Characteristics of Communities; and Evaluation/Impact. Case studies of application in rural, suburban and urban communities will be shared.
Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative: Creating a Culture Change
Megan Erickson, SDSU Extension
Megan Hlavacek, SD Department of Health
The Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative encourages businesses to take an online pledge to support breastfeeding customers and employees. The goal is to make breastfeeding in public and pumping at work a non-event. We want to empower South Dakota citizens to advocate for sustainable change and strength of this initiative.
Health Equity in Child Care: A Policy and Systems Approach
Natasha Frost, Public Health Law Center
Krista Scott, Child Care Aware of America
We expect a lot from childcare providers; they care for and nurture our youngest and most vulnerable, and are asked to help them learn, develop and build healthy habits. However, many of the professionals in our workforce have high levels of stress, low pay and might be in moderate to poor health themselves. In this session, Child Care Aware® of America and the Public Health Law Center will provide an overview of how health equity principles impact providers in the various early care and education settings, and how laws and policies impact provider health and wellness. Participants will share current challenges in offering healthy work environments for child care professionals and how that impacts quality child care, simple solutions that can make a big impact on staff wellness, identify existing systemic challenges and develop strategic solutions that make child care healthier settings for our valued child care workforce.
The Family Education & Diabetes Series (FEDS): Reducing Health Disparities in the American Indian Community through Community-based Participatory Research
Noah Gagner, Yiting Li and Vaida Kazlauskaite, University of Minnesota
FEDS is an innovative program that was created through collaborative efforts of healthcare professionals and Minnesota’s American Indian community to improve the lives of Native people. Presenters will describe the FEDS’ dynamic range of educational and community-based work, evaluative data across physiological-, knowledge-, behavioral- foci, and programmatic learnings and next-steps.
Bridging Food Insecurity through Inclusivity
Whitney Gherman, Ohio State University Extension
Erin Creeden, Marion Public Health
David Ellsworth, Ohio Department of Health
People with disabilities are often overlooked in health promotion efforts. In Marion 17% of residents have a disability and 76% of adults eat fewer than the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. In response, partners have launched a mobile produce market for PWD to gain job skills and access to healthy food.
Ripple Effects of the Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity Project
Abby Gold, North Dakota State University
Amy Mobley, University of Connecticut
Sandra Procter and Paul Peters, K-State Research and Extension
Carol Smathers, Ohio State University Extension
Dawn Contreras, Michigan State University Extension
Ann Keim, University of Wisconsin Extension
Renee Oscarson, South Dakota State University
This interactive workshop will demonstrate the process of coding ripple effects maps that help determine programmatic impacts. This workshop will use the Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity program as the model. Assessing community strengths that enhance collaborative efforts is necessary in order to deploy those strengths when designing and implementing health promotion strategies.
Rondo Land Bridge Health Impact Assessment (HIA): A Tool for Effective Community Engagement and Empowerment
Darius Gray, ReConnectRondo
Cheryl Armstrong, Saint Paul Ramsey County Public Health
ReConnectRondo, along with state and local public health agencies, conducted a Health Impact Assessment to influence MnDOT’s decision regarding a potential land bridge over I-94. Through effective community engagement, community identified priorities included health equity issues such as chronic diseases and indirect factors such as job access, food security and housing.
The African American Student Network (AFAM): Fostering Cultural Health and Resilience
Tabitha Grier-Reed and Noah Gagner, University of Minnesota
Through the African American Student Network (AFAM), we provide counselors, psychologists, and human service professionals with an avenue for developing safe, validating spaces to counter the debilitating effects of oppression by fostering cultural health and resilience.
Efforts to Improve County-Level Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments via Land Grant Universities and Local Extension Services Partnerships
Claire Heiser, Ashleigh Murriel and Sahra Kahin, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In 2014, the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began to fund land grant universities (LGU) to work with counties with 40% or greater adult obesity prevalence rates. The program addresses multiple levels of the social ecological model by focusing on systems and environmental changes with the support of existing local extension services programs. During the interactive workshop, CDC program staff will describe both programmatic and evaluation components and key strategies that are critical to successfully working with high risk rural communities. CDC program staff will lead workshop participants in peer learning discussions.
When Rental Housing is Out of Reach: Addressing Housing Issues Using the Spectrum of Prevention
Lori Hendrickson and Rebecca Hagen Jokela, University of Minnesota Extension
From 2016-2017, the amount a household needed to earn to afford a modest apartment increased 5% resulting in greater rental housing barriers for low-income families. This workshop features results from train-the-trainer workshops using the Spectrum of Prevention to identify housing policy impacts on families and communities.
Rural Community Gardens in Alabama
Megan Henning, Alicia Powers and Barb Struempler, SNAP-Ed/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Ruth Brock, ALProHealth/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Despite high amounts of agricultural-based professions, rural populations face many barriers to healthy eating and consume less fruits and vegetables than urban residents consume. Rural community gardens offer a possible way to address these barriers through increasing accessibility and affordability of healthy foods.
Manatee County Food Deserts Harvest Fresh Vegetables
Lisa Hickey, University of Florida Manatee County Extension
The interactive workshop will show attendees the ease of creating mobile gardens with a hands-on activity; how to engage diverse communities in growing healthy vegetables; how to determine successful and impactful programs, and attendees will hear tips on how to increase program diversity.
What Does Despacito Mean for Extension Health Professionals
Ghaffar Hurtado Choque, University of Maryland
A song has connected audiences across cultures. Extension-professionals are called to serve their communities in an ‘Inclusive’ way, bringing research-based messages to communities they serve. We describe our learnings working with diverse audiences: It takes time, you are never done, go into it with a spirit of exploration & others.
Expanding the Culture of Health for Adolescents: School-Based Health Clinics
Elaine Johannes, K-State Research and Extension
Heather Smith, Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment
Uninsured adolescents often have limited access to wellness checks, vaccinations, dental, vision and behavioral health providers. Kansas health providers, funders, public health officials, Extension professionals and schools have worked together to establish a strategy for school-based health clinics. This ignite session includes national resources and access to Kansas school-based health clinic guide.
Health Impact Assessment: An Innovative Systems-Level Approach for Extension Health Outreach
Deborah John, Marion Ceraso and Roberta Riportella, Oregon State University
Workshop utilizes an Extension HIA case study focused on active transport and connectivity in one rural Oregon community to activate discussion exploring four steps of Rapid HIA from Oregon’s Practitioner Toolkit. Participants will learn about HIA and potential to improve Extension’s efforts to positively and equitably impact rural health outcomes.
What Does Food Access Mean to You?
Betsy Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension
Participants will learn how to initiate food access/food system conversations with culturally diverse communities using personal food system maps. Mapping allows community members' voices to be heard based on their own assets and sets the stage for community problem solving to achieve equity in food access. Participants will practice facilitation, adaptation, and application of mapping and will leave the session with tools, techniques, and resources for using in their own practice.
Intergenerational Walking Project: A Step toward Walkability
Tonya Johnson, Oregon State University Extension Service
This ignite session will discuss the key components of an intergenerational walking project that engaged middle school students and senior citizens in collaboratively developing safe walking routes in an underserved neighborhood. Tips for successful implementation and lessons learned will be discussed.
Engaging College Students in a Culture of Health through Experiential Learning
Tonya Johnson and Tina Dodge Vera, OSU Extension Service
Karen Elliott, Oregon State University
This ignite session will highlight experiential learning opportunities within the Extension Service and best practices for success. The connection between Extension Service and the community provides a unique opportunity to engage students in community health issues and priority populations. A culture of health is created through these reciprocal learning opportunities.
Family Resiliency Partners with Fond du Lac Ojibwe Schools: Financial Capability through American Indian Storytelling
Rebecca Hagen Jokela, Jennifer Garbow, and Joyce Serido, University of Minnesota Extension
Family Resiliency Educators will share about their partnership with the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, teaching financial capability through American Indian storytelling. A storytelling activity will be highlighted, to engage youth in a culturally relevant way to learn more about financial capability concepts and to internalize the content through reflection.
Shared Use as a Strategy to Improve Access to Physical Activity in Rural Communities: Barriers and Lessons Learned
Lindsay Jorgenson, NC State University
Annie Hardison-Moody, NC State University
Jason Bocarro, NC State University
Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, NC State University
This presentation offers case studies of shared use in schools, faith communities, and private spaces, as part of a project that increases access to healthy foods and physical activity in four rural North Carolina communities.
Pitching Programs to Physicians: Connecting Primary Care to Community-Based Education
Kate Kirley, American Medical Association
Tamkeen Khan, American Medical Association
Cheryl Eschbach, Courtney Cuthbertson, Cathy Newkirk and Dawn Contreras, Michigan State University Extension
An American Medical Association (AMA) and Extension partnership resulted in a physician survey that solicited perspectives of community-based health programs (n=323). Survey results and the outreach undertaken after 146 physicians requested information about Extension will be shared. The AMA will discuss communicating with physicians and developing referral systems for patients.
Exploring the Intersections of Health and Financial Wellness
Elizabeth Kiss, Kansas State University
Suzanne Bartholomae, Iowa State University
Barbara O'Neill, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Michael Gutter, University of Florida
Yilan Xu, University of Illinois
This facilitated discussion will bridge the domains of health and personal finance. Health and personal finance practitioners will share their insights about how consumer’s financial wellness and capability influence their education and outreach activities and consumer’s health outcomes, directly or indirectly. Results of this co-learning process will form the basis for an outreach product.
Effective Strategies for Authentic Community Engagement to Heal Trauma: An Interactive Practicum and Presentation on How to Build and Hold Health Generating Space
Suzanne Koepplinger, Minneapolis Foundation
Marnita Schroedl, Marnita's Table
This session will demonstrate how stakeholders can fundamentally shift health outcomes for individuals living with toxic stress and trauma. The Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation has partnered with Marnita's Table to create safe spaces for healthy behaviors to be taught and normalized in a community context.
Nudging to Health Transforms the Food Shelf Environment
Kelly Kunkel and Dianne Davis-Kenning, University of Minnesota Extension
Carolina De La Rosa Mateo and Sunghun Lim, University of Minnesota
Learn about the Nudging to Health initiative and the positive impact on healthy food selection for food shelf clients; share ways to work with other state and local agencies for optimal program success; and provide input into future food shelf programming that can be implemented on a national level through SNAP-Ed.
Smarter Lunchrooms Success through Collaboration
Kelly Kunkel and Mary Schroeder, University of Minnesota Extension
The Minnesota Smarter Lunchrooms collaborative was formed to positively transform school nutrition environments through shared vision. This Ignite Session will feature how Minnesota became the first Smarter Lunchroom State Collaborative in the nation, provide examples of shared work and offer suggestions for other states.
Designing Innovative Local Food Policy Solutions to Advance Health Equity
Ryan Lee and Amanda Karls, Public Health Law Center
Attendees will get hands-on policy-drafting experience using a local food policy database designed by the Healthy Food Policy Project. The database highlights local laws that promote access to healthy food, strong local economies, an improved environment, and health equity, with a focus on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups.
A Partnership with Health Care to Increase Wellness through Evidence-Based Programs
Sara Lindquist and Nora Slawik, Juniper - Innovations for Aging
Juniper is a collaborative network strategy to improve health and wellness across Minnesota. Juniper partners with healthcare providers via a web portal to offer supportive, evidence-based educational programs for patients with chronic pain and disease and those at risk for falls, supporting and extending the care physicians provide.
Native American Food Sovereignty Coalitions and Community Wellness
Rachel Lindvall and Jason Schoch, South Dakota State University Extension
Native American communities face dramatic health disparities in South Dakota, and are also considered food deserts with high rates of food insecurity. Applying concepts of Food Sovereignty and the formation of community food sovereignty coalitions offer ways to implement self-determined steps towards wellness. In this session, we will review how local coalitions formed, what actions they are taking and how others might replicate these initiatives.
Extension Moves Upstream: Examples of Community Transformation
Jessica Linnell, Patty Case and Lauren Kraemer, Oregon State University Extension
Presentations will provide an overview of three multi-level community projects in Oregon including Columbia Gorge’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Culture of Health” designation; Klamath Falls’ Blue Zone project; and the Tillamook County Year of Wellness. Participants will learn about collaboration and components of collective impact through discussion, self-assessment, and scenarios.
Using a New Narrative to Advance Health Equity
Helen Jackson Lockett-El and Mia Robillos, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health
Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra, Cultural Wellness Center, Minneapolis, MN
Presenters will discuss the process of developing a new narrative to change the conversation around health to advance health equity. They will use articles and stories to illustrate dominant and emerging/new narratives, engage the audience in a discussion of how their work would look different, and in small groups will create narrative examples.
Easing Financial Stress with Matched Savings & Credit Building
Caley Long, Neighborhood Development Alliance
Roxanny Armendariz, Neighborhood Development Alliance
Let's Save! is a three pronged financial wellness initiative that builds new Minnesotans financial knowledge while also offering a unique opportunity to create savings and a credit score simultaneously.
Coalition Self-Assessment: A Look at ALProHealth
Jennifer Wells Marshall, Ruth W. Brock and Barb Struempler, Alabama Extension at Auburn University
ALProHealth engages community coalition members to plan, implement and evaluate multi-level, place-based strategies to prevent and reduce obesity in 14 Alabama counties with adult obesity rates greater than 40%. Mixed method evaluations assessed coalition growth and development. This session will share results of coalition evaluations and lessons learned.
Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces Creating Healthy Communities
Melissa Maulding, Lisa Graves and Blake Connolly, Purdue Extension
Purdue Extension's Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces Creating Healthy Communities program is a unique curriculum that utilizes the Community Capitals framework, the Social Ecological Model, and the appreciative inquiry process to demonstrate how high quality public spaces improve a community's quality of place, community public health, and create an action plan.
A Public Health Approach to Mental Health and Well-Being
Cari Michaels, Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium, University of Minnesota
Anna Lynn, Community and Family Health Division, Minnesota Department of Health
Mental health is fundamental to creating a culture of health, but stigma and misunderstanding impede forward movement. Participants will explore our understanding of mental health, reviews dominant beliefs that shape our systems, and explore ways to shift our beliefs and our approach toward preventive, collaboration, and sustained, systems-level change.
Gay & Gray: Fostering a Welcoming Environment for LGBT Older Adults
Rajean Moone, Training to Serve
This training is intended to build the understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people in order to provide safe, sensitive, respectful care and systems. The material focuses on helping practitioners, research and policy makers do a more effective job, regardless of personal feelings or beliefs about sexual orientation or gender identity.
Fostering Partnerships with School Administrators for Youth Engagement in Physical Activity
Norma Munoz, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
The highlight of this IGNITE session will focus on fostering partnerships with school administrators in order to help large school districts engage students in Extension led nutrition education and physical activity programs to further expand the development of a programmatic relationship.
Changing Directions, Changing Lives: Co-producing Culturally Meaningful and Holistic Integrative Practices
Tolulope Ola and Richard Oni, Progressive Individual Resources Inc.
Delivering mental health services with improved outcomes in the African immigrant/refugee communities should involve power balance between people receiving services and the professionals delivering services. Participants will learn how to deliver mental health services by tapping into available resources within the community. Emphasis will be placed on the Co-production Model.
Quest for Healthy Schools: Making Alabama Schools Healthier Places to Learn
Jamilah Page, Alicia Powers, Sondra M. Parmer, Katie Funderburk and Barb Struempler, SNAP-Ed/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Local organizations are effective intermediaries for national organizations seeking to influence local change. Alabama SNAP-Ed serves as an intermediary for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program in Alabama's Quest for Healthy Schools seeking to influence nutrition and physical activity policies, systems, environments and practices in limited-resource schools.
Narrative Medicine and Violence Prevention: The Next Step Program
Josh Peterson, City of Minneapolis Health Department
Connie Rhodes and Farji Shaheer, Hennepin County Medical Center
This session will offer information and lessons learned about Next Step, a hospital-based violence intervention program partnership between the City of Minneapolis Health Department and Hennepin County Medical Center. Front-line Violence Intervention Specialists will discuss their work in the intersecting areas of health care, community violence prevention, and narrative medicine.
Communicating with Farmers under Stress
Suzanne Pish, Michigan State University
This workshop is specially designed for people who work with farmers/farm families who want to know more about managing farm-related stress and learn ways to approach and communicate with them. Learn what Michigan State University Extension's approach has been to farmer related stress, depression and suicide. Receive necessary materials and ways to implement a program in your community.
Yes And: Using Improv to Promote Personal and Relational Growth among Learners
Sharon Powell and Sharon Mule, University of Minnesota Extension
Sarah Butler and Joyce Serido, University of Minnesota
Effective facilitators know it takes more than content knowledge to inspire learning. How to quickly build rapport and facilitate learning? This workshop will include improvisational game demonstrations that can be used to facilitate learning. Participants will practice and apply games to their experience and leave with ideas for their audience.
Expanding Communities: Inviting a Ute Indian Tribal Community to 4-H Camp
Suzanne Prevedel, Utah State University
Cassandra Manning, Ute Indian Tribe Painted Horse DPP
Boyd Kitchen and Troy Cooper, USU Extension
A photo story of how community partners came together, listened to the community representatives, and created an event, Free As a Bird Celebrating Urban Birds Camp. A camp that engaged all ages to learn and play together in a community park on the Ute Indian Tribe Uintah and Ouray Reservation.
Creating a Culture of Health and Safety for Farm Families using Didactic Reader's Theater
Deborah Reed and Rita Stewart, University of Kentucky
Anna Johnson, University of Tennessee
Didactic Readers’ Theater was used to promote health and reduce injury among older farm couples (n=454) in the Southeast U.S. Results illustrate the success of the intervention compared to usual practice (print materials) and the new community collaborations that resulted to sustain the intervention. We share the new toolkit available.
Using a Community Engagement Model to Address African American Infant Mortality in Hennepin County
Mia Robillos and Helen Jackson Lockett-El, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health
Clarence Jones, Community Engagement Consultant
The session will cover a community engagement model to look at infant mortality disparities through a health equity lens and use of Root Cause Analysis (RCA). Presenters will guide the audience through types of RCAs, the creation of RCA examples, and how the process could be applied to their work.
Weekend Update: CES-RWJF Creating Healthy Communities Partnership
Michelle S. Rodgers, Project Director CES-RWJF Creating Healthy Communities Partnership
This ignite session will provide a Cooperative Extension Systems update on Wave 1 of the CES-RWJF healthy communities partnership. Both extension and partner organizations can learn about what is currently happening and opportunities to participate in this effort during Wave 1.
A Systems Approach for the CES-RWJF Healthy Communities Partnership
Michelle S. Rodgers — CES-RWJF Creating Healthy Communities Partnership
Virginia Zoumenou — University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Suzanne Stluka — South Dakota State
Karen Franck — University of Tennessee
Morgan Hartline — University Nebraska Lincoln
One of the overall goals of the Cooperative Extension and Robert Wood Johnson Partnership is to bring a systems approach and ultimately involvement of 66 land grant institutions into the effort. Fifteen LGU’s are involved in Wave 1 and professional development/readiness training has begun to be offered to all states. This workshop is an opportunity for dialogue with a panel of presenters from Wave 1 LGU’s and LGU’s interested in being future participants. A panel of agents and specialists currently involved will share successes and challenges of building health community coalitions and dialogue with participants regarding implementation and readiness skills. Participants will be asked to share questions and challenges that they anticipate to future involvement and seek responses from engagement in group discussion. The dialogue will help to inform CES-RWJF partnership regarding professional development and readiness training for Cooperative Extension institutions that seek future involvement as well as provide future institutions with examples and lessons learned in implementation thus far.
Consider the Family - Latinx Nutrition Education
Brianna Routh and Kimberly Greder, Iowa State University
It is imperative to consider the family system when understanding and addressing obesity risk for Latinx families through nutrition education. Research findings suggest that family members and their interconnected relationships influence nutrition behaviors in the home. Thus, nutrition programming must continue developing strategies to engage and incorporate family into interventions.
Can Instagram Effectively Measure Behavior Change in Youth?
Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head, South Dakota State University Extension
This session will report on efforts to use Instagram to record how youth implemented the knowledge gained after participating in a personal finance program.
Project breakFAST: Assisting Schools to Increase Breakfast Participation
Mary Schroeder, University of Minnesota Extension
Kate Grannon and Marilyn Nanney, University of Minnesota
Project breakFAST (Fueling Academics and Strengthening Teens) increased high school breakfast participation by bringing breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the hallways. In this session, participants will explore the Project breakFAST Toolkit and learn how to use the toolkit to assist schools to increase school breakfast participation.
Cultural Adaptation of Evidence Based Curricula
Cassandra Silveira, Mary Marczak, Jennifer Garbow and Silvia Alvarez de Davila, University of Minnesota Extension
Participants in this facilitated discussion will explore how similarities and differences between cultures impact the use of evidence-based curricula in health and financial promotion programming, which tend to be based on Eurocentric norms. Presenters will provide a brief overview of foundational literature related to cultural adaptation of health and financial promotion programs. Session participants will be invited to take part in interactive exercises to explore their transcultural health care lens - which requires them to identify their own belief and value systems and learn how those differ from cultural belief and value systems of the audiences they work with.
Promoting Readiness to Implement ‘Positive Youth Development for Health’ Approaches
Carol Smathers, Ohio State University Extension
Lisa Washburn, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Cooperative Extension Service
Karen Johnston, Cooperative Extension, University of Delaware
Elaine Johannes, Kansas State University, K-State Research and Extension
Results from a national survey of Extension professionals’ readiness to integrate policy, system, environment change approaches into youth development point to varying levels of familiarity and inclination. This session will summarize findings, outline recommendations for furthering organization’s readiness to adopt "Positive Youth Development for Health" principles, and provide context-specific examples.
Strategies for Effective Collaborations that Create, Strengthen, and Sustain Community Health Improvements
Diane Smith, WSU Extension
Maureen Pettitt, M Pettitt Consulting
In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to the factors that are consistent across successful collaborations. The elements of collaboration will be explored using real-life examples and problem-solving scenarios with attendees.
Changing Concession Stands at the Grand Forks Park District: A Collaborative Exercise in Policy, System and Environmental Change
Molly Soeby, North Dakota State Extension, Grand Forks County
Mandy Burbank, Grand Forks Public Health Department
Jill Nelson, Grand Forks Park District
Introducing a Better Bites menu at the Grand Forks Park District skating arenas has created an opportunity to impact the childhood obesity public health crisis and chronic disease prevention. With 912 youth hockey games last season and some families eating 4 nights a week in arena, we have impacted many.
Fowl Language: Evaluation of Poultry Labeling and Consumer Perceptions
Eleni Solberg, Leslie Edgar and Betsy Garrison, University of Arkansas
This presentation will evaluate how poultry labels are visually presented and possibly interpreted as well as the regulation definitions behind the terminology. Choices of consumers today will impact future decisions of the poultry industry and the products available. Better-informed consumers can help develop this evolving industry.
Facilitating Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes in Rural Communities
Courtney Still, University of Georgia College of Public Health
Denise Everson and Andrea Scarrow, University of Georgia Extension
This session will describe the process of engaging rural communities to develop coalitions focused on health, the action planning process of the coalitions, and how Extension leaders helped the communities move beyond one-time events and direct education strategies to value policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes for their communities.
Community Coaching Experiences for Health Professionals from the Six State Voices for Food Project
Suzanne Stluka, South Dakota State University Extension
Becky Henne, Michigan State University Extension
Lisa Franzen-Castle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A multi-state, collaborative team has come together to develop Voices for Food, which focuses on developing Food Policy Councils through community coaching to make policy changes at the local level to enhance food security. This interactive workshop will focus on how health professionals can engage in community coaching while utilizing the Voices for Food: Food Council Guide, which is one of two components of Voices for Food. The session will address challenges, and engage attendees in solution oriented dialogue.
Gardening for Health - Utilizing Garden Coordinators & Volunteers to Implement School & Community Gardens
Suzanne Stluka, Nathania Knight, Lauren Pierce, Jason Schoch, Samantha Dvorak, Prairey Walkling and Tara Shafrath, SDSU Extension
SDSU Extension has been working with tribal communities on gardening projects as a means by which to provide food access and nutrition/physical activity education to community members and schools. Come and hear success stories and barriers on: utilizing paid staff versus volunteers, community/school partnerships, get examples of nutrition and physical activity lessons, and see pictures of the various gardens taking place.
Changing the Culture of Underreporting Elder Family Financial Exploitation to Improve Health
Marlene Stum, University of Minnesota
This session builds the capacity of professionals to respond to elder family financial exploitation. Participants will explore underreporting challenges through case studies and a review of existing research. The Bystander Intervention Model will be used as a guide to identify strategies for changing the culture of EFFE underreporting.
LGBT Communities We Work and Live
Felicia Washington Sy and J. Laine Mohnkern, Reclaim
Reclaim is co-creating between providers and the youth that are served here. Working to increase access specifically to queer and trans individuals, and individuals of color, using a healing justice model to foster a culture of health. This workshop will explore how to increase quality care to communities.
Innovative Partnerships in Alabama Impacting Community Health
Kara Terry, Sondra M. Parmer, Barb Struempler, Desiree Hutcherson-Bates, SNAP-Ed/ Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Izette Mcnealy and Molly Gregg, 4-H/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Alabama Extension's SNAP-Ed and 4-H collaborated to develop, implement and evaluate Eat Better, Move More. Educators implemented the 6-week, nutrition and physical activity curriculum to elementary youth and parents in a limited-resource county. The quasi-experimental study assessed fruit/vegetable intake, sugar-sweetened beverage intake and physical activity in 600 participants.
Building Coalition Capacity via Extension Program Collaborations
Donna Vandergraff and Tanya Hall, Purdue Extension
Community development educator's expertise in sustainable capacity building enabled citizens in two counties to identify the solutions they could address in their own community. Key elements of capacity building includes sharing information, identifying assets, building trust and creating a common vision with actionable strategies. Starting with sustainability in mind fosters longevity of the coalition's efforts.
Pop Up Play and Painted Places: Community Designed Change
Jamie Rae Walker and Michael Lopez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Pop Up Play and Painted Places are innovative tools employed in multi-level community initiatives to increase opportunities for safe and accessible play places. Case studies detailing the key components: community assets, connectivity, partnerships and ingenuity are shared to highlight examples of projects that positively enhance underutilized places.
Glory Unveiled: The Story of Rice Park
Heather Wallace, University of Tennessee
Gang violence, fear, and avoidance were terms used to describe Rice Park located in Lauderdale County, Tennessee. Three years later the park is a central location for safe, family-friendly physical activity options. Join us to learn how a dilapidated, crime-ridden park located in rural Tennessee found its renewed glory.
Building Equity into Governance
Susan Weisman and Julie Ralston Aoki, Public Health Law Center
Vayong Moua, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Antonia M. Apolinario-Wilcoxon, Minnesota Department of Human Services
This interactive session will discuss why systemic policy changes in state governance are needed to advance equity and health equity. We will describe how this work is progressing in Minnesota and selected states, with a focus on Minnesota Department of Human Services’ agency-wide equity policy, officially adopted in early 2017.
More than a Target Audience: Meaningful Involvement of People and Communities
Mariah Wilberg, Minnesota Department of Health
The presenter, a person living with HIV, will introduce participants to the principle of meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS through a presentation and case study. The group will discuss community engagement along a continuum and gain strategies to incorporate meaningful involvement from impacted people and communities in practice.
Family Dance! Using Dance as a Healthy and Active Family Engagement Activity
Bradford Wiles and Marie Armstrong, Kansas State University
Family Dance! is a community-based program. The workshop provides an opportunity for participants to learn how families with young children can use dance as a healthy and fun family and child engagement activity. Implementation, evaluation, and scalability modalities will be provided.
Health Delivered to Your Inbox
Stephanie Woodcox, Purdue Extension
Elizabeth Richards, Purdue School of Nursing
Get WalkIN’ is an e-mail based intervention to improve physical activity that was derived from research, has data supporting effectiveness, and is making a real-world impact through delivery by Extension. Learn about theoretical constructs, their role in health messages, and test your skills at marketing via popular social media platforms.
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in the United States: Current Efforts and Future Endeavors
Erin Yelland and Elaine Johannes, Kansas State University
Ahlishia Shipley, USDA NIFA
This session will detail the severity of the opioid epidemic and current community health efforts across the United States working to address this crisis. Session leaders will then work participants to brainstorm ways in which Cooperative Extension, public health, social service agencies, and the like can work together through grassroots and state- and federal-led efforts to reduce the opioid-related devastation to individuals, families, and communities.
Delivering Mental Health Education to Youth
Sandy Bailey, Montana State University Extension
Matthew Byerly, Montana State University Center for Mental Health Research & Recovery
Mary Ruth St. Pierre, Stone Child College
Latonna Old Elk, Stone Child College
To address the mental health needs of rural youth, Youth Aware of Mental Health, a highly successful program originating in Europe, is being offered through Montana State University Extension. The 5-session interactive program involving role plays and facilitated youth discussion and evaluation will be depicted on this poster.
SNAP-ED Programming Works to Increase Strength and Well-being with Limited Income Audience
Erin Eggert, University of Wisconsin-Extension
Angela Flickinger, University of Wisconsin- Extension
Josset Gauley, University of Wisconsin-Extension
The purpose of this study was two part. First, to determine whether FoodWIse (a federally funded SNAP-ED program) educators were an appropriate mode of delivery for the evidence-based StrongWomen strength training program and second, whether the StrongWomen program resulted in positive health outcomes in limited income individuals.
Know Your Prescription and Nonprescription Medications: A Novel Pharmacy-Extension Outreach Partnership
Julie Garden-Robinson, North Dakota State University
Donald Miller, North Dakota State University
Amber Wood, Henry Fork Wyandotte Hospital
Medication non-compliance costs an estimated $290 billion annually. This project gathered the input of pharmacists regarding their patients’ understanding of prescription and nonprescription medications, and developed a train-the-trainer lesson delivered by Extension. Participants reported increased knowledge and intentions to change behavior regarding use, storage and disposal of medications.
Promoting a Culture of Health in Worksite
Ninfa Pena-Purcell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Establishing a culture of health adds value to worksites. Education to guide companies on how to develop a customized employee wellness plan is a need, particularly among small to mid-size businesses with limited resources. This presentation will describe a pilot workshop designed to educate employers on planning a wellness program.
Make It Ok Community Campaigns
Marna Canterbury, Lakeview Hospital, HealthPartners
Jessica Seide, Goodhue County Health and Human Services
This session will explore cross-sector collaborations to reduce the stigma of mental illness with Make It OK. Local grassroots efforts bring Make It Ok to life in ways most relevant for each community. Goodhue and Washington counties will join HealthPartners in sharing their unique experiences with engaging their communities.
Disaster Financial Recovery Resources Build Resilience and Health
Sara Croymans, University of Minnesota Extension
Lori Hendrickson, University of Minnesota Extension
Disaster survivors face tremendous stress as they make financial decisions about their future. This poster features disaster recovery resources which align with Rand's Levers of Community Resilience model. Participants will become familiar with the Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit, Just-In-Time Videos and the Extension Disaster Education Network.
FoodMania: Kids & Food in a Marketing Driven World
Zena Edwards, Washington State University Clark County Extension
Brian Brandt, Washington State University Pierce County Extension
Davi Kallman, Washington State University Murrow Center for Media & Health Promotion
FoodMania: Kids & Food in a Marketing-Driven World is a family-based media literacy and nutrition program that improves nutrition outcomes via parent-child discussion. This session provides an overview of the essential components of this dynamic curriculum, field testing results and an opportunity to apply the “5 Big Media Questions.”
Empowering & Training the Next Generation of Health Educators
Meredith Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Rusty Hohlt, Healthy Texas
Healthy South Texas is an innovative approach to reduce the highest impact diseases and their consequences. Youth ambassadors allow us to reach an extended audience of youth to begin healthy habits early. In the inaugural year, these youth volunteered more than 4,987 hours and helped us reach over 84,000 contacts through various educational methods. They helped teach healthy cooking demonstrations, physical activity, diabetes awareness, and zika awareness! This year they will expand and help us teach youth about asthma and its effects.
Grillin' with My Grandchild: Bridging the Generational Gaps with Intergenerational Programming for Grandfathers and Grandchildren
James Bates, The Ohio State University
Grillin’ with My Grandchild program brings grandfathers and grandchildren together to learn about healthy relationship and lifestyle habits through joint participation in activities that involve creating an electronic memory book and grilling food. The goals of the program are to (1) enhance grandfather-grandchild relationships, (2) encourage communication and understanding across the generations, (3) increase feelings of positivity and care for the other, and (4) increase youths’ and elders’ knowledge of healthy food grilling and food safety.
SuperShelf Transforming Food Shelves to Bring Good Food to All: Results from the 2017 Pilot Project
Laura Bohen, University of Minnesota Extension
Jamie Bain, University of Minnesota Extension
Caitlin Caspi, University of Minnesota
Katherine Grannon, University of Minnesota
Marna Canterbury, HealthPartners
Elizabeth Riley, Valley Outreach
Sarah Schmidt, The Food Group
Nathan Hesse, University of Minnesota Extension
This poster outlines the 2017 pilot results from four Twin Cities area food shelves who underwent SuperShelf transformations to increase access to the amount of healthy and appealing foods available for their clients.
Older Adult Knowledge and Behavior Change in the Stepping On Fall Prevention Program in a Community Setting
Sean Brotherson, North Dakota State University
Jane Strommen, North Dakota State University
Zhen Yang, North Dakota State University
One out of every three Americans age 65 and over falls at least once annually. Fall-related injuries among older adults are a major public health concern and prevention of falls has emerged as a key issue. Stepping On is an evidence-based fall prevention program designed to help older adults take control of their fall risk factors, explore different behavioral steps and reduce their fall risk. This study shares findings from evaluation efforts conducted with 182 older adult participants in Stepping On.
Using Technology to Increase Outreach Capacity
Leacey Brown, SDSU Extension
Consumers report clear preferences for aging. Unfortunately, planning activities are often neglected. Current efforts to promote planning among older people tend to focus on healthcare and housing, overlooking important components of well-being (e.g., purpose). The Aging Gracefully Expo (AGE) seeks to fill this void by creating a technology-supported community education model grounded in more holistic representations of aging. This poster will provide an overview of AGE, evaluation results, challenges, lessons learned, and next steps.
Promoting the Scholarship of the ECOP Health Implementation Teams: A Special Issue of the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension
David Buys, Mississippi State University
Sonja Koukel, New Mexico State University
Donna Peterson, Mississippi State University
Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health and Wellness identified five strategic priorities in 2014 focused on health improvement for all Americans. This presentation features 1) Action Team's formative/ summative evaluation and program development and 2) the process of publishing these findings in a Journal of Human Sciences and Extension Special Issue.
Community Nutrition Partnership Council PARTNER Tool Results: Maintaining and Developing Innovative Collaborations across Nebraska
Lisa Franzen-Castle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nutrition and Health Sciences Department
Natalie Sehi, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nutrition and Health Sciences Department
Kayla Abel, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Emily Hulse, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
The mission of the Nebraska Community Nutrition Partnership Council is to promote health and nutrition in limited resource audiences. To help improve collaboration and engage in strategic planning, a sub-committee was formed and used the online PARTNER Tool to help collect, analyze, and interpret data from council members.
What Drives Change in Rural Communities? Interviews with Community Health Leaders in Four North Carolina Counties
Annie Hardison-Moody, NC State University
Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, NC State University
Jill Kuhlberg, NC State University
Dara Bloom, NC State University
Michael Schulman, NC State University
Michael Edwards, NC State University
Sarah Bowen, NC State University
To better understand the barriers and facilitators to healthy behaviors in rural communities, we conducted 37 semi-structured key informant interviews with community leaders in four rural counties in North Carolina. Rural community leaders are intimately aware of the challenges of promoting healthy eating and physical activity that would enable the broad-scale changes they believe their communities need.
Developing a Health Needs Assessment: Co-Creating Initiatives with Communities
Morgan Hartline, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lisa Franzen-Castle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
An interdisciplinary Nebraska Extension community readiness team developed a Health Needs Assessment based on dimensions contributing to healthful communities. The Assessment helps determine programming type needed and how Extension can connect with the community to enhance program success. The Assessment was piloted with modifications made to improve clarity and facilitation.
The Use of Interdisciplinary Services in the Equitable Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Heather Hessel, University of Minnesota
Molly Bailey, University of Minnesota
Kadie Ausherbauer, University of Minnesota
This poster examines the challenges and opportunities of working in an interdisciplinary team to treat substance use disorders. Examples are provided from working with court-mandated men in a residential treatment program. Our presentation discusses new initiatives such as enhanced family services; trauma interventions; and mind-body interventions, e.g., mindfulness, yoga.
Assessing Nutrition Health Literacy to Promote a Culture of Health
Beverly Jackey, University of Maryland
Lisa McCoy, University of Maryland Extension
Virginia Brown, University of Maryland Extension
Health equity provides everyone opportunities to make choices than can lead to healthy lifestyles. Making changes to improve health behaviors requires people understand and know how to use health information. We used a validated survey tool to assess Maryland adult health and nutrition literacy skills.
The WAVE Experience: Engaging high school soccer players in nutrition, menu planning, shopping, cooking, and gardening life-skills team building competitions
Tonya Johnson, Oregon State University Extension Service
Siew Sun Wong, Oregon State University
Melinda Manore, Oregon State University
Life-skills training is an important step in developing healthy habits, but is typically not a top priority for adolescents. The WAVE~Ripples for Change research project identified key strategies for engaging high school soccer players in life-skills through interactive team-building workshops on menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and gardening.
Evaluating Indiana Community Health Coalitions: A Systems Approach to Improving Impact and Sustainability of Local Health Promotion Partnerships
Jennifer Mansfield, Purdue University
Donna Vandergraff, Purdue University
Dennis Savaiano, Purdue University
We are applying a mixed-methods coalition evaluation approach, triangulating social network analysis, functioning/process outcomes, and county-level health statistics. Cross-sectional and longitudinal comparisons will allow us to develop a model for effective and sustainable coalitions; to modify policies, systems, and environments; to improve cultures of health, health behaviors, and health outcomes.
Sustained Changes in Health Literacy Indicators among Rural Participants of the How to Talk to Your Doctor Health Literacy Program
Charleen McNeill, Fayetteville State University
Lisa Washburn, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Services
Zola Moon, University of Arkansas
Betsy Garrison, University of Arkansas
Health literacy is critical to efforts to improve healthcare quality and cost as well as in efforts to reduce disparities. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Health Literacy collaborated on a health literacy program called "How to Talk to Your Doctor" (HTTYD), adapting existing health literacy materials originally developed by the University of Maryland Extension. Pre-, post-, and 3-month follow up tests were given to participants in the HTTYD program over the last year. Results of the pre-, post-, and 3-month follow-up demonstrate a sustained, statistically significantly improvement in knowledge and confidence for the pool of 166 HTTYD participants in all areas except confidence in taking one's medication with them to their doctor. Moderate to large effect sizes were noted in all areas of testing except confidence in taking one's medication with them to their doctor.
Goal Setting for Nutrition and Physical Activity Best Practices in Early Childcare & Education
Nancy O'Hara Tompkins, West Virginia University
Kelli Crabtree, West Virginia University
The West Virginia Healthy Children Project aims to achieve nutrition and physical activity policy, systems and environmental (PSE) changes in early childcare/education settings. This proposal describes the goal setting and technical assistance processes implemented and categorizes the goals as P, S or E changes to illustrate its multi-level approach.
Health Resource Center Poster Proposal
Manuel Ravelo Jr., Second Harvest Heartland
The Health Resource Center (HRC) was created to expand the capacity of traditional health care by screening patients for social needs (such as food insecurity, clothing, housing, etc.) in a clinical setting, then "prescribing" positive-screened patients local resources within the clinic or community.
Patients were referred to the HRC by clinic staff, and received individualized attention as they completed their screening and prescription process. Their results were then shared with their providers to give practitioners a better understanding of external factors that may be affecting their patient's overall health.
Bringing forth awareness of this program's successful integration into a health system via a poster presentation and audience engagement may bring this (and similar) programs that address social needs one step closer to providing a more holistic approach to health care.
Facilitating Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes in Rural Communities
Andrea Scarrow, University of Georgia Extension
Shanda Ashley, University of Georgia Extension
Melinda Miller, University of Georgia Extension
The Healthier Together Coalition is implementing environmental change strategies for obesity prevention in Calhoun County, where the CDC determined over 40% of adults are obese. Using a multi-sector approach, the coalition has developed plans for constructing and managing raised bed community gardens to increase access to healthy foods.
Working Together to Create Healthier Child Care Environments
Mary Schroeder, University of Minnesota Extension
Kelly Kunkel, University of Minnesota Extension
The opportunity exists to create a culture of health for young children by improving the food environment in family child care homes. This poster will explore how Extension and child care providers co-created a series of culinary nutrition education trainings to support child care providers in making food environment changes.
Healthy Homes Hayneville Lowndes Co 2017
Donna Shanklin, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
The Healthy Homes’ Hayneville Lowndes (HHHL) project addressed the need for education to homeowners and renters on the importance of a healthy home. HHHL found with proper information, skills, and low-cost tools, the communities who are aware of healthy homes issues will be more proactive in addressing identified concerns.
RELAJARSE: An Anger Management Education Program for Latino Audiences
Holly Tiret, Michigan State University Extension
Katie Reck, Central Michigan University
Georgina Perry, Michigan State University Extension
Veronica Quintin, Michigan State University Extension
This proposal describes the RELAJARSE program; a culturally appropriate, anger management program adapted for Latino audiences. Fostering strong mental health among Latino participants requires careful consideration of how cultural values, traditions, and perspectives influence anger. Program topics include: managing their anger, reduce stress, and learning positive coping strategies.
Feasibility of Padres Preparados, Jovene Saludables, a Parenting Skills-focused Community-based Program to Prevent Obesity among Latino Youth
Youjie Zhang, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota
Alejandro Peralta, University of Minnesota Extension
Marla Reicks, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota
This pilot study tested the feasibility of the Padres Preparados, Jovene Saludables program, which combined parenting skill and healthy lifestyle education with an emphasis on paternal involvement to improve Latino youth behaviors. Findings include significant positive improvements in parent-reported daily fruit intake, the non-reasoning dimension of the authoritarian parenting style, and parenting practices of setting goals for eating fruits and vegetables and physical activity, teaching about eating fruits and vegetables and physical activity, modeling vegetable intake and physical activity, and decreasing availability of less healthy food items at home. These findings demonstrated acceptability, feasibility and potential effectiveness of a parenting/lifestyle education program with substantial paternal involvement.
This two-day intensive skill-building track ran parallel to the first two days of the National Health Outreach Conference. Attending institute offerings advancef participants’ critical skills to kick start policy, systems, and environmental changes for improved community health.
National experts contribute to this concentrated participatory cohort learning experience. Community site visits in the Twin Cities metro area offered participants opportunities for real-world application and action.
Highlights of the Community Health Transformation Institute skill-building track included
- Taking a deep dive into the process of community engagement and co-creation.
- Building leadership skills based upon “Working Out Loud” principles.
- Securing and using data effectively to inform and guide community-based health initiatives and policy.
- Becoming versed in coaching community coalitions to mobilize members and develop strengths.
- Connecting with resources to support local, state and regional initiatives, such as those sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and more from across the country.
- Practicing skills in community settings in the Twin Cities area.
- Developing a network of colleagues to help support your work.
Additional benefits of participating in the institute included:
- An opportunity to share highlights of your institute experience in a short presentation on the final day of the National Health Outreach Conference to all conference attendees.
- Post-conference opportunities for the institute cohort to remain connected and continue a shared learning experience.
Cultivating Co-creation as a Practice Through Working Out Loud
Bob Bertsch, North Dakota State University
Karen Jeannette, Military Families Learning Network
Karen Shirer, University of Minnesota Extension
Jessica Beckendorf, University of Minnesota Extension
This interactive workshop helps you learn how a Working Out Loud (WOL) model can bring people together with a shared passion and encourage them toward collective action. Stories were shared about how WOL is being used for employee on-boarding, building relationships within issue teams, and collective action network building.
Nuts & Bolts Guide to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Karen Odegaard, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Aliana Havrilla, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
This introductory session on County Health Rankings & Roadmaps connects participants to tools that will support them in using data and evidence to establish outcomes and activities to build a culture of health. Participants will explore how they can address health broadly to strengthen or amplify efforts already underway.
The Dunedin Health Action Team: Creating Sustainable Community Change Through Resident Engagement
Laura Perdue, University of Minnesota Extension
Melissa Horning, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Tashira Britton, St Paul Public Housing Agency
Ann Tranvik, St Paul Public Housing Agency
Betsy Christensen, St Paul Public Housing Agency
This visit providef an overview of a partnership between St. Paul Public Housing (PHA), the University of Minnesota, and Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health to explore opportunities to improve the health of PHA residents through sustainable, resident-driven educational opportunities and PSE interventions, with a focus on community engagement strategies.
Community Coalition Coaching
Kathryn Staats, UW-Extension
Coalition coaching serves as a promising model for Extension professionals who are involved in coalitions that support multi-level community health initiatives. The University of Wisconsin-Extension has expanded the use of community coaching to support impactful policy, systems, and environmental work being done by local educators involved in coalitions.
Leadership Award: Angela Flickinger
Angela Flickinger began her work with the University of Wisconsin-Extension in 2005 as a Family Living Educator. At the start of her employment a community needs assessment identified the area of health and wellness as a top priority. When Angela discovered that there were few strategic efforts being made throughout UW-Extension to address this priority she set off to ignite change and be one of the top leaders in the state.
In 2007 Angela learned of the StrongWomen evidence-based program and she elected to become the sole StrongWomen Ambassador of Wisconsin. Over the last 11 years she has trained over 840 individuals.
Angela’s leadership in the StrongWomen program does not end there. In 2016 she pulled together the StrongWomen Wisconsin team, a group of Extension employees who were dedicated to continued program improvement. She mentored this group in identifying needs across the state and developing materials. Outcomes of this group include adding the name “StrongBodies” and developing a new logo to be inclusive of men, creating a website to serve as a materials resource for leaders across the state, developing a promotional video, and continuing the evaluation of the program.
Angela has both partnered and encouraged partnership. Her leadership has led the StrongWomen program to be offered at over 135 locations. Throughout her time as Ambassador, many efforts have been made to create opportunities for underserved audiences to participate in the StrongWomen program. Angela serves as a leader in policy, system, and environmental changes working with employers to make StrongWoman available during the work day, encouraging University of Wisconsin-Extension employees to teach and promote the program, and to date impacting over 16,000 community members through the program.
A quote by Tom Peters has been used by Angela previously to describe her leadership philosophy: “True leaders don’t create followers: They create more leaders”. Building capacity of leaders is a passion of Angela Flickinger and she does it well.
Congratulations to Angela Flickinger, Family Living Educator, University of Wisconsin Extension!
Innovative Award: Systems Approaches for Health Communities
Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities is a web-based professional development program that promotes the integration of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) interventions with educational strategies.
The program was developed by University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition staff in response to a need to equip SNAP-Ed nutrition education staff to better understand and conduct PSE interventions in addition to — and integrated with — their direct education programming. The program is designed for organizations whose work focuses on health promotion.
Systems Approaches for Health Communities utilizes best practices in adult and online learning, and provides an innovative and comprehensive approach to staff professional development. In addition to the online modules, the program includes instructions for a coaching program for both individual and group coaching, as well as opportunities for personal and shared reflection. It also provides learning tools designed to be used not only as part of the course, but with community organizations and participants.
After an initial pilot with Minnesota staff in late 2015, the course garnered attention from SNAP-Ed implementing agencies in other states and was peer-reviewed by Michigan State University Extension and Cornell University staff in 2016. Following revisions, the course was piloted in early 2017 with 150 health and nutrition staff from Michigan State University Extension.
Among the results showed after the training 86% of trainees were comfortable using PSE terminology and 94% believed they could explain the importance of the integration of PSE with direct education.
An updated version of the program was launched online in October 2017 and made available for purchase to organizations nationwide.
Congratulations to the System Approaches for Healthy Communities program team! Accepting the award are: Laura Perdue, Laura Bohen, Stephanie Heim, and Annette Shepardson.
Individual or Family Award: Keys to Embracing Aging 30-Day Health Challenge
Keys to Embracing Aging 30-Day Health Challenge is a peer reviewed Extension multi-lesson program aimed at improving health, safety and well-being by focusing on ways individuals and families can be empowered to take control of lifestyle decisions. Based on centenarian and medical studies regarding healthy lifestyles, Keys to Embracing Aging 30-Day Health Challenge provides preventative education that creatively encourages people of all ages to make healthy behaviors a habit.
Researchers have received positive feedback from agents, participants, and community partners regarding the program's effectiveness, value and potential. Preliminary analysis examined the 282 participants who completed the first six lessons, confirmed that 93% of participants improved their understanding of the specific keys taught and 90% reported intention to implement at least one strategy to improve health behaviors.
To date more than 200 agents across Kentucky, Arkansas and Kansas have been trained. Through a USDA grant, Kansas and Kentucky will be partnering with their respective Regional Centers for Rural Development in addition to Kansas State’s Office of Education Innovation and Evaluation.
Keys to Embracing Aging has been successfully replicated across stateliness, in part because the curriculum doesn't contain state-specific detail, making it painless to adapt. The North Central Region Aging Network will be adopting the program within the next 2 years. Agents report that the program is fun to teach and that it strongly resonates with participants. Participants recognize the importance of the content and appreciate the creative and challenging ways in which they can learn to adapt healthier behavior.
Congratulations to Keys to Embracing Aging 30-day Health Challenges.
Accepting the award: Amy F. Kostelic, Associate Extension Professor University of Kentucky.
Culture of Health Award Winner: Growing Health Kids Columbus Coalition
Since 2013, Ohio State University Extension has shared leadership of the “Growing Healthy Kids Columbus” coalition with Columbus Public Health. The coalition brings together over 40 cross-sector organizations and programs that serve pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten entry to address multilevel influences that contribute to childhood obesity. The coalition uses the social ecological model as a framework for identifying and promoting implementation of policy, system and environmental changes, as well as individual behavior change.
Monthly Growing Healthy Kids Columbus meetings allow participants to share information, plan and report on PSE change activities, and take part in professional development. Efforts to promote PSE changes have included the development of the “Water First for Thirst”, “An Hour a Day to Play”, and “Healthy Gatherings” campaigns. Together, coalition members created campaign materials, online resources, toolkits, sample policies, and technical assistance plans relevant to organizations’ needs. The coalition’s focus on PSE changes has resulted in increased awareness of and self-efficacy for implementing PSE change strategies and substantial adoption of policy and practice changes—both small and wide-ranging—among member organizations.
The coalition was recognized as a 2017 Model Practice by the National Association of City and County Health Officials and has been featured at several state and national conferences. Steering committee members have provided technical assistance to groups wanting to start similar coalitions.
Congratulations to the Growing Health Kids Columbus Coalition.
Accepting the award: Carol Smathers, Assistant Profession and Extension Field Specialist from The Ohio State University Extension.
Community Award winner: Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More from North Carolina State University
Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More, or Faithful Families, is a practice-tested health promotion intervention that promotes healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith through a nine-lesson curriculum.
In North Carolina, the program is co-facilitated by health educators from Cooperative Extension including EFNEP Program Associates, SNAP-Ed educators, or Family and Consumer Science Agents and local health departments. These facilitators train leaders in local faith based congregations to co-teach lessons and design policy, systems, and environmental supports. The leaders from the faith community bring the spiritual elements into each session, through discussion questions and activity prompts.
Faithful Families has been certified as a practice-tested intervention by the Center for Training and Research Translation at UNC-Chapel Hill. Additionally, Faithful Families was the Signature Project for the Southern Regional Center for Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention, leading to its adoption in Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee. In 2013, Faithful Families was recognized by an invitation to a Let’s Move faith and community partners meeting at the White House. Evaluation of the Faithful Families program has shown that over 86% of participants reported improvement in one or more nutrition practices. Additionally, Faithful Families has led to more than 250 PSE changes in faith communities across North Carolina.
Congratulations to the Faithful Families team!
Accepting the award for the Faithful Families team: Annie Hardison-Moody, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, North Carolina State University
Reviewed in 2018