Twitter Chat April 29th to Wrap Up Financial Literacy Month

April 17th, 2014 by Donna Shanklin

Each year, the month of April is designated as Financial Literacy Month to encourage educational programs designed to build the general public’s knowledge and understanding of financial matters. Personal finance information is delivered in a variety of ways including face to face classes, webinars, print media, mass media, and social media.

To celebrate Financial Literacy Month, the Cooperative Extension System of National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (NIFA-USDA) and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are co-sponsoring a Twitter chat on Small Steps to Health and Wealth(tm) (SSHW) on Tuesday, April 29 from 1 to 2 pm EDT. SSHW is a signature program of NIFA-USDA and is delivered by Extension educators nationwide.

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Barbara O'Neill

Barbara O’Neill

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Financial Resource Management Specialist, Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFP(r), will serve as moderator. The chat will feature a series of six questions related to financial literacy and relationships between health and personal finances. A drawing for gift cards will be held from among those who actively participate in the Twitter chat by posting valuable content.

The designated Twitter handle for the chat is #SSHWchat.

All participants need is a Twitter account user name (handle) and password. The hash tag #SSHWchat will serve as a “magnet” to link everyone’s tweets together. The moderator will guide the discussion around a series of questions labeled Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. Participants will respond with A1, A2, A3, etc. to match their tweets to the questions.

Any of these three platforms can be used to monitor the flow of tweets: Twubs (www.twubs.com), Tweetchat (www.tweetchat.com), or Tchat.io (http://www.tchat.io/).  Participants can simply choose one of these Web sites and insert #SSHWchat into the textbox that pops up to post tweets and view the Twitter stream.

Following are the six SSHW Twitter chat questions that will be posed to participants:

Q1: In what ways are health and personal finances related?

Q2: What is something that people can do every day to improve their health?

Q3: What is something that people can do every day to improve their personal finances?

Q4: What is your favorite personal finance book, Web site, phone app, or curriculum?

Q5: Since it is Financial Literacy Month, how do you personally define financial literacy?

Q6: What are your best tips to put people on the path to better health & greater wealth?

For further information about Cooperative Extension financial education programs and resources, visit http://www.moneysmartweekpartners.org/usda, http://www.extension.org/personal_finance and http://njaes.rutgers.edu/money/. For information about the SSHW Twitter chat, visit http://www.slideshare.net/BarbaraONeill/sshw-twitter-chat-pr-flyer0414.

Submitted by

Susan S. Shockey Ph.D., CFCS, CPFFE

USDA/NIFA Family & Consumer Economics National Program Leader Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

UGA Navigators and Affordable Care Act

March 6th, 2014 by Donna Shanklin

On March 18th, University of Georgia Navigators Betsy Charron and Stephen Bailey will present information on lesson learned over the past several months on issues related to the educating Georgians on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and buying health insurance at a Creating Healthy Communities Webinar. The webinar will be recorded.

Charron and Bailey will cover a diversity of topics. Included in the webinar will be a discussion of UGA Navigators and their placement throughout the state, common ACA related issues they have dealt with, and an overview of where the program will go in the future.

Health Navigator Counties Map Update

To attend the webinar live March 18th 1:00 pm EDT, or to view the recording visit https://learn.extension.org/events/1461

If you would like a listen to Charron prior to the webinar listen to a short chat recorded between Charron and Shanklin (CHC CoP Leader) prior to the webinar at http://bit.ly/1fRL5Cf

The UGA Navigators have a Facebook presence at https://www.facebook.com/ugahealthnavigators

And a Twitter feed to follow @UGANavigators

 

 

Engaging Youth in Creating a Healthier Future for Themselves & Their Communities

January 25th, 2014 by Donna Shanklin

The University of Missouri Extension Healthy Lifestyle Initiative works with communities across Missouri to develop healthy communities, including policies and environments that support access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. Youth engagement is essential to the success of community-wide health initiatives. On February 6th they will be presenting information about the initiative through the Creating Healthy Communities Community of Practice.

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Youth engagement within the initiative address obesity and sedentary lifestyles, creating positive environments, and impacting lifelong health. Components of the initiative include:

· Photovoice Projects with K-12 Schools

· Youth-Led Community Forums

· Participatory Action Research with Youth

· Youth-Adult Partnerships

When youth and community practitioners develop local collaborations using these tools with 4-H, schools, food & farm groups, churches, public health agencies, local government, business leaders, and economic development & planning commissions may be more successful and have greater engagement of all participants.

Missouri Youth

Missouri Youth

Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Counties in Missouri 2013

Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Counties in Missouri 2013

More information about the program can be found on the Healthy Lifestyle Initative website at http://extension.missouri.edu/healthylife/

On February 6th the following individuals will be involved in presenting information about the initiative during a webinar.

They include:

Zoe Broder, AmeriCorps VISTA, University of Missouri Extension Healthy Lifestyle Initiative

Steve Henness, State 4-H Specialist, University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development

Melissa Maras, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Missouri

Jon Stemmle, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, University of Missouri

Just Remember:
Webinar “Engaging Youth in Creating a Healthier Future for Themselves & Their Communities” Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 10:30am-12:00pm CT - https://learn.extension.org/events/1388. No preregistration required — but be sure and put on your calendar. The webinar will be recorded.

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Healthy Lifestyles Webinar Info

Healthy Lifestyles Webinar Info

Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace? Come to a webinar December 2.

November 10th, 2013 by Donna Shanklin

On December 2, 2013 Roberta Riportella and Barbara O’Neill will be answering questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Having researched the ACA and participated in ACA informational programs over the last several months Riportella and O’Neill are ready to answer your questions.

Visit the learn.extension.org/events/1322 site to submit your questions in the comment section or send your questions via twitter to @createhealthcop, @rriporte or @moneytalk1. Use the hashtag #CHCCOP. Be sure to follow them on Twitter too.

Riportella and O’Neill look forward to answering your questions!

Roberta Riportella

Roberta Riportella

 

Barbara O'Neill

Barbara O’Neill

To participate in the webinar LIVE connect to the webinar via the learn.extension.org/events/1322 page at 2:00 PM Central Standard time. The webinar will be recorded and you can link to the recording via the same page.

 

Farm Families and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

October 14th, 2013 by Donna Shanklin

Extension faculty from New Jersey and Kansas will present information relevant to  Farm Families on issues related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on October 18th at 12:00 noon Central Time (USA).

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This 90-minute webinar will introduce participants to a new curriculum “You and Health Insurance: Making a Smart Choice for Farm Families”. Participants will learn how the Affordable Care Act affects farm families as individuals (consumers), as business operators, and also affects their farmworkers.

The curriculum was developed by Barbara O’Neill (Rutgers University) and Roberta Riportella (Kansas State University) and is now ready for pilot testing nationwide. The same slides that are in the curriculum will be shown on the webinar.

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Speaker information:

Barbara O’Neill
Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
848-932-9126
oneill@aesop.rutgers.edu
eXtension bio — http://goo.gl/56Z7IQ

Roberta Riportella, Ph.D.
Kansas Health Foundation Professor of Community Health
Kansas State
785-532-1942
rriporte@ksu.edu
eXtension bio – http://goo.gl/nB6Sxc

To connect directly to the webinar on October 18th go to: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/communities

A recording will be made available ASAP.

Link to PDFs and PowerPoint can be found at  https://learn.extension.org/events/1256

Smart Choices – A research-based curriculum helps consumers with insurance questions

September 13th, 2013 by Donna Shanklin

Consumers are worried. They are worried about health care reform and the law that says they have to health insurance or else.

Bonnie Braun sees this concern about health insurance as a “teachable moment”. It is an opportunity to encourage Americans to understand more about health insurance. Braun lead the team that has produced the new Smart Choice curriculum.

“We decided from the start that whatever we did, it must reduce confusion, increase capability and it must result in a choice that makes financial and health sense for individuals and families,” Braun said. “That is actually the bottom line for the definition of health insurance literacy.” (cited from eXtension article at http://www.extension.org/pages/69007/extension-experts-offering-education-on-health-care-act-provisions#.UjMcmz_zp5d)

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On September 26 Bonnie Braun will discuss the Smart Choices curriculum at a Creating Healthy Communities webinar at 2:00 EDT, 2:00 CDT, 12:00 PDT.

Visit https://learn.extension.org/events/1198  to find out more information about the webinar.

 

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Bonnie Braun’s Bio

Smart Choices Health Insurance Brief

Link to Train-the-Trainer Session Sign-Up

 

LINK TO RECORDING https://learn.extension.org/events/1198

The Wisdom, Power, Control Program — Webinar August 29th 10 am CDT

August 23rd, 2013 by Donna Shanklin

On August 29th Ninfa Purcell will be discussing The Wisdom, Power, Control Program that has been piloted in Texas.

Wisdom, Power, Control is a 7-week diabetes self-management program for adults over the age of 18 with type 2 diabetes that was developed and targeted for African-Americans.  Health & Human Services’ Office of Minority Health notes that “African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. In addition, they are more likely to suffer complications from diabetes, such as end-stage renal disease and lower extremity amputations. Although African Americans have the same or lower rate of high cholesterol as their non-Hispanic white counterparts, they are more likely to have high blood pressure.”

Topics for Wisdom, Power, Control participants include:

  1. diabetes myths and facts,
  2. how to use a glucometer,
  3. eating healthy with diabetes,
  4. physical activity and diabetes,
  5. medicines and diabetes, and
  6. preventing diabetes problems.

Dr. Purcell will be discussing the impacts of the program using date collected over several sites and issues related to community assessments, cultural competency, and community engagement. At the completion of the webinar, the learner will be able to:

1. Discuss qualitative approaches to assess community needs to plan a health promotion program.
2. Explain the importance of identifying community stakeholders and engaging the priority population in building grassroots support.
3. Describe using culturally competent strategies to translate a diabetes education program for African American audiences.
4. Discuss implications of the Wisdom, Power, Control demonstration project

Screen snip from Wisdom, Power & Control brochure

Screen snip from Wisdom, Power & Control brochure

 

Visit Wisdom, Power & Control’s web site http://fcs.tamu.edu/wisdom/ for more information.

Visit https://learn.extension.org/events/1133 to connect to the LIVE webinar on August 29, 2013 at 10:00 am CDT, 11:00 am EDT, 8:00 am PDT or the recording after the event date.

 

The Affordable Care Act Marketplace — A no “wrong door” to get health insurance

July 24th, 2013 by Donna Shanklin

The Health Insurance Marketplace also known as the health insurance “exchange”  will be discussed at the July 25th webinar at 2:00 CDT. The link to more information can be found at https://learn.extension.org/events/1164

Roberta Riportella will be the presenter. Riportella, the Kansas Health Foundation professor of community health at Kansas State University presented at our July 18th “Basics of ACA” webinar that was well attended.

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A link to a recording of the July 18th webinar can be found at https://learn.extension.org/events/1140. There are also links to a PDF of the presentation and powerpoint.

At the July 25 webinar Dr. Riportella will also answer any questions you may have about ACA and how it may impact you, your family, and your community. Time has been allocated in the webinar for questions.

The Basics of the Affordable Care Act: With so much changing what do we still need to know? Webinar July 18th

July 16th, 2013 by Donna Shanklin

A webinar entitled “The Basics of the Affordable Care Act: With so much changing what do we still need to know?” will be broadcast on Thursday July 18th at 2:00 pm Central Time. Roberta Riportella will be the presenter. Riportella, the Kansas Health Foundation professor of community health at Kansas State University is heading up an effort to help us learn more about how the Affordable Care Act – often called ObamaCare – will affect us once the law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This webinar is for you if:

  • Are you confused about all of this talk about health care reform?
  • Have you been hearing that your health insurance is going to change?
  • Do you want to be able to separate the facts from the myths or find out how health care reform can benefit you and others in your community?
  • Want to learn about the best ways to take full advantage of all this new law has to offer?

It is the first of a series on the Affordable Care Act via the Creating Healthy Communities Community of Practice. The remaining webinars will be on:

Thursday July 25th 2:00 pm Central Time https://learn.extension.org/events/1164
Thursday August 8th 2:00 pm Central Time
Wednesday August 14th  2:00 pm Central Time

We are looking schedule some tweet chats the day prior to the webinars – so look for them as you follow @CreateHealthCoP.

At 2:00 pm Central Time on July 18th. go to https://learn.extension.org/events/1140 and connect there. It is an AdobeConnect session so you may need to download software.

 

 

Affordable Care Act and October 2013 – Are you ready?

April 3rd, 2013 by Donna Shanklin

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been in effect since March 2010 — but the real impact of the law doesn’t start impacting the majority of us until October 2013. Are you ready?

Employers -  Are you ready? Individuals – Are you ready? Most would say NO I am not ready.

Finding unbiased information that a person can understand is difficult. A glossary that lists all the acronyms of the law is a necessity for most. Words like “marketplace” and payment ‘bundling’ are just a few of the words consumers are hearing related to the ACA.

Employers and individuals are going to have to seek out information. Only after obtaining information from a diversity of sources will a person come to understand the law and how it impacts them as an employer or individual.

The following are just a few of the resources available. Contact your local Medicare office to determine if there is an agency,ie. Navigator, in your state that is coordinating an educational effort for more state specific information.

Healthcare.gov - as the ACA’s government website  it has lots of good information – but you will have to spend some time going through all the various areas – from the blog to videos.

http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships/aca_act_and_community/index.html  – Health and Human Services Community Page related to the ACA has webinars and links to other sites including the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight  http://cciio.cms.gov/

There are many foundations that are looking at the ACA and the impact on Americans. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation http://healthreform.kff.org/health-reform-glossary.aspx?source=QL is just one example. The link provided is to their Health Reform Glossary.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impacts Everyone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask Health Lit is an ASK THE EXPERT group with eXtension https://ask.extension.org/groups/1790 They even have a youtube video – check it out -  Ask Health Literacy your ACA Questions

eXtension members are among the group of interested individuals attending a pre-conference prior to the Priester Conference in Corvallis, OR that will be looking at the educational aspect of ACA. It is hoped they will return to their respective states with information that will help them help others walk through this new frontier of ACA.