November 15th Deadline to submit for Priester Award presented at National Health Outreach Conference 2015

November 7th, 2014 by Donna Shanklin

The Priester Award will recognize sound and innovative health and wellness programs on the county, state and national level. The purpose of the award is to honor Extension programs that positively impact the health of people across the United States and provide leadership to expand Extension’s capacity to increase the number of Americans that are healthy at every stage of life. Jeanne M. Priester was a leader in advancing health education within the Cooperative Extension System (CES) during her tenure at the United States Department of Agriculture. The award in her name acknowledges her vision. You can view a short history of Priester via a 2010 NIFA Update


Jeanne Priester








Award Categories

Nominations will be accepted in three award categories.

  1. Individual or Family – programs designed to influence the individual or family
  2. Community – programs designed to influence a community or multiple communities
  3. Innovative – promising programs designed to address any level of the Social Ecological model. Must have been developed and implemented within the last 4 years.

Download the form from at the National Health Outreach page —

October 30 Webinar to discuss issues surrounding Health Insurance Literacy & Affordable Care Act Implementation

October 17th, 2014 by Donna Shanklin
Via an eXtension webinar on Thursday, October 30 at 2:00 pm CDT,  Nicole Peritore & Roberta Riportella will provide a background on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the various types of exchanges across the USA.  They will then compare and contrast two states – Kentucky and Kansas. Kentucky has a state exchange and expanded Medicaid, whereas Kansas is using the federal exchange and has not expand Medicaid. They will look at the support they have received in their respective states, and how Extension has responded to health insurance literacy needs.
To link to PPTS or PDFs associated with the webinar visit

The webinar will be recorded.

Direct link to webinar on October 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm CT visit :


Using County Health Rankings in Developing Programming – Webinar August 19th

August 11th, 2014 by Donna Shanklin

Ninfa Purcell will be discussing how to use the County Health Rankings data to develop programming at the county level. On Tuesday, August 19 at 11:00 am CDT via the Creating Healthy Communities CoP.


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Ninfa Pena-Purcell



Check out Purcell’s Bio on eXtension at





Purcell’s title My Health County: Take Action, Change Lives is a one hour presentation that will provide an overview of County Health Rankings and how to use this resource to prioritize county health issues.

The aims of the talk are to:

1) inform attendees on how to use secondary data sources to conduct a county health assessment and

2) explain the social determinants of health impacting their communities.

Specific topics that will be discussed include the following:
· Searching reliable sources of health data to identify issues.

· Using the County Health Rankings and Roadmap resource.

· Prioritizing health needs and identifying solutions.

·  Mobilizing your community to address health issues.

If you are interested in taking a look at the County Health Rankings in your state visit  and create a search.

Purcell has presented similar information to County Extension Agents in Texas and has received the following comments from participants.

The training helped me focus on community assets and addressing problems.

Learning about County Health Rankings was very valuable because it something I can educate others about this resource, particularly community partners.

I plan to bring information about County Health Rankings to my community partners so that we plan evidence-based program to respond to community needs.

August 19th at 11:00 am CDT  go to

If you want to check for a PDF of the PowerPoint to be presented go to

All our webinars are recorded and can be viewed at a later date. We also post Mp4 files on our YouTube page several weeks afterward.

Planning Underway for National Health Outreach Conference for 2015

August 8th, 2014 by Donna Shanklin

A name change has occurred with Creating Healthy Communities (CHC CoP) partners, and what was once called the Priester Health Conference will now be known as the National Health Outreach Conference. The name change acknowledges the widening scope of Extension programming, and the increased number of non-Extension partners that work with Extension systems throughout the United States.

In Atlanta, Georgia May 6-8, 2015, the National Health Outreach Conferene theme will be Promoting Connections to Create Healthy Individuals, Families and Communities.

Workshops will focus on integrated nutrition, health, environment, and agricultural systems; health literacy; chronic disease prevention and management; positive youth development for health, and health policy issues education.

A pre-conference workshop on health insurance literacy also is being planned. Check out the Facebook page at

Deborah Murray, FACS Associate Dean for Extension & Outreach at University of Georgia Extension, ( is leading the various committees organizing the conference.NHEC logo - final 07.24.14

Look for the logo (seen above) and a web site soon!


Cooperative Extension Framework for Health and Wellness Webinar June 26th

June 13th, 2014 by Donna Shanklin

The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) give guidance to issues impacting the Cooperative Extension System (System) and in March 2014 they provided guidance on issues related to Health & Wellness through an executive summary.

The following is a link to the ECOP Health Task Force Executive Summary (March 2014)

The six Strategic Program Priorities to focus the work of health extension are:

1. Integrated Nutrition, Health, Environment, and Agricultural Systems – Improving the health of the nation requires working across systems.

2. Health Literacy – Health literacy can be defined as the ability to obtain, understand,
and act upon health information and services.

3. Health Insurance Literacy -This refers to the degree to which individuals have the
knowledge, ability, and confidence to find and evaluate information about health
plans, select the best plan for their circumstances, and use the plan once enrolled.

4. Chronic Disease Prevention and Management – The goals of chronic disease
prevention and management are to prevent disease occurrence, delay the onset of
disease and disability, lessen the severity of disease, and improve the health-related
quality and duration of an individual’s life.

5. Positive Youth Development for Health – Positive youth development is an
intentional strategy utilized by organizations that is focused on helping young people
experience thriving trajectories and achieve key developmental outcomes.

6. Health Policy Issues Education – Improving population health will require collective
resolve and action to address the social, economic, and environmental determinants
of health.

framework for health and wellness


The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities hosts information about ECOP. Visit for more information

On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:00 am EDT Michelle Rodgers and other members of the committee will discuss the framework, why it came to be, and the vision for improving the public’s health through priority areas.

For more information and to link to location visit

It will be recorded.

Schools and the Affordable Care Act? Yes

May 23rd, 2014 by Donna Shanklin

soccerThe May 29th webinar titled “Helping Wisconsin Kids Get Covered: Connecting to Health Coverage through Schools” will discuss how to engage schools in outreach to encourage families to participate in Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance opportunities, as well as Medicaid.

Schools provide a comfortable environment where families go to find trusted information from respected staff —for this reason, since 2007, Covering Kids & Families – Wisconsin has been working with schools to connect students to health coverage.

The webinar may give you ideas on how to use school-based organizations for ACA needs. Roberta Riportella, K-State Educator, notes  “There has certainly been a woodwork effect of finding adults and children eligible for Medicaid even under nonexpansion criteria. This happened because of ACA outreach and enrollment efforts which can be enhanced if schools are more involved as places of usual outreach to families.” Jeni Appleby will guide us through the the process in Wisconsin and offer ideas on how implement a similar program in other states.

Participate in the webinar and learn more about school-based outreach, including relationship building, determining and implementing outreach strategies, collecting and using data, and various other tools.


Jeni Appleby, Healthcare Outreach Specialist, is currently working with Wisconsin schools, focusing on Medicaid outreach and will be providing an overview of programming initiatives related to this topic

The webinar will be recorded and available through the following link at –

To participate live on Thursday, May 29 at 2:00 pm CDT  — Click on the following link and enter as a guest:

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.


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 (, Tweetchat (, or (  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, and For information about the SSHW Twitter chat, visit

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

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

The UGA Navigators have a Facebook presence at

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.

Missouri Extension Logo

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

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 – No preregistration required — but be sure and put on your calendar. The webinar will be recorded.

Flyer of the event

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 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 page at 2:00 PM Central Standard time. The webinar will be recorded and you can link to the recording via the same page.