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UGA Navigators and Affordable Care Act

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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



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

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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 for more information.

Visit 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.


Affordable Care Act and October 2013 – Are you ready?

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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. - 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.  – 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

There are many foundations that are looking at the ACA and the impact on Americans. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation 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 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.

Mobilizing Extension to Respond to Health Care Reform Preconference Monday, April 15, 2013, 1-5:00 PM

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Where: Priester National Health Conference Host Site, Corvallis, Oregon

Are you curious about the coming changes in health insurance?

Are you currently doing or considering programming on the topic?

Are you less than totally confident you have what’s needed to do the programming?

If so, this pre-conference is for you.

A multi-state Extension team is currently working together to fill a demand for understanding, learning, and establishing a body of knowledge and educational programming related to health reform and specifically health insurance literacy. Efforts are underway to explain the law and develop health insurance educational materials and programs. Not only will our programming people respond knowledgeably, but also it will position Extension and the land-grant system as a leader in addressing this compelling public policy issue.

This interactive session will provide time for you to learn about how Extension is responding to the Affordable Care Act, explore multiple ways to conduct state-specific programming and consider joining the multi-state task forces to plan for, test and conduct programming in preparation for the health insurance open enrollment season of fall, 2013.

We know that for Extension educators to tackle this new programming area, all of us need the confidence and the knowledge that will reduce our fear of not knowing what we’re doing. We also know that even for those who want to do the educational programming, we want to learn from others about the what, why, when, where, how and impact of the education. And we know that we all have states with different responses to health reform and health insurance markets.

Bottom line is that consumers will be making health insurance purchase decisions this year with or without us. Most are confused; many lack necessary knowledge and skills to make wise decisions.

Don’t you agree that improving decision-making is a key function for Extension Education?

Register today for $40 and attend! At the very least, you’ll leave with an emerging tool for making wise health insurance purchase decisions for you and your family!

For more information, contact Bonnie Braun, PhD, University of Maryland Extension: or Michelle Rodgers, University of Deleware Extension:

Priester National Health Extension Conference now on Lanyrd

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Priester National Health Extension Conference in Corvallis, OR is gearing up for the meeting in April. They now have a new Lanyrd site up for the Priester Conference ( ! :)


Be sure and add your name to the list of attendees to the Lanyrd site. Share the information via your social media outlets — from Twitter, LinkIn, Facebook, and  Google+  – You can even follow some attendees.



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Visit the Priester Conference web page for more information as it comes available @ their Facebook page at



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Follow all the information as it flows on our Twitter feed @CreateHealthCoP, or our Facebook Page at

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Use the hashtag #priesterhealth to follow all the activities of the conference.

Look forward to seeing you there — April 16-17, 2013!



Priester Conference Proposals – Deadline December 17, 2012

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The 2013 Priester Confererence at the Oregon State campus in Corvallis promises to the best yet.



Boardwalk Corvallis Wildlife Area

The theme “Supporting Community Change through Health Extension” will bring together individuals, teams, and organizations to discuss health issues.

Proposals are being accepted in five areas:

  • Addressing Health Disparities
  • Influencing Community Context
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Enhancing Curricular Engagement and Student Learning
  • Health Extension

The deadline is December 17, 2012 so don’t let time slip away from you – submit ASAP.

Visit for detailed information about submitting a proposal. Or contact Roger Rennekamp via e-mail at

Just be sure to put the dates April 16 – 17, 2013 on your calendar and be there to experience a Priester Conference on the West Coast – the first of many.


Will the HBO series “The Weight of the Nation” be a catalyst for community change?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

When Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring” did she realize it would be the catalyst for environmental awareness of a generation?

The health-related groups that are involved in the HBO series “The Weight of the Nation” are too numerous to mention. We count ourselves, the Creating Healthy Communities Community of Practice (CHC CoP), as a group that wants the series to succeed in galvanizing people to become involved in the obesity issue.

Weight of the Nation Sesries logo - filmstrip with words and USA map

Weight of the Nation Series Logo


The Weight of the Nation Discussion guide breaks the series into 3 parts:






-Children in Crisis


The Children in Crisis segment addresses many of the issues the CHC CoP addresses in our work online, in webinars and twitter chats. We focus on the role of the community in public policy and education of the community much as this series does.

Join us as we watch the series May 14 and 15th. Organize a group to discuss the series and gear up to make some changes in your life and/or the life of you community. Who knows it could be the catalyst for change — be it just YOU or YOUR community.

Discuss the series on Twitter and use the hashtag #weightofthenation and #PriesterHealth.

Visit the HBO series page

Visit the NIH info page at




Gearing up for Priester Conference! Webinars March 26 & April 2, 2012

Friday, March 16th, 2012

As the Creating Healthy Communities membership GEAR UP for the Priester Conference April 10 – 12 in Washington, DC, we are also preparing attendees and potential attendees for the types of speakers and interactions, they can expect to be exposed to when they attend the Conference in person.

Public policy, funding, and community action are necessary components of community development — the two webinars will be discussing these important issues. Enhancing the Impact of Public Policy on the Health of Vulnerable Populations and Connecting Federal Priorities with Local Community Action are the titles of the two webinars.

Title: Enhancing the Impact of Public Policy on the Health of Vulnerable Populations

Presenter: Roberta Riportella, Ph.D.,  Professor, Health Policy Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Date & Time: Monday, March 26 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (EDT)

Link to a few minutes before 3:00 p.m. (EDT). Participants will use computer speakers for audio and interact through the chat box.

Title: Connecting Federal Priorities with Local Community Action

Presenter: Sharon Hoelscher Day, CFCS Emeritus, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

Date & Time: Monday, April 2 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Link to a few minutes before 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Participants will use computer speakers for audio and interact through the chat box.

For more information about the speakers connect with the Priester Conference website at and click on the preconference webinar tab AFTER you check out the schedule of events for the April 10 – 12 Priester Conference.

We look forward to seeing your name on the list of webinar attendees and at the Priester Conference.

Journal of Health Communication Celebrates 100th Issue!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

The Journal’s mission of “‘presenting timely research into and evaluations of the use of communication to prevent disease and promote good health’’ is also part of the Creating Healthy Communities mission. We, like the Journal, want to “nurture supportive personal, family, work, and community environments’’. (Ratzan 1996).

Celebrate the 100th issue of the Journal of Health Communication

Celebrate the 100th issue of the Journal of Health Communication

In celebration — the Journal of Health Communication — has open access to all the 100th issues articles. IT IS FREE!

Visit the site at

Articles include:

•Health Communication Grows in Significance—The 100th Issue

•A Look Back: The Journal of Health Communication Celebrates 100 Issues

•Critiquing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Health Communication Campaigns Targeted to American Indians

•The Picture of Mental Health/Illness in the Printed Media in Three Central European Countries

•Build It, and Will They Come? Unexpected Findings From a Study on a Web-Based Intervention to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening

•The Role of Endorsers, Framing, and Rewards on the Effectiveness of Dietary Supplement Advertisements

•When Movies Matter: Exposure to Smoking in Movies and Changes in Smoking Behavior

•Using Theory to Identify Beliefs Associated With Support for Policies to Raise the Price of High-Fat and High-Sugar Foods

•Communicating Immunization Science: The Genesis and Evolution of the National Network for Immunization Information

- Remember to visit the site online at

And YES — we could have linked individually to each  article — but we wanted you to see the breath of work that encompasses health communication before clicking out into hyperspace.

Sit back and read the 100th issue cover to cover

Sit back and read the 100th issue cover to cover - be it a print copy, tablet PC or iPad


Ratzan , S. ( 1996 ). The status and scope of health communication . Journal of Health Communication


Priester Conference – Call for Abstracts/Presentations January 30 deadline

Friday, January 6th, 2012

The call for Abstracts /Presentations has been made for the April 10-12 Priester Conference in Washington DC — summit your abstracts TODAY! Deadline is January 30th at 5:00 pm EST


Learn more at: – links to HOW TO information  and a SUBMISSION PAGE to fill online or print out and send in!

We will be celebrating our 15th Annual Conference – Leveraging Partnerships to Improve the Health of the Nation


CONFERENCE DATES  — April 10-12, 2012

LOCATION :  Marriott Renaissance

999 Ninth Street NW

Washington, District Of Columbia 20001 USA

Learn more at:

REMEMBER — Deadline for Submission of Proposals: January 30, 2012@ 5pm EST

The eXtension Creating Healthy Communities Community of Practice (CoP) is looking forward to the Conference and we hope you are too! Remember to use the #priesterhealth hashtag when you TWEET or post on FACEBOOK.