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Cooperative Extension Framework for Health and Wellness Webinar June 26th

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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) https://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=5115

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.

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The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities hosts information about ECOP. Visit http://www.aplu.org/page.aspx?pid=637 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 https://learn.extension.org/events/1651#.U5sfLrG4Mwc

It will be recorded.

Schools and the Affordable Care Act? Yes

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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.

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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 learn.extension.org – https://learn.extension.org/events/1606

To participate live on Thursday, May 29 at 2:00 pm CDT  — Click on the following link and enter as a guest: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/communities

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 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

 

 

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 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.

 

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.

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.

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: bbraun@umd.edu or Michelle Rodgers, University of Deleware Extension: mrodgers@udel.edu

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 (http://lanyrd.com/2013/priesterhealth/ ! :)

 

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 @ http://www.priesterconference.org/or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PriesterHealth

 

 

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Follow all the information as it flows on our Twitter feed @CreateHealthCoP, or our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/CreatingHealthyCommunities?ref=hl

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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 www.priesterconference.org for detailed information about submitting a proposal. Or contact Roger Rennekamp via e-mail at Roger.Rennekamp@oregonstate.edu

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:

 

 

 

-Consequences

-Choices

-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 http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/

Visit the NIH info page at http://www.nih.gov/health/NIHandweightofthenation/

 

 

 

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 http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/communities 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 http://learn.extension.org/events/478 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 http://blogs.extension.org/priesterconference/ 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.