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Breakout Sessions

Thursday Program

Breakouts C - 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Facilitated Discussions


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, University of Minnesota Extension CYFC
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.

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, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
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.

Using a New Narrative to Advance Health Equity
Helen Jackson Lockett-El, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health
Mia Robillos, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health
Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra, Cultural Wellness Center

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.

The Opioid Epidemic and Extension’s Role


Extension's Role in the Opioid Crisis
Courtney Cuthbertson, Michigan State University Extension
Kea Norrell-Aitch, Michigan State University Extension
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.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in the United States: Current Efforts and Future Endeavors
Erin Yelland, Kansas State University
Ahlishia Shipley, USDA NIFA
Elaine Johannes, Kansas State University

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.

Interactive Workshops

Ripple Effects of the Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity Project
Abby Gold, Vice Chair and Associate Professor, North Dakota State University
Amy Mobley, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut
Sandra Procter, Extension Specialist, K-State Research and Extension
Carol Smathers, Field Specialist, Ohio State University Extension
Dawn Contreras, Director, Michigan State University Extension
Paul Peters, Assistant Director, K-State Research and Extension
Ann Keim (retired), University of Wisconsin Extension
Renee Oscarson (retired), 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.



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.

Using Community Health Needs Assessment Data and Community Coalition Partnerships to Impact Behavior Change Through Extension Programming
Elizabeth Davis, Utah State University Extension
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.

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.

Engaging College Students in a Culture of Health through Experiential Learning
Tonya Johnson, OSU Extension Service
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.

Smarter Lunchrooms Success Through Collaboration
Kelly Kunkel, University of Minnesota Extension
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.

Quest for Healthy Schools: Making Alabama Schools Healthier Places to Learn
Jamilah Page, SNAP-Ed/ Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Alicia Powers, SNAP-Ed/ Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Sondra M. Parmer, SNAP-Ed/ Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Katie Funderburk, SNAP-Ed/ Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
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.

Building Coalition Capacity via Extension Program Collaborations

Donna Vandergraff, Purdue Extension
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.

Coalition Self-Assessment: A Look at ALProHealth

Tonya Johnson, OSU Extension Service
Jennifer Wells Marshall, Alabama Extension at Auburn University
Ruth W. Brock, Alabama Extension at Auburn University 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.

Breakouts D - 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.



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.

Changing Directions, Changing Lives: Co-producing Culturally Meaningful and Holistic Integrative Practices
Tolulope Ola, Progressive Individual Resources Inc.
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.

The Family Education & Diabetes Series (FEDS): Reducing Health Disparities in the American Indian Community through Community-based Participatory Research
Noah Gagner, University Of Minnesota
Yiting Li, University of Minnesota
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.

University of Minnesota Extension and Anoka County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership: Addressing Disease Prevention in Unison
Erica Bania, U of MN Extension
Andrew Doherty, U of MN 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.

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.



Cancer Prevention: Promoting a Culture of Health in the Rural South Through the C4L Program
Swarn Chatterjee, University of Georgia
Alison Berg, University of Georgia
Joan Koonce, University of Georgia
Pamela Turner, University of Georgia

These 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.

The African American Student Network (AFAM): Fostering Cultural Health and Resilience
Tabitha Grier-Reed, University of Minnesota
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.

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.

A Partnership with Health Care to Increase Wellness Through Evidence-Based Programs
Sara Lindquist, Juniper
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.

Easing Financial Stress with Matched Savings & Credit Building
Caley Long, Neighborhood Development Alliance

Let's Save! is a 3 pronged financial wellness initiative that builds new Minnesotans financial knowledge while also offering a unique opportunity to create savings and a credit score simultaneously.

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, USU Extension
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.

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.

Breakouts E - 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Interactive Workshops

Health initiatives in Partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC and Alabama Extension: A Partnership for Success
Ruth Brock, Alabama Extension at Auburn University
Barb Struempler, Alabama Extension at Auburn University
Claire Heiser, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sarah Kuester, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jennifer Wells Marshall, Alabama Extension at Auburn University

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.

Efforts to Improve County-Level Nutrition and Physical Activity Environments via Land Grant Universities and Local Extension Services Partnerships
Claire Heiser, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ashleigh Murriel, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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.

Facilitating Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes in Rural Communities
Courtney Still, University of Georgia College of Public Health
Denise Everson, University of Georgia Extension
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.

Technology-Enhanced Health Initiatives


Does Adding Texting Affect Behavior Change in Live Healthy Live Well Email Challenges?
Patricia Brinkman, Ohio State University Extension
Lisa Barlage, Ohio State University Extension
Michelle Treber, Ohio State University Extension
Jami Dellifield, Ohio State University Extension
Beth Stefura, Ohio State University Extension
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.

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, University of Minnesota Extension
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.

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.

Fostering Inclusivity


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.

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.

LGBT Communities We Work and Live
Felicia Washington Sy, Reclaim
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.

Addressing Housing Concerns


Healthy People in Healthy Homes: A Community Engagement and Education Project
Antonio Alba-Meraz, University of Minnesota Extension
Jose Lamas, University of Minnesota Extension
Francisca Mendoza, University of Minnesota Extension
Gabriela Burk, University of Minnesota Extension
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.

When Rental Housing is Out of Reach: Addressing Housing Issues Using the Spectrum of Prevention
Lori Hendrickson, University of Minnesota Extension
Rebecca (Becky) 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.

Using the Arts to Facilitate Health


Family Dance! Using Dance as a Healthy and Active Family Engagement Activity
Bradford Wiles, Kansas State University
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.

Yes And: Using Improv to Promote Personal and Relational Growth Among Learners
Sharon Powell, UM Extension
Sharon Mulé UM Extension
Sarah Butler, University of Minnesota
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.

Creating a Culture of Health and Safety for Farm Families using Didactic Reader's Theater
Deborah Reed, University of Kentucky
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.

Pop up Play and Painted Places: Community Designed Change
Jamie Rae Walker, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
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.



Outreach and Education Increases Physical Activity During the School Day
Katie Ahern, OSU Family and Community Health Extension and College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Barb Brody, OSU Family and Community Health Extension and College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Kathy Gunter, OSU Family and Community Health Extension and College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Mandy Hatfield, OSU Family and Community Health Extension and College of Public Health and Human Sciences
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.

Mindfulness on the Inside - 4-H & Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: Helping Incarcerated Youth Discover Their Inner Resiliency
Mara Bacsujlaky, University of Alaska Fairbanks
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.

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.

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.

Fowl Language: Evaluation of Poultry Labeling and Consumer Perceptions
Eleni Solberg, University of Arkansas
Leslie Edgar, University of Arkansas
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.

Innovative Partnerships in Alabama Impacting Community Health
Kara Terry, SNAP-Ed/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Sondra M. Parmer, SNAP-Ed/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Barb Struempler, SNAP-Ed/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Desiree Hutcherson-Bates, SNAP-Ed/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Izette Mcnealy, 4-H/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
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.

Lead Rifle Ammunition, Hunting and Human Health
Albertson Leif, 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.

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.

Breakouts F - 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.



Organizational Readiness for Implementing Policy, Systems, and Environmental Approaches

  Working IN to Working WITH: Supporting Organizational Movement Towards Community Engaged Approaches
Laura Bohen, University of Minnesota Extension
Laura Perdue, University of Minnesota Extension
JoDee Christianson, University of Minnesota Extension
Trina Adler, 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.

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, Cooperative Extension, University of Delaware

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cultural Adaptation of Evidence Based Curricula
Cassandra Silveira, University of Minnesota Extension
Mary Marczak, University of Minnesota Extension
Jennifer Garbow, University of Minnesota Extension
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 also learn how those differ from cultural belief and value systems of the audiences they work with.

Ignite Sessions


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.

Rural Community Gardens in Alabama
Megan Henning, SNAP-Ed/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Alicia Powers, SNAP-Ed/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Ruth Brock, ALProHealth/Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University
Barb Struempler, 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. Rural community gardens offer a possible way to address these barriers through increasing accessibility and affordability of healthy foods.

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.

Shared Use as a Strategy to Improve Access to Physical Activity in Rural Communities: Barriers and Lessons Learned
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.

Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces Creating Healthy Communities
Melissa Maulding, Purdue Extension
Lisa Graves, Purdue Extension
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.

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.

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.

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