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Breakout Sessions

Wednesday Program

Breakouts A - 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Interactive Workshops

Building Equity into Governance
Susan Weisman, Public Health Law Center
Vayong Moua, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Julie Ralston Aoki, Public Health Law Center
Antonia M. Apolinario-Wilcoxon, Minnesota Department of Human Services

This interactive session will discuss why systemic policy changes in state governance are needed to advance equity and health equity. We will describe how this work is progressing in Minnesota and selected states, with a focus on Minnesota Department of Human Services’ agency-wide equity policy, officially adopted in early 2017.


Family Resiliency Partners with Fond du Lac Ojibwe Schools: Financial Capability Through American Indian Storytelling
Rebecca Hagen Jokela, University of Minnesota Extension
Jennifer Garbow, University of Minnesota Extension
Joyce Serido, University of MN Extension

Family Resiliency Educators will share about their partnership with the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, teaching financial capability through American Indian storytelling. A storytelling activity will be highlighted, to engage youth in a culturally relevant way to learn more about financial capability concepts and to internalize the content through reflection.


Narrative Medicine and Violence Prevention: The Next Step Program
Josh Peterson, City of Minneapolis Health Department
Connie Rhodes, Hennepin County Medical Center
Farji Shaheer, Hennepin County Medical Center

This session will offer information and lessons learned about Next Step, a hospital-based violence intervention program partnership between the City of Minneapolis Health Department and Hennepin County Medical Center. Front-line Violence Intervention Specialists will discuss their work in the intersecting areas of health care, community violence prevention, and narrative medicine.


Using a Health Impact Assessment to Influence Equity and Health


Rondo Land Bridge Health Impact Assessment (HIA): A Tool for Effective Community Engagement and Empowerment
Darius Gray, ReConnectRondo
Cheryl Armstrong, Saint Paul Ramsey County Public Health

ReConnectRondo, along with state and local public health agencies, conducted a Health Impact Assessment to influence MnDOT’s decision regarding a potential landbridge over I-94. Through effective community engagement, community identified priorities included health equity issues such as chronic diseases and indirect factors such as job access, food security and housing.

Health Impact Assessment: An Innovative Systems-Level Approach for Extension Health Outreach
Deborah John, Oregon State University
Marion Ceraso, Oregon State University
Roberta Riportella, Oregon State University

Workshop utilizes an Extension HIA case study focused on active transport and connectivity in one rural Oregon community to activate discussion exploring four steps of Rapid HIA from Oregon’s Practitioner Toolkit. Participants will learn about HIA and potential to improve Extension’s efforts to positively and equitably impact rural health outcomes.


Farm Stress: Addressing the Complexities of Farm-Related Stress



Farm Stress and Mental/Behavioral Health Resources and Training: Outline of an Extension Initiative
Sean Brotherson, North Dakota State University
Kimberly Bushaw, North Dakota State University

During the past two years in North Dakota, levels of individual and family stress among rural and farming populations have risen substantially due to a confluence of factors. In response to this emergent issue affecting the physical, mental, and behavioral health of those working in agriculture, the NDSU Extension Service has developed a coordinated educational initiative targeting the issue of farm stress and mental/behavioral health.This interactive presentation will identify and share resources and strategies that have been incorporated in this farm stress educational initiative. Participants will be engaged in brainstorming additional resource and strategy approaches to share as a group.

Communicating with Farmers Under Stress
Suzanne Pish, Michigan State University

This workshop is specially designed for people who work with farmers/farm families who want to know more about managing farm-related stress and learn ways to approach and communicate with them. Learn what Michigan State University Extension's approach has been to farmer related stress, depression and suicide. Receive necessary materials and ways to implement a program in your community.

Panel Presentation



A Systems Approach for the CES-RWJF Healthy Communities Partnership
Michelle S. Rodgers, University of Delaware
Virginia Zoumenou, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Suzanne Stulka, South Dakota State
Karen Franck, University of Tennessee
Morgan Hartline, University Nebraska Lincoln

One of the overall goals of the Cooperative Extension and Robert Wood Johnson Partnership is to bring a systems approach and ultimately involvement of 66 land grant institutions into the effort. Fifteen LGU’s are involved in Wave 1 and professional development/readiness training has begun to be offered to all states. This workshop is an opportunity for dialogue with a panel of presenters from Wave 1 LGU’s and LGU’s interested in being future participants. A panel of agents and specialists currently involved will share successes and challenges of building health community coalitions and dialogue with participants regarding implementation and readiness skills. Participants will be asked to share questions and challenges that they anticipate to future involvement and seek responses from engagement in group discussion. The dialogue will help to inform CES-RWJF partnership regarding professional development and readiness training for Cooperative Extension institutions that seek future involvement as well as provide future institutions with examples and lessons learned in implementation thus far.


Breakouts B - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Interactive Workshops


Effective Collaborations


Extension Moves Upstream: Examples of Community Transformation
Jessica Linnell, Oregon State University Extension
Patty Case, Oregon State University Extension
Lauren Kraemer, Oregon State University Extension

Presentations will provide an overview of three multi-level community projects in Oregon including Columbia Gorge’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Culture of Health” designation; Klamath Falls’ Blue Zone project; and the Tillamook County Year of Wellness. Participants will learn about collaboration and components of collective impact through discussion, self-assessment, and scenarios.

Strategies for Effective Collaborations that Create, Strengthen, and Sustain Community Health Improvements
Diane Smith, WSU Extension
Maureen Pettitt, M Pettitt Consulting

In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to the factors that are consistent across successful collaborations. The elements of collaboration will be explored using real-life examples and problem-solving scenarios with attendees.


Gardens for Improving Healthy Food Access


Manatee County Food Deserts Harvest Fresh Vegetables
Lisa Hickey, University of Florida Manatee County Extension

The interactive workshop will show attendees the ease of creating mobile gardens with a hands-on activity; how to engage diverse communities in growing healthy vegetables; how to determine successful and impactful programs, and attendees will hear tips on how to increase program diversity.

Gardening for Health — Utilizing Garden Coordinators & Volunteers to Implement School & Community Gardens
Suzanne Stluka, SDSU Extension
Nathania Knight, SDSU Extension
Lauren Pierce, SDSU Extension
Jason Schoch, SDSU Extension
Samantha Dvorak, SDSU Extension
Prairey Walkling, SDSU Extension
Tara Shafrath, SDSU Extension

SDSU Extension has been working with tribal communities on gardening projects as a means by which to provide food access and nutrition/physical activity education to community members and schools. Come and hear success stories and barriers on: utilizing paid staff versus volunteers, community/school partnerships, get examples of nutrition and physical activity lessons, and see pictures of the various gardens taking place.


Pitching Programs to Physicians: Connecting Primary Care to Community-Based Education
Kate Kirley, American Medical Association
Tamkeen Khan, American Medical Association

An American Medical Association (AMA) and Extension partnership resulted in a physician survey that solicited perspectives of community-based health programs (n=323). Survey results and the outreach undertaken after 146 physicians requested information about Extension will be shared. The AMA will discuss communicating with physicians and developing referral systems for patients.


Utilizing Mapping to Engage and Inform



Creating Healthy Communities through Food Mapping
Fernando Burga, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

The session will be based on a study that seeks to identify specific needs, experiences, and challenges that immigrant populations in Southeastern Minnesota face in accessing healthy, affordable, and culturally-relevant food. We will demonstrate a creative community engagement and mapping process that will help inform planning policies around food access.

What Does Food Access Mean to You?
Betsy Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension

Participants will learn how to initiate food access/food system conversations with culturally diverse communities using personal food system maps. Mapping allows for community members' voices to be heard based on their own assets and sets the stage for community problem-solving to achieve equity in food access. Participants will practice facilitation, adaptation, and application of mapping and will leave the session with tools, techniques, and resources for using in their own practice.


The Power of Community: Reducing Youth Alcohol Use by Increasing Positive Community Norms in Minnesota
Phyllis Bengtson, MN Dept. of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division
Al Fredrickson, MN Dept. of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division

“The solutions are in the community.” This session focuses on the process and results of over 10 years of a Community Impact Model that uses the Positive Community Norms & Science of the Positive frameworks to “engage and strengthen community”. The framework and process can be used to improve various health concerns.


Realizing Well Care: Achieving a Sustainable System for Community-based Chronic Disease Management and Prevention
Lori Christiansen, Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Agin
Aaron Leppin, Mayo Clinic

Our proposal for an interactive workshop session focuses on an innovative partnership out of SE MN called WellConnect. As a hub for multiple evidence-based health promotion programs implemented by many different organizations throughout the community, this model of "well care" represents clinic-community collaboration, as well as healthy aging and systems-level strategies. Our proposal includes leading participants through an interactive process of how the WellConnect model ads value to clinical care, community based organizations, health outcomes, and ultimately the health of a population as a whole. Participants of this interactive session will also become familiar with an array of nationally implemented evidence-based health promotion programs via short demonstrations of program activities, with session attendees being active program participants. WellConnect is led by a 20 member multi-sector steering committee and is a replicable model of clinic-community partnership.

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