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Creating a Culture of Health One Webinar at a Time

Monday, June 1st, 2015

A phrase heard often in 2015 is ‘creating a culture of health’ – but what does that mean and how do we achieve it? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is offering research grants to try and figure it out. View an informational webinar

The Creating Healthy Community Community of Practice have been involved in educating those with an interest in creating a culture of health — because that in turn creates a healthy community.

Check out our webinars at – search using the ‘creating healthy communities’ tag.

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

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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


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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 —

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

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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.

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)

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 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

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.


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:

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

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