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Monday, April 4, 2016

ECOP-ESCOP Health Implementation Team Midpoint Check

Celvia Stovall, Alabama A&M University, and
Rick Klemme, University of Wisconsin
As co-chairs, Rick Klemme, University of Wisconsin, and Celvia Stovall, Alabama A&M University, will engage the ECOP-ESCOP Health Implementation Team this week in Roanoke, VA. On the agenda for the midpoint check of a three-year assignment is to track the accomplishments and plans for the action teams focused on health literacy, health insurance literacy, positive youth development for health, health in all policies education, and chronic disease prevention and management. The implementation team resulted from recommendations in the 2014 Cooperative Extension National Framework for Health and Wellness action teams also have a significant role in the pre-conference to the National Health Outreach Conference, A Picture of Health: How are Land-grant universities fitting into the puzzle? also this week in Roanoke, VA. 

L-R Sally Bowman, Oregon State University; Patsy Ezell, University of Maryland; Lisa Sullivan Werner, University
of Massachusetts, and Michelle Vineyard, University of Tennessee
SNAP-ED Program Development Team Names New Members – Sally Bowman, Oregon State University; Patsy Ezell, University of Maryland; Lisa Sullivan Werner, University of Massachusetts, and Michelle Vineyard, University of Tennessee, are the newest members of the Land-grant University SNAP-Ed Program Development Team (PDT). Paula Peters, Kansas State University; C.Y. Wang, South Dakota State University, and Helen Chipman, USDA-NIFA, provide key leadership for the PDT. Members serve on one of three committees: Evaluation and Reporting, Legislation and Advocacy, or Professional Development. The work of the PDT is supported by an assessment from institutions where Cooperative Extension receives funding for SNAP-ED. 

Building a Culture of Health at National Health Outreach Conference – There are three opportunities to learn more and share your thinking about building a Culture of Health in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) at the National Health Outreach Conference (NHOC) in Roanoke, VA., April 6-8. Stop by the National 4-H Council booth. Attend the April 8 Plenary Session featuring Michelle Rodgers, ECOP Chair, and Monica Vinluan, RWJF Senior Program Director. Attend the breakout session, The RWJF and the Cooperative Extension System: Bold Partnership Proposal, also on April 8. 

Interagency Committee Releases Nutrition Research Roadmap – To continue successful nutrition interventions, the Interagency Committee on Human Nutrition Research (ICHNR) recently released the first National Nutrition Research Roadmap designed to guide federal nutrition research. The roadmap identifies three key questions that cover a broad spectrum of research: How do we better understand and define eating patterns to improve and sustain health? What can be done to help people choose healthy eating patterns? How can we develop and engage innovative methods and systems to accelerate discoveries in human nutrition? ICHNR co-chairs are Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics and USDA Chief Scientist, and Karen B. DeSalvo, Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Assistant Secretary for Health. The Roadmap is the result of more than a year of interagency collaboration through the ICHNR and integration of public comments. 

Learn How to Write Impact Statements – The Impact Statement Reporting Course is part of eXtension professional development offerings for Cooperative Extension professionals. Created by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University in collaboration with a nationwide team of Extension educators, the content addresses specific needs of Extension professionals. eXtension’s online course format ensures continuity across trainings, widespread accessibility, and ease of use. Requiring approximately 80 minutes to complete, all at one time or across modules, this course provides timely instruction or can serve as a refresher. Employees of eXtension member institutions receive this course as a no-cost benefit through their institution’s membership. The course fee for employees of non-member institutions is $80. Check out the free sampler of the course.

LESS THAN 4 WEEKS LEFT: Awards Reminder-Nominate by 5.1.16 – ECOP in partnership with USDA-NIFA offers the 2016 nomination process for the national Excellence in Extension and Diversity awards. The due date for on-line nominations is May 1, 2016 at 5:00p.m. Pacific Time. For details and to access the online nomination forms go to: Questions can be directed to Sandy Ruble, ECOP Staff Associate.