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Monday, June 27, 2016

New Engagement Planning Team Completes Work

In recognition of Independence Day, ECOP Monday Minute will return on 7.11.16. 
ECOP Chair Michelle Rodgers, University of Delaware; Mark Latimore, Fort Valley State University; Lou Swanson,
Colorado State University; Nick Place, University of Florida, and Cathann Kress, Iowa State University
See for the report The New Engagement: Exploring the Issues Across the Spectrum. This is the work of an APLU planning team focused on university engagement which is expected to frame efforts of a forthcoming APLU New Engagement Task Force. In addition to the report, see the video and use the feedback form to engage in the conversation about the potential of public and land-grant university engagement. Cooperative Extension has been involved throughout this effort. ECOP appreciates the contributions of regional Extension representatives on the planning teamMark Latimore, Fort Valley State University; Nick Place, University of Florida; Cathann Kress, Iowa State University; Lou Swanson, Colorado State University, and Michelle Rodgers, University of Delaware. 

Health Insurance Literacy Webinar Wednesday – The Health Insurance Literacy Action Team, a part of the ECOP-ESCOP Health Implementation team, announces a webinar 12:30 p.m. ET, this Wednesday, 6.29.16 to discuss the results of a 2015 survey assessing Cooperative Extension’s health insurance literacy efforts. The webinar, titled What Extension Professionals Say about Health Insurance Literacy, can be accessed at The survey focused on what educators are doing in the field, barriers to implementation, and training needs of educators. Action team members will report findings from the survey, discuss implications for Extension educators, ask participants for their insights, and share information about resources and upcoming opportunities. 

ESS-CES/NEDA 2016 Joint Meeting Registration Deadline July 31stPartnership: Power and Possibilities is the theme of the 2016 National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) and Cooperative Extension Section (CES) meeting, this year held jointly with the Experiment Station Section (ESS). All details about registration and lodging are available at Early bird registration goes through the end of July. The meeting begins 3:30 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016 with an orientation for ESS/CES new directors and administrators. The opening dinner for all is at 6:00 p.m. on Monday with programming through the closing banquet Wednesday evening, September 21, 2016. ECOP continues with a meeting Thursday, September 22, 2016 which ends at noon. ECOP thanks ESCOP colleagues for securing this special venue for the meeting in Grand Teton National Park and working with Cooperative Extension on an engaging agenda celebrating our joint work. ECOP also thanks planning team members from Cooperative Extension – Delbert Foster, ECOP immediate past-chair, South Carolina State University; Bev Durgan, University of Minnesota; Tony Windham, University of Arkansas; Glen Whipple, University of Wyoming, and Steve Bonanno, West Virginia University. 

Gordon Gee, West Virginia University; Ed Jones, Virginia Tech;
Cathann Kress, Iowa State University; and Peter McPherson, APLU.
4-H Promotes Higher Education See for the foundational document for Cathann Kress, Iowa State University, and Ed Jones Virginia Tech, who spoke to the APLU Council of President’s last week in Alexandria, VA. Following an introduction by Gordon Gee, President, West Virginia University, and member, National 4-H Council Board of Trustees, Kress and Jones engaged both land-grant and non-land-grant presidents in a conversation about how 4-H encourages youth to pursue post-secondary education and involve faculty/staff in engaging youth. Both Kress and Jones are on the ECOP 4-H National Leadership Committee. 

Roberta Riportella, Oregon State University, third from right.
Go to for team directory.
Health Policy Education Extension Priority – The Health in All Policies Education Action Team (HIaPE), a part of the ECOP-ESCOP Health Implementation Team, is focuses on the convergence of health in all policies that shape the social, economic, and environmental contexts in which people live, work, play, and visit; and to forge this convergence into a prevention strategy to improve population health outcomes. Among other accomplishments HiaPE, formerly named the Health Policies Education Action Team, has interviewed Extension Program Leaders about current and prospective health policy efforts, produced a Readiness Assessment, and developed a logic model that will serve to guide the team’s efforts. For more information, including obtain the report, contact Roberta Riportella, action team chair, Oregon State University, at Other team members Alabama A&M University , University of Arizona, University of Hawaii, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 

Chuck Hibberd, University of Nebraska
REMINDER: ECOP National System Webinar Tuesday – Cooperative Extension directors/administrators or their designees are encouraged to join Chuck Hibberd, University of Nebraska, at 11:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, 6.28.16, for the next step in the conversation about Extension as a national system. Hibberd, who chairs the ECOP National System Task Force, will review the results of two national surveys and gain your insights on next steps. To connect, please go to, or iPhone one-tap: +14086380968,445634779# or +16465588656,445634779#, or Telephone: Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll), Webinar ID: 445 634 779.