Around The South
February 2018 Vol. 14, No. 2
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

The Association of Extension Administrators Welcomes Dr. Albert Essel as Executive Administrator

The search committee for the executive administrator of the Association of Extension Administrators (AEA) has offered Dr. Albert Essel, the position of executive administrator. As a member of AEA, he has served as Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair, and Executive Committee member. At the national level, he has served as an elected 1890 region representative on ECOP and ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee. Dr. Essel has extensive experience on the national APLU-Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) Policy Board of Directors, the BAA Budget and Advocacy Committee, and the Committee on Legislation and Policy that focuses on the farm bill.

His professional experience in Cooperative Extension Programs covers more than 25 years and spans 1890 land-grant universities in three states. He has significant professional experience in education, research, and extension with 17 years of demonstrable service in Cooperative Extension leadership at the Associate Administrator and Administrator levels. He is currently a tenured full Professor of Agriculture at Lincoln University, where he serves as Dean of the College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences, Director of Agricultural Research, and Administrator of 1890 Extension Programs.

Bonnie Teater Award Nominations Due March 20, 2018

Each year, the SRDC honors someone who has excelled in community development work within Extension Service in the South. On even numbered years, we seek to honor a person with the Bonnie Teater Community Development Lifetime Achievement award. We need your help! Nominations are now open, so please consider nominating someone that has excelled in this arena. The nominee must be currently employed by one of the 29 land-grant universities located in the Southern Rural Development Center region; serve as an administrator, specialist or agent who has worked in the Extension CD area for at least TEN years at the state, multi-county and/or county levels. An individual who has retired over the past 12 months and who, at the time of his/her retirement, met the conditions outlined, is eligible for consideration.
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Helping Individuals and Communities in the Wake of Disaster: 2 Part Webinar Series

Part 1: February 15, 2018 @ 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

In this webinar, Dr. Breanda Wiens from the University of Florida, will describe common stress responses experienced by individuals and communities following a disaster event. Attention to the psychological aspects of disaster is a crucial element in building effective community-wide response plans, especially in rural communities that may lack many of the resources found in urban areas.

Part 2: February 16, 2018 @ 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

In this webinar, Dr. Heidi Radunovich from the University of Florida, will provide information about best practices for providing support to those impacted by disaster. Recommendations for communication strategies will be provided, with special attention being given to the needs of specific audiences (e.g., children, first responders). Finally, a tool that is useful for working with communities after disaster, Triumph Over Tragedy 2nd Edition, will be described.
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Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:
Creating a Sense of Community Through the 5 C’s of Social Capital and Cultural Competency

February 20, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

In a time of divisiveness in our nation, it is even more important for our communities to be able to have a sense of community – for people to live in a place where they feel they belong, where they can engage and contribute, and in return feel respected and valued. This is also essential for a community to operate at the speed of trust, able to respond to crises and opportunities that require action within a short time frame, and to foster development that is sustainable over the long term. This webinar will explore five elements of social capital through this lens, plus scenarios that portray cultural competency at its worst and best. You won’t want to miss it!

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National CRD Indicators Team Webinar: Understanding and Evaluating Collective Impact Initiatives

February 22, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

The Collective Impact Model has the potential for bringing organizations and partners together to address a common set of goals. This webinar will provide an overview of the model -- the contexts in which it may be useful, the strategies for making it successful, and current criticisms of its use. Evaluation strategies for assessing both the formative and summative aspects of collective impact models will also be discussed. Presenters: Walt Whitmer, Scott Chazdon, Deb Tootle, and Allison Nichols
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Regional Spotlight

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in Virginia from a Community-Based Perspective – Virginia Cooperative Extension

Like many other states, the opioid addiction crisis in Virginia has been declared a public health emergency. In 2013, it became the number one cause of unnatural death in Virginia. And the trend has continued to increase, with opioid deaths rising 40.3 percent from 2015-2016. To address these challenges, Virginia Cooperative Extension launched the Preventing Opioid Abuse in Rural Virginia project, with USDA Rural Health and Safety Education funding. With partners, we are implementing the PROSPER evidence-based delivery system in Grayson and Henry Counties and the city of Martinsville. Through PROSPER (Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience), local community teams are formed in each PROSPER community to guide programming and build sustainability. The teams are led jointly by an Extension agent and a representative from the school system. As the teams guide programming, all 6th graders and their families are recruited to participate in family-level education, for which we are using the SFP 10-14 evidence-based curriculum. It’s a universal, community-wide strategy, targeting all youth in the 6th grade, as well as their families. There is also a school-based component for Life Skills Training for all 7th graders. The research evidence for PROSPER indicates that there is a ripple effect, in that even youth who do not participate are positively impacted by the program.

In addition to PROSPER and its related components, a research-informed approach is being implemented through the Virginia Rural Health Association as a partner on this project. The Hospital Patient Education Program (HPEP) is being used to train health-care providers at rural hospitals to deliver a low-literacy training to patients arriving at the hospital that are taking a prescription opioid, or are being prescribed one at the visit. The one-on-one education, which often will include family members, explains the risks associated with taking an opioid, the importance of taking it only as prescribed, and how to avoid overdose.

As the work is occurring, we are also working closely with all Extension partners on complementary projects in the localities being served, as well as statewide to maximize resources and foster sustainability. Expanding the vision of the PROSPER community team to this project will provide opportunities for greater interaction as the team focuses on ways to address the opioid misuse and abuse problem through multiple community approaches.
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Employee Feature – Crystal Tyler-Mackey

Dr. Crystal Tyler-Mackey serves as a specialist in Community Viability with Virginia Cooperative Extension and as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech. She began her Extension career serving as a 4-H agent in the city of Richmond more than 13 years ago. Prior to her Extension role she served as an AmeriCorps member, worked with homeless and low-income youth, and worked for a research and evaluation firm. The connectedness of front-line work in communities as well as the research and evaluation component of effective programming are what led her to Extension. She is passionate about building capacity in families and communities to support their ability to address their needs and take advantage of opportunities.

As many of the challenges facing families and communities are complex and multi-faceted, addressing them requires working in an interdisciplinary fashion within Extension, and in partnership with other agencies/organizations. With a background in youth development, degrees in Family Science, 12 years of community development work, and two years serving as interim director of Family and Consumer Sciences, this is exactly how Dr. Tyler-Mackey chooses to work.

Two of the critical issues that Dr. Tyler-Mackey is engaged in addressing are the opioid epidemic and food access. To address the opioid epidemic, Dr. Tyler-Mackey convened a team of Extension specialists, agents, and other partners to develop a plan and grant proposal. The team was a mix of members from the VT Center for Public Health Research and Practice, Virginia Rural Health Association, Virginia State University, VT Institute of Policy and Governance, Virginia 4-H, and VCE. Since then, the team has received USDA Rural Health and Safety funding to provide prevention education for youth at a vulnerable stage in their development, along with their families, in order to provide skills and support to make healthy decisions. The project also targets hospital patients to raise awareness about the dangers associated with the use of opioid pain medications and to provide access to support should they or a family member experience problems related to opioid use.

One of the ways Dr. Tyler-Mackey is addressing food access is through Food for Long Life, a multi-state research project aimed at improving the food security of young children and their families by increasing healthy food access, consumption, and nutrition education. A community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) approach is being used in combination with intergenerational (IG) strategies to meet project goals in the Near East Side of Columbus, OH and Lynchburg, VA. The project is being funded by a $1,280,000 USDA-CYFAR and Dr. Tyler-Mackey is serving as co-PI and director of the project in Virginia.

“Addressing critical issues that people deal with every day, most that are tied to poverty, isn’t easy. But I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Tyler-Mackey.


CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

2018 National Land Grant Diversity Conference: Hebron, KY

February 15-16, 2018

The Conference will be held on February 15th & 16th, 2018 in Hebron, Kentucky with the theme “Intentional Connections: Education and Application in a World of Differences”. This conference is hosted by five land grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for administrators, faculty, and staff from Cooperative Extension, research, and academic programs; private and public university representatives; K-12 educators; community outreach leaders, etc. Proposals for presentations are being invited for the 2018 conference on best practices, curriculum models, research, professional development training, and success stories for implementing diversity initiatives in a variety of settings as it relates to this year’s conference theme areas: Immigration, Social Justice, Inclusion, and Engagement.

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Public Issues Leadership Development Conference: Arlington, VA

April 8-11, 2018

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2018 National Health Outreach Conference: Bloomington, MN

May 2-4, 2018

The Conference will be held on February 15th & 16th, 2018 in Hebron, Kentucky with the theme “Intentional Connections: Education and Application in a World of Differences”. This conference is hosted by five land grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for administrators, faculty, and staff from Cooperative Extension, research, and academic programs; private and public university representatives; K-12 educators; community outreach leaders, etc. Proposals for presentations are being invited for the 2018 conference on best practices, curriculum models, research, professional development training, and success stories for implementing diversity initiatives in a variety of settings as it relates to this year’s conference theme areas: Immigration, Social Justice, Inclusion, and Engagement.

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2018 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association: Philadelphia, PA

Call for Papers: Deadline February 16, 2018

The 2018 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Pre-Conference Workshop, co-sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, will be held on June 9-10, 2018, prior to the main conference on June 10-12. This pre-conference workshop seeks to highlight recent advances in the economic analysis of food systems in the U.S. as well as globally. They seek papers that address individual impacts and causes as well as papers that examine system-wide interactions within the food system, including production, distribution and consumption linkages.

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Community Development Society’s Annual International Conference: Detroit, MI

July 22-25, 2018

Conference Theme: Engaging in a Culture of Health: Making Waves in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Goals of the 2018 National Health Outreach Conference: fostering a culture of health through community-based strategies; encouraging health equity; creating improvement in health through disruptive change and innovation; promoting co-creation with communities to ensure relevance and reduce barriers to positive change.

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WEBINAR SERIES

National CRD Indicators Webinar:

Understanding and Evaluating Collective Impact Initiatives

February 22nd, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

Creating a Sense of Community Through the 5 C’s of Social Capital and Cultural Competency

February 20th, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

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Other: 

Helping Individuals and Communities in the Wake of Disaster

Part 1: February 15th, 2018 @ 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

Part 2: February 16th, 2018 @ 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

January: How Can I Be of Service? Determining the Best Role for Community Engagement

Webinar Recording

December: Starting a Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program

Webinar Recording

November: Crowdfunding Your Startup: Capital for Today’s Entrepreneur

Webinar Recording

October: The Role of Arts in Cooperative Extension

Webinar Recording

August: Choosing the Best Legal Structure for your 21st Century Small Business

Webinar Recording

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

Estimating the Economic Impact of Programs: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

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Developmental Evaluation for Cooperative Extension Community Development Programs

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Other Great Webinars:

Reaching Urban Veterans through Urban Horticulture

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The Impact of Latino-Owned Business on Local Economic Performance

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Improving the Health and Safety of NC Farmworker: Connecting Community

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Florida’s Urban Extension Strategic Plan

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