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National Health Outreach Conference  - April 6-8, 2016 - The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center - Roanoke, Virginia
National Health Outreach Conference  - April 6-8, 2016 - The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center - Roanoke, Virginia


Peer-reviewed sessions are sixty-minute interactive capacity-building interactive sessions that include scholarly papers, assessments, research, unique partnerships, and programmatic interventions are being selected. Participants learn how to utilize a new approach, program, curriculum, or method. Check back for presentation titles.

Sixty-minute sessions designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of a phenomenon, concept, or issue. Seminar information available soon!

Poster Sessions
A poster session is being finalized and Posters will be presented with information related to new health concepts about a program, project, or resource displayed and hosted by the presenter during a reception. Please check back soon for more details!

iGNITE Sessions
Fast-paced grouped presentations, called ‘Ignite Sessions’, will pack more information into a session that you ever imagined. 5-7 minute presentations with up to 15 PowerPoint slides. They will focus on one program or evaluation. Ten presentations will be grouped together to form one fast-paced session hosted by a moderator. Check back soon to review.

Research/Evaluation Report
Thirty-minute presentation of a scholarly paper that shares results of community assessments, applied research, programmatic interventions, or campus-community partnerships. Information coming soon!  

NHOC Concurrent Session Abstracts

Thursday 9:40 – 10:40

Roanoke Ballroom A

Building Partnerships to Extend Program Outreach
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has developed recent health partnerships to extend program outcomes and outreach by: partnering with Texas A&M Health Science Center for evaluation and program enhancement in a 27 county pilot area; creating a model for joint staff positions with one of the largest statewide health plans ; and developing a model and curriculum for engaging Master Wellness Volunteers through online and face-to-face training programs to support agents programming efforts. Come learn methods for starting initiatives, understanding partner strengths, and partnering across Extension programs with academic organizations, community partners, and healthcare entities.

Collaborative Health Programming with Faith-based Organizations
Balanced Living with Diabetes (BLD) is a type 2 diabetes lifestyle education program delivered by Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) in collaboration with community partners. Evaluation of varying readiness and capacity among community, faith-based, and research partners delivering BLD identified the most important factors for collaborative health programming. The resulting self-assessment tool for churches shows promise for understanding and improving capacity and readiness. Exploration of VCE staff perspective regarding partnership with faith-based organizations further identified strategies to strengthen such collaboration. Workshop participants will discuss utility of the church self-assessment tool and strategies to strengthen partnership with faith-based organizations for health programming.

Roanoke Ballroom B

"How" to engage communities in planning
In 2014 the University of Tennessee Extension received funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce obesity and increase physical activity in an effort to prevent and control chronic diseases in four rural Tennessee counties: Haywood, Humphreys, Lake, and Lauderdale. This workshop will describe the process used to guide community members through a evaluation- and data-informed decision-making process dedicated to allocating grant funds and efforts impactful to their community’s overall health. Participants will learn: a) community preparation efforts need to support this method; b) the “how” roundtable approach; and c) lessons learned.

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Applying Ecological Systems Theory to Community Health Promotion Efforts
Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory (EST) is being translated into practice to address high obesity rates across four rural counties in West Tennessee through a Policy, Systems, and Environmental approach. EST serves as the grounding perspective used to shift the collective perspective from intervention-based models to proactive, holistic, and inherently dynamic responses to complex issues related to chronic disease. In this seminar participants will learn: / a) how Cooperative Extension on campus can support community partnerships in rural areas, / b) to account for contextual variation while minding the need for coordinated approaches, and / c) examples of how to translate EST into practices specific to reducing and preventing obesity.


Determining the Best Ways to Incorporate Health Coaching in Extension
This study assessed the need for a health coaching program for those with diabetes enrolled in a Dining with Diabetes educational program through the University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension. The study involved four focus groups of 6-10 participants each. Questions related to diabetes, the existing education program, and health coaching were asked. The data presented four major themes: advantages/disadvantages of Dining with Diabetes, lack of applicability of resources, goal-setting, and the request for a health-coaching program. This study resulted in preliminary suggestions for the development of a Dining with Diabetes group health coaching program with peer one-on-one coaching.

“FaithCommunities Alive!” Promotes Health within Faith-based Settings
“Faith Communities Alive” is a community-based program that assists participating faith communities in setting goals and implementing strategies to promote policies, systems and environmental changes to promote health. With the assistance of a health coach, the program aims to improve nutrition and physical activity practices among participants in 24 faith communities using an evidence-based curriculum, a cadre of volunteer leaders, newsletters, a website and social media ( Retrospective surveys have shown implementation of policies to include healthful food choices, increased numbers of gardens, and promotion of physical activity and healthful eating by faith community leaders during sermons or educational events.

Benefits & challenges of translating clinical programs to community setting
It is increasingly important for health educators to consider how best to translate findings from evidence-based clinical trials into community-based research and practice. Despite an emphasis on clinical trial results, information transfer into a practice setting is limited and rarely carried out from formative research to community programming. This session describes the translation process and lessons learned from the USDA AFRI-funded Food, Fun, and Families, a program developed from formative focus group results and previous research that was initially tested in a randomized controlled trial, and adapted and delivered state-wide in Virginia to the community through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed).

Thursday 10:50 – 11:50

Roanoke Ballroom A

Using the Re-aim framework for planning, implementation, and evaluation
The RE-AIM (reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, maintenance) framework was developed to promote balanced reporting of internal and external validity of programs, policies, and practice to more readily translate evidence-based interventions into sustained practice. The RE-AIM framework has been used in a variety of settings (clinics, schools, Extension) with numerous targeted outcomes (increased chronic disease self-management, improved adoption rates). The purpose of this workshop is to train researchers and practitioners on the core concepts of the framework for real world application. This will be accomplished through training on each dimension and related indicators as well as an experiential learning opportunity.

Bridging the Nutritional Divide
On November 20, 2014, Governor Terrence McAuliffe signed into effect Executive Order Number Thirty Four; creating the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide. Chaired by the First Lady of Virginia, Mrs. Dorothy McAuliffe, this initiative aims to bridge the nutritional gap in Virginia through key objectives, which strive to eliminate childhood hunger. Major goals of the Council are to end childhood hunger, promote Virginia agriculture, and support community initiatives across Virginia. During this session, presenters will share the accomplishments of the Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide and the role of collaboration in achieving goals.

Roanoke Ballroom B

Working on Wellness: A collaborative model for sustainable community change
This presentation will introduce the strategies used in the ongoing “Working on Wellness” (WoW) project in Hidalgo County, a low income and underserved border county in Texas. The WoW model begins with community-based engagement to cultivate an on the ground partnership with identified goals and priorities to promote health. This session will highlight the successes and barriers of intervention strategies used to promote healthy food retail and access to safe places for physical activity. Project examples will introduce participants to best practice methods used to empower community members to become a leader in the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Buck Mountain

Adapting for Cultural Relevance: Diabetes Prevention Program
To show effectiveness with diverse cultural audiences, the evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) must be adapted, piloted and evaluated. The overall goal of the DPP cultural adaptation project in Minnesota is to plan, pilot and document adaptations to the DPP to make it culturally relevant for Somali and Spanish-speaking populations. The project seeks to maintain content- and principle-based fidelity to the curriculum to ensure intended and expected impacts. Preliminary outcomes of the DPP cultural adaptation project include lessons learned related to translating and interpreting materials, incorporating family-wide approaches and supports, and generating community conversations about prevention.


Texas Grow! Eat! Go! Family Reach by Obesity Prevention Components
USDA AFRI funded Texas GROW! EAT! GO! (TGEG) used a research and extension team to build upon the state-wide, evidence based program (Coordinated Approach to Child Health or CATCH) to extend reach related to healthy behaviors into the family home. Two Extension programs were enhanced using social cognitive theory components. Through a randomized controlled trial, child, parent and child-parent interaction behavior changes were examined. This session will describe the significant health behavior changes found and discuss specific program components related to these changes, particularly reaching in the family home.

Healthy Youth: Making and Responding to Life Choices
Presenters will share evolving best practices as experienced in their research and application of out-of-school time healthy living programming with disengaged youth, and invite others to share their experiences to develop networks and collaboration.

Packed vs school lunch: Discover the differences in an elementary setting
An estimated 40% of children bring a packed lunch to school. This study examined the nutritional quality of packed lunches compared to school lunches, following the implementation of the National School Lunch Program standards. Observational data for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten lunches were collected from three schools in rural Virginia for five consecutive school days and analyzed for macro/micro nutrients and the presence or absence of food and beverage items. Packed lunches contained fewer fruits, vegetables, juice without added sugar, and milk while containing more savory snacks, sugar-sweetened juice, and desserts. The development of packed lunch programs and/or interventions is warranted.

Thursday 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Roanoke Ballroom A

Supporting Nutrition Educators in Systems-Wide Approaches
Health outcomes related to nutrition and physical activity are greatly influenced by an array of complex policies, systems and environments (PSE). To address these factors, comprehensive, multi-level approaches are required, yet health outreach has traditionally focused on individual education related to food and exercise. To improve programmatic effectiveness, SNAP-Ed and EFNEP staff in Minnesota participated in a series of interactive, online modules to help them incorporate systems-wide, “PSE” approaches using the Spectrum of Prevention as a framework. An overview of the online modules, evaluation results and future plans will be presented.

Food Waste: How to measure and why it's important
Food waste has become an important topic in the school food environment with the implementation of healthier school food guidelines. Many schools are responding with changes to the food menu and/or physical environment. Measuring the impact of those changes is a valuable tool for assessing acceptability and provides evidence to share with interested stakeholders, including school administrators and community members. The purpose of this workshop is to expose and train participants on a variety of food waste measurement tools and techniques. Participants will be able to utilize these techniques in their own communities to improve the food and nutrition environment.

Roanoke Ballroom B

PROSPER: Partnerships to support positive youth development
PROSPER is a model for bringing evidence-based prevention programs to schools and communities with the goal of strengthening families, building youth skills, and reducing youth substance use as well as other problem behaviors. The partners of this innovative model are the school/community/university who share the responsibility for diffusing scientifically-tested prevention programs in schools and communities. This is accomplished by creating dynamic teams of school and community leaders who voluntarily commit to the planning, implementation and sustainability of the project. Teams are led by the Penn State Cooperative Extension Educator who has been trained to successfully implement the model.

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Dining with Diabetes in Pennsylvania
Dining with Diabetes, an evidence-based research study, which was funded in part by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Grant in cooperation with Joslin Diabetes Center, is a community-based education program offered by Penn State Extension. The purpose of the program is to teach participants how to interpret important diabetes-related numbers, improve self-management, prepare healthy food, and increase physical activity. The program has been taught in 40 Pennsylvania counties through community partnerships at facilities such as senior centers, churches, retirement communities, and libraries.

What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror? Body Image and American Women
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting. This session will explore issues and trends relating to body image in America. Participants will learn strategies utilized by WVU Extension for promoting positive body image among women and girls.

Kitchen Creations: A Cooking School for People with Diabetes
Kitchen Creations is a program that offers free cooking schools for adults with diabetes. These hands-on classes teach people who often have poor access to health care and low literacy how to plan and prepare meals that help manage diabetes. It has been offered successfully for 15 years.

Collaboration among rural hospitals & health programs in central Appalachia
Health disparities have been prominent in central Appalachia, especially coal-dependent areas. To determine possible causes, a four-step process included: 1) establishing a network of medical and public health professionals to design and implement a study of health records; 2) obtain Virginia Department of Health (VDH) death records dated 1960-2012; 3) obtain electronic medical records from 6 different hospitals from the year 2012; and 4) statistical analysis to provide science-based evidence for intervention planning. Preliminary findings revealed chronic disease prevalence rates differed demographically, economically, and behaviorally in geographic areas. Future interventions will need to be tailored to accommodate these differences by geographic area.

Campus Partnership Assists Chronic Disease Program in Improving Impacts
Partnerships with campus colleges can provide ways of improving Extension’s impact documentation. Nutrition programs have relied upon knowledge gained and people’s self-report of behavior change. Learn how partnering with the College of Nursing has provided student nurses to do blood screenings during the pre- and 6 month follow-up of a heart risk reduction program. Using blood screenings for other nutrition programming would provide reliable documented behavior change when it occurred. This partnership has expanded to include the state Nursing Association nurses being available to do screenings. Screenings could strengthen Extension’s value to the community and assist in improving programming.

Economic Impact of Dining with Diabetes
Dining with Diabetes is an evidence-based research study offered by Penn State Extension. The purpose of the program is to teach participants how to improve self-management, prepare healthy food, and increase physical activity. To date 5762 individuals have participated in the program. At the initial and follow-up classes participants complete a lifestyle questionnaire and have A1C and blood pressure measurements taken. Individuals then participate in four 2 hour classes that teach behavior and lifestyle modification. The goal of the research is to evaluate the effectiveness of community education programs in reducing diabetes related health issues. Additionally the economic impact of the program is being evaluated focusing on reduced health care costs, decreased number of hospitalizations, increased productivity, and quality of life.

Healthy Kansas Is…
The social determinants of health provide an organizing framework for inter- and multi-disciplinary collaborations in health promotion activities. With the goal of discovering how Kansans understand and communicate about health (e.g. physical, mental, etc.) and using a lifespan approach, we created a social marketing campaign to gather data that benchmarks the current situation and contributes to the needs assessment process. Insights gained are being used to target our efforts and amplify our messages. Session participants will increase their knowledge of the uses of social media in research. They will also gain an understanding of what respondents described as “health.”


Community College Students & the ACA: Results of a Message Intervention
What messages are most effective in reaching young adults and community college students to encourage enrollment in the ACA? We conducted a message channel intervention in which the channel varied (i.e., traditional media-radio advertising, promotional flyers, social media, face-to-face information, and everything combined) across four community colleges with a control group college. Comparing pre-test (N=700) and post-test surveys (N=500), results indicate the social media strategy was effective in reaching this audience. At post-test a significant percent of respondents indicated familiarity with key messages of our campaign. Detailed findings will be discussed along with implications and next steps in the project.

Assessing and Promoting Organizational Health Literacy within Public Health
Our presentation will highlight efforts from a recently formed community-academic partnership to address organizational health literacy (HL) across four southwest Virginia Department of Health (VDH) districts. Organizational HL is the extent to which health organizations and systems support individuals as they seek, receive, and use information and services. The partnership is working through a 3-year planning, training, implementation, and evaluation process using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Literacy Toolkit. Our goal is to connect vulnerable residents with access to supportive health care services and environments. Since the majority of published organizational HL research is related to pharmacy and primary care systems, our work will advance understanding of improving organizational HL capacity within a public health system.

Teen Cuisine provided a foundation in healthy eating and obesity prevention
Teen Cuisine is a cooking-based curriculum developed by Virginia Cooperative Extension that focuses on obesity prevention, food preparation, and kitchen safety. The program contains six 90-minute lessons, incorporated into middle and high school classes. 4-H and FCS Extension Agents and EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Educators delivered Teen Cuisine to 1,130 teens across Virginia. To examine the impacts of the program on participants’ behaviors, a retrospective pre/post-test was administered to 1,130 students who completed the program. The evaluation was based upon the 4-H Common Measures Evaluation Instruments for healthy eating programs and assessed food, dietary, and physical activity behaviors. Seventy-two percent of students reported consuming more fruits and vegetables, 73.0% drank fewer soft drinks, and 76.4% were making food choices based on what they know their bodies need. Overall, Teen Cuisine was found to be effective in promoting healthy behaviors among teens.

Thursday 2:40 – 3:40 pm

Roanoke Ballroom A

Conducting Cost Effective Analyses of Health Education Programs for Policy
This session will provide an overview of the benefits of utilizing cost-effectiveness analyses (CEA) within local, state, and federal health education programs, including reporting and decision-making. Participants will be able to compare and contrast the CEA with cost-benefit analyses (CBA). The session will also guide participants through the calculation of a cost-effectiveness ratio, including measurements and possible evaluation tools. This session is designed to be interactive, allowing participants to have the opportunity to consider strategies for incorporating CEA within their programs and how to effectively communicate CEA results to key policy stakeholders and partners.

Roanoke Ballroom B

Focus on Health Literacy: Impacts on Individual and Public Health
Upon adoption of the Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness (2014), the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) established five topic issue teams, one of which is Health Literacy. Action Team members selected from across the nation are charged with developing a broad-based, integrated initiative to guide programming for which funding will be sought in FY 2017. This presentation is designed to raise awareness of the importance of health literacy as it impacts individual and public health. Attendees are invited to participate in a sharing of research-based and/or evidence-based programs and educational materials that will further the Team’s goals and objectives.

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Farm to City: Community Support of Families in Need
National Farm to City Week provides opportunity for collaboration among Extension agents, Research Centers, food banks, private industry and farmers. The goals are to promote local produce, educate consumers on how to prepare healthful recipes and preserve fresh produce they receive through a Thanksgiving food distribution event.

Collaboration with WSU Extension and Nursing to Address Farmworker Health
WSU Extension and Nursing departments are collaborating on a community-based participatory research project to engage latino farmworkers in environmental health issues. Preliminary focus groups found needs surrounding the removal of soiled clothing after the work day to reduce pesticide exposure for non-spray workers who are exposed to chemical drift.

T3: Intervention for Healthy Youth Development in School
T3 is a PYD-based school intervention program designed to (a) cultivate self-esteem, care, and leadership among a class of 8th graders as well as (b) reshape the perspectives and attitudes of school staff exasperated by challenges posed by the class of students. Need, program, and outcomes will be explored. Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) Involve Students in School Wellness
Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) ensure that students are represented in school wellness discussions. YACs empower students to present ideas, insights and input on nutrition and physical activity; work alongside peers to assess wellness needs; and develop recommendations for enhancing/expanding the school wellness environment. YACs provide a platform for students to make positive impacts to their school’s wellness policy. The YAC described in this presentation provided recommendations to increase fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods on the cafeteria menu; expand opportunities for physical activity; and enhance the school lunch experience in the cafeteria.

Timely Adolescent Health Literacy: From Needs Assessment to Program Development
K-State Research and Extension, as a result of its state adolescent health needs assessment, heard loudand-clear that teens want health information and resources that equip them for healthy adulthood. But, health literacy information is often designed for adults and it is not useful to adolescents. K-State Research and Extension, in collaboration with community-based partners and health providers, has developed and tested health literacy materials designed for teens. This workshop discusses the results of Kansas’ adolescent health literacy project and the lessons learned through the development, testing and dissemination of the health literacy products that intentionally enhance youth voice of adolescents.

Nationally food deserts are a growing issue. The City of Lynchburg is no exception and is one of seven cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia highlighted in the Virginia Food Desert Taskforce's Report. Lynchburg Grows responded is alleviating that problem the mobile food van.


Community Engagement through Needs Assessments
Needs assessments are an important first step for identifying barriers and strengths in communities but can be seen as extraneous especially in situations where the issue is obvious such as obesity. In four counties in a southern state with high obesity rates, needs assessments were conducted for a federal grant. The results were used as an effective method for engaging community members in discussions about what interventions were needed, where disparities existed and what partnerships were needed to move forward. This presentation will highlight examples from this process of effective ways to engage communities from data collection through reporting.

Thrive WI: A story on the development of a statewide health equity alliance
This presentation will describe the formation and developmental evaluation of a statewide initiative to create multi-sector alignment for addressing health inequities. The mission of Thrive WI is to advance health equity by building an alliance of diverse local and state stakeholders to promote learning, best practices, and collective action around the social, economic and environmental determinants of health. Thrive is part of a multi-state initiative in the Midwest that seeks to reorganize resources, identities and power in order to address these determinants. In the alliance development phase, we specifically targeted key public health and community organizing partners for trainings and planning sessions to build relationships and identify strategic opportunities for impacting policies, systems and environments in Wisconsin communities. A developmental, mixed-methods approach was used to observe the dynamic emerging partnerships at the state and community level.

Developing a Community Monitoring System for Mental Illness & Substance Use
This presentation will share the process and results of a collaborative USDA NIFA/HHS SAMHSA project to create a low-cost, replicable community-level monitoring system (CMS) for mental illness and substance use. The design of this CMS regularly collected data from communities in biweekly or monthly intervals, which were analyzed and reported back to community leaders to enable quick identification of any spikes or increases in specific mental illnesses or substance use issues. If a spike occurred, local public health officials and concerned citizens could proactively address them, reducing both individual and community suffering and costs associated with mental illness and substance use.

Friday 9:40 – 10:40 am

Roanoke Ballroom A

4-H Yoga for Kids: A Healthy Living Program
4-H Yoga for Kids is a healthy living program developed by a team of state Extension specialists and county Extension agents. More than a physical activity program, Yoga for Kids promotes self-acceptance, self-regulation, and hones the ability to focus. Yoga for Kids targets school-age youth and promotes stress coping as a life skill. Child and adolescent studies suggest that yoga practice can decrease anxiety, improve coping skills, relationships, and reduce the body’s stress response. This session will introduce the 4-H Yoga for Kids Program, teach the basics of yoga practice, and report results from a program pilot in one state.

Walkability, Walk Audits and Working with Community Partners: Clinton County
Kentucky is a mostly rural state where poverty is common; obesity and overweight are the norm. An examination of Clinton County reveals numerous barriers to physical activity. Community coalition assessments prioritized active transportation as a means to decrease negative health statistics and improve the quality of life for citizens. Based upon participation in a walk audit, community leaders are addressing ways to enhance walkability. This session will examine the barriers to physical activity within a rural community, review walk audit components and its utilization to enlighten community members, and describe steps taken to address the prioritized needs and complete the work.

Roanoke Ballroom B

Get Aboard to Successfully Leading a Team into Social Media Programming
“We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media; the question is how well we DO it.” (Qualman 2014) ( Come discover how your team can embrace the ever-changing climate of social media options (blog, challenges, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube), and efficiently provide enticing and engaging online programming. Determine what social media avenues will work best for your team. Team management tools for providing online programming will be shared and discussed. Join us as we explore how social media can expand your programming and discover how to lead your team in social media programming.

Buck Mountain

The Slow Down Program: Using mindfulness to promote healthy eating patterns
Mindfulness is of growing interest to the public health profession because it has potential applicability to a variety of areas: nutrition, weight management, stress, and many others. Mindfulness is rooted in the Buddhist religion, but within public health programming, it has evolved into a skill accessible for everyone. In particular, mindful eating has shown expediency in nutrition and weight management programs. The Slow Down Program, was designed for mothers of young children and teaches basic mindfulness-based stress management techniques. Furthermore, it uses a dynamic responsive approach, empowering mothers to make healthy decisions and develop healthy eating patterns in their children.

Interprofessional Working Group Addresses Prescription Drug Abuse
The East Tennessee State University Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse Working Group (PDAMWG) formed in 2012 in response to the growing epidemic in the region. Grounded in academic and community partnerships, it leverages evidence-based prevention strategies, research projects, and community-based efforts to mitigate prescription drug abuse and inform local, regional, and state policies and programs. Seminar participants will be able to: 1) Describe the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Northeast Tennessee and formation of the PDAMWG; 2) Demonstrate the centrality and effectiveness of partnerships for prevention; 3) Summarize PDAMWG research and community efforts and their impact on prescription drug abuse


Rethink your Drink with WVU Extension
Overconsumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs), more than any other food or beverage, is associated with unhealthy weight. SSBs have accounted for at least 20 percent of Americans’ weight gain in the past 30 years. They are also linked to higher risks of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gout and certain cancers. Health problems linked to drinking too many sugary beverages lead to huge costs to individuals, health care organizations and society at large. Learn how to implement successful public health projects that encourage community members to “Rethink Their Drinks!” and choose water over sugar sweetened beverages.

Rev Your Bev
Since 2013, approximately 160,000 Virginians have explored the amount of sugar in popular beverages through Rev Your Bev, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s initiative to increase awareness on the health impacts of sugar-sweetened beverages. Rev Your Bev is a unique opportunity to bring together multi-sector partnerships to address health. Data reveals that Virginians of all ages are unaware of the health effects of sugar sweetened beverages emphasizing the need for increased awareness and education on healthy beverage alternatives. Since the launch of Rev Your Bev, statewide surveys show an increase in number of high school students avoiding sugary drinks.


The RWJF and the Cooperative Extension System: Bold Partnership Proposal
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded the National 4-H Council a planning grant in the summer of 2015. The grant was to bring together youths and adults from diverse perspectives and positions to explore how the Cooperative Extension System and RWJF could work together to eliminate childhood obesity. This moderated panel seminar will engage attendees in understanding what the national leadership advisory team discovered and requested in a strategic and business plan. The RWJF response and opportunities for a future health-focused partnership will be explored.

Friday 10:50 – 11:50 am

Roanoke Ballroom A

Cognitive Load and Neuro-Economics: Implications for Health Literacy
Cognitive load is determined by how much attention, focus, and concentration a decision requires. Neuroeconomics is a relatively new field of economics that combines methods and theories from neuroscience, psychology, economics, and computer science to better understand the process of decision-making and the resulting choices. The goal of this session is to provide participants with a foundation in these disciplines to help explain challenges related to health literacy and to develop more effective health programming.

Health Impact Assessment 101
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a multi-step process that draws upon community input, prioritizes health concerns using multiple criteria, and utilizes data to project the health implications of a decision on a population and the distribution of impacts within a community. HIA offers a flexible framework for timely application to inform proposed policies, plans or projects prior to their execution, and stresses consideration of vulnerable populations and health equity. Based on the synthesis of the best available evidence, HIA then disseminates recommendations or mitigation strategies to ameliorate negative and bolster positive health impacts. Finally, HIA entails monitoring and evaluating the utility and influence of the HIA.

Roanoke Ballroom B

Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to You!
Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to YOU! Participants will put the Mediterranean diet/lifestyle into practice by using local foods and engaging in hands on food preparation, demonstrations, and class exercises based on Mediterranean diet research and cultural foods. Materials developed: A four-part Powerpoint lesson/ plans; oil, cheese, and greens tasting evaluation and discussion sheets; handouts, marketing and evaluation tools were developed. Program Intervention: This program has been offered in rural and urban locations during two-hour classes offered over four weeks. Topics included: 1. Introduction to the Mediterranean Lifestyle (history and culture) Food Focus: Healthy Fats; 2. Supporting Healthy Eating and Lifestyle (How the Mediterranean Diet Pattern Affects Chronic Disease) Food Focus: Yogurt, Cheese, Whole Grains of the Region; 3. Applications and Meal Planning, Food Focus: Cultivated Greens and Other Vegetables; 4. Leaner Protein and Seasonings, Wine tour/tasting

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A Community Context for Childhood Obesity Research
Establishing a culture and environment of healthful eating and physical activity focused on preventing childhood obesity is best accomplished with an engaged community team who take action in multiple levels of the socio-ecological construct. Community and environmental assessments within rural, low-income communities provides a broad understanding of needs which in turn inform plans for improvement. Collectively identifying and evaluating resources, developing strong community coalitions and training community coaches to facilitate decision making, enhances community members' enthusiasm to participate and contributes to success. Reliance on qualitative and quantitative data secures sustainability following the withdrawal of the research.

Creating Active & Healthy Communities: Utilizing an ‘Alphabet’ of Needs Assessment
Utilizing 1416 CDC and SNAP-Ed funds to create active and healthy communities in rural and tribal communities, SDSU Extension employed four assessment tools (HEALMAPPS, NEMS, RALA, & RALPLESS) to measure the nutrition and physical activity environment in 12 communities with high obesity rates. This innovative approach allowed the research team to obtain a comprehensive data set that provided a snap-shot of each community’s barriers and assets to leading an active and healthy lifestyle. Wellness coalitions within the communities will be provided with the assessment results in order make evidence based decisions on future nutrition and physical activity community interventions.


R2 Formula for Successful Recruitment
The objective of this interactive seminar is to: 1) discuss the state of the science in recruitment and retention research, 2) describe recruitment and retention strategies for diabetes self-management education (DSME) interventions focusing on minority populations and 3) identify successful strategies, which demonstrate promise for best practice recommendations. Using a case study approach, lessons learned from two community-based DSME programs will be discussed. Group discussions and activities will be used for practical application and personal reflection. The author will link the DSME experience to implementing other chronic illness health programs.

Improving Health Outcomes in Minority Majority Populations in rural Kansas
This presentation addresses the both the barriers and opportunities in building a successful and ongoing collaboration among a state’s land-grant university, the state’s flagship university medical school, and the state’s rural health systems in the domain of health disparities in majority minority communities. Process reviews, including reflections on creating opportunities, selection of key personnel, decision-making on areas of interest, and pursuing learning opportunities in rural communities will be provided. Implications for future development of these collaborations will be presented, and modalities for furthering the collective aims of the partnerships will be included.


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