Fall is fully upon us and there seems to be a hint of winter -- snow in northern part of the state this weekend? Autumn brings a busy time for our work in Extension. Take a few minutes to read what is going on in Family Development.
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It´s important that your voice is heard through the University´s 2013 Employee Engagement Survey. The survey will help University leaders understand what is on your mind so they can take action to improve your department and the University overall. Your support is critical to making this effort a success.
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Connie Greer Honored as Friend of Extension at Fall Program Conference
University of Minnesota Extension Dean Bev Durgan honored Connie Greer, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, on Oct. 8 at Extension's annual conference. Connie has partnered with Family Development on SNAP Education, financial literacy, and healthy food access. We were thrilled to have her honored by the Dean.
Here is the information about the award:
Connie Greer, Distinguished Friend of Extension
Connie Greer, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), has positively impacted the lives of low-income families across Minnesota for 40 years. In her role with DHS, she has been a stalwart friend of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and improved healthy food access through changing food systems and environments.
Smart Choices Training Coming to Minnesota
Bonnie Braun from the University of Maryland will be coming to Minnesota to conduct a training of the Smart Choice Health Insurance curriculum on Nov.12th & 13th at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Smart Choice Health Insurance© is the first release of a multi-part consumer education program including the new Ask an Expert. Smart Choice is a research and theory-based , consumer-tested curriculum designed to reduce confusion and increase capability and confidence among consumers making health insurance plan choices. It is applicable to both current health insurance consumers and those who are newly-eligible through the Affordable Care Act providing Extension with a teachable moment when most consumers are attuned to health insurance decisions.
Smart Choice Health Insurance©, with its standardized measures of health insurance literacy, enables Extension to offer an evidence-based curriculum. The nationally validated measures were created and tested by the American Institutes for Research.
To offer consumer workshops, educators need to become certified to teach the curriculum then collect and submit data to the University of Maryland Extension.
- Access to the Educators Toolkit
- Consultation with teaching team
- Updated and new information
- Data compiled and returned in comparative reports
Smart Choice Health Insurance 2-Day Training Workshop:
Tuesday, November 12 (11 am to 5 pm) - lunch included, dinner on your own
Wednesday, November 13 (8 - 2:30) - breakfast and lunch included
Registration fee of $250.00 includes: $200 Certification Fee and $50 for two lunches, a snack and one breakfast. Each person in attendance is required to pay the certification fee. Registration information will be sent out shortly.
I have agreed to support Family Development Extension Educators registration fee of $250 and am asking your program area to support your travel expenses. This training is open to all Extension Educators.
Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chanhassen, MN 55318 (approximately 30 minutes west of Minneapolis airport on Minnesota Hwy 5)
Chanhassen, Minnesota hotels you may want to explore: AmericInn, Holiday Inn Express or country Inn & Suites
For more information contact Mary Jo Katras at firstname.lastname@example.org
Smart Choice Health Insurance is the product of a multi-state Health Insurance Literacy Team, led by the University of Maryland Extension and the University of Delaware Extension with funding from the University of Maryland Extension and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Life and Work Are Like a Marathon
On Sunday, October 13, my husband and younger daughter ran a marathon in Chicago. Steve and Allie ran with over 40,000 other runners while I tried to find them among the crowds of runners to cheer them on. I never saw them but both had great races. Steve ran it 3 hours 46 minutes, which is pretty good for a guy having knee surgery next week. Allie had a personal best of 3 hours 59 minutes.
This experience reminded me that much of what we do in our work in Family Development is like a marathon. Do we really have success without discipline and training? And although it is hard work and requires patience to carefully, implement and evaluate our work, there is elation and pride when the program is delivered or grant awarded due to this effort. Even as a spectator to the marathon and of your programmatic efforts, I feel great pride in my family's and your accomplishments.