People, Healthy Communities: Reducing
the Marriott Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel 64
South Water Street Mobile,
2010 Priester National Extension Health Conference theme, Healthy
People, Healthy Communities: Reducing Health Disparities celebrates
Cooperative Extension’s long history of involvement in promoting
health and preventing disease across the life span. Named in honor
of retired USDA/NIFA National Program Leader Jeanne Priester, this
conference offers Extension professionals and their community partners
an opportunity to share health-related educational programs and resources,
applied research, and collaborative strategies to meet the diverse
needs of people in communities across the nation.
Objectives -- Participants
in the 2010 Priester National Extension Health Conference will:
knowledge of health trends, emerging health issues and the factors
influencing the health status of our nation.
knowledge of current health education theory and research.
knowledge of effective educational programs and health promotion
practices derived from evidence-based research, including programs
addressing diverse audiences and utilizing integrated programming.
knowledge of collaborative partnerships that impact health education,
promotion and policy.
a network of colleagues and potential partners for initiating or
expanding health initiatives within their areas of interest.
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: November 20, 2009 (see Call for Abstracts)
year’s conference tracks:
Disease Prevention and Management—healthy lifestyles,
worksite health and wellness, health promotion, health literacy,
food safety, diabetes, obesity prevention/reduction, physical
activity and fitness, navigating the health care system, health
disparities, health care financial issues
environmental health, healthy housing, green living, healthy
communities/smart growth, community planning, occupational health,
health care and health policy, global warming, community resources,
universal design and housing, health disparities
Aging—healthy aging, baby boomer challenges/opportunities,
caregiving issues, retirement planning, health care and health
policy, universal design and housing, navigating the health care
system, health care financial issues
Health/Special Health Topics—programs targeted
for multi-cultural/diverse audiences, health literacy, internet/cyber
health and safety, health care and health policy, navigating
the health care system, social marketing, health disparities,
health care financial issues
Nutrition and Health- dietary guidelines/choices, healthy lifestyles, foodborne illnesses, physical activity, SNAP-Ed programs, community gardens
Working with Diverse Audiences-health disparities, health literacy, working with underserved populations, working with non-English speaking audiences
are invited for workshops, presentations, contributed papers, share fair/poster displays and exhibits. Contributed
papers are designed to encourage student participation. Students
may also participate as co-presenters. Submitted proposals should focus
on programs that educate community members about research in one of
the focus areas, individual behavior change strategies, health care
access and quality, health policy, community health infrastructure,
and/or health literacy. Workshops and presentations are sought
that demonstrate innovative ideas, promising practices, and outcomes
and impacts based on evaluation. Programs are also sought that are
designed to reach diverse or targeted audiences, for example: limited
resource, low literacy, Hispanic/Latino, African-American, new immigrants,
rural and/or urban. Programs may be focused in a particular specialty
area or use integrated programming, i.e. that combine the
efforts of Extension’s traditional program areas of 4-H youth,
family and consumer sciences, agriculture and natural resources, and
community health and rural development; that address critical and emerging
issues; or that are community, needs, or assets-based. Workshops that
provide skills development and that apply to multiple tracks are also
45-minute concurrent sessions intended to share established and innovative curriculum,
programs or evaluation resources, or community or policy development
strategies through interactive activities and presentations.
30-minute concurrent sessions intended to present information, research or evaluation
results in a lecture format with some time for discussion.
Paper: 10 to 30-minute presentations given during a session
with other presenters of accepted papers. Presenters will be grouped
by subject matter for session. (Intended for students—availability
may depend on track).
Fair/Poster: An opportunity for Extension professionals
to showcase successful programs, projects, research, evaluation
strategies or resources. Skirted tables will be provided if needed
during this activity. Presenters are encouraged to share tabletop
displays, sample materials, brochures, and contact information.
Share Fair/Poster presenters will be expected to stand near their
display during the Share Fair. The Share Fare includes a reception (with the possibility of a keynote speaker) and healthy, hearty food.
Sessions -- Invited plenary speakers will address health
trends, emerging health issues and the factors influencing the health
status of our nation.
Cooperative Extension educators, health associations, not-for-profit
organizations, publishers and companies are invited to exhibit. Exhibits
will provide participants with an opportunity to explore possible new
program options and find out about available resources. See Exhibitor
Information on the Web site for more information.
presentations, and share fair displays are
solicited through a call for presentations and selected by a peer-review
process. See the Call for Abstracts/Presentations.
M. Priester Award -- The
Priester Award recognizes quality and innovative health education
programs on the county/multi-county and state/multi-state level.
The award honors Extension programs that positively impact the
health of people in communities across the United States and expands
Extension’s capacity to effectively provide health education
programs. Look for award nomination forms and procedures in on the Web site under Jeanne M. Priester Award.
States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/
Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Cooperative Extension System
Department of Public Health
Region Program Leaders Network
Extension and Research Activity Information Exchange Group for Rural
Health (SERA-IEG 19)