2010 Priester National Extension
Call for Abstracts/Presentations
Deadline for submission of proposals has passed. Please consider registering for the conference as a participant by visiting the Registration section of this Web site.
Call for Presentations
Cooperative Extension professionals, their federal, state and local partners, and their students are invited to submit proposals related to the conference theme Healthy People, Healthy Communities: Reducing Health Disparities. Proposals should be related to one of the six tracks described below.
The 2010 conference theme, Healthy People, Healthy Communities: Reducing Health Disparities, celebrates Cooperative Extension’s long history of promoting health and preventing disease for individuals of every age and background, in families of all types, living in rural, suburban, and urban communities. While the following tracks will allow participants to focus on areas of particular interest, participants may attend any presentations of their choosing.
This year’s Conference Tracks: Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Environmental Health/Sustainable Communities, Successful Aging, Rural Health, Integrated Programming and General Health/Special Topics focus on programs that address today’s challenges. Our communities, families, and youth are facing challenges such as baby boomer retirement, care giving for aging parents and other sandwich generation issues, new immigrant health, global consumer product safety, green living, and growing up healthy in a world of unprecedented affluence and communication technology, yet growing disparities among rich and poor. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of all conference tracks, since communities and professionals alike benefit from integrated programming.
The Priester National Extension Health Conference offers professionals from Cooperative Extension, their federal, state, and local professional and community partners, and their students an opportunity to share health- related educational programs and resources, applied research, and collaborative strategies. The annual conference is named in honor of retired NIFA National Program Leader Jeanne Priester. This year’s conference is sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, the United States Department of Agriculture—National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA), Alabama Department of Public Health, SERA-19 Rural Health and Southern Region Program Leaders Network.
Participants in the 2010 Priester National Extension Health Conference will:
Proposals are invited for workshops, presentations, contributed papers, roundtable discussions, share fair/poster displays and exhibits. Contributed papers are designed to encourage student participation. Students may also participate as co-presenters. The proposal submission form follows. 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. Programs in the areas of healthy lifestyles, chronic disease prevention and management, health literacy, environmental or occupational health, and health policy that relate to conference tracks are strongly encouraged. Workshops and presentations are sought that demonstrate innovative ideas, promising practices, and outcomes and impacts based on evaluation; that are designed to reach diverse or targeted audiences, for example: limited resource, low literacy, Hispanic/Latino, African-American, new immigrants, rural, urban; that are focused in a particular specialty area or that utilize 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 sought.
Proposal Review Process and Criteria
Conference tracks are being planned by subcommittees. Subcommittee members include state and county Extension educators, university faculty, and their state and federal partners. Tracks may include presentations or workshops selected through the RFP process as well as sessions specifically planned by the subcommittee. In other words, subcommittees have the option of carving out a portion of the concurrent session time to plan and conduct a specific educational experience for conference attendees. Proposals that are submitted will undergo a blind review using the following criteria.
The quality of writing will be reviewed as well. The writing criteria include:
2010 Priester Award
Consider submitting your program/activity for the Priester Award. The Priester Award is made in honor of the accomplishments and contributions of Jeanne M. Priester to the Cooperative Extension System. Ms. Priester was a leader in advancing health education within CES during her tenure at the United States Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the award is to honor Extension programs that are positively impacting the health of people in communities across the United States and are expanding Extension’s capacity to effectively provide health programs. The Priester award will recognize sound and innovative health education programs on the county/multi-county and state/multi-state level. Look for award nomination forms and procedures in December 2009 at www.aces.edu/priester
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Last Updated: January 25, 2010
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Alabama Department of Public Health
Southern Region Program Leaders Network
Southern Extension and Research Activity Information Exchange Group for Rural Health (SERA-IEG 19)