Summer Program in Population Health, June 18-22

This is a high quality professional development experience that you may wish to consider. Contact Roger ( if you are interested. As last year, Extension Administration will assist with the cost of attending.

19th Annual Summer Program in Population Health

June 18-22, 2018 (Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center)

Advancing workforce education for a healthier nation. Communities all over the U.S. face challenges that threaten the health and well-being of our friends, family and neighbors: from opiate addiction to infant mortality. The Summer Program in Population Health provides practitioners a week of education and training from national experts confronting today’s serious public health issues. Save the date and stay tuned for more details.


Creating Inclusive Connections: Call for Proposals

The theme of the upcoming Academy of Teaching Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Learning, to take place at the 4-H Center on May 3, is Creating Inclusive Connections. We welcome proposals on this topic, with the goal of sharing innovative, interesting, evidence-based ideas for the improvement of teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes amongst the teaching community at Ohio State.
There are many ways that we cross geographic, interpersonal, disciplinary, technological, instructional, societal, and many other boundaries to connect our students with ourselves, one another, and our subject matter. Some examples of ways you might create inclusive connections through your teaching include:

  • Creating safe and welcoming classroom environments
  • Helping students engage with matters of inclusivity, diversity, and social justice
  • Using Universal Design for Learning to accommodate all students
  • Teaching across and between disciplines
  • The purpose and execution of General Education, particularly in light of the emphasis in the Draft Revision to the General Education Requirements on “Citizenship for a Diverse and Just World”
  • Teaching through change and conflict
  • Teaching across borders/boundaries
  • Different types of classrooms (education abroad, distance education)

Members of the Ohio State teaching community are invited to submit conference proposals by January 22. I would appreciate if you’d please share with any Ohio State instructors or academic administrators/support staff in your network.

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OSU’s Employee Assistance and Work Life Program

Did you know OSU’s Employee Assistance and Work Life Program has resources and strategies that go well beyond mental health counseling? With a newly launched website with expanded resources, there is even more ways the EAP can help you address what matters most in life. EAP has literally thousands of fact sheets, videos, and links to prescreened resources on topics such as:

• Building Resiliency
• Childcare and Eldercare Resources
• Depression
• Family Conflict
• Financial Consultation
• Grief and Loss
• Identity Theft Support
• Legal Consultation
• Stress and Anxiety
• Substance Abuse
• Work Challenges
• And Much More!

For more information on the EAP program and services, call (800) 678-6265 or visit the IMPACT Solutions Employee Assistance & Work/Life Program (username “buckeyes”) to view expanded services.

2017 SE Region Endowment Report (Source: Travis West)

Donna Beegle Poverty and Coaching Institute (December 11-14, 2017):
Attending the Donna Beegle Poverty and Coaching Institute was a great opportunity to delve into understanding the experiences of individuals who live in the war zone called “poverty”. Poverty comes in many forms including, generational, situational, working poor, and immigrant. The stereotypes are rampant about those living in poverty, including the common: “they must like living in poverty because they are doing nothing to try and get out.” But do we really believe that people enjoy living in poverty?  National data tells us that 2/3 of the people living in poverty are working 1.7 jobs, so why are they still struggling? Perhaps it is because they have not attained a level of education that would allow them to obtain a higher paying job. Perhaps it is all they can do to even get to work in the first place, because the stress of caring for their family in the context of poverty overwhelms them each and every day.

Training at the Institute includes Dr. Beegle’s 27 years of research into poverty and her own real-life experience as a person who has lived in poverty the majority of her life. Dr. Beegle uses strengths perspective, asset theory, social capital theory, and oral and print culture theory to get at the root of understanding those living in poverty. As Extension professionals, we may not serve the same number of people living in poverty that our social service providers serve each day, but we do have a role in delivering knowledge to those living in poverty in our communities. OSU Extension’s vision is that “Ohioans have the knowledge and resources they need to actively engage in creating conditions in which they thrive”. How do we help those in poverty thrive? As Extension professionals, we have an opportunity and obligation to ensure that the programs we provide are accessible and valued by those living in poverty. We also have the ability to help our partner agencies and organizations gain a better understanding of the clientele they are serving, overcome stereotypes, and excel in their job of assisting those living in poverty. Extension professionals can play a pivotal role in providing education that helps Ohio residents “thrive across the lifespan” (one of the OSUE Impact Areas).

I have completed the 4-day training and coaching institute and will be working in my county to educate community leaders, agencies, and organizations about those living in poverty. I will also be working to assist them in becoming poverty-informed, which is vital to helping people move out of poverty in Vinton County. If you have been trained in “Bridges Out of Poverty” by Dr. Ruby Payne, the information and training from Dr. Beegle’s Coaching and Poverty Institute will challenge many aspects of Dr. Payne’s work, which places the blame on the person living in poverty. After being immersed in poverty situations in Oregon during the training, I assure you that laying the blame on the person suffering from poverty will never solve the issue we see in our communities. If you are interested in learning more about  poverty or educating others about becoming poverty-informed, please let me know. I am willing to deliver programs and information to other counties to make sure we are prepared to help those living in the war zone called “poverty”. You can contact me at or 740-596-5212.

Postage Increase

The USPS has been approved to increase its postage rates effective 1/21/18. This planned increase will affect every classification of mail. Summary of 2018 postage rate increase,
Domestic Mailing:

  • First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.) rates will increase from $0.49 to $0.50 when purchased at the Post Office. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • The discounted “Metered Mail” category for First Class Mail Letters (1 oz), which includes online postage providers and postage meters, will increase from $0.46 to $0.47. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • First Class Mail Flats (1 oz.) will increase from $0.98 to $1.00. Each additional ounce
    will cost $0.21.
  • Postcard rates will increase one cent to $0.35.


Our deepest condolences to Treva Williams, FCS Educator, Scioto County and CED in Scioto and Lawrence Counties, on the passing of her husband, Ronald Edwin (Eddie) Williams, Jr. Condolences can be sent to Treva at 2206 Beech Street, Ashland, KY 41102. Calling hours are Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. with the funeral being Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Our condolences also to the family of Bryson “Bud” Carter, former Gallia County Extension Agent (4-H and ANR) and District Farm Management Specialist, Jackson. Bud retired May 1, 1995.

New Year, New Program, Join Today

The redesigned Your Plan for Health (YP4H) is here, and participating is easy – track your healthy behaviors, earn points and redeem rewards.

YP4H, Ohio State’s employee wellness program, offers resources and opportunities to earn rewards for healthy behaviors as you start or continue your health and well-being journey. The enhanced program is more personal, mobile and focused on healthy habits.

You should have received a Virgin Pulse registration email last week. If you haven’t joined yet, here’s how to sign up and start earning points:

  1. Register for your Virgin Pulse account.
  2. Download the Virgin Pulse mobile app for iOS or Android.
  3. Set up your profile, interests and begin tracking habits to earn points.
  4. Get rewarded for the healthy things you do every day.

Register in the new Virgin Pulse portal by January 31, 2018, for your chance to win a Max Buzz activity tracker.


Learn more about Your Plan for Health, powered by Virgin Pulse at

ESP Opportunities (Source: Travis West)


  • Richard Angus Professional Development Scholarships ($500) and Professional Development Grants (up to $1000) are available through ESP. As someone that has served on the National committee, I know that there are years these go unclaimed so why not help pay for your professional development endeavors. Cindy ( and Travis ( are more than willing to help you out in applying

Annual Reminder (Source: Chris Shelby)

This information is an annual reminder.

  1. The Disclosure of Criminal Conviction Policy – this policy is being sent as a reminder only
  2. Conflict of Interest and Work Outside of the University Policy The Conflict of Interest and Work Outside of the University Policy is being sent as a reminder of the policy
    1. Staff External Approval form The Staff External Approval form is being sent as a reminder to fill out the request form if you are working out side of the universityThis form is required to be updated annually.
    2. If you are working outside of the university, please complete the approval form and submit it to me.

If you have questions, please contact me at