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					Extension-Military Partnership



                 Cathann Kress, Ph.D.

             Program Lead- Partnerships

    Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
         Military Community and Family Policy
       Office of Family Policy-Children & Youth
Challenges & Opportunities
   for Military Families




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    Challenges for Military Families
• Family isolation
   – Single parent families
   – Loneliness
   – Financial issues
   – Increasing stress
• High operational tempo
• Deployment extensions
• Large Guard and Reserve population deploying
• Health care, meal preparation, connecting to
  resources, support networks, child care, job losses


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10 Key Issues for Defense State Liaison Office
 •   Care of the Guard and Reserves
 •   Assistance to Severely Injured Service Members
 •   In-State Tuition
 •   Military School Children During Transition and
     Deployment
 •   Spouse Employment
 •   Unemployment Compensation
 •   Predatory Lending
 •   Voting
 •   Foreign Language Requirements
 •   Accessible Support for Military Families

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               Opportunities
• Delivering correct, user-friendly information
• Reaching Guard and Reserve families
• Reaching geo-isolated families
• Reaching the single service members
• Meeting emerging expectations of new
  generations
• Building a worldwide, trusted communication
  system to connect with troops and families

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                  New Philosophy
              High Touch & High Tech

High Touch: Reaching People   High Tech: Reaching People Using
        Personally                       Technology




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Challenges:
Changing Community = Changing Services
•   Delivering correct, user-friendly information
•   Reaching Guard and Reserve families
•   Reaching geo-isolated families
•   Reaching the single service members
•   Meeting emerging expectations of new generations
•   Building a worldwide, trusted communication system to connect
    with troops and families

            “The Right Information, at the Right Time,
                       to the Right People”

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Expanding Services

Each of our goals is dependent
 upon leveraging collaborations
 for us to be successful.
Mission Focused Partnership




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             Mission
  The mission of this partnership is
to advance the health, well-being, and
   quality of life for military Service
      members, families, and their
 communities through the coordination
  of research, education and extension
                programs.
Partners
• Military Community & Family Policy,
  Office of the Secretary of Defense
  – Components
     • Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines
     • Reserve and Guard
• National Institute of Food and Agriculture,
  United States Department of Agriculture
  – Land Grant Universities
     • Cooperative Extension
Partners
                   MC&FP



            Air
                             Army
           Force


                   Navy &
                   Marines
Overview of Partnership




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                  States Most Highly Impacted by Deployments

                           WA
                                                                                                                      NH
                                               MT                                                                            ME
                                                          ND                                                     VT
                                                                     MN
                      OR
                                     ID                   SD                   WI                                                 MA
                                                                                                                 NY
                                               WY                                            MI                                   RI
                                                                                                                             CT
                                                                         IA                                 PA
                           NV                              NE                                                              NJ
                                                                                                  OH
                 CA                                                              IL     IN
                                          UT                                                                           DE
                                                    CO                                                 WV
                                                               KS                                            VA        MD
                                                                          MO
                                                                                         KY
                                                                                                            NC
                                                                                        TN
                                      AZ                        OK
                                               NM                         AR
                                                                                                        SC
            HI                                                                          AL        GA
                                                                                 MS
                                                                          LA
                                                           TX

                                AK                                                                       FL
                                                                                                                            Legend

                                                                                                                           States with the
                                                                                                                           highest rates of
                                                                                                                           deployments among
                                                                                                                           all components,
California, North Carolina, Texas, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Virginia,                     including Reserve &
Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Michigan, Mississippi,                     Guard
Alabama
                                      Partnership Project Lead States

                           WA
                                                                                                                    NH
                                               MT                                                                          ME
                                                         ND                                                    VT
                                                                     MN
                      OR
                                     ID                  SD                    WI                                               MA
                                                                                                               NY
                                               WY                                          MI                                   RI
                                                                                                                           CT
                                                                        IA                                PA
                           NV                              NE                                                            NJ
                                                                                                OH
                 CA                                                             IL    IN
                                          UT                                                                         DE
                                                    CO                                               WV
                                                              KS                                            VA       MD
                                                                          MO
                                                                                       KY
                                                                                                          NC
                                                                                      TN
                                      AZ                        OK
                                               NM                         AR
                                                                                                       SC
            HI                                                                        AL        GA
                                                                                MS
                                                                          LA
                                                           TX

                                AK                                                                     FL


                                                                                                                           Legend
                                                                                                                         Participating states;
                                                                                                                         includes
                                                                                                                         representatives from
Washington State University, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska,
                                                                                                                         1862 & 1890
Kansas State University, Purdue University, Ohio State University, Southern, Cornell, Penn State                         institutions
University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, University of
Maryland, North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, Michigan State University
            United States
       Department of Agriculture
                USDA

National Institute for Food & Agriculture
                   NIFA


     111 Land Grant Universities



                             Cooperative Extension Service in every County
111 Total
Objectives & Supporting
       Initiatives




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            Key Objectives
• Improve community capacity to support
  military families

• Increase professional development and
  workforce development opportunities

• Expand and strengthen programs in family
  readiness, child development, & youth
  development
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Community Capacity Building
TARGET: Local communities and leaders
GOAL: Build greater awareness of challenges faced
  by military families and build local support
PROGRAM EXAMPLES:
• Military Community, Family & Youth Extension
  Programs
• Communications & Outreach
• County-Based Services Directory
• PROJECT Y.E.S.
Workforce & Professional Development
TARGET: Potential employees (including military spouses)
GOAL: Recruit and retain talent to work in MC&FP related
  fields within the military
PROGRAM EXAMPLES:
• Internship Program
• Professional Development & Technical Assistance for
  Children, Youth & Family Programs
• Capital Region Child Development Lab School System
• University Passport Program
Strengthening Family, Child & Youth Development Programs

  TARGET: Military Helping Professionals
  GOAL: Enhance and strengthen programs
    particularly through research-based efforts
  PROGRAM EXAMPLES:
  • Family Readiness Clearinghouse
  • eXtension.org Military Community of Practice
  • Engaging Faculty Expertise
     – Sabbaticals, colloquia, etc.
     – Focus on program evaluation, military family research,
       program and curricula development;
    Project Examples
•   Health Literacy
•   Community Gardening
•   Youth Camping
•   Comprehensive Deployment Curriculum
•   Out-of-school youth programs
•   Autism Program Review and Support
•   Database for Child & Youth Program Reporting
•   Personal Worklife Skills
•   National Summit on Military Families
How the Collaboration Grew
•   1987 – Navy and CES Families program
•   1995 - 4-H/Army Youth Development Project
•   2005 – 4-H/Air Force Youth Development Project
•   2007 – 4-H/Navy Youth Development Project
4-H built relationships with Army, Air Force, & Navy in support of the common mission for
   positive youth development experiences for children and youth wherever they live.


• 2009 – NIFA-MC&FP Expanded Partnership
By the Numbers
• 23,769 military youth enrolled in 4-H clubs
• 107,731 youth involved through Operation: Military
  Kids
• 101 4-H Military Club Grants awarded to states
• 1,298 military youth development professionals
  trained
• 95 Active Army Installations and Guard & Reserve
  using Operation READY
• 75 Extension staff working on Texas Army Bases
  (Fort Hood, Fort. Bliss, & Fort Sam Houston)
                       Benefits

   DoD & Components                  USDA, LGU’s, CES
• High quality workforce to    •   Engaged faculty
  meet demand                  •   Curriculum development;
• High quality curriculum      •   Increased participation in
  and materials                    4-H and family
• Faculty expertise for            educational programs;
  research, strategic          •   New resources
  planning, and evaluation
                               •   Enhanced collaborations
• Enhanced quality and
                               •   Multi-state projects
  capacity to serve military
  families
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           MC&FP Future Plans
• Launching new Branch Unit on Partnerships within
  MC&FP - led by Cathann Kress

• Identifying opportunities to engage Land-Grant
  University faculty and staff in current and new DoD
  initiatives focusing on communities, families, and
  youth.

• Developing strategic plan for supporting military
  families.

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              NIFA Future Plans
• Identify the inter-relationships of the current work
  that supports military families and youth within
  NIFA.
• Raise the visibility of the work being done by
  Cooperative Extension faculty and staff in this
  partnership.
• Identify current efforts that support military families
  and youth, outside national funded projects.
• Identify strategies to expand partnerships.



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Related Links
•   www.extension.org
•   www.networkofcare.org
•   www.militaryonesource.com
•   www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil
•   www.defense.gov




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Questions?
• Cathann Kress
  – cathann.kress@osd.mil
• Lisa Lauxman
  – llauxman@nifa.usda.gov

				
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