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Apr 24

Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of Parents

11:00 am EDT

Presenters of this 2 hour webinar will highlight how parents today are less likely to attend traditional parenting programs, provide research showing that parents are increasingly seeking information online, through social media and mobile devices and promote the use of two FREE, effective and innovative resources that can meet the needs of parents with young children.

Luisa F. Soaterna-Castañeda, MPH, Text4baby Multicultural & Outreach Specialist, will highlight the successes of Text4Baby and how you can easily incorporate it into your work with mothers that have smartphones. Webinar attendees will learn about the Text4Baby service and how the service provides information on key topics that interest pregnant women and new moms via short and succinct text messages. Attendees will also learn about significant creative communication enhancements (including interactivity, mobile pages, quizzes, and videos) to the nation’s largest and only free text messaging service. Research on the effectiveness of text messaging in reaching underserved populations will also be covered as well as how Text4Baby can assist in women feeling more prepared for motherhood due to increased knowledge, awareness and skills that lead to better health for them and their babies.

Aaron Ebata, Ph.D., University of Illinois, and Pat Tanner Nelson, Ed.D., University of Delaware, will show how Just in Time Parenting (JITP) connects with the needs of today’s parents for reliable, research-based information.  Presenters will highlight evaluations of JITP to demonstrate the effectiveness of delivering age-paced information and show how readers across all educational and economic levels demonstrate more confidence and competence in raising their children when using information and strategies outlined by JITP. Presenters will also highlight how JITP can help parents have realistic age-appropriate expectations, provide reassurance about their child’s development, help parents identify problems early and suggests how to find help. Speakers will share how to get parents enrolled for the free electronic version of JITP and how to take advantage of additional online resources that support and strengthen JITP outreach and impact, including: “Frequently Asked Questions” and “Ask the Experts”.

How to obtain CEUs:

  • 2.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) CE credits will be available for credentialed participants. Registration is not required. A link to a post-test will be provided for participants during the webinar presentation. Results of the post-test will be sent to the MFLN Family Development team and CE Certificates will then be electronically administered via email. More information on how to obtain NASW CE credits can be found here.

How to join the Webinar:

  • To connect to this webinar, which is hosted by DoD, you must install security certificates if you are not on a military installation. Instructions can be found here.
  • For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this webinar will be running on Ustream and can be accessed here.
  • Also you can connect to the Adobe webinars using the iPhone, iPad, and Droid apps. Search for DCO Connect in the respective stores.

Presenter Information: 

Representatives from Just In Time Parenting & Text4Baby

Aaron T. Ebata, PhD is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He received his B.S. degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Hawaii and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State. Dr. Ebata's research and outreach interests focus on applying research to develop and evaluate programs that promote healthy parenting practices. He has collaborated on research on military families following reintegration and currently focuses on technological applications for outreach. Dr. Ebata serves as the director of the Autism Program at UIUC, which provides consultation, resources, and training for families with individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as for professionals who serve them. A former elementary and preschool teacher, Dr. Ebata is the father of two teen-aged sons.

Pat Tanner Nelson, Ed.D. is an Extension Specialist and a Professor in the Departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Applied Economics and Statistics at the University of Delaware. Pat is a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations. She received her doctorate in Family and Community Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a graduate degree in Family Life Education (Michigan State University) and B.S. in Human Ecology (Kansas State University). Dr. Nelson focuses on parent education and support, family stress management, and work/family integration. She is a co-team leader for eXtension Just in Time Parenting, a national interactive resource that strives to bring high quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives. 

Luisa Soaterna-Castañeda, MPH is the Multicultural Outreach Manager for the Text4Baby program at the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB). She coordinates outreach to multicultural communities and faith-based communities, as well as targeted outreach among designated partners whose work involves Spanish-speaking audiences. She also provides technical assistance for various states while also overseeing the development, translation and editing of bilingual materials, messages and resources. Luisa has extensive experience as a community advocate, interpreter and leader in public health. She has worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Governor’s Office as the Latino Liaison. Luisa was recently appointed to serve on the Commonwealth of Virginia Health Commissioner’s Minority Health and Health Equity Advisory Committee (MHHEAC) and she currently serve as a board member to Colaborando Juntos, a non-profit based out of Richmond, Virginia whose primary purpose is to connect service providers who cater to the Latino community. 

Apr 24

Psychological Health and Resilience of Children in Military Families

1:00 pm EDT

REGISTER BEFORE April 24 to join us in supporting the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) Webinar Series by attending their upcoming free webinar!

Children in military families often face a unique set of stressors such as repeated family separations and exposure to trauma, injury, and death. Current literature notes that three out of every five service members who deploy leave families at home. During this post-war transition time, it's important to recognize and understand the risks and challenges ahead for families of military-connected children. This webinar will explore theoretical insights in current research related to children and military families.  During this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Describe factors from research data which indicate the well-being and functioning of young military children
  • Examine stressors of young military children exposed to parental deployment
  • Evaluate connections between parental psychological symptoms and children's development and well-being

REGISTRATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: Register by going to the "Location" links on this page. Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before April 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

Presenter Information:  

Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D., MS, MBA
Director, Center for Families
Director, Military Family Research Institute
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies Purdue University West Lafayette, Ind.

Apr 25

Master Equine Manager Certificate

9:00 am EDT

The Master Equine Manager E-Learning Certificate Program provides horse owners and enthusiasts with a comprehensive educational program that teaches the science of horse management. The program combines focused learning opportunities with a hands-on practical evaluation. The learning modules include
• Welfare of Horses: Understanding Horse Behavior, Facilities and Equipment, Equine Quality Assurance
• Horse Nutrition: Forages for Horses, Feeds and Feeding
• Horse Health: Equine Emergency Treatment, Vaccinations for Horses, Understanding Horse Parasites, and Hoof Care
• Selection of Horses: Conformation and Evaluation, Unsoundness’s and Blemishes
Participants will have access to each module on-line 24/7, which includes video recordings, power point presentations, learning resources, and written assessments. Each topic will have an associated on-line quiz. To become certified an 80% or better is required on the quiz and the quiz can be repeated. Participants are required to attend a “hands-on” evaluation. The practical evaluation will consist of an educational and evaluation component at the chosen location. Participants will perform the required training components and there will be an educator to help you as needed. Evaluators may arrange optional educational clinics and tours of local facilities

Practical evaluations: 4/25 at Iowa State University, 4/25 at University of Nebraska 5/3 at Samantha Zubaks in Waterlloo, IA, 5/15 & 5/16 at the University of Connecticut, 5/18 at Natural Partners in Chesapeake, VI



Peggy Miller-Auwerda

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