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Apr 20

Extension Health Research in Michigan

12:00 pm EDT

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s footprint spans the state of Michigan. Clinical practice, research and undergraduate and graduate medical education takes place across six campuses through affiliations with local hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. When the decision was made to expand their efforts in community-based, participatory research at these community campuses, the college turned to MSU Extension. With educators based in nearly all of the state’s 83 counties and a history of being embedded in communities, MSU Extension provides the link between researchers and their potential study participants. Extension educators are also well-versed in disseminating research, another priority of the College of Human Medicine.

This session will explain how the partnership, called Extension Health Research, came to be; present an example of how it is working; and describe projects that MSU Extension educators are undertaking to prepare additional educators for research and to describe the state of Health Extension across the country. Presenters are Dr. Jeffrey Dwyer and Dr. Lee Ann Roman (invited), MSU College of Human Medicine; and Linda Cronk, Holly Tiret, Cathy Newkirk and Dr. Cheryl Eschbach, MSU Extension.  



Cathy Newkirk, Linda Cronk, Holly Tiret, Cheryl Peters

Apr 20

Reliability of online information

1:00 pm EDT

This session requires registration: 
complete the registration form.

This is a "flipped" webinar
: Rather than just deliver you a presentation, you will be asked to review and submit feedback about three websites (about fracking) before the session. During the live session, we will discuss the sites, your feedback, processes for evaluating them, and ask you to actively participate in the discussion.

To get links to the three sites for your review and the link to the feedback survey, please complete the registration form.

Ernest Hemmingway said, “Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him.” This has never been more true than it is today, as we wade through vasts amount of information available online. The responsibility to judge whether online resources are reliable now falls to the reader.
We each make judgments about the reliability of online resources before we share them, but it is useful to approach the task in a more rigorous way. One such model, CRAAP, asks you to look at sites from the perspectives of Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. By assessing sites with these facets in mind, you will be able to quickly determine whether the site is reliable enough for your purposes.



Stephen Judd

Apr 20

Paying for College – Learn about the Federal Student Aid Toolkit and Other Student Loan Resources

3:00 pm EDT

This 60-minute webinar will explore financial issues related to paying for college. It will also introduce Federal Student Aid’s Financial Aid Toolkit, a resource for organizations that support students and families in making financial preparations for attending college or career school.

Dr. Barbara O'Neill will provide a brief overview about student loan debt and will describe current research about student loan decision-making being conducted by a multi-state group of Cooperative Extension specialists and other land-grant university researchers.

Cindy Forbes Cameron will describe the resources in the Financial Aid Toolkit which include:
  • outreach resources such as fact sheets, videos, infographics, and PowerPoint presentations;
  • social media resources such as sample tweets, Facebook posts, and blog posts;
  • information on embedding videos and infographics in your website; and
  • ideas for organization newsletter articles or e-mails to students.

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. Federal Student Aid is proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.

More information about students loans, the Financial Aid Toolkit, and other resources available through the office of Federal Student Aid can be found here: http://www.extension.org/pages/72895/student-loans


Cindy Forbes Cameron is a Lead Communications Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid, where she has worked for more than 15 years. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Victorian Literature from the University of Buckingham in England. Her focus includes website content management as well as outreach to school counselors and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.

Dr. Barbara O’Neill is Co-Chair of eXtension's Financial Security for All Community of Practice. Dr. O'Neill is financial resource management specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has been a professor, financial educator, and author for 35 years. She has written over 1,500 consumer newspaper articles and over 125 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications. She is a certified financial planner (CFP®), chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC®), accredited financial counselor (AFC), certified housing counselor (CHC), and certified financial educator (CFEd). Dr. O’Neill served as president of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and is the author of two trade books, Saving on a Shoestring and Investing on a Shoestring, and co-author of Investing For Your Future, Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women, and Small Steps to Health and Wealth. She earned a Ph.D. in family financial management from Virginia Tech and received over three dozen awards for professional achievements and over $900,000 in funding for financial education programs and research.


Barbara O'Neill

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