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Mar 05

Latino Military Families: Current Issues & Implications for Clinical Work

11:00 am EST

This 2 hour webinar will help participants understand the truth about the growth of Latinos within the U.S. military and its implications for those professionals serving military members and their families. Presenters will discuss key barriers to service provision among Latino families, as well as best practices and strategies for overcoming those barriers. Additionally, this presentation will delve into the diversity of today's Latino military families (e.g., culturally, historically), while dispelling some of the myths and misinformation that can impede effective service. 

How to obtain CEUs:
  • We provide National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Georgia Marriage and Family Therapy CE credits. More information on how to obtain CEUs 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: http://www.extension.org/pages/70592
  • For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this webinar will be running on Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/milfamln 
  • Also you can connect to the Adobe webinars using the iPhone, iPad, and Droid apps. Search for DCO Connect in the respective stores.
  • No registration is required.

    Presenter Information:

    Andrew Behnke, PhD is an Associate Professor of human development at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Andrew is bilingual and has focused his work on serving the Latino community since 1996. He developed the “Juntos” program along with Cintia Aguilar in 2007 and has grown it to serve thousands of Latino families across the U.S., and received over $12 million in grants for this work. 

    Additionally Andrew, has also worked with military families since 2002, developing programs and best practice strategies for meeting the needs of military families. He worked with colleagues to create the Essential Life Skills for Military Families program which has served thousands of military members and their spouses. His life mission is bringing better attention to those factors that help families succeed and thrive in the U.S.

    Xiomara A. Sosa is a United States military veteran (Army and Air Force Reserve) and a clinical mental health – forensic counselor, a nonprofit executive, and a social change advocate. She is the Executive Creator and Co-partner of the National Hispanic Veterans Advocacy Network (NHVAN). NHVAN’s mission is to provide culturally competent advocacy for the health and human services needs of U.S. Hispanic military veterans. NHVAN’s vision is to create a well-established, organized, active, and strongly connected community of Hispanic veterans by improving communication and advocacy for their health and human services needs that is culturally appropriate.

    Xiomara is also the Founder and Principal of XAS Consulting, LLC (XAS), an integrative mental healthcare and holistic wellness private practice consulting firm that integrates the role of mental healthcare and holistic wellness efforts in providing culturally competent services to all communities but especially to the Hispanic, veteran, and sexual and gender minority (LGBTQQIA) communities.

    Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a sought-after speaker for her thoughts on Entrepreneurship, Leadership in global, corporate organizations and Personal Branding for Military Veterans. She is the author of several books, including one inspired by her aviation service. Four-time award-winning Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá, the first bilingual children’s book in a series about military mommies, recently won 1st Place honors in the picture book category, Writers Digest Magazine national competition among indie publishers. The International Latino Book Awards named it “Best Educational Children’s Book – Bilingual.”   

    In March 2014, The White House recognized Graciela as a Champion of Change, Woman Veteran Leader for creating a unique SBA-certified woman-owned small business, California’s multicultural publishing and communications firm, Gracefully Global Group, LLC. Her work as cofounder of the National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau to amplify the voices of America’s published women veterans and advocacy through literature to raise educational expectations of Latino students were also cited.

    Graciela completed both the Aerospace Studies program (as an AFROTC scholarship cadet) and her undergraduate degree in environmental design at U.C. Berkeley. She earned her Master Degree in International Management from the School of Global Commerce at Whitworth University in Spokane while on active duty. Graciela was honored by LATINA Style Magazine as the 2010 “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Washington D.C. In November 2014, she was honored by the Business and Professional Women's Foundation with the National Business Women's Week Award.

    Cover photo image: E.Arambulo 2015

    This presentation is not endorsed by the Department of Defense and the information, as well as any opinions or views, contained herein are solely that of the presenter.
    Mar 05

    Childhood Obesity Indicators: Capturing the National Impact of Extension

    2:00 pm EST

    In 2012, the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) established national evaluation indicators for the 5 priority areas of childhood obesity, climate change, food safety, global food security and hunger and sustainable energy. States have been encouraged to select and incorporate these indicators into their Plans of Work in an effort to provide a national perspective regarding the progress made in these areas. This webinar will provide accurate information about the national indicators related to childhood obesity from the federal perspective and will help educate state, regional and county level staff about how to incorporate programming that addresses these outcomes as well as the importance of having a national voice for Extension.


    Janet Mullins, Marilyn Townsend, Jane Clary, Karen Franck

    Mar 06

    2015 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Fire Ant Management Using Baits

    2:00 pm EST

    Learn how to make the biology of fire ants work for you not against you. This webinar presented by Dr. Lawrence "Fudd" Graham from Auburn University will discuss fire ant baits and other control methods.  It will also provide the latest information on the Pseudacteon phorid flies, natural enemies of fire ants.  Moderated by Charles Pinkston and Bethany O'Rear, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Vicky Bertagnolli-Heller, Extension Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator, Clemson University.  Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event.   Note: on March 6, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar.  If you log in earlier, you will get an error message. 

    For more webinars in this series, see All Bugs Good and Bad 2015 Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Imported Fire Ants, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture


    Fudd Graham, Vicky Bertagnolli, Bethany O'Rear, Charles Pinkston

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