An Ohio, Maryland, Delaware collaborative team has won the national Priester Award for Community Programming this year. The purpose of the award is to recognize Extension programs that positively influence the health of people across the United States by providing leadership to expand Extension's capacity to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The Priester Award recognizes sound and innovative health and wellness programs at the county, state and national level.
The award was presented in early May at the National Health Outreach Conference. The title of the team’s project is "Building Community Capital to Support the Health and Vitality of our Farming Communities." The team submitted a farmer and health insurance forum model it developed into an Extension workbook as a guide for forum facilitation on a variety of topics. The publication, "Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement,” was published recently by the Extension Foundation. Visit extension.org/2022/03/07/new-publication-helps-cooperative-extension-professionals-engage-communities for more information.
The Ohio team included Shoshanah Inwood, associate professor of Community, Food and Economic Development in the School of Environment and Natural Resources; and Nicole Wright, Extension educator, aquaculture, in the Center for Lake Erie Area Research. This collective work is a great example of the power when research and Extension intersect.