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Campus County Connections: Serving Military Families & Veterans in New York State


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A presentation to learn how to expand Cornell Cooperative Extension programming to address this important educational opportunity and audience.

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Campus County Connections: Serving Military Families & Veterans in New York State

  1. 1. Campus County Connections: Serving Military Families and Veterans in NYS Keith G. Tidball, PhD 19 July 2017
  2. 2. Did you know? • New York State is home to nearly 900,000 Veterans • Seventy-two percent served during periods of combat • Approximately 88,000 New Yorkers served in Afghanistan or Iraq • Home to approximately 30,000 active duty military personnel as well as 30,000 National Guard and Reserve personnel • New York has the 4th largest number of veteran-owned small businesses in the country • New York hosts the largest military base in the northeast, Fort Drum, home to 18,000 Soldiers, 18,000 military family members and just under 4,000 civilian employees • New York is also home to the oldest service academy, the United States Military Academy at West Point which trains about 4,400 future Army officers annually • Outside of Fort Drum there are 3,600 Active Duty military members in New York • The New York Army and Air National Guard have a combined strength of 16,000 men and women • The federal reserve forces of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps reserves count another 14,500 New Yorkers among their rank
  3. 3. The goal today is to learn how to expand our CCE programming to address this important educational opportunity and audience.
  4. 4. How do we prepare? Learn the lingo Embrace the role Assemble your tools Locate your audience Go!
  5. 5. Learn the Lingo: Extension & the Military 101 • DoD? • Readiness? • Community Capacity? • Geographically dispersed? • Total Force Fitness?
  6. 6. Department of Defense & Coop Extension The potential of the Cooperative Extension Service and the land grant colleges and universities to be a readily available force- multiplier for the Family Readiness mission area was recognized by leaders at the Department of Defense and the Department of Agriculture, and an MOU was signed between the two agencies to facilitate investment in developing, refining, and deploying the Cooperative Extension Service in the area of Family Readiness.
  7. 7. Military Family Readiness? Definition The state of being prepared to effectively navigate the challenges of daily living experienced in the unique context of military service. Ready individuals and families are:  Knowledgeable about the potential challenges they may face  Equipped with the skills to competently function in the fac of such challenges  Aware of the supportive resources available to them  Make use of the skills and supports in managing such challenges Includes:  Mobility and financial readiness  Mobilization and deployment readiness  Personal and family life readiness DoDI 1342.22, Military Family Readiness, 12 July, 2012
  8. 8. Community Capacity? “…community capacity is community readiness and performance in the context of opportunity, adversity, and positive challenges.” Bowen, Martin, Mancini, & Nelson, 2000
  9. 9. Community Capacity Building • Goal: Informal networks and formal systems work together to achieve positive results for community members. • Change is initiated by people in the community • When informal networks collaborate with formal systems the ability to create change grows
  10. 10. Geographically Dispersed? Operation Desert Storm: • Reserve soldiers = 25% of deployed servicemen (Department of Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 1992, 1991) Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan & 2007 troop surge: • Reserve and National Guard soldiers = 40-50% of deployed servicemen (Defense Manpower Data Center, 2009) Families of these soldiers are located in geographically dispersed civilian communities, not traditional military installations where important services to support the stresses of deployment are readily available.
  11. 11. Geographically Dispersed? • National Guard and Reserves service members: – Primary occupation is not military – Families may not consider themselves military families – Geographically dispersed from other service members & families – Not necessarily located near a military installation – Family identity changes from civilian to military with one letter or phone call
  12. 12. Total Force Fitness “Total force fitness is more than a physical fitness; it is the sum total of the many facets of individuals, their families, and the organization in which they serve. It is a state of being.”
  13. 13. Total Force Fitness Overview Total Force Fitness (TFF) is a DoD framework for well-being that views “health, wellness, and resilience and as holistic concept”, requiring “a connection among mind, body, spirt, and social relationships”. 1 Main Points2: • *TFF was created by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and became policy in 2011. • TFF is the DoD’s 21st Century paradigm for improving Population Health, and includes eight domains of fitness. • TFF is a state in which the individual, family and organization can sustain well-being and performance under all conditions. • The Services are responsible for implementing TFF Programs. • TFF requires the collaboration of the partners in public health. 1. Senate Report 114-63 2. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction (CJCSI) 3405.01 *The 8 domains in blue were the original domains recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Additional measures, highlighted in gray, are under consideration. Service Members & Families Financial Employment Physical Environmental Medical & DentalSpiritual Nutrition Psychological Behavioral Social Legal TFF Domain Areas Service Members & Families
  14. 14. Total Force Fitness Cooperative Extension Physical Strategic goal: Combat childhood obesity by ensuring availability of affordable, nutritious food and providing individuals and families science-based nutritional guidance. Health Literacy Environmental Strategic Goal: Optimize the production of goods and services from working lands while protecting the nation’s natural resource base and environment. Strategic goal: Advance the development and delivery of science for agricultural, forest, and range systems adapted to climate variability and to mitigate climate impacts. Homeowner education from pesticides to disaster preparedness. Medical/dental Nutritional Strategic goal: Advance our nation’s ability to achieve global food security and fight hunger General nutrition education, healthy food choices Spiritual Psychological Family Science, Child Development Parenting, Aging/caregiving Behavioral Enhance youth and family development, Financial education, CYFAR programs focus on youth and families at risk. Social Youth development (4-H) Strengthen educational capacity to prepare the next generation of scientists, agricultural producers, and educators. Relationships, parenting
  15. 15. An excellent reference for understanding military acronyms is the DoD Dictionary of Military Terms available at . Another widely used site is . For a hard cover resource, consult Dictionary of Military Abbreviations written by Polmar, Warren, and Wertheim, and published by the Naval Institute Press (118 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21402). Other Lingo
  16. 16. I am a member of Cooperative Extension, which has always had a close relationship with America’s military. How do we prepare?  Learn the lingo  Embrace the role  Assemble your tools  Locate your audience  Go! Embrace the Role
  17. 17. New York State Military Installations New York State Cooperative Extension Locations
  18. 18. 19 Ok, so what is my role?
  19. 19. Encourage Participation in Local Community Programs Extension personnel can notify military personnel, including installation commanders, family/community service center directors, public affairs officers, and other appropriate personnel of local program initiatives. Military personnel can then notify others of the availability of Extension educational programs. Military personnel often participate in Extension education activities as a result of public notification in newspaper, radio, and television announcements, as well as newsletters. Examples of special activities include special interest meetings, workshops, seminars, leader training sessions, and home study courses. Military personnel are notified, invited, and welcomed to participate in the programming activities on the same basis as other citizens within the local community.
  20. 20. Consultation Extension may agree to provide a faculty member to share expertise for an ongoing program on a military installation. Extension and the military installation may agree to conduct a workshop for installation personnel, train military volunteer leaders, or a similar activity designed especially for a specific need of the installation. In this model, the military installation may work with Extension to purchase the educational resources and staff time. In some instances, the training may be provided with only a charge for educational materials.
  21. 21. Sharing Resource Materials Military personnel working with families are often interested in utilizing Extension educational resource materials such as publications and audio visuals. Installations can purchase materials in the same manner as other clients who desire multiple copies. Most Extension publications and materials have a set price. Some Extension resource materials, such as trainer manuals, usually require a session(s) to obtain the materials. Trainings may be held on or off the installation depending on circumstances and needs.
  22. 22. Delivering Special Programs Some military installations partner with Extension to locate one or more Extension professionals part‐time or full‐time on an installation to provide educational programs for military personnel and families. These long‐term projects require cooperative planning. In most cases, a charge will be made for the customized program. CCE Jefferson County has a successful model of this at work. What about Camp Smith, West Point, Watervliet Arsenal, and the Air National Guard Bases?
  23. 23. Opportunities for Collaboration Common concerns of the military community include readiness and retention of service members in military units, quality child care, and the employability of military spouses. It is widely accepted in military circles that a service member's overall satisfaction with military service is directly related to his or her perception that the needs of the family are being met.
  24. 24. 25 In many respects, the needs of military families and youth are no different than those experienced by their civilian counterparts. However, there are unique considerations inherent in a military lifestyle. Deployment, the fluctuating family support associated with geographic dispersion, and the implications of military service, intensify common lifestyle concerns for military families. • 4‐H Youth Development • Child Care and School‐Age Care Programs • Family Caregiving • Family Financial Readiness • Family Life Education • Family Member Employment • Food Safety and Food Security • Home Care, Maintenance and Energy Use • Nutrition and Health • Volunteer Development I can see my role being to conduct these kinds of programs for military families and veterans…
  25. 25. How do we prepare?  Learn the lingo  Embrace the role  Assemble your tools  Locate your audience  Go! Assemble your TOOLS!
  26. 26. • The CCE Veterans and Military Families Focal Area will serve as both a “clearinghouse” for information about existing extension programs and an “incubator” for the development of new and expanded extension programing for veterans and military families in New York. • In this sense, we will guard and grow an expanding collection, or library, of evidence-based, gold-standard extension education and outreach programs targeting the nearly 40,000 service members and military families in New York State. Introducing the CCE Veterans & Military Families Focal Area
  27. 27. CCE Veterans & Military Families Focal Area MFLN USDA/DoD Asst. Director Veterans, Military Families & Disaster Education Cornell Cooperative Extension VetMilFam PWT Veterans & Military Families Focal Area DNR/CALS Bronfenbrenner/CHE CALS CHECCE ASSOCIATIONS Small Farms Prog./CALS
  28. 28. More Tools – The Military Families Learning Network The Military Families Learning Networks invites military family service providers and Cooperative Extension professionals to online professional development opportunities where they can exchange experiences, resources, and research to enhance professional impact and professional growth. Well developed Concentration Areas: Community Capacity Building Family Development Family Transitions Military Caregiving Network Literacy Nutrition and Wellness Personal Finance
  29. 29. More Tools- MFLN Web and Social Media Earn a certificate of completion and/or continuing education credits. Certificates of completion for many MFLN webinars, learning events, courses, and even some podcasts. Learn how to obtain a certificate of completion, as well as professional associations accreditations, such as NASW CEUs, Fincert, AFCPE, to name a few. Find for-credit and on-demand courses you can take today at Attend upcoming webinars. Find the latest listing of all MFLN upcoming webinars. View each webinar event listing for more details on registration, webinar location links, certificates of completion, and supporting resources to view and/or download. Engage via the MFLN Blog. Join MFLN beyond the webinar. Read stories and experiences shared by other practitioners supporting military families. Get the backstory behind the topic. Listen to interviews with expert speakers, and review key insights captured in webinar discussions. Connect with us via social media. Connect with the Military Families Learning Network to learn about the wide array of professional development topics MFLN offers or learn about more specific areas of interest with one of our concentration area teams today! Listen to audio and podcasts. Connect with our concentration area teams to find audio casts on topics such as mindfulness, military families in transitions, and ways professional can support military families during times of transitions, stress, and crisis. Get the inside scoop from the experts, military families, and practitioners like you! Read or subscribe to the MFLN Network News to hear about the latest network updates and current professional development offerings.
  30. 30. More Tools - Training Fundamentals of Community Capacity Building Module 1 (45-60 minutes) – Community Action & Change Module 2 (25-35 minutes) – Becoming a Community Capacity Building Organization Module 3 (40-60 minutes) – Results- Focused Planning Advanced Community Capacity Building Module 4 (40-60 minutes) – Community Assessment Module 5 (30-45 minutes) – Strengthening Formal Systems Through Collaboration Module 6 (25-40 minutes) – Mobilizing Informal Networks Module 7 (20-40 minutes) – Engaging Military Leaders Module 8 (20-35 minutes) – Monitoring Results and Activities Module 9 (25-40 minutes) – Sustaining Desired Results
  31. 31. More Tools – CCE Web and Social Media @CCEMilFamVet @ccemilitary
  32. 32. How do we prepare?  Learn the lingo  Embrace the role  Assemble your tools  Locate your audience  Go! Locate Your Audience?
  33. 33. 35 Farmer-to-farmer learning groups for veterans to gather, prioritize educational goals, learn from each other, and develop mentoring relationships with other farms and organizations available to support their goals. In addition to these learning groups, these regional networks may also gather for more intensive day long trainings, farm tours, or field days. If you are interested in being involved in in your region please contact the leader for that region: Western NY – email Lynn Bliven Northern NY – email Catherine Moore Eastern NY – email Leora Barish Southern NY – email Laura Biasillo Central NY – email Dean Koyanagi
  34. 34. Utilize Keith and the Growing CCE VetMilFam Network • Liaison to USDA/NIFA Military Families & Vets program; program and grant opportunities • Training opportunities • High visibility/high impact programs
  35. 35. Lets Go! How do we prepare?  Learn the lingo  Embrace the role  Assemble your tools  Locate your audience  Go!
  36. 36. 38 Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly! Crawl – Take the Community Capacity Training; join the listserv, learn about veterans & military families in your county Walk – Get involved with MFLN webinars, blogs, and social media; reach out to local veteran groups Run – Work with FARM OPS to host training; work with Keith to explore options Fly - Be relevant, visible, and viable in your communities!
  37. 37. VETMILFAM Program Work Team – HIRING!
  38. 38. “Be Relevant…” (Julie Suarez) Will it be REMEMBERED as RELEVANT & RELIABLE? Is it EVIDENCE –BASED? (Empirical)? Is it VISIBLE & VIABLE? Is it VALUABLE?
  39. 39. Thank you!