142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Cooperative extension and nursing: A partnership to build healthy communities

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Stephanie Woodcox, MPH, CHES , Purdue Extension, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Pamela Aaltonen, RN, MS, PhDc , School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Sandra Kuebler, MS, RN, PhDc , School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Susan Fisher, RN , School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Kathleen Schafer, DNP, MSN, RNC, NP , School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Renee McKee, Ph.D , Purdue Extension, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Background: Founded 100 years ago to increase farm productivity, Cooperative Extension programs today have a boarder scope, educating communities using research-based information on topics such health, economics, community development, and youth development. Community needs drive efforts of Purdue Extension and over time those needs are increasingly related to health.

Description: Extension created a formal partnership with the Purdue School of Nursing by hiring a Health and Wellness Specialist to engage faculty in Extension initiatives to share their expertise and research with Extension educators and communities. Through this partnership, the Health and Wellness Specialist connected 4-H Youth Development, one program area of Purdue Extension, with Nursing faculty and students who will work to review and update the health curriculum utilized by all 4-H community clubs across the state of Indiana. In 2013, 4,522 youth ages were enrolled in the health project through their 4-H club. With faculty oversight, senior nursing students will review and update nearly 100 lessons of the health curriculum for students ages 10-19 on the following six wellness factors: physical, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and environmental.

Lessons Learned: In addition to a revitalized health curriculum, nursing students recognized a powerful partner in Extension for moving the health of communities forward across the country. Students are eager for real-world experience and application of their work.

Implications: This project demonstrates a unique partnership between Extension and a school of nursing to promote wellness across the state with expert input while using minimal resources.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify a collaboration model applicable to schools of nursing and extension services. Discuss the use of community-oriented nursing students to develop educational materials for a 4-H health curriculum.

Keyword(s): Nurses/Nursing, Community-Based Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I hold positions within Cooperative Extension and the School of Nursing and work closely with faculty and staff in these areas as they complete work on the project as described in the abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.