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Case Study on the Effective Use of Web-Based Platforms to Distribute Food Safety Information during Two Crisis Events in 2020
Presenters: Stephanie Brown, Joy Waite-Cusic, and Jovana Kovacevic
The Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety is one of four U.S. regional centers that supports food safety-related training efforts in 15 states/territories in the Western U.S. When the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire disasters occurred, food safety resources specific for these events were needed. We created two webpages (COVID resources and Wildfire resources) addressing these topics. Webpages were promoted on social media and through university extension networks. As of October 6th, 2020, there were 4,257 COVID-19 and 416 wildfire pageviews. Analytics data from these websites will help us improve messaging and dissemination of food safety information in future crisis situations.
Developing Educational Tools to Teach Frontline Nursery Workers about Boxwood Blight Basics and Prevention Best Management Practices
Presenters: Luisa Santamaria and Maria Marlin
Nursery and greenhouse products are Oregon’s top commodity, generating $955,166,000 in sales for 2019. However, pathogens and pests are always a concern for growers in this industry. Threatening species, whether domestic or exotic, pose risks to crop production. A current threatening disease is boxwood blight, caused by Calonectria pseudonaviculata. In 2016, the Healthy Plants and Bilingual Education program started to support the ODA Boxwood Cleanliness program by developing bilingual factsheets. There is a continual need to develop material that is in an easy and accessible format for nursery workers. Current and future publications, workshops, and outreach activities will be presented.
Expert Conveners: A new model of community development in Extension
Presenters: Becky Munn and Emily Henry
Community engagement requires a new model of Cooperative Extension, with an emphasis on shared creation of knowledge and university-community relationships. We will share Oregon State University Extension’s newest program, Open Campus, as a model of community development through engagement, partnership, and an expert team of community conveners and relationship-builders.
Presenters: Debera Warnock, Wallowa County 4-H & FCH Agent and Ann Bloom, Wallowa County SNAP Ed EPA
Providing youth in grades K-4 with hands-on activities during COVID kept them connected with 4-H and allowed them to enjoy some fun activities. Older youth helped design the activities, prepared videos, and encouraged members to be active!
Keep Fresh Produce Safe! Overcoming Language Barriers in Food Safety Education
Presenters: Maria Marlin and Luisa Santamaria
The implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (which includes standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption) has created a continuous demand for training in good agricultural practices and food safety awareness. However, language can be a barrier to accomplishing effective education. The Healthy Plants and Bilingual Education Program at OSU’s North Willamette Research & Extension Center share their efforts to overcome this barrier by creating easily-accessible bilingual training material. Results and discussion of our first-ever virtual “Train the Trainer” Food Workshops will also be presented.
Latinx Needs Assessment: Linn and Benton Counties
Presenters: Diana Camacho-Figueroa, Latinx/EFNEP Educational Program Assistant 2, Linn and Benton Counties, Tina Dodge, MPH, Family and Community Health, Linn and Benton Counties, and Carolyn Ashton, 4-H Youth Development, Benton County
A needs assessment was conducted to inform the work plan for a newly developed Linn-Benton Latinx position. This poster will share findings from 34 key-informant interviews with community members and partners to determine opportunities between Oregon State University Extension Service programming and the Latinx community in Linn and Benton Counties.
Probing Web Analytics to Measure Increase in Home Food Preservation Interest During the COVID Pandemic
Presenters: Jeanne Brandt, Teresa Crowley, Denise Fennell, Glenda Hyde, Nellie Oehler, Kelly Streit, Caryn Wheeler, Joy Waite-Cusic, Lauren Kraemer
COVID-19 has bolstered consumer interest in food preservation following the surge of COVID gardens. The primary consumer-initiated interactions are through the OSU Extension Topics and Program web pages, the Food Safety and Preservation Hotline, and Ask-an-Expert. In 2020 (March-October), there were 16,000+ page views by 6,680 unique visitors, 1,062 hotline calls, and close to 500 Ask-an-Expert responses. This represents a 15% increase in page views and a 26% increase in unique users of food preservation resources, an 80% increase in calls to the hotline, and a 180% increase in Ask-an-Expert responses compared to 2019. Social media and YouTube activity have also increased dramatically.
Seed to Supper @Home: Intro Garden Course for Low-Income Families Goes Online
Presenters: Elizabeth Records
The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener Program, in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank, offers Seed to Supper, a free, comprehensive beginning gardening course. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our volunteers had to cancel several in-person Seed to Supper courses. Led by volunteers with professional experience using online delivery, a cohort of Master Gardeners launched Seed to Supper@Home. This course was taught over Zoom and utilized learning objectives from the in-person course. The course was attended online by 22 students and was well received by students and partners at Oregon Food Bank. Recordings can be viewed here.
SNAP-Ed Capitalizes on Partnership with Statewide Virtual Pilot Program
Presenters: Katie Ahern and the SNAP-Ed Team
Oregon SNAP-Ed was invited by the Oregon Food Bank to participate in a state-wide virtual single-session Cooking Matters pilot program. These one-time sessions included an online format and facilitation of at-home cooking. The target audience were families with children ages 0 to 5. Educators partner with early care/education facilities, public housing, and food assistance sites. Lessons ranged from Feeding in the First Year: Beyond Baby Food to Making Recipes Work for You: Your Family, Your Choice. Five units delivered 25 virtual lessons to 94 participants over a three-month period.
The Results are In! Cascadia Sessions are a Success
Presenters: Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, and Marc Braverman
The online learning system for the Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event features disaster education using engaging strategies for teens and adult learners. It was launched as a pilot in mid-March, 2020. To encourage awareness and preparedness, viewers watch sessions with narrated slides or read the text-only format. A mega-quake simulation can be viewed in video or virtual reality. This simulation also serves as the backdrop for a learning articulate. Supporting videos and disaster preparedness resources are woven through the program. Pilot participants reported an increase in Cascadia action steps that can lead to better resiliency and quicker recovery.
Virtual Programming- Nutrition in Spanish Supports Families
Presenters: Maureen Quinn Lores, Joyce Senior Angulo, and Matilde Rodriguez Ortiz
Virtual programming is harder for those who lack technology access, time to learn new skills or time to take on a new activity. However, the potential support for families in isolation is real, as is the hopeful, enthusiastic answering of the question “WHAT is for dinner today, and can I do it with the help of these children?!” The Expanded Food and Nutrition Program supported Spanish-language programming that let parents view their education whenever, then join together for follow-up conversation and cooking demonstration with the option to cook along at home with the kids.