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Title: Cathann Kress, Ph.D. Program Lead- Partnerships Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Military Community and Family Policy Office of Family Policy-Children


1
Cathann Kress, Ph.D.Program Lead-
PartnershipsOffice of the Deputy Under
Secretary of Defense Military Community and
Family PolicyOffice of Family Policy-Children
Youth
Extension-Military Partnership

2
Challenges Opportunitiesfor Military Families
3
Challenges for Military Families
  • Family isolation
  • Single parent families
  • Loneliness
  • Financial issues
  • Increasing stress
  • High operational tempo
  • Deployment extensions
  • Large Guard and Reserve population deploying
  • Health care, meal preparation, connecting to
    resources, support networks, child care, job
    losses

4
10 Key Issues for Defense State Liaison Office
  • Care of the Guard and Reserves
  • Assistance to Severely Injured Service Members
  • In-State Tuition
  • Military School Children During Transition and
    Deployment
  • Spouse Employment
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Predatory Lending
  • Voting
  • Foreign Language Requirements
  • Accessible Support for Military Families

5
Opportunities
  • Delivering correct, user-friendly information
  • Reaching Guard and Reserve families
  • Reaching geo-isolated families
  • Reaching the single service members
  • Meeting emerging expectations of new generations
  • Building a worldwide, trusted communication
    system to connect with troops and families

6
New PhilosophyHigh Touch High Tech
  • High Touch Reaching People Personally
  • High Tech Reaching People Using Technology

7
Challenges Changing Community Changing
Services
  • Delivering correct, user-friendly information
  • Reaching Guard and Reserve families
  • Reaching geo-isolated families
  • Reaching the single service members
  • Meeting emerging expectations of new generations
  • Building a worldwide, trusted communication
    system to connect with troops and families

The Right Information, at the Right Time, to
the Right People
7
8
Expanding Services
  • Each of our goals is dependent upon leveraging
    collaborations for us to be successful.

9
Mission Focused Partnership
10
Mission
  • The mission of this partnership is
  • to advance the health, well-being, and quality of
    life for military Service members, families, and
    their communities through the coordination of
    research, education and extension programs.

11
Partners
  • Military Community Family Policy, Office
    of the Secretary of Defense
  • Components
  • Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines
  • Reserve and Guard
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture,
    United States Department of Agriculture
  • Land Grant Universities
  • Cooperative Extension

12
Partners
13
Overview of Partnership
14
States Most Highly Impacted by Deployments
WA
NH
MT
ME
ND
VT
MN
OR
ID
SD
WI
MA
NY
WY
MI
RI
CT
IA
PA
NV
NE
NJ
OH
CA
IL
IN
UT
DE
CO
WV
MD
VA
KS
MO
KY
NC
TN
AZ
OK
NM
AR
SC
HI
AL
GA
MS
LA
TX
AK
FL
Legend
States with the highest rates of deployments
among all components, including Reserve Guard
California, North Carolina, Texas, Indiana,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York,
Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Minnesota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington,
Michigan, Mississippi, Alabama
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Partnership Project Lead States
WA
NH
MT
ME
ND
VT
MN
OR
ID
SD
WI
MA
NY
WY
MI
RI
CT
IA
PA
NV
NE
NJ
OH
CA
IL
IN
UT
DE
CO
WV
VA
MD
KS
MO
KY
NC
TN
AZ
OK
NM
AR
SC
HI
AL
GA
MS
LA
TX
AK
FL
Legend
Participating states includes representatives
from 1862 1890 institutions
Washington State University, University of
Arizona, University of Minnesota, University of
Nebraska, Kansas State University, Purdue
University, Ohio State University, Southern,
Cornell, Penn State University, West Virginia
State University, West Virginia University,
Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, North
Carolina State University, University of Georgia,
Michigan State University
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111 Total
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Objectives Supporting Initiatives
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Key Objectives
  • Improve community capacity to support military
    families
  • Increase professional development and workforce
    development opportunities
  • Expand and strengthen programs in family
    readiness, child development, youth development

19
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Community Capacity Building
  • TARGET Local communities and leaders
  • GOAL Build greater awareness of challenges
    faced by military families and build local
    support
  • PROGRAM EXAMPLES
  • Military Community, Family Youth Extension
    Programs
  • Communications Outreach
  • County-Based Services Directory
  • PROJECT Y.E.S.

21
Workforce Professional Development
  • TARGET Potential employees (including military
    spouses)
  • GOAL Recruit and retain talent to work in MCFP
    related fields within the military
  • PROGRAM EXAMPLES
  • Internship Program
  • Professional Development Technical Assistance
    for Children, Youth Family Programs
  • Capital Region Child Development Lab School
    System
  • University Passport Program

22
Strengthening Family, Child Youth Development
Programs
  • TARGET Military Helping Professionals
  • GOAL Enhance and strengthen programs
    particularly through research-based efforts
  • PROGRAM EXAMPLES
  • Family Readiness Clearinghouse
  • eXtension.org Military Community of Practice
  • Engaging Faculty Expertise
  • Sabbaticals, colloquia, etc.
  • Focus on program evaluation, military family
    research, program and curricula development

23
Project Examples
  • Health Literacy
  • Community Gardening
  • Youth Camping
  • Comprehensive Deployment Curriculum
  • Out-of-school youth programs
  • Autism Program Review and Support
  • Database for Child Youth Program Reporting
  • Personal Worklife Skills
  • National Summit on Military Families

24
How the Collaboration Grew
  • 1987 Navy and CES Families program
  • 1995 - 4-H/Army Youth Development Project
  • 2005 4-H/Air Force Youth Development Project
  • 2007 4-H/Navy Youth Development Project
  • 4-H built relationships with Army, Air Force,
    Navy in support of the common mission for
    positive youth development experiences for
    children and youth wherever they live.
  • 2009 NIFA-MCFP Expanded Partnership

25
By the Numbers
  • 23,769 military youth enrolled in 4-H clubs
  • 107,731 youth involved through Operation
    Military Kids
  • 101 4-H Military Club Grants awarded to states
  • 1,298 military youth development professionals
    trained
  • 95 Active Army Installations and Guard Reserve
    using Operation READY
  • 75 Extension staff working on Texas Army Bases
    (Fort Hood, Fort. Bliss, Fort Sam Houston)

26
Benefits
  • DoD Components
  • USDA, LGUs, CES
  • Engaged faculty
  • Curriculum development
  • Increased participation in
  • 4-H and family educational programs
  • New resources
  • Enhanced collaborations
  • Multi-state projects
  • High quality workforce to meet demand
  • High quality curriculum and materials
  • Faculty expertise for research, strategic
    planning, and evaluation
  • Enhanced quality and capacity to serve military
    families

26
27
MCFP Future Plans
  • Launching new Branch Unit on Partnerships within
    MCFP - led by Cathann Kress
  • Identifying opportunities to engage Land-Grant
    University faculty and staff in current and new
    DoD initiatives focusing on communities,
    families, and youth.
  • Developing strategic plan for supporting military
    families.

28
NIFA Future Plans
  • Identify the inter-relationships of the current
    work that supports military families and youth
    within NIFA.
  • Raise the visibility of the work being done by
    Cooperative Extension faculty and staff in this
    partnership.
  • Identify current efforts that support military
    families and youth, outside national funded
    projects.
  • Identify strategies to expand partnerships.

29
Related Links
  • www.extension.org
  • www.networkofcare.org
  • www.militaryonesource.com
  • www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil
  • www.defense.gov

30
Questions?
  • Cathann Kress
  • cathann.kress_at_osd.mil
  • Lisa Lauxman
  • llauxman_at_nifa.usda.gov
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