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Breakout 1

2:40 p.m., October 28, 2020, Breakout Session 1

MyChoice Food Pantries: Tools, Resources, and Virtual Tour
Dan Remley and Jon Gladden
Moderators: Melissa Hoppes and ShaLise Simmons

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 984 7860 3204
Password: 897678

The MyChoice food pantry model aims to promote the health and food security of pantry clients by allowing them to choose items from each food group so they can provide a balanced diet for themselves and their families. MyChoice is designed to increase the interaction between food pantry volunteers, staff and clients, and to foster relationship building. In addition, staff and volunteers are trained to effectively engage with clients and promote nutrition within the pantry.

In this session, participants will learn about the MyChoice Toolkit and Scorecard to support pantries who wish to transition to MyChoice. The Toolkit offers step-by-step instructions to help food pantries transition to MyChoice. It also helps food pantry volunteers learn to be Voices for Food Ambassadors — trained champions for nutrition in their homes, food pantries, and communities. The MyChoice Pantry Scorecard serves to assess the baseline environment, progress and initiate goal setting when transitioning to MyChoice.

Session participants will practice using the scorecard within a virtual 360 degree food pantry and engage in several Ambassador training activities that relate to cultural competency and motivational interviewing.

Mental Health Needs for Aging Adults
Roseanne Scammahorn and Lorrissa Dunfee
Moderators: Deetra Huntington and Jared Morrison

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 910 6891 5308
Password: JaredFCS

The goal of our 30-minute presentation is to bring awareness of the mental health needs of the aging adult population. With this awareness, we hope to empower our fellow Educators to feel more comfortable working with older adults who experience mental health issues. The four most common mental illnesses, the signs and symptoms, and avenues to guide those in need to the resources available for treatment will be shared. With the onset of COVID-19, the National Center for Health Statistics, based on Pulse Survey data from May 5, 2020 (July 21, 2020), 18.6%, (20.1%) of adults over the age of 60, in the U.S. had symptoms of anxiety disorder,15.5%, (17.1%) had symptoms of depressive disorder, and 22.8%, (23.8%) had symptoms of one or both disorders. For Ohioans, our rates are 32.8% anxiety disorder, 24.9% depressive disorder, and 37.1% symptoms of one or both as of July 21st. This indicates that awareness and support are vital to the overall health of our communities. Right now is the time to break the stigma on mental illness to help ourselves and our neighbors become more resilient during this time of change.

The presentation will use polling questions to engage participants and to highlight key points. A video will be shared to highlight how to start the conversation of mental health with friends and family. Lastly, we will break out into small groups to facilitate discussion on how we are currently raising awareness of mental illness. Participants will also brainstorm ways we can continue to shed light on mental health issues in our communities. Ideas for partnerships will be shared and community mental health resources will be provided.

Utilizing Somatic Awareness to Adapt, Change and Embrace Difficult Conversations
Laura Stanton and Whitney Gherman
Moderators: Stacey Baker and Amanda Rysz

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 947 7036 8151
Password: 602505

Have you ever found yourself in a difficult conversation and you notice your heart starts beating faster? You feel your throat constricting? Your face turns red? Tears begin to sting your eyes. These are all signs of a somatic response. Your body has its own form of knowledge and it senses uncomfortable and potentially unsafe territory. What can you do? One option is to avoid these conversations. But avoidance causes your body to store up unnecessary energy and prevents growth from taking place.

What if you had the ability to lengthen the time between stimulus and response? What if you could experience difficult conversations as learning opportunities? With somatic awareness, you can approach difficult conversations with a settled state of being.

Somatic awareness occurs when a person acknowledges their own self within their environment and identifies psychological, physiological, and social factors that promote healing and self-regulation. This skill can be utilized in all types of settings and is especially helpful in personal and professional pursuits that tend to focus on challenging and stressful topics. Educators will find this information particularly relevant when teaching about trauma, mindfulness, oppression, mental health, racism, and other difficult conversations.

By attending the interactive workshop, Extension professionals will understand somatic awareness, as well as gain shared language and practices to stay engaged through tense moments on a difficult topic. In addition, you will also leave with resources and techniques for practicing somatic awareness in your personal and professional lives.

Nearpod- Feel near when we are far apart
Emily Marrison
Moderators: Bridget Britton and Amanda Woods

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 971 8352 8843
Password: 551006

One challenge of online teaching is keeping participants engaged. Nearpod is a platform for teaching engagement that offers a level of free programming to increase engagement. There are many features including matching "memory" card games, interactive drawing on screen, create slides or upload slides created in other platforms (like Power Point), and group message boards. During this workshop participants will experience several of these tools and also get a behind the scenes look at how to create them. Nearpod is a new way to change things up for an educator who is looking to move beyond Zoom. It takes time to learn new tools and platforms, but Nearpod is a fairly intuitive program without a lot of complicated options. The presenter has utilized Nearpod to teach an Onboarding session for new employees, a session for Healthy Finances In-Service, and during an Extension Advisory Committee meeting. Put another tool in your online teaching toolbox with Nearpod!

Cooking Online Matters
Lisa Barlage, Denise Scharfetter, Debra Calvin, Johnna Miller and Jenna Haaser
Moderators: Susan Shickley and Amy Meehan

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 933 3398 5478
Password: 156711

The Ross County Team will share how they converted their popular Cooking Matters series from an in-person class to online within a month. This group has completed four of these series in the last 5 months with adults of all ages, young families, and even those in addiction recovery.

During this Workshop, the team will use guided discussion to cover the Cooking Matters curriculum through: Nutrition, Food Budgeting, Food Safety, and Food Preparation. They will share how participant interaction is encouraged through the Zoom Chat function, Live discussion, and Weekly Homework in their online series.

The Team will describe how Online Ross County participants receive a grocery gift cards for completing weekly assignments that they must email include “preparing a recipe, $10 grocery shopping cart, menu planning, food label comparison, and safer food preparation methods.” Extension staff have found that participants are actively engaged and are following through with more practice/exploration of Cooking Matters content than prior in-person series.

Evaluation of Ross County online Cooking Matters is conducted through mail and online Qualtrics surveys. Cooking Matters participants also receive Celebrate Your Plate incentives through the mail and pick up graduation incentives by drive-up at the conclusion of each series. During the Workshop Extension staff will brainstorm together additional ideas to evaluate classes or collect impacts to share with supervisors and funders. The Team has started offering Monthly Check In Classes for Online Cooking Matters Graduates. 100% of Online participants who start a series, have completed!

Discussion of the assistance that Jenna Haaser, Extension Cooking Matters Coordinator, can provide will be included in this Workshop.

Join the Ross County Team to discuss how you can take your Cooking Matters series Online too!

Beyond Bias-Extension of the Keynote
Brooke Cartus and Karen Hewitt
Moderator: Amy Kohmetscher

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 952 8636 0484
Password: 51732

This session will be an interactive extension of the keynote address from the morning, focusing on how to understand, challenge, and disrupt bias.