In this issue

  • The Planning Wheel
  • Annual Extension Conference
  • Bucks for Charity
  • Healthy Team News
  • In the News
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • New Personnel
  • Events and more...




DHS Update

EHE News

Chow Line

Family Fundamentals


Resource Links


CFAES Brand Templates

Dining with Diabetes




Extension Calendar


Grants and Contracts

Live Smart Ohio

Ohio 4-H Center

Outreach and Engagement

Policy and Procedures

Real Money. Real World.


Successful Co-Parenting

Universal Design

Contact Us

eCONNECTION accepts news and events relevant to FCS. Publication dates are the second/third Wednesday of each month. The news submission deadline is the Monday before publication date. Submit Info


Shopping online with a smart phone? Never enter credit card information using public Wi-Fi systems. Disable Wi-Fi in your settings and use your carrier’s network, plus make sure you have a secure link – https:// in the URL. Also, credit cards are safer than debit cards for online purchases.




Pat Bebo, Interim FCS Assistant Director


HEAL MAPPS Community Involvement

FCS is utilizing the HEAL MAPPS engagement process to document attributes of the community environment that are perceived by residents to be supportive or inhibitive of healthy lifestyles. This Community involvement process accesses local resources and readiness to implement community‐level strategies to address healthy food access and food insecurity among children and families. Ohio HEAL MAPPS Program Supervisor Dan Remley and coordinators Karima Samadi and Glennon Sweeney, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, are currently overseeing this HEAL MAPPS assessment in suburban West Chester. Read more...

Making The Family Life Education Framework Approachable: The Planning Wheel

During the November 2 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) conference, FCS colleagues Patrice Powers-Barker, Katie LaPlant, Carmen Irving and Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins hosted a session on the Family Life Education (FLE) Framework. They presented a Planning Wheel infographic and FLE Framework infographic that are designed to complement, not replace, NCFR's current FLE Framework materials. They share the value and content of the conceptual model in a way that professionals, like FCS Educators as well as other Extension colleagues, can easily access, view, and implement FLE methodology in their daily work.

2016 Extension Annual Conference

The 2016 Extension Annual Conference, Investing for Impact, is December 6-7 at the Ohio Union. For updated conference information, visit

Bucks for Charity

The OSU Bucks for Charity 2016 drive wraps up on November 30. Join me in this important partnership between Ohio State and its surrounding communities. Bucks for Charity help support the work and programs of central Ohio environmental, health, and human services charities.

Individuals may support preferred charities through one-time contributions (cash or check) or through payroll deduction pledges. Please review the Bucks for Charity Resource Guide for information about participating federations and their respective member agencies at


Pat Brinkman, Fayette County Extension Educator, received the ESP North Central Region’s Mid-Career Service Award at the 2016 National Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference on October 25 in Cape May, New Jersey.

Pat Holmes, Montgomery County educator, was invited by SAGE Publications to author an article on grandparent roles for a three-volume early childhood reference text. Published: August 17, 2016: Patricia Hazelwood Holmes “Grandparent Roles” for the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education 3-volume reference text. Hardcover ISBN 978148334357 and Electronic ISBN 9781506353180

Pat Holmes, Montgomery County educator, was invited to co-author a journal article  (with faculty from University of Kentucky and University of South Dakota). Published: July 25, 2016: Kahl, Dan, Emery, Mary, and Holmes, Patricia. Community Coaching: Insight into an Emerging Practice. Community Development Society Journal. Spring 2016 Issue 20, pages 49-55.

FCS Healthy Team News

Healthy People Update

  • TAP Resources for successfully implementing the Training Achievement Program (TAP) in your counties is available in an open-access BuckeyeBox at
  • TAP Exam Dates from across the counties are now listed on the public FCS website underneath Food Safety -> Training Achievement Program
  • Dining with Diabetes In-Service: January 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham DR, Grove City, 43123. Kick-off the new year with training on how to implement the new, National Dining with Diabetes curriculum! This In-Service will cover the National DWD Curriculum, how to schedule & prepare for the curriculum, how to use the new evaluation tools, and more! Contact Shari Gallup (gallup.1) for more info.
  • Contact Stacey Baker (baker.782) for details on Healthy People.

Healthy Finances Update

  • Contact Amanda Woods (woods.485) for details regarding Healthy Finances.

In the News

Jenny Lobb, Franklin County Extension Educator, was featured in a WSYX-6 news story regarding an upcoming restaurant and possible dietary concerns. Details at abc6onyourside.

Caezilia Loibl, state specialist for family financial management, presented her research on effective interventions to reduce consumer indebtedness at an annual press conference of the German credit reporting agency, Creditreform Boniversum, on November 10. The press conference announced the publication of the 2016 DebtorMap Germany, to which she contributed an essay. Her presentation was covered in national newspapers and she conducted a TV interview for the television channel RTL.


Pat Brinkman, Fayette County Extension Educator, article, Million Hearts: Key to Collaboration to Reduce Heart Disease (JOE ID 15075IAW), was published in the Journal of Extension (JOE)

Irene Hatsu, state specialist for food security, was quoted in CFAES Chow Line: ‘Tis the Season for Sweet Treats (November 18, 2016).

Sanja Ilic, state specialist for food safety, was quoted in CFAES Chow Line:Focus on Safety with Prep for Holiday Meal (November 4 2016).

Jenny Lobb, Franklin County Extension Educator, and Carol Smathers, field specialist for youth nutrition and wellness, coauthor the toolkit "Mobilizing Rural Communities to Prevent Childhood Obesity" as part of a multi-state, multi-disciplinary research project. The toolkit is available for download at It is the last item on the page.

Kate Shumaker, Holmes County extension educator, was quoted in the December Columbus Parent magazine, Keep Food Bills in Check. While gift giving can take a big chunk of your budget, food costs can be a secret budget-buster. Read more...

Carol Smathers, field specialist for youth nutrition and wellness, was quoted in CFAES Chow Line: Healthy Eating: The Gift that Keeps on Giving (November 22, 2016).

Personnel Comings and Goings

Recent hires. Mollie Alter, EFNEP program assistant, Franklin County; Jennifer Angelotta, SNAP-Ed program assistant, Cuyahoga County; Stacey Baker, FCS Healthy Relationships program specialist, state office: Campbell Hall; Shajuana Boyer, SNAP-Ed program assistant, Cuyahoga County; James Hardy, SNAP-Ed program assistant, Highland County; Heather Reister, FCS extension educator, Butler County; Cassandra Spaeth, FCS program coordinator, state office: Campbell Hall.

Recent FCS Fact Sheet Publications

Making Fruit Leather,
Preparing a Net Worth Statement,

Video Spotlight

During this traditional season of gratitude, CFAES wishes to thank its donors for their generosity during 2016, a year that saw the successful completion of the But For Ohio State campaign. View this video or search for others at

Upcoming Events

All Extension Annual Conference

Dining with Diabetes In-Service

  • February 23, Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Details: gallup.1


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