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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stitching Together Chronic Conditions, Grand Challenges, and Plans of Work

I like to put things together. I guess that’s what quilters do. As I drove to work one day last week and heard about the new Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) report on the prevalence and cost of chronic medical conditions, these statistics really caught my attention:
  • In 2012, 35.4 percent of insured Minnesota residents had at least one diagnosed chronic condition.
  • Minnesotans with diagnosed chronic conditions accounted for 83.1 percent of all medical spending in the state in 2012, with those who had five or more chronic conditions (5.6 percent of the population) accounting for 36 percent of all medical spending.
  •  Annual per-person medical spending for Minnesotans with one or more chronic conditions was, on average, eight times higher than that of residents with no chronic condition.

Welcome to New Extension Educator

Please join us in welcoming Jessica Norman, our newest Health and Nutrition Extension educator. Jessica joined our team on January 25 and works out of the St. Cloud regional office.

Introducing Two New SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinators

Two new regional coordinators have joined the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) team: Evalyn Carbrey and Callie Recknagel. Evalyn and Callie joined us Feb. 1 and will be working in the Twin Cities metro area.

FD in the News

Here’s a roundup of regional media coverage of the wonderful work Family Development staff members are doing.

Food Charter Champion: CeAnn Klug
“My passion for food solidified when I opened my own restaurant, a small bistro in Mankato, Minnesota, which I ran for 10 years.”

New Children’s Mental Health eReview
Authors and editors across Extension centers, University departments and community organizations collaborated to define coparenting and describe how divorced, separated or never-married parents can support their children when parenting apart.

A Special Thank You from KOOTASCA Community Action
“Our families were put up to the challenge of feeding a family of four a nutritionally complete meal with just $10 and thanks to some fantastic teaching from Extension staff everyone beat the challenge!”

New nonprofit focuses on recovery from historical trauma
"Historical trauma is not only about what has happened in the past," Michaels said. "It’s still happening now."

Holidays and family traditions: It’s tough to make tough choices
Adapted from December Food Bytes by SNAP-Ed Educator Megan Janssen

Meet the Team: Communications

(For a version of this information with fewer words and more bullet points, see What We Do.)

What Does the Communications Team Do?

An effective communication strategy takes a multi-level approach. As you probably have experienced first hand, just because you've created a new curriculum or developed a new workshop, there's no guarantee it will draw customers.
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