In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Thanks to those of you participating locally to meet county educational needs around promoting vaccination and containment and assuring collaboration with county partners. In her Feb. 9 e-mail, Anita shared that we are growing a collection of sharable resources and toolkits, many in multiple languages, available on our COVID-19 internal resources page. Public-facing information is also curated on the OSU Extension COVID-19 page (and displayed in other places throughout our site).

Here are some more ideas for you:

  • The vaccine rollout
    • Older adults are joining the eligibility ranks. The 80+ group joined two weeks ago, 70+ this week. All 65+ will be eligible by the first week in March. This rollout has come with some confusion. State health officials have asked for patience as more than 700,000 seniors age 65 and older become eligible for vaccines over the next four weeks. See the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Health Talking Points below.
    • Consider reaching out to other groups you work with, volunteers, for example, who can extend our reach particularly to harder-to-reach populations. You might use this letter written by Lauren Kraemer to her StrongWomen and StrongPeople groups as an example for how you might engage other groups.
  • Subscribe to OHA COVID-19 Health Talking Points.
    • OHA updates these frequently and it’s a great way to stay on top of this changing landscape.
    • This week’s update talking points provides information about how to schedule appointments by phone, though we acknowledge that getting through is difficult.
  • Know your audience
    • Select and adapt as needed materials appropriate to the audience and their needs and concerns – language, literacy level, organizational vs individual, any specific-vaccine related concerns.
  • Messaging tips

Evidence suggests that it is best to focus on the positive reasons for getting vaccinated and to avoid restating misinformation or “myths.”  For examples, refer to this resource.

You’re Invited: Extension Employee Listening Sessions in March!

Join one or more of these Zoom sessions to learn about current efforts, and provide input in three key areas to help shape Extension’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals. These focus areas have been developed over the past year, based on your feedback and institutional priorities:

  • Session 1: People: Building capacity and supporting professional development
    March 10, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
  • Session 2: Work Environment: Creating and sustaining an inclusive organizational culture
    March 11, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register
  • Session 3: Expanding access to Extension programs and services
    March 17, 2021, 3-4:30 p.m., register

Past and current participants of the Diversity Champion program are invited to sign up to volunteer as facilitators and/or note takers for breakout group activities during the sessions. Anyone who is unable to attend, or wishes to share feedback anonymously, may do so any time using this form.

Quarterly Conversation

The February Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

  • Welcome and Recognition (Bright Spot and Director’s Coins: 1:29) – Anita Azarenko
  • IT Strategy and Commitment to Link Oregon/Broadband (6:07) – Andrea Ballinger
  • Leadership Update, including status of Vice Provost and 4-H program leader searches, vaccine education update and legislative update (29:08) – Anita, Roberta Riportella, Marion Ceraso
  • DEI: Engaging Diverse Communities across the State (57:45) – Allison Davis-White Eyes
  • Farm to School (1:16:46) – Michelle Markesteyn

A PDF of the Presentation Slides are available for download.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for the next two weeks are:

Friday, March 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8832, Post-Harvest Soil Nitrate Testing for Manured Cropping Systems West of the Cascades
Dan M. Sullivan, Craig G. Cogger, Andy I. Bary, Shabtai Bittman, Linda J. Brewer
Revised. Describes the use of postharvest soil nitrate testing as a tool for assessing nitrogen management in manured cropping systems west of the Cascades.

EM 9314, Year-round Field Identification of Common Northern Great Basin Grasses
Lori Ziegenhagen, Vanessa Schroeder
New. This guide provides detailed identification information for common grass species found throughout the northern Great Basin. Many of these grasses are found throughout the Great Basin. Several can be found throughout the West.

PNW 751, Pollinators in Canola in the Inland Pacific Northwest
Rachel L. Olsson, Karen Sowers, Dr. David W. Crowder
New. Canola grown in the Pacific Northwest is a great food source for bees: bees then pollinate the canola, increasing overall canola yields.

Extension News Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These storoes were published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn how to ensure your content meets accessibility standards and the needs of all members of your audience. The recording (appx. 30 minutes) of our webinar “How content authors can improve digital accessibility” is now available.

The main takeaways from this session are:

  • Write content using plain language
  • Make sure text alternatives are available for all multimedia
  • Use the new Digital Content Accessibility Checklist to ensure your content is designed and formatted correctly to be compatible with assistive technology

The Extension Communications Web and Content Strategy team is happy to talk with you about digital accessibility. Please use our support ticket form if you have any questions or would like advice or assistance.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and to submit Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Race in America Discussion Series: “Navigating While Black and Bi/Multi-Racial”: Hosted by OSU’s Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. This iteration of the series will focus on Black and Bi/Multi-Racial identity and the challenges those individuals face within and outside of the Black community. Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/98946191744?pwd=YTlBbXRlL01za1liLzhqSVpwQ0p6Zz09 Password: BLM21

OSU Changemakers webcast: Empowering farmworkers and working Latinx families
Mobilizing communities is what Laura Galindo, ’17, does best. She’s former director of communications and strategic partnerships at PCUN, one of Oregon’s longest standing Latinx-led organizations, and her impact reaches statewide. Learn about her career spent advocating at the intersection of immigration, undocumented workers’ rights and electoral organizing. Join a conversation with Galindo Feb. 24 at osualum.com/Changemakers, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association.

OSU study on gendered impact of COVID-19: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women’s (PCOSW) Work-Life Fit Committee would like to better understand the gendered impact of COVID-19 within OSU’s community, focused on caregiving responsibilities. Your responses will directly inform PCOSW advocacy. We are looking at the effects that the pandemic is having on people who identify as women, but we do not discount the effect it has had on all faculty and staff at OSU. Take the survey.Questions? pcosw@oregonstate.edu.

Book club reading: Join OSU’s Association of Faculty and Staff for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) for a book club reading of “How to be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi in advance of the April 14 Provosts Lecture with Kendi. Register by Feb. 24. The book club will meet every two weeks on Fridays from 3-4 p.m. beginning on Feb. 25. AFAPC encourages you to purchase books through Bookshop.org, a Black-owned business or through a local business like Grass Roots & Music or the Book Bin. The e-book is also available through the OSU Libraries for a 3-day loan period. For questions, contact mealoha.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu.

DEI In the News

Mudbone Grown reimagines Black farming in Oregon (OPB)
Moved by the dream that they could revive their families’ farming roots and raise their kids in a more rural setting, the couple quit their jobs and enrolled in Oregon State University’s Beginning Urban Farming Apprenticeship Program to learn market farming.

Extension in the News

Mudbone Grown reimagines Black farming in Oregon
OPB
Moved by the dream that they could revive their families’ farming roots and raise their kids in a more rural setting, the couple quit their jobs and enrolled in Oregon State University Extension’s Beginning Urban Farming Apprenticeship Program to learn market farming.

Fraught scene over discarded food at Fred Meyer highlights hunger, challenges of distribution in storm
The Oregonian
Joy Waite-Cusic, an Oregon State University professor of food safety systems and Extension specialist, said Fred Meyer could have opened itself up to litigation if people consumed food the store threw away and then got sick.

Oregon hazelnut orchards sustain severe ice damage
Capital Press
Damage was sustained throughout the Willamette Valley but it’s too early to tell how it will affect the region’s overall hazelnut output, said Nik Wiman, an Extension specialist in orchard crops at Oregon State University.

Innovative harvesting system developed for the blueberry industry
hortidaily
New harvesting technology developed by Wei Qiang Yang, associate professor and berry Extension agent for Oregon State University Extension Service, could reduce the average cost of harvesting fresh blueberries from more than $12,000 to $3,000 an acre.

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