In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Thanks to those of you already sharing educational materials or your time at vaccination clinics, and those still considering ways that we in Extension can respond to local needs while supporting public health and other community partners to increase vaccine uptake and speed us all toward recovery from the pandemic. This connection between education and actual distribution of vaccines is critical.

We’d like to make you aware of the following updated resources available to you:

COVID-19 topic page

  • CDC has issued new safety protocol guidance for those who are fully vaccinated. It has been added to the COVID-19 top page under Health and Well-Being.

Here is some more information and ideas for you:

  • A new process for Portland metro area appointments for adults 65 and older.
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine
    • The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Feb. 27. About 34,000 doses were delivered to Oregon the week of March 1.
    • The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has concluded that “the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Biotech) COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for use in the Western States.” The workgroup, composed of nationally acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunizations and public health, has been independently reviewing the safety and efficacy of all FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines, and previously approved the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines late last year.
    • The vaccine requires regular refrigeration, and a single dose makes wider distribution possible in shorter timeframe.
  • The CDC has a new resource, “Finding Credible Vaccine Information.”

Reminders from previous weeks’ updates:

  • 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.
  • From the CDC Vaccinate with Confidence Campaign, Six Ways to Help Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence.
  1. Encourage leaders in your family, community, or organizations to be vaccine champions.
  2. Have discussions about COVID-19 vaccines where people can openly discuss their views and ask questions.
  3. Share key messagesthrough multiple channels that people trust and that promote action.
  4. Help educate people about COVID-19 vaccines, how they are developed and monitored for safety, and how individuals can talk to others about the vaccines.
  5. Learn more about finding credible vaccine information. When you come across COVID-19 information, cross-check with CDC.gov and learn how to respond to misinformation you encounter.
  6. When vaccine is offered to you, make visibleyour decision to get vaccinated and celebrate it!

Recently we encouraged that you could 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.

  • 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.

New Training Resources

New OSU Training Portal on MyOregonState.com

The home page of each employee’s MyOregonState dashboard now features an OSU training portal, where faculty and staff can discover information about internal training resources that showcase the excellent work of OSU colleagues and departments. These resources span a range of topics related to academics and teaching; diversity, equity and inclusion; social justice; supervision and management; web and computing skills; compliance matters, and many others.

New online learning library pilot

OSU is collaborating with LinkedIn Learning to provide external online learning resources to the entire OSU community, including faculty, staff, graduate assistants and students, as a pilot program during 2021. LinkedIn Learning provides on-demand access to thousands of video-based courses on a wide variety of professional and personal development topics, with content developed, vetted and produced to meet specific quality standards.

First Monday Update

In case you missed it: Forty percent of Oregon’s family forests are managed, or co-managed, by women. The Women Owning Woodlands Network (WOWNet) provides participatory, hands-on peer learning to build technical skills and knowledge for its members. See the complete blog here.

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:

Thursday, March 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

Thursday, March 18 @ 10:00 am: How to get better search results for your web content

Register for the Ecampus Faculty Forum

On May 4-5, the 14th annual Ecampus Faculty Forum is in a virtual format, please share this information with your appropriate department members and encourage them to register today.

The Faculty Forum is a great opportunity for faculty, staff and administrators to engage in discussions about Oregon State’s online teaching excellence, innovative teaching methods and faculty experiences in online course development.

On both May 4 and 5, a half-day series of events will begin via Zoom at 12 p.m. PT. Breakout panel presentations will cover the following topics:

  • Lab work in the online classroom
  • Fostering inclusivity through student success initiatives
  • Applied learning opportunities
  • How to generate enriching discussions online
  • Establishing your presence while teaching at a distance

You can view the complete agenda on the Ecampus website.

This year’s keynote speaker is Thomas J. Tobin, the program area director for distance teaching and learning on the Learning Design, Development and Innovation team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through six key takeaways, Tom will share how faculty can observe, assess and strengthen their own online teaching practices in the moment of teaching itself.

Please add this exciting professional development event to your calendar and encourage those in your department to attend online this spring.

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1613, A Pocket Guide to Common Natural Enemies of Nursery Crops and Garden Pests in the Pacific Northwest
Melissa Scherr, Robin Rosetta, Lloyd Nackley
Revised. Learn how to identify some common insects that prey on garden pests. See what they look like at various life stages, and learn how to encourage beneficial insects in your garden or nursery. Print this pocket guide on letter-size paper and cut pages as indicated to make a booklet.

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 stories 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

Extension serves as the hub for Walk with Ease in Oregon. In addition to supporting in-person programming, they work with PACE to offer a self-guided virtual program.

“As soon as a person is registered, an email is triggered and the program begins completely on their schedule,” says Allison Harris, Walk with Ease Program Coordinator.

This triggered email after registration is thanks to a constituent relationship management (CRM) system that PACE currently uses. Extension will soon have similar automation for program emails through the Salesforce CRM.

“It really helps us be set up to serve more participants,” says Allison. “We actually saw in 2020 a 483% increase in our participation and because of this partnership and this automation we were equipped to handle that easily.”

Learn more what this efficient process looks like and its benefits in this 10-minute webinar recording.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

TONIGHT! Oregon’s Black History: A Virtual Event and Conversation with Walidah Imarisha: Walidah Imarisha is a writer, activist, educator, and spoken word artist who will be giving a talk about Oregon’s Black History. Following her program, Imarisha will answer questions from the audience. March 9, 7 p.m. Registration is required. Link: https://beav.es/oEx.

TONIGHT! “Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change” with Vanessa Raditz: Join a free, public lecture and question and answer session with Vanessa Raditz (they/them), queer educator, activist and filmmaker, on Tuesday, March 9, 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. Registrants to this free event will also receive a link to view the collaborative documentary, “Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change,” directed by Raditz. Raditz is a queer cultural geographer, educator, and culture-shifter dedicated to community healing, opening access to land and resources and fostering a thriving local economy based on human and ecological resilience. Register here: oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BOE9dp_Sjuv0wHNM5LV6Q.

Womxn in Science Outside the Lab event: Kishana Taylor, postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, will speak as part of the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB) seminar series on “Prioritizing Intersectionality in Interdisciplinary Infectious Disease Research: Intersectional identities (and scientists) must inform how we study disease” on March 10, 4-5 p.m., via Zoom (beav.es/eecb) or YouTube: (beav.es/oSs).

DEI In the News

UO’s new institute fighting the common roots of racial and environmental injustice (OPB)
“The summer of protests for racial justice led to more frank and public discussions about Oregon’s racist history, and September’s wildfires burned 1.6 million acres, illustrating the increasing urgency of climate change. But an increasing number of academics, environmentalists and activists are asserting that these aren’t two disconnected issues; that they’re intertwined, with common roots in the same societal forces.”

The Activists Working to Remake the Food System (NY Times)
“for a number of Americans, the phrase “essential workers,” with its heroic overtones, has revealed for the first time something of the long-ignored lives of the farmers, meat processors and grocery store employees without whom there would be no food on our tables.”

Extension in the News

Safety net offered for depressed, suicidal farmers
Western Farmer-Stockman
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) – a new program from Oregon State University Extension Service – teaches farmers, ranchers and their family and friends how to interrupt the process that leads to suicide, according to Cassie Bouska, assistant professor in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.

Malheur County’s new 4-H coordinator is a ‘lifelong learner’ who has traveled to 150 countries
Argus Observer
Marti Deyo is still moving into her new position and office at the Malheur Extension Office, but on Friday was busy preparing for a planning session with local 4-H leaders.

County tables decision on funding Cyber Mill project
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Cyber Mill, according to Didgette McCracken, the Open Campus coordinator at Oregon State University Extension Office, is working under the nonprofit Grant County Digital, and the concept was presented to the court last month.

China, Russia benefit U.S. wheat growers
Capital Press
Christina Hagerty, an assistant professor of cereal pathology at Oregon State University’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, or CBARC, has taken over as the project’s principal investigator. Both the ARS and CBARC share a facility north of Pendleton.

Hobby helps Sisters man find cherished items lost by owners
The Bulletin
Todd Williver, 54, who works as a 4-H Program Coordinator for Oregon State University, was just as excited as the bride-to-be.

Sense of Place lecture features OSU Extension
Columbia Gorge News
Join Mt. Adams Institute for a virtual Sense of Place event, “The Legacy & Promise of Land Grant Universities and Oregon State University Extension in the Gorge,” March 10 at 7 p.m. on Zoom featuring Ann Harris.

Extension gives away free seeds for garden challenge
Polk Cunty Itemizer-Observer
Almost 38,000 free seed packets will be distributed by Oregon State University Extension Service to Oregonians who show no signs of losing the enthusiasm for gardening generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Definition of Free-Range Chickens
Successful Farming
Jim Hermes is a retired extension poultry specialist at Oregon State University. He says the USDA has a legal definition of free range.

Oregon gardeners, here’s your March guide to planting and planning
The Oregonian
The Oregon State University Extension Service offers monthly planners for gardeners. In March, it’s time to plan your vegetable garden and monitor soil temperatures, just to get started.

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