[] USDA Military Family Initiatives

Report
National Institute of Food
and Agriculture
Innovative Research & Extension
Programs Supporting Military
Families and Soldiers
March 2010
Overview
•
•
•
•
•
Nature of Military Family Life
Rationale for Partnership
Background
Research & Extension Programs
Questions
USDA NIFA
February 2010
2
Dr. Jill Biden, Yogi Berra, Michelle Obama, Retired US Army Captain Tony Odierno
prior to World Series Game 1, 1st Pitch, October 28, 2009
USDA NIFA
February 2010
3
The Nature of Military Life
•
•
•
•
High operational tempo
Deployment extensions
National Guard and Reserve deployments
Family isolation
– Single parent families
– Relative caregivers
– Loneliness
– Financial issues
– Increasing stress
USDA NIFA
February 2010
4
Associated Challenges
• Care of the Guard and Reserves (geographically dispersed)
• Health care, meal preparation, access, support networks,
child care, employment, affordable housing
• Military school children during transition and deployment
• Spousal / partner employment
• Child abuse/neglect, substance abuse, depression, suicide
• Wounded and Severely Injured
• Survivors
USDA NIFA
February 2010
5
Our Partners
MC&FP
NIFA
Air
Force
Cooperative
Extension
Land Grant
University
System
USDA NIFA
Army
Navy &
Marines
February 2010
6
Rationale for Partnership
• Why NIFA, the Land Grant University (LGU)
System, and the Cooperative Extension
System (CES)?
• Capacity
• Credibility
• Quality
USDA NIFA
February 2010
7
Background
• Over 2 decades of partnering,
– NIFA (formerly CSREES)
– Military Services
– Office of the Secretary
of Defense, &
– Land Grant Universities
have entered into 5-year Interagency Service Support
Agreements (ISSAs) to provide military family support
under a variety of structures
USDA NIFA
February 2010
8
How the Partnership Grew
• 1987 – Navy partnered with CES Families program
• Late 80s - Texas Extension placed educators on Army installations to
support & educate military families.
• Late 80s - Cornell Family Life Development Center conducted critical
longitudinal research & curricula for Army Community Service to use in
family support programs.
• 1994 - University of California and Texas Extension partnered to develop
Operation READY.
• 1995 – Base Realignment Quality of Life Study — Texas Extension
• 1995 - 4-H/Army Youth Development Project
• 2005 – 4-H/Air Force Youth Development Project
• 2007 – 4-H/Navy Youth Development Project
• 2009 – NIFA-Military Community & Family Policy (MCFP) Partnership
USDA NIFA
February 2010
9
Our ReachToday
USDA NIFA
February 2010
10
4-H Military Partnership
Army Child Youth & School Services
Air Force Airmen & Family Services
Navy Child & Youth Programs
NIFA – Children, Youth Families at Risk
USDA - National Institute of Food & Agriculture
4-H/Army Youth Development Project
4-H Air Force Partnership
4-H Navy Partnership
Auburn University
Kansas State University
Kansas State University
Washington State University
University of Georgia
University of Maryland
V irginia Tech
Kansas State University
Kansas State University
KSU serves as the overall lead University in the 4-H Military Partnerships. KSU awards more
than $9,000,000.00 to 52 State LGU’s that provide direct programming and support for
military children/youth through the Military 4-H Clubs and Operation: Military Kids grants.
Military 4-H Club Grants: - Funding for these grants is provided by Army, Navy, Air Force
and NIFA (CYFAR). These grants serve to establish 4-H clubs on military installations world
wide and provide 4-H opportunities to geographically dispersed military children/youth.
In 2010, 47 states, DC & Guam applied for and received grants .
Operation: Military Kids Grants: – OMK grants are funded by Army and serve all military
children/youth who experience a loved one being deployed. These grants focus on building
local support networks where these families live. In 2009 49 states and DC applied for OMK
USDA NIFA February 2010 grants.
11
Military Family Support Programs
Army Family, Morale, Welfare
& Recreation Command
Brooks AFB
Ft. Knox?
Army Installations
Fort Riley, Fort Hood,
Fort Bliss, Fort Sam
Houston, Walter Reed
USDA - National Institute
of Food & Agriculture
Cornell University
Army Family Advocacy Program
(Army Wide)
Army Integrated Family
Support Network
(Army Wide)
Kansas State University
Air Force Family Advocacy Training
Support and Research Project
(Air Force Wide)
Military Life Skills Education
Program
(Ft. Riley, Kansas)
USDA NIFA
Texas A & M University
Military Life Skills Education
Program
(Ft. Bliss, Texas)
Military Life Skills Education
Program
(Ft. Hood, Texas)
Substance Abuse Prevention
Program
(Fort Sam Houston)
Warriors in Transition
(Fort Sam Houston)
February 2010
University of Maryland
Financial Training Management
Program
(Walter Reed Army Medical
Center)
12
Extension-Military Partnership
OSD – Office of Military Child & Family Policy
USDA – National Institute of Food & Agriculture
Purdue University
Overall Partnership Leadership
Internship Program
Project Sub-Awards
Washington State University
Communications & Marketing
Kansas State University
University Passport Program
North Carolina State University
Project Y.E.S.
University of Arizona
Multi-Disciplinary Partnerships
University of Maryland
National Summit on Military Families
Ohio State University
Lab School
eXtension (U of Nebraska)
eXtension
Virginia Tech
Military Families Listening Sessions
Sub-Awards & Universities: Family Readiness Clearinghouse – Penn State, Community Capacity Building - TBD, Health Literacy Education - TBD,
Community Gardening - Cornell, Basic Meal Preparation - TBD, Training and Materials for Youth Camps – West Virginia, Youth Citizenship – U of
Minnesota, Deployment Curriculum & Resources - TBD, 4-H Out-of-School Youth Programs – Michigan State, Autism Program Review and
Support – Ohio State, Database for Child & Youth Programs Reporting – U of Georgia, Personal Worklife Skills - TBD, JFSAP Program Evaluation TBD, Heartlink & Key Spouse Program Support - TBD, Child Care centers Technical Assistance - TBD
Military Families programming examples
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Family Advocacy Program
New Parent Support Program
Army Substance Abuse Program
Financial Readiness Program
Exceptional Family Member Program
Mobilization and Deployment
Relocation Assistance Program
Employment Readiness Program
Army Family Action Program
Warriors in Transition
Survivor Outreach Services
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Resources?
USDA NIFA
February 2010
14
Research & Extension Programs
• Operation READY (Resources for Educating About
Deployment and You)
–
–
–
–
Developed following Desert Storm
University of California Riverside & Texas A&M
3rd Revision by Cornell
In use on Army installations worldwide
• Air Force Family Advocacy Research & Analysis
– Evaluating impact of deployment on spouse and child
maltreatment
– Engaging fathers in New Parent Support Program
USDA NIFA
February 2010
15
NIFA’s Focus
• Identify the inter-relationships of the current work
that supports military families & youth within NIFA.
• Raise the visibility of the work being done by
Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and partners.
• Identify current efforts that support military families
& youth (outside nationally-funded projects).
• Identify strategies to expand partnerships.
USDA NIFA
February 2010
16
USDA NIFA
February 2010
17
For more information
Brent Elrod
Program Specialist
USDA / National Institute of Food and Agriculture
202.690.3468
[email protected]
USDA NIFA
February 2010
18

similar documents