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National CommitteeDescriptionChairsAgency/UniversityEmail
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Behavior ChecklistThe Behavior Checklist workgroup will follow a process to revise the existing 10-item behavior checklist by focusing on three of five total domains: food security, physical activity, and food safety. The process will include content analysis of curriculum, development and modification of items, cognitive testing, and validity and reliability testing. Jennifer WalshUniversity of Floridajenniferwalsh@ufl.edu
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Karen FranckUniversity of Tennesseekfranck@utk.edu
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Tarana KhanClemson Universitytaranak@clemson.edu
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Food Resource ManagementThe Food Resource Management workgroup will focus on the following three tasks:
1. Conceptualize and define what Food Resource Management means to EFNEP.
2. Categorize the key food Resource management concepts that should be taught nation wide.
3. Identify both youth and adult evaluation measures for the specific concepts in conjunction with current efforts.





Kate YerxaUniversity of Maine kate.yerxa@maine.edu
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Kristopher GrimesKentucky State Universitykristopher.grimes@kysu.edu
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National Conference The National Conference Planning Committee is resposible for identifying topics of interest for the annual meeting, developing the agenda, selecting and coordinating speakers, and assisting with logistics. Committee members are selected by the National Office to represent their regions. This committee is active August through February of every year.Stephanie BlakeUSDA-NIFAsblake@nifa.usda.gov
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Janice SmileyOregon State Universityjanice.smiley@oregonstate.edu
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NC2169 – Multistate Research ProjectNC2169 Multistate Research Project plans to complete the following over the next five years:

1. Determine if the 24HDR conducted by EFNEP paraprofessionals is valid and reliable
2. Develop valid and reliable behavior checklist items that provide the best indication of nutrition and food resource management changes
3. Develop a valid and reliable Quality of Life survey instrument for participants and paraprofessionals
4. Develop a model for measuring Cost Benefit/Cost Effectiveness Analysis for EFNEP participants, families and communities
5. Develop standardized training protocols for all assessment tools including DVD’s written manuals, and online resources
Nancy BettsOklahoma State Universitynancy.betts@okstate.edu
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Garry AuldColorado State Universitygarry.auld@colostate.edu
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Paraprofessional Supervision WorkgroupThe work group will strive to answer the question: "What are the paraprofessional supervisory elements that are necessary and in what dose to have an effective EFNEP program within various contexts?".  The ultimate goal is to advance EFNEP, enhance programmatic quality and improve employee results through PS structures. Helen ChipmanUSDA-NIFAhchipman@nifa.usda.gov
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Debra SellersIowa State Universitydsellers@iastate.edu
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Policy Systems and Environmental Change (PSE) WorkgroupThis workgroup is charged with addressing and providing recommendations to more effectively report PSE work, done by professional staff, in WebNEERS. The group is reviewing the Western Region Framework, the Dietary Guidelines along with other resources to determine what we currently capture, what we want to capture, and how to capture and report the data in meaningful ways.
Katherine CasonClemson Universitykcason@clemson.edu
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Debra Garrard-FosterOklahoma State Universitydebra.greene_garrard@okstate.edu
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Technology InitiativeThe EFNEP Technology Initiative will research, assess, plan, develop and implement technology strategies that will assist with recruiting, engaging, educating and graduating EFNEP clients. The strategies will supplement but not replace the peer-to-peer hands-on teaching and role-modeling that maintains program integrity and success but will enhance the program so that it is relevant and up to date for our target audience. Jennifer McCaffreyUniversity of Illinoisjmccaffr@illinois.edu
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Lisa MartinKansas State Universityljmartin@ksu.edu
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Youth EvaluationThe objective of the Youth Evaluation Tool Committee is to design, test and implement youth evaluation tools that assess outcomes experienced by children who participate in the Youth Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). The evaluation tools are for four different age groups, i.e., grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.  The team is continuing to refine and test the evaluation surveys, and is currently working on revising the tool for grades 3-5.Audrey AdlerRutgers Universityadler@NJAES.Rutgers.edu
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Melissa MauldingPurdue Universitymmaulding@purdue.edu
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Megan NessNorth Dakota State Universitymegan.l.ness@ndsu.edu
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Regional CommitteeDescriptionPrimary ContactsAgency/UniversityEmail
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Western Region EFNEP Coordinators

Two sub groups working on training materials for paraprofessionals.
Group 1: Collecting a variety of training materials and activities and cataloging those by Core Competency. Will identify searchable repository for broad access.
Group 2: Consists of smaller groups looking at the Core Competencies under the Personal Accountability area. Will identify and/or develop training activities for  those competencies. These will be added to groups 1’s collection.
Karen BaraleWashington State Universitykbarale@wsu.edu
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Mary WilsonUniversity of Nevadawilson@unce.unr.edu
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Social Media (Southern Region)The Social Media Committee is exploring the current use of social media and the potential uses of social media in EFNEP. To date, the committee has gathered information from professionals and paraprofessionals regarding their use of social media and their perceived use of social media by participants. Additionally, some states are collecting data from EFNEP graduates on their use of social media. The committee will be preparing a policy document and social media "start up ideas" to share via the Social Media Committee blog at efnepsocialmedia.wordpress.comAustin BrooksVirginia State Universityanb1044@vt.edu
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Emily FoleyNorth Carolina State Universityemily_foley@ncsu.edu
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