Lots of planning has been going on behind the scenes to prepare for all of the events coming up in the next few weeks. Meetings, site visits, phone calls, emails galore! You name it, it's all been happening – all so that we can bring the following events to you. Hope to see YOU there!
BUT FIRST, AN IMPORTANT REMINDER: County Administrators and Extension Faculty, your interviews should be wrapping up by the week of October 18th so you can present the information collected at the upcoming Extension Retreat.
Public Listening Sessions:
* 10/14 (Thursday). In-Person on Kauaʻi at the Extension Classroom. 9:30am-11:30am or 5:30pm-7:30pm. Contact Glenn Evans at email@example.com.
* 10/15 (Friday). In-Person in Hilo at the Komohana Research Station. 9:00am-11am or 1:30pm-3:30pm. Contact Michael Shintaku at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 10/18 (Monday). In-Person on Oʻahu at Leeward Community College, ED201. 9am-11am or 1:00pm-3:00pm. Contact Jari Sugano at email@example.com.
To accommodate for COVID restrictions, County Administrators have sent out invitations to potential interested parties. If you know anyone who might be interested to join, please contact the County Administrator to pass on the contact information.
Other Scheduled Events:
* 10/13 Wed. Virtual Permanent Staff Listening Session, 8:00am-10am
* 10/19 Tue. Virtual Permanent Staff Listening Session, 1:30pm-3:30pm
* 10/20 Wed. In-Person Permanent Faculty Listening Session on Oʻahu at Gilmore Hall, 9am-11am or 1:30pm-3:30pm
* 10/21 Thu. In-Person Extension Retreat at Pearl City Urban Garden Center. time TBD
To accommodate for COVID restrictions, invitations were sent out to all permanent faculty and staff to RSVP as space per session is limited.
The award-winning Children’s Healthy Living (CHL) program just got a booster shot, to the tune of $10M. With this game-changing grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Program, CHL will create a ‘Food Systems Model’ that will identify the drivers of resiliency in food supply chains, and promote them throughout the Pacific Basin.
The five-year, project will start by developing a ‘systems dynamics,’ transdisciplinary, multilevel food and nutrition security resiliency model, explains P.I. Rachel Novotny of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences. Using this model, the researchers will provide graduate training to future leaders in the region in food and nutrition security model development. Additionally, they will incorporate the model’s key results and tools into community programs, including online access to simulation tools to guide change in multilevel systems.
“Our goals are to increase food and nutrition security, diet quality, and healthy body size among children,” she says. “Long-term, we aim to help prevent chronic disease in households and communities across the U.S.-affiliated Pacific insular area, which includes Alaska, Hawaiʻi, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. The findings and tools will also help guide education and Extension programs.”
Rachel adds, “This grant will help provide the data needed to guide policies so that Pacific food systems can assure the health of children, and thus a healthy future.”
Read the full grant.