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Webinar on “Delivering Extension Programs to the City” now online

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news-tiffany2-inpostJennifer Tiffany, executive director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension's NYC (CUCE-NYC') programs and the BCTR's director of outreach and community engagement presented a webinar on urban extension as part of the Smith-Lever Centennial Webinar Series sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The April 7th webinar, Delivering Extension Programs to the City, discussed CUCE-NYC's programs and program strategies as a case study. The webinar is now available online here.

Over 80% of the U.S. population lives in urban areas, making effective urban extension programs an essential element of cooperative extension’s work. New and innovative programs that benefit city dwellers also benefit cooperative extension as a system by engaging highly diverse urban residents as staff members, collaborators, and program participants, and by creating opportunities for community-informed research and innovation.

Eighty-five individuals and groups from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii joined the presentation, along with attendees on site at NIFA's offices in Washington, DC. The webinar was organized by NIFA program leader Marty Draper and hosted by NIFA program specialist Ahlishia Shipley, who noted:

Extension plays a critical role engaging communities, forming essential partnerships, and addressing issues unique to urban populations and environments through research-based programs and resources.


 Delivering Extension Programs to the City - webinar recording

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TRIPLL announces webinar series on pain management

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news-tripll-logo-inpostThe BCTR's Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is offering a series of webinars on pain management, pain care, and pain disparities. The webinars are free, but registration is required for each. Please contact Marcus Warmington at Weill Cornell Medical College for more information and to register. Further information can also be found on the TRIPLL web site.

TRIPLL is an academic-community collaboration among investigators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell-Ithaca, Columbia University Mailman School of Public, the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), and the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc. TRIPLL is also allied with the Weill Clinical and Translational Science Center (an NIH-funded CTSA) and the Weill Center for Research Excellence in Health Disparities.

The full schedule of talks:

February 24 | 3:00-4:00PM
Quality Pain Care for Older Adults: Progress & Future Directions
Keela Herr, PhD, RN; Co-Director, John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of Iowa College of Nursing
Assuring quality pain care to older adults regardless of setting is a goal for most clinicians and researchers. This TRIPLL webinar will describe the current state of pain care for older adults, including prevalence of untreated pain and key challenges to quality pain care in older adults. Progress toward improving pain practices in older adults will be highlighted discussing current efforts and future research and clinical directions.

March 24 | 3:00-4:00PM
Management of Osteoarthritis in Older Adults: The Rheumatologist's Perspective
Una Makris, MD; Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of musculoskeletal related pain; it is highly prevalent in older adults, leads to significant morbidity and related costs. The objectives for this webinar presentation are to 1) briefly review the epidemiology of osteoarthritis, 2) review non- pharmacological and pharmacological management of osteoarthritis, and 3) review surgical referral when appropriate. This presentation will focus on hand, knee, hip, and generalized osteoarthritis.

April 28 | 3:00-4:00PM
The Problem & Consequences of Multisite Pain in Older Adults
Suzanne Leveille, PhD; PhD Program Director and Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Department of Nursing
This webinar will review the current evidence about the problem of multisite musculoskeletal pain in older persons. Consequences of chronic pain include loss of mobility, reduce ability to perform daily activities, and risk for falls. By the end of the seminar, participants will understand the scope of the problem of pain, how elders are managing their pain in general, and functional difficulties elders experience as a result of living with chronic pain.

May 19 | 3:00-4:00PM
Identifying the Continuum of Contextual Factors Contributing to Pain Disparities
Tamara Baker, PhD; Associate Professor, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
Disparities in the management of pain is often described at the peripheral level, thus only highlighting descriptives that differences occur. There are, however a myriad of social and cultural issues that not only describe these differences, but more importantly, define why such disparities occur and continue to exist. This webinar will define how cultural, social, and societal issues contribute to inequities in pain management among diverse populations (beyond just race). Understanding pain disparities from a life course (historical) perspective will be addressed, while highlighting current initiatives designed to ensure equal treatment for all.

June 23 | 2:00-3:00PM
Treating Chronic Refractory Pain in Older Adults: What are the issues?
Cary Reid, MD, PhD; Director of TRIPLL, Irving Sherwood Wright Associate Professor and Director of the Office of Geriatric Research in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College

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Elliott Smith presents to the Child Welfare Information Gateway

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On March 30, Elliott Smith, Associate Director of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect gave a webinar to the staff of the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Like the Data Archive, the Gateway is a service of the Children's Bureau in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to "connect professionals and the general public to timely, essential information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families." The Gateway frequently refers researchers, graduate students, and child welfare professionals to the Archive. During the webinar, Dr. Smith gave an overview of the Data Archive, including a description of its services, an explanation of what secondary analysis is, and the datasets that the Archive distributes most frequently to the research community.

Overview of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect


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