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Family & Community Development Webinars

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The 2021-2022 webinar series includes:


Campus & Community Partnerships for Family and Community Development

Presenter: Tony Michael, Professor, Program Director, WVU Extension Family and Community Development

WVU Extension's Family and Community Development engages a variety of public and private partners across the state to foster strong and vibrant communities through its five sub-units: 

  1. Community Resource and Economic Development
  2. Families and Health
  3. Institute for Labor Studies and Research
  4. Safety and Health Extension
  5. Fire Service Extension. 
WVU Extension experts understand how all of these dynamic pieces fit together to form a thriving West Virginia with strong local leadership.


Partnerships for Diabetes Education 

Presenter(s): Ami Cook, Associate Professor, Clay/Braxton County Agent; Gwen Crum, Assistant Professor, Wood County Agent; David Roberts, Assistant Professor, Lincoln County Agent

WVU Extension Families and Heath developed the Nationally adopted Dining with Diabetes Program to educate and support individuals diagnosed with diabetes and their caregivers. According to the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, roughly one in eight people in our state has diabetes. 

WVU Extension works to mobilize the resources of our land-grant institution to prevent and manage the impact of this disease on our state and its people. This session will share information on existing initiatives and partnerships and will also serve as a forum for discussing potential collaborations across campus. 


Safety and Health 4-H Camp Assessment

March 14, 2022 - 1-2 p.m. 

Presenters: Amanda Mason, Assistant Professor WVU Extension Specialist – Safety and Health; Brandon Takacs, Associate Professor; NRC WVU OSHA ITIEC Director; Mark Fullen, Professor, Director – Safety and Health

WVU Extension Family and Community Development experts developed an assessment tool to aid 4-H camps in identifying safety and health risks. All 4-H camps received a request for an optional, free visit and data from these visits was returned to them in the form of an assessment report. Information from the collective reports is being used to:

  1. develop a database of all WV 4-H camp locations;
  2. compile a tool to aid local Extension Agents in identifying common risks; and
  3. to identify camps that can accommodate campers with special accessibility needs.


Fire Safety and How to Survive a House Fire
April 11, 2022 - 1-2 p.m. 

Presenter: Mark Lambert, Extension Fire Service Director

Did you know that in WV you are three times more likely to die in a house fire? Do you know the causes of most fires? Learn from WVU Extension Fire Service professionals simple things you can do to survive a fire in most settings and how to make you home fire safe. After the talk, ask questions of trained professionals about fire and fire survival.


Mon Forest Towns – Partnerships for Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development
April 25, 2022 - 1-2 p.m.

Presenters: Daniel Eades, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist in Rural Economics; Doug Arbogast, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist in Rural Tourism Development

The outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in spending and supports 7.6 million direct American jobs. Outdoor recreation is a growing and diverse economic super sector that is a vital cornerstone of successful communities that cannot be ignored, yet, many rural communities lack the capacity and resources needed to successfully support and capitalize on the recreation economy. Learn how the West Virginia University Rural Tourism Design Team’s (RTDT) transdisciplinary approach to community tourism development in the Monongahela National Forest is successfully engaging communities, creating synergies between researchers and research outputs, enhancing relationships among and between faculty members and the community, and improving communication and trust in the tourism development process.


Institute for Labor Studies and Research (ILSR)
May 2, 2022 - 1-2 p.m.

Presenter: Sam White, Professor, Institute for Labor Studies and Research

The constituents of ILSR include business, labor, and joint labor-management organizations at the local, regional, and national levels. These organizations drive the content of the program’s work based on the mutual definition of needs. Faculty areas of expertise include labor relations, grievance administration, leadership development, communications, safety and health, public policy, labor history, and the building and construction industry. This session will highlight some of the current initiates, campus partnerships, and possibilities for future collaborations.