Four of our Michigan State University Extension educators from the Health and Nutrition Institute were recently honored with the invitation to join national teams, led by the Extension and Experiment Station committees on organization and policy. These committees act as the representative leadership and governing body of Cooperative Extension, and they provide guidance to issues affecting it. Cathy Newkirk was invited to serve on the national Health Literacy Action Team, Holly Tiret was invited to serve on the national Response Team for Positive Youth Development for Health Action Team, Linda Cronk was invited to serve on the Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Action Team and Sarah Eichberger was invited to serve on the Health Policy Issues Education Action Team.
Former MSU Extension director Maggie Bethel nominated them to take on these critical roles, and it was a large honor for them to be selected.
On their respective teams, Cathy, Linda and Sarah will work to connect with the broad-based effort “Healthy Food Systems, Healthy People” and, more importantly, make a difference for the individuals, families and communities Extension serves. The response team on which Holly was invited to serve will help respond to the ideas, materials and opportunities developed by the other action teams. These teams plan to position the research, Extension and academic programs functions of our universities for critical action against the health issues at hand.
Dawn Contreras, director of the Health and Nutrition Institute, reported that the process was very competitive. She noted that 11 out of the 12 states in the North Central Region nominated people for these committees, so Cathy, Linda, Holly and Sarah deserve a round of applause. Congratulations to our staff on this honor!