2005 Seed Grants

2005 Seed Grants

DramaTies: Drama in Education Training

DramaTies StudentsDramaTies has been developed in discussion with a number of OSU educators wishing to use drama activities for curriculum enhancement. It is intended as a weekend in-service program for after-school club and youth leaders; the project's main objectives are 1) to identify how drama strategies may be applied as part of teaching and learning of traditional subjects, and 2) to teach after-school club and youth leaders to run drama in education workshops confidently and effectively. As part of the ongoing outreach and engagement work in the Department of Theatre, we wish to use DramaTies to develop a service-learning course for advanced undergraduates, in consultation with OSU Extension educators. We will conduct a Zoomerang survey to enable OSU Theatre to design its course to serve the needs of local groups working with youth. The goal of this course would be to enable advanced undergraduates to develop skills as community arts workers responsive to community needs and issues.

This grant was submitted by Valerie Kaneko Lucas, OSU Department of Theatre and OSU Extension Specialist, the Arts and Lesley Ferris, OSU Department of Theatre


The Marion County Community Health Education Program

Health FairThis grant provided several health care and health education activities in the Marion County Community. Over 300 senior citizens participated in a health fair, conducted in October 2005, that included a flu shot clinic, health education presentations, health screening tests, and outreach by vendors of local health and social services of interest to senior citizens. Health literacy education for Latino mothers was provided in October 2005 and repeated in April 2006. In November 2005, a lead testing and education event was held at the Marion County Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) site. Although any child could be served, the event was targeted at Latino children. Services provided were blood lead testing of 38 children age 0-3 years, lead/lead poisoning health education for parents and families, and interpreting. The grant provided funding support for activities and health information booths by the Marion City and the Marion County Health Departments at the Stand for Children Festival in April 2006, at which health information was provided to families of the children (over 200) that attended. In April-May 2006, a course on Tactical Spanish for Health Care Providers was conducted for 10 staff members from local health and human service agencies and the public, using grant funding for the educatory and texts. Additional texts were donated to the community for use in the next scheduled Spanish class. A class on Culture Awareness was conducted in April 2006 for 45 staff members from local health and human services agencies in the community. Continuing education units were provided for nurses through the OSU College of Nursing and for Social Workers through the OSU College of Social Work. An African American Health fair that was held in May 2006 served over 100 attendees.

The final health event was a Latino health outreach event in June 2006, at which funding was provided for education materials and immunizations for adult members of the Latino community who did not have health insurance. Service learning was incorporated into grant activities through cultural assessments of local health and human service agencies, conducted by students from the OSU College of Nursing. The following organizations that were members of the project’s Community Advisory Committee also actively participated in one or more of the project’s health activities: Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance of Marion Ohio, Marion City Health Department, Marion County Health Department, Marion General Hospital, Marion Senior Center, Marion WIC, Ohio State University Marion, St. Mary Church, Stay Well Marion. In additional to the primary funding from OSU CARES, additional funding was provided by the OSU College of Nursing, American Legion Post 584, Marion Family Moose Center No. 889, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7201, and the Marion Rotary Foundation. The sustainability of the grant is reflected in the formation of networking opportunities and collaborative relationships that to date have resulted in funded grant proposals for: a comprehensive 2006 Marion County Community Assessment; hearing & vision screening for preschool children in Marion; a survey of hearing and vision providers regarding current practices and barriers to conducting hearing and vision screening; comprehensive organizational assessments of both Marion City and Marion County Health Departments.

This grant was submitted by Rosemary Chaudry, OSU College of Nursing and Mary Longo, OSU Extension, Marion County


Choice Food Pantry: Community Feedback, Improvement and Dissemination

Food Pantry BagPerceptions and attitudes on challenges, advantages and limitations of the transition from a traditional food pantry setting to a choice food pantry system were examined through focus groups on administrators, staff, volunteers and customers of food pantries in Ohio. Perceptions of customers were examined separately with English and non-English speaking population groups. Transcripts were analyzed separately by researchers to identify and compare emerging themes. Emerging themes were confronted against each other, and themes were compared among the four focus groups to identify convergences and divergences. Choice food pantries are perceived as a more dignifying way of proving food to poor families. This system generates less waste, and allows a better and more dynamic interaction among the different actors. The “Rainbow Colors” system used to help customers to choose their foods relates to the new dietary guidelines and in MyPyramid. Therefore, choice food pantries offered a great opportunity to provide customers with nutrition education classes. Nevertheless, providing of a more varied food supply represents a big challenge for the pantries. Scholar products of this study are being generated as oral and poster presentations for local and national meetings, as well as one manuscript for a national scientific journal in nutrition. Research questions to be responded related to the differential impact of choice food pantries when compared to traditional food pantry settings.

This grant was submitted by Hugo Melgar-Quinonez, OSU Department of Human Nutrition, Maria Lambea, OSU Department of Human Nutrition; Ana Zubieta, OSU Department of Human Nutrition; Dan Remley, OSU Extension, Butler County and Chris Taylor, OSU School of Allied Medical Professions


Building Integrated Clusters and Entrepreneurial Networks as a Regional Economic Development Strategy in Rural Ohio

Entrepreneur on PhoneFourteen workshops and training sessions were conducted to inform Extension Community Development Educators, entrepreneurs, economic development professionals, chamber of commerce executives and small business assistance providers regarding the availability of the Go Big Network to electronically assist in connecting resources to rural entrepreneurs. From all the workshops, nearly a hundred providers of services to entrepreneurs were linked to the Go Big Network and now have the network as a resource to use in their service delivery. Fisher Center for Entrepreneurship was able to connect additional private sector resource providers to the Go Big network of suppliers of services. Extension Educators and local small business providers also increased their awareness of high growth entrepreneurs who have creative ways of developing resources to assist them in succeeding. In addition, because of the presentation at NACDEP, two state Extension offices, West Virginia and Illinois, contacted the entrepreneur who developed the Go Big Network to discuss specific applications in their states. Finally, the knowledge gained by the Extension Team in delivering this program has led to a $108,000 United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant (USDA) to assist two rural Ohio communities in developing entrepreneur-friendly communities including application of Go Big Network approach.

Facilities at the Fisher College of Business were used for two of the workshops conducted. Assistance from Fisher Center for Entrepreneurship was instrumental in helping Extension faculty better understand the need that high growth entrepreneurs have for support from community service providers. This gain of new knowledge was important to the development of the curriculum for the successfully funded USDA grant. Extension faculty were also helpful in increasing the knowledge of Fisher Center for Entrepreneurship regarding the breadth of local community service providers available to entrepreneurs. The OSU Extension Sustainable Development Center plans to continue to use resources and knowledge gained from this Integrated Clusters and Entrepreneurial Networks for furthering Extension’s Initiative in Building Human and Social Capital for the Knowledge Economy. Activities include; use of the Go Big Network and knowledge gained about entrepreneurs’ needs to build curriculum for delivery of the USDA RCDI to Carrollton and Gallipolis; inclusion of Go Big Network as a resource link on the Sustainable Development Web Page; and applied research regarding Extension linking an entrepreneur-based international electronic community to strengthen delivery of services to entrepreneurs and service providers. See entrepreneurship.osu.edu/resources/ and sustainabledevelopment.osu.edu/.

This grant was submitted by Bill Grunkemeyer, OSU Extension Center at Wooster, S. Michael Camp, OSU Fisher College of Business and Myra Moss, OSU Extension Center at Lima


The Power of Ayuda Técnica: Transforming Ohio Nursery Industry Hispanic Employees and Families through Technical Training

Ayuda TecnicaThe Hispanic workforce is a key component of today's U.S. nursery industry. However, the educational needs of this population have not been addressed. Maintaining a stable workforce is one of the issues for Ohio's nursery owners. The purposes of "The power of technical help" was to measure the impact of a bilingual educational program, containing instruction in horticulture and instruction in life skills, in a Hispanic population - investigating which type of training is more important to the stabilization of the Hispanic family. To achieve these objectives, during summers 2005 and 2006, an on-site bilingual educational program for Hispanic employees was implemented in seven Ohio nurseries (four in the north and three in the south). Two tests: Rosenberg Self Esteem (RSS) and Index of Family Relationship (IFR) were conducted on the participants before and after the program. An evaluation of the courses was also included. All the participants received the Horticulture trainings (basic anatomy and plant development, pruning and nutrition in woody plants); but only half of the participants received the social skills contents (meeting you and your family's needs in the U.S., social support in your community, and communication). The results from the 2005 season showed an improvement in the family relationships, measured by the IFR test, for the participants who received the social skills contents. The results from the RSS test did not show differences before and after the program for the two groups (with and without the social skills training). The data from the 2006 season is available once analyzed. See: basicgreen.osu.edu

This grant was submitted by Hannah Mathers, OSU Department of Horticulture & Crop Science, Donna Long, OSU Spanish and Portuguese Department and James Chatfield, OSU Extension NE District