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February 2014


The Road Map to Military Resources, A Guide to Missouri Resources for Military Service Members and Their Families continues to be disseminated across the state. This resource was developed in partnership with the MO Department of Health and Senior Services, MO National Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, MO AgrAbility Project, MO Veterans Commission, MO Association of Veterans Organizations, and MO Behavioral Health Alliance. Support was provided in part by grant #H21MC06740 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Karen and Willard participated in the Ext ANR/ASM third Friday Adobe Connect meeting with campus-based agricultural systems management faculty and statewide regional extension faculty. The purpose of this meeting is for campus and regional faculty to share information about current projects and provide updates about upcoming programs and research activities.

AgrAbility staff members Maureen Cunningham, director, Brain Injury Association of Missouri and Jon Sabala, veterans services director, Department of Mental Health attended the face-to-face MOBHA Alliance meeting. The mission of the MOBHA is to make effective, culturally sensitive behavioral health services accessible to service members, veterans, and their families by establishing strategies to raise awareness, increase availability, improve communication, and promote prevention. Alliance members include Army OneSource, Missouri Veterans Commission, Missouri AgrAbility Project, Missouri National Guard, Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations, Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Missouri Coalition of Mental Health Centers, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Department of Mental Health, Truman Medical Center Office of Psychological Services, and University of Missouri-Kansas City.

During the month of December 2013, AgrAbility staff (Extension and nonprofit): were involved with several national committee teleconferences, including Networking, Evaluation, Marketing, and Back Impairment, attended the NTW Virtual Conference, presented six Movin' On After Cancer programs, provided two mental health initiatives for MO Veteran beginner farmers and ranchers, and participated in the Women in Agriculture Work: Are They Different webinar.

The Arthritis Online Toolkit includes the basic building blocks needed to create a personal approach to managing arthritis and related conditions, including osteoporosis and fibromyalgia, at home. The toolkit includes the Arthritis Helpbook, exercise & relaxation CDs, and information packets that encourage goal-setting and action-planning. The toolkits can be checked out for six weeks. The course is self-taught. For information about the Arthritis Toolkit, contact Amber Phelps, Central Missouri Regional Arthritis Center coordinator, at 573-882-8097.

Submitted by Karen Funkenbusch