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Extension Health Research in Michigan

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s footprint spans the state of Michigan. Clinical practice, research and undergraduate and graduate medical education takes place across six campuses through affiliations with local hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. When the decision was made to expand their efforts in community-based, participatory research at these community campuses, the college turned to MSU Extension. With educators based in nearly all of the state’s 83 counties and a history of being embedded in communities, MSU Extension provides the link between researchers and their potential study participants. Extension educators are also well-versed in disseminating research, another priority of the College of Human Medicine.

This session will explain how the partnership, called Extension Health Research, came to be; present an example of how it is working; and describe projects that MSU Extension educators are undertaking to prepare additional educators for research and to describe the state of Health Extension across the country. Presenters are Dr. Jeffrey Dwyer and Dr. Lee Ann Roman (invited), MSU College of Human Medicine; and Linda Cronk, Holly Tiret, Cathy Newkirk and Dr. Cheryl Eschbach, MSU Extension.  


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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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