Nutrition Security and Health Equity Webinar
This session features leadership remarks from Dr. Caree Cotwright, Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity at USDA, and updates from FNS programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Child Nutrition Program, and more.
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LGBTQI+ Mental Health in Agricultural Communities
Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
LGBTQI+ Mental Health in Agricultural Communities Agenda (PDF, 191 KB) (PDF, 191 KB)
LGBTQI+ Mental Health in Agricultural Communities Presentation Slides (PDF, 11.0 MB)
Tom Vilsack Remarks to USDA LGBTQI+ Mental Health in Ag Communities Virtual Workshop
The USDA Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is excited to co-host the USDA Mental Health Awareness Month Workshop series scheduled weekly beginning Tuesdays, May 9 – Tuesday, June 6 from 2-3:30pm Eastern. The workshop series convenes farmers and ranchers, technical assistance providers, local leaders, and Federal, state, and university partners to dialogue and discuss mental health challenges, and stressors, and the resources and services to address them.
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Virtual USDA Mental Health Awareness Month Workshop Series – 2023
Farm Stress and Suicide: Faith, Place, and Community Health
Tuesday, May 30, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Farm Stress and Suicide: Faith, Place, and Community Health Agenda (PDF, 125 KB)
Farm Stress and Suicide: Faith, Place, and Community Health Presentation Slides (PDF, 3.4 MB)
This session provides an overview of the USDA Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and highlights the challenges faced by many Americans during Mental Health Awareness Month. A training on farm stress, health and wellbeing will be provided by The Well Church Initiative of Texas A&M Extension, to discuss and highlight tools and resources available to faith and community-based organizations as they support their congregants and communities.
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Rural Mental Health Matters: Challenges, Opportunities & Resources for Communities cohosted by the National Association of Behavioral Health and Development Disability Directors
Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Rural Mental Health Matters Presentation Slides (PDF, 2.2 MB)
This session focuses on the resources and tools that are available in rural places, where over 60% of Americans live in mental health provider shortage areas. Speakers will examine current programs focused on giving rural and frontier communities the tools they need to thrive through creative problem solving. With perspectives rooted in rural services, behavioral health, and technology, the presentations and follow-on conversation will explore the importance of increasing the efficiency of providers in rural areas and other solutions, to challenges that rural communities face to ensure community wellbeing and economic prosperity.
Farm Stress and Suicide Prevention: Data, Challenges, and Opportunities co-hosted by the American Farm Bureau Federation
Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Farm Stress and Suicide Prevention Agenda (PDF, 157 KB)
Presentation slides (PDF, 9.3 MB)
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This session provides context for the issue of farm stress and suicide by focusing on available data, challenges, and opportunities for farm stress researchers, practitioners, and service providers. Panelists include the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, the American Farm Bureau Federation, Farm Aid, and others to discuss the state of the field and offer insights into their respective partner programs, resources, and emergent needs.
Veteran’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Workshop
Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET
Veteran's Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Workshop Agenda (PDF, 212 KB)
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Rural Veterans experience a significantly increased risk of suicide. In this workshop, you will learn how to act with care and compassion if you encounter a Veteran who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach: Socially Disadvantaged, Veteran, and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Equitable Development
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern
The meeting will focus on the Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach (FOTO) program, which is the combination of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) and the Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program). The program encourages and assists socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers (SDVFRs) and beginning farmers and ranchers (BFRs) in the ownership and operation of farms and ranches through education and training; and promote equitable participation in the agricultural programs of USDA. The call highlights best practices and innovative examples of faith and community-based organizations, technical assistance providers and intermediaries that implement both BFRDP and 2501.
Strengthening Partnerships across the Food and Healthcare System to Improve Food and Nutrition Security
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern
The program highlights best practices and innovative examples of faith and community-based organizations, technical assistance providers and intermediaries that implement nutrition incentive programs doubling the value of EBT benefits, or prescribing fruits and vegetables for redemption, at farmers markets and other retail outlets. The USDA Partnership Center is partnering with the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which administers the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Grant Program, to highlight available resources and technical assistance to support communities in starting new programs or assisting customers in using incentives.
Ensuring Healthy Food for All: Addressing Rural Food Insecurity
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
The USDA Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is hosting a meeting next week to highlight best practices and innovative examples of civic society partners addressing farm stress. The program will highlight best practices and innovative examples of faith-based organizations and civic society partners as they address rural food insecurity through innovative partnerships with food hubs and churches/houses of worship. Please contact Alex Córdova at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Flyer (PDF, 8.4 MB)
Sustainable Livelihoods and Mental Health: Strategies to Address Farm Stress
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 1:00-3:00 pm EDT
The program will highlight best practices and innovative examples of faith-based organizations, houses of worship, and civic society partners to address farm stress. The USDA Partnership Center is partnering with the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which operates the Farm Stress Ranch Assistance Network (FRSAN) grant program, to highlight the interconnections between farm stress, mental health, and sustainable livelihoods. Please see the materials for the meeting below:
Flyer (PDF, 481 KB)
Agenda (PDF, 149 KB)
Speaker Bios (PDF, 358 KB)
Presentation (PDF, 1.0 MB)
Infographic (PDF, 311 KB)
Watch USDA OPPE Farm Stress Meeting
Please contact Alex Córdova at email@example.com with any questions.
Partnerships that Foster Nutrition Security, Resilience, and Food Justice
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 1:00-3:00 PM EDT
The program will highlight best practices and innovative examples of faith-based organizations, houses of worship, and civic society partners that have focused on nutrition security, resilient food systems, and food justice. A special emphasis will be placed on capacity building, as well as the role of social capital, technical assistance, and adaptive capacity, in mitigating and alleviating challenges. Please see the materials for the meeting below:
Flyer (PDF, 4.5 MB) (PDF, 4.5 MB)
Speaker Bios (PDF, 305 KB) (PDF, 305 KB)
Please contact OPPE’s Alex Cordova at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
USDA Faith Fellowship and Food Security Virtual Convening
The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) hosted the USDA Faith Fellowship and Food Security Convening that took place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, December 15-17, 2020 from 1:00 - 4:30 PM (EST) on Zoom. The convening brought together over 130 faith-based organizations and houses of workshop to engage with peers, discuss common challenges, and hear of best practices related to food security and community food system resilience. Sessions featured dialogue and discussion around the Farmers to Families Food Box program as well as other innovative anti-hunger approaches on going throughout the country. USDA subject matter experts were on hand to explore tools and resources to build resilience at the local level.
Slides and Presentations
Day 1, Tuesday December 15
-CFOI Strategic Partner Response
Day 2, Wednesday, December 16
-Community Food Systems, Michigan State University
-Food Policy Councils, Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future (CLF)
-Federal Partner Presentations
-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)