Assistant Professor Natalie Pope partners with Associate Extension Professor Amy Hosier in Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky to train Kentucky Extension agents on the Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families program developed by AARP. This program advocates five steps to help families prepare for care-giving: 1) start the conversation; 2) form your team; 3) make a plan; 4) find support; and 5) care for yourself. Using a train-the-trainer approach, social work and extension faculty conducted in-service training to teach Cooperative Extension agents “Prepare to Care” to be delivered in their respective counties. Extension publications were also created by social work faculty and students, and extension faculty, to help with programmatic planning.
Cooperative Extension Services are the outreach arm of land grant universities and has four traditional program areas: Agriculture, 4-H, Community and Economic Development, and FCS and social work as a discipline can help strengthen and support extension programming to address the emerging needs and issues of the state. The program currently has two UKCOSW students working on the project—MSW student, Ying Liu who will conduct data analysis, and PhD student, Casey Cassetty. The students co-authored the extension publications to support the program. It is anticipated that the project will run into the summer of 2017, with data analysis being conducted shortly thereafter.