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Fall into Resiliency | October Extension Conference 2023


Do you know where you and your programs fit in the CAHNRS Resilient Washington Initiative?

Help us create a Washington which is able to navigate the unpredictable and pivot the unexpected with:

  • A qualified, adaptable workforce;​
  • Strong stewardship of natural resources;​
  • Unparalleled access to healthy food; and​
  • Thriving communities, families, and individuals.

Join us at the October Extension Conference to learn more about the growing effort and how to strengthen the work you are already doing and expand your knowledge. Our goal is to give you interesting, inspiring information from keynote speakers via technology, with locally facilitated discussions about how it might be useful to your program or community.

We will be dispersed throughout the state at these seven locations:

Everett   |   Pullman   |   Puyallup   |   Spokane   |   Prosser   |   Vancouver   |   Wenatchee

Please watch this site for updates.

Wednesday, October 4

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Welcome and Setting the Stage

Wendy Powers, Cashup Davis Family Endowed Dean
College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University

Building and Funding a Resilient and Inclusive Extension

Vicki McCracken, Associate Dean and Director of Extension
College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University

Community Capitals Framework (CCF)

Mary Emery, Director
Rural Prosperity Nebraska

This presentation will focus on the Community Capitals Framework (CCF), which is a useful tool for analyzing community strength and strategically engaging to help build community resilience.

Resilient Community Health

Elizabeth Weybright
Associate Professor, WSU Human Development

Nate Weed
Chief of Resilience, Department of Health

Amy Meredith
Speech and Hearing Sciences, WSU Health Sciences

Building on our 2020 Extension meeting to explore Health as a component of resilience within the structure of CCF.


Thursday, October 5

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Visioning for a Greener Future: Climate Resiliency

Since last year’s All Extension Conference, the Clark County Extension office has been examining how to support healthy and resilient communities in the face of climate change. This session will highlight a pilot activity which both Clark and Snohomish County Extension have used to help identify current and future program efforts to address climate impacts and explore cross-program synergy.

Attendees will work in teams, both within their program areas and across other programs, to understand where a variety of climate factors align with their Extension work. This activity can be replicated in Tribal/county offices, R&E Centers, academic departments, or organizational units to help them incorporate more climate forward programming.

What is your Public Value and how does it connect with the CAHNRS resiliency model?

Katherine Webb-Martinez
Director, Program Planning and Evaluation
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

This session will be foundational to the upcoming series of Program Planning and Evaluation workshops. Future sessions will include Conducting a Needs Assessment, Practical Methods to Measuring Outcomes and Strong Impact Writing.