Wellness in Tough Times


ATTRIBUTION
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Table of Contents
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MEET THE TEAM
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Soni Cochran
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Susan Harris
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Kayla Hinrichs
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Kerry Elsen
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Michelle Krehbiel, Ph.D.
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Julien Hoffman
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Brandy VanDeWalle
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Acknowledgements
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INTRODUCTION
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Outreach Highlights
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Lessons Learned
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Part One: Collaborating with Communities
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Choosing Pilot Locations for the Wellness in Tough Times Project
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Lessons Learned
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Community Advocates Are the Key to Success
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Lessons Learned
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Part Two: Needs Assessment and Evaluation
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Husker Harvest Days Survey
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Lessons Learned
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Community-Informed Research for Improving the Delivery of Virtual Resources Promoting Wellness and Stress Management
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Insights
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Insight
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Insight
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Insight
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Insights
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Reference
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Lessons Learned
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Extension Foundation Health and Wellness Survey
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Lessons Learned
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Assessing Mental and Physical Health-Related Quality of Life Issues in Rural Communities Following a Natural Disaster
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Need
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Research
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Data Analysis and Results
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Demographics of Participants
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Survey Results
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Interview Results
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Recommendations
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Table 1. Closed-ended Survey Responses
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Table 1 (continued). Closed-ended Survey Responses
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Table 2. Interview Themes
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References
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Internal Assessment—Nebraska Extension
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Survey Findings
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Lessons Learned
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Connect Extension Chat
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Lessons Learned
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Part Three: Programming
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“Communicating With Farmers Under Stress”
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Lessons Learned
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Neighbor-to-Neighbor Initiative
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Program Example
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Lessons Learned
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Wellness in Tough Times Inspires Outreach Projects in Australia
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Greg Mills
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Chloe Hoy
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Catherine Pattison
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Julie Ward
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Lessons Learned
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Resources
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Part Four: Community Projects
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Community-led Projects Supported by Wellness in Tough Times
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Featured Community Project Stories
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Lessons Learned
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Read for Resilience: Books for Young Children
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Storybooks and Storybook Guides Donated to Rural Libraries
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Little Free Libraries for Communities
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Lessons Learned
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“Start the Conversation” Bingo
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Top three “Start the Conversation” Bingo Activities
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Lessons Learned
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Neighbor-to-Neighbor Quarterly Newsletter
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Part Five: Media and Storytelling
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“Start the Conversation” Bulletins
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Lesson Learned
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“Nebraska Extension Cares” Resource Cards
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Lessons Learned
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Public Service Announcements
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Lessons Learned
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Podcasts
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Lessons Learned
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Videos
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Lessons Learned
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Press Releases
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Lessons Learned
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The Importance of Storytelling
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Part Six: Conclusion
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Lessons Learned
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Part Seven: Wellness in Tough Times Project Rationale Statement
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