Download a PDF of the full newsletter by clicking here.


January 2023

Important Dates

2023 NEAFCS Impact Statement Portal 
Closes February 1, 2023

Webinar: Reviewing Annual Session Proposals
February 1, 2023 @ 1:30pm ET

2023 NEAFCS Life Member Event via Zoom
March 1, 2023 @ 3pm ET

2023 NEAFCS Awards Program Application Portal
Closes March 15, 2023

2023 NEAFCS Session Call for Proposals (CFP)
Closes January 31, 2023

2023 JNEAFCS Article Deadline
April 1, 2023

NEAFCS Endowment Project Proposal Grant
Deadline: May 15, 2023

2023 Annual Session
September 11-14, 2023 - Providence, Rhode Island

2024 Annual Session
September 16-19, 2024 - Tucson, Arizona

2025 Annual Session
October 20-23, 2025 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Are you a Food Safety Educator? Work with childcare providers? If so, Michigan State University Extension’s Safe Food = Healthy Kids (SFHK) curriculum is an award-winning program available to you for educating childcare providers. This curriculum is based on the national food code as well as evidence-based recommendations from food and health organizations. SFHK includes a PowerPoint presentation, an Instructors Playbook, and supporting handouts and resources you can use for either online or in-person classes.  To find out more, visit our website, join a class, take the D2L trainer course or reach out to Kara Lynch @ 989-317-4079 or [email protected] 

The 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference (CFSEC) is the place for health, nutrition, and food safety experts to explore how to deliver effective, innovative consumer food safety education during three days of workshops and sessions. This event will bring answers and clarity to questions such as “Where and how will the next generation of food handlers get their food safety information?"

2022 Journal of NEAFCS Individual Articles Now Available!
Click the image above to view the 2022 JNEAFCS

Have Member News to share? Fill out the online form: 


President's Message
Julie Garden-Robinson (ND), NEAFCS President

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/zzH0el2HBM8 to watch this month’s President’s Message.

Bright Ideas and Suggestion Box/Prize Drawing:  https://forms.gle/Q7NrEFxPHsri2ikg7
Try This Quiz about the Coldest Days of Winter: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/columns/prairie-fare/prairie-fare-try-this-quiz-about-the-coldest-days-of-winter
Vitamin D is a Nutrient of Concern: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/columns/prairie-fare/prairie-fare-vitamin-d-is-a-nutrient-of-concern-in-winter

What YOU Need to Know NOW in NEAFCS!
National Office Staff

This feature of the newsletter highlights current reminders of member benefits, programs, and approaching deadlines to keep you in the know.  

  • January 31, 2023 - Annual Session Call for Proposals Portal closes
  • January 31, 2023 - Deadline for Annual Session Reviewer Signup
  • NEAFCS Impact Statement Portal - Now Open, Closes February 1, 2023
  • March 15, 2023 - NEAFCS Awards Program Application will close
  • April 1, 2023 - Journal of NEAFCS Article Submissions Due
  • May 15, 2023 - Endowment Project Grant Proposals Due

Where is that Again?

Starting this year, we will provide a series of graphics on how to find information on our NEAFCS website quickly. This first month is focused on finding resources for writing impact statements. Here is a quick step-by-step. To go directly to the Public Affairs page on resources for writing compelling impact statements, click here. Scroll down to “NEAFCS IMPACT STATEMENTS” once on the website. 


Building Meaningful Professional Development
Marcia Parcell (IN), VP Professional Development 

Our conversation about professional development on December 20th yielded many fruitful ideas to pursue in 2023. Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities include: We will meet to reenergize Connecting with Colleagues and determine topics for these sessions! The sessions may even be renamed, so stay tuned for details regarding these sessions.   Read More

Sharing Your Impact
Amanda Dame (KY), Public Affairs Committee Chair

One of the primary responsibilities of the Public Affairs Education Committee is to create Impact Statements reflecting the work of our members.  The statements are then shared with congressional leaders and NIFA program leaders as part of the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD). Each affiliate Vice President of Public Affairs or contact for the area will collect their affiliate data.   Read More

Be NEAFCS Strong: Join Us as We "Build" the Endowment
Susan Routh (OK), Immediate Past President

The NEAFCS Endowment offers many opportunities to NEAFCS members. Monetary grants sponsored by the Endowment to support Family and Consumer Sciences programs across the nation have been awarded for the past two years. The results from these programs are amazing! The first grantees presented the results of the programs during the 2022 NEAFCS Annual Session. Read More

A New Year, New Insights
Jane Henderson (VA), Diversity Committee Past Chair 

It’s a new year and, once again, a time when we consider engaging in an activity that improves our lives. But wait, it’s not that simple for everyone. As a woman, I am aware of disparities in our health care, everything from maternal health outcomes to differences in the diagnosis and treatment for heart health.   Read More

Annual Session 2023: Keynote Speaker Announced!
Gina Crist (DE), Affiliate Liaison

Opportunities to learn await you in Providence! It’s hard to believe that we are only nine months away from next year’s annual session.

To kick off the conference, our keynote speaker, Rita Landgraf, will set the stage for a week of learning on opportunities to continue partnerships in the community and individual-level change related to health equity and well-being.  Read More

Region Highlights: Western Region
Western Region Enjoys Successful Membership Drive
Dianne Christensen (NM), Western Region Director

The Western Region had a successful membership drive during December. One of the smaller regions by membership, the hope is to build member numbers in the next several years. The addition of the Associate Member category has been well received to facilitate growth in membership and collaboration with colleagues statewide and nationally. Read More

JCEP Extension Leadership Conference Registration NOW OPEN!
Cindy Thompson (IA), Central Region Director and JCEP
Planning Team Member

Registration for the 2023 Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) Extension Leadership Conference (ELC) in now OPEN! Conference theme is Engage, Inspire, Achieve and all details can be found here: https://www.jcep.org/elc/2023.  Read More 

Oceans of Opportunities Await You with the NEAFCS Leadership Experience
Rick Griffiths (NM), President-Elect

The Leadership Experience is NEAFCS’s leadership development and mentoring program. It is explicitly designed for NEAFCS members to become more involved as leaders in their communities, state associations, and NEAFCS. Read More


Having read the January NEAFCS Network Newsletter, can you answer a question found in it? Monthly, the first five people to answer the question correctly will be entered into a drawing for registration for the 2023 Annual Session to be selected in Summer 2023. To view and answer this month’s question, visit https://forms.gle/H6zsaawcgo4C4EZo9

Additional News & Opportunities for NEAFCS Members 


Future issues of the NEAFCS Network will include recognition of members who have passed. If you would like to report the death of a NEAFCS member, please click here.