COVID-19 Recovery

Six initiative areas have been identified where Iowans have a need and ISU Extension and Outreach has expertise to help.  

  • Reviving the Iowa economy, including the farm economy
  • Supporting Iowans in improving financial security
  • Engaging Iowans in improving food supply, safety, and access
  • Expanding educational opportunities for youth
  • Engaging Iowans in addressing mental health
  • Supporting efforts to increase access to quality child care

In Extension, we want to do all we can to serve Iowans, but we can’t do everything. Iowa State University has expertise and capacity in the six initiative areas identified above. In partnership with county extension councils, county staff, and specialists, local priorities can be addressed and established through completing the action plan tool.

I-Teams listservs

To enroll in a listserv please follow the instructions below:

  • Select COVID-19 Recovery Initiative from the drop down menu 
  • We recommend you sign up for your top priority initiative from the list:
  • Once you subscribe, please check your inbox and/or spam folder for a confirmation message
  • To complete subcription, copy the email address (e.g. cr-childcare-request@iastate.edu) and generate a new email with the subject line that includes your subscription confirmation code
  • If you click the confirmation link in the email, you may get a security warning.

To view enroll in additional listservs visit the listserv page

 

Timeline and expectations

October-mid November: 

  • Counties work on action plans
  • Join an initiative team based on priority 

Before November 20, 2020:

  • Submit one or two actions plans per county

Before March 1, 2021: 

  • Extension council include priority initiative in FY22 budget
  • Counties begin scheduling programming from action plans 

Before July 1, 2021:  

  • Begin implementing action plans
  • Evaluate and report data through MyData 
  • Summarize outputs and outcomes quarterly 

 

The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force's charge

April 24, 2020

We don’t know how, and we don’t know when, but Iowa will reopen for business after the COVID-19 pandemic, and ISU Extension and Outreach will be there to help all Iowans. It’s in our vision and mission statements:

VISION. ISU Extension and Outreach will advance land-grant values by engaging all Iowans in solving today’s problems and preparing for a thriving future.

MISSION. ISU Extension and Outreach builds a strong Iowa by engaging all Iowans in research, education and extension experiences to address current and emerging real-life challenges.

We are not health care professionals and our research base may not find the vaccine for this virus, but we can help Iowans and their communities recover from the business, income and life disruption caused by the pandemic. Ever since COVID-19 was discovered in Iowa it has not been business as usual, and we cannot simply go back to business as usual during the recovery. We adapted to working remotely and changed how we engaged and educated Iowans, and we must continue to adjust to their needs for recovering. Keep in mind that, "getting back to work" does not equate to "getting back to normal."

Iowans need and value our everyday programming that provides information and builds capacity. However, in the near term their priorities may change as they deal with the aftermath of home confinement and social distancing, closed businesses, loss of income and sharply lower commodity prices, and the learning slump of kids missing six weeks or more of school. How do we engage with them to solve today’s problems and prepare for a thriving future? A year from now, what will we tell state and federal legislators that we did to help Iowans recover? Five years from now, what will Iowans tell state and federal legislators that we did and what was the impact? How will ISU Extension and Outreach be remembered?

The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force is a cross section of ISU Extension and Outreach that I charge with helping to plan our role in Iowa’s recovery. Specifically:

  • Define challenges facing Iowans and their communities that are within our capacity to address.
  • Identify four to six programs that ISU Extension and Outreach will be known for addressing.
  • Determine who should be involved to organize, prioritize and plan program offerings.
  • Determine what training, marketing and reporting resources are needed.
  • Deliver recommendations to the Leadership team.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach

Task force members: 

COVID-19 Recovery Operations Committee (CROC) members

Using the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force Facilitation Report as a foundation, the committee will decide on prioritization and mobilization tactics to use across our system for the initiative areas as developed by the Task Force. These areas are:

  • Reviving the Iowa economy, including the farm economy
  • Supporting Iowans in improving financial security
  • Engaging Iowans in improving food supply, safety, and access
  • Expanding educational opportunities for youth
  • Engaging Iowans in addressing mental health
  • Supporting efforts to increase access to quality child care

CROC committee members:

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