Last week (Oct. 21-24), UM System, the University of Missouri, and MU Extension hosted Engagement Week. The occasion entailed events, speakers and activities meant to highlight connections that improve Missouri’s economy, health & education.

During engagement week, MU Extension employees from all corners of the state travel to Mizzou’s campus for their annual summit to connect in-person with each other and Mizzou’s resources.

This year, Extension employees had the chance to have lunch with a Dean from several schools and colleges on campus.

SHP hosted more than 50 of these employees. Over boxed lunches, Extension staff listened to Dean Hagglund and a panel of SHP faculty and staff explain specifically how SHP is engaged in the community.

Then, the staff were divided into smaller groups for a tour of SHP. They saw the Combs Language Preschool, the Mizzou Motion Analysis Center, PhysZOU, and an OT lab that houses a 3D printer that makes custom assistive devices and Go Baby Go! cars.

OT Professor Bill Janes explains the Go Baby Go! Program to Extension employees.

At each location, SHP faculty showed Extension staff how that area of SHP touches the community.

Representatives from Public Health, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Respiratory Therapy also participated in the Health and Engagement Fair at Jesse Hall, reaching an even bigger audience with information about education and outreach programs at SHP.

Dr. Trent Guess explains how the Mizzou Motion Analysis Center has connections to Extension’s Stay Strong Stay Healthy program.

Thank you to all the faculty and staff who contributed to this event.