Dr. Cheryl Eschbach serves as Director of MSU Extension's Health and Nutrition Institute. Trained as a gerontologist, she is experienced in program implementation, evaluation and research dissemination. In her former role as an Extension Specialist, she provided evaluation leadership on a variety of community-based education topics, including climate variability and agriculture, new farmer leadership development, homeownership and financial capability, anger management, parenting, health self-management, and food safety. Cheryl is P.I. and Project Director of the SAMHSA-funded MSU Extension MiSUPER project. She is also P.I. of MSU Extension's rural youth and family immunization education project which includes funding for three years from MDHHS/CDC to inform Michigan's residents about COVID-19 vaccines and other childhood and adult vaccinations.
In 2017, with colleagues, Cheryl published an innovation report in Academic Medicine proposing how the national Cooperative Extension framework can serve as a model of health extension to be implemented at other extension services within land-grant institutions and our nation's academic health centers and community-based medical schools. Her recent publications highlight successful strategies of the MSU Model of Health Extension.
Ph.D. Human Development and Family Sciences (Gerontology), Oregon State University.
M.S. Family Sciences and Gerontology, Oregon State University.
B.A. Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology, Oakland University.
Aging and health; participatory and community-engaged research; Health Extension; connecting primary care with community-based education programs; program evaluation methods.
Cuthbertson, C., Eschbach, C. & Shelle, G. (2021). Addressing farm stress through Extension mental health literacy programs. Journal of Agromedicine. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2021.1950590
Tiret, H., Eschbach, C., Nichols, A., Smith, B., Riffe, J., & Clark-Jones, T. (2021). Lessons from two states with Extension programs for managing stress. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 9(1), 94-108. Retrieved from https://www.jhseonline.com/article/view/987/885
Burton, D., Canton, A., Coon, T., Eschbach, C., Gunn, J., Gutter, M., Jones, M., Kennedy, L., Martin, K., Mitchell, A., O’Neal, L., Rennekamp, R., Rodgers, M., Stluka, S., Trautman, K., Yelland, E., & York, D. (2021) Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being. [Report of the Health Innovation Task Force] Extension Committee on Organization and Policy: Washington, DC Available at https://www.aplu.org/members/commissions/food-environment-and-renewable-resources/board-on-agriculture-assembly/cooperative-extension-section/ecop-members/ecop-documents/2021%20EquityHealth%20Full.pdf
Tobe, E., Eschbach, C., Weber, R., Ortquist, J., & Hendrian, W. (2021). Behavior change for low-income individuals resulting from a Cooperative Extension financial capability program. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning. DOI:10.1891/JFCP-19-00020
Khan, T., Eschbach, C., Cuthbertson, C. Newkirk, C., Contreras, D., & Kirley, K. (2020). Connecting primary care to community-based education: Michigan physicians’ familiarity with Extension programs. Health Promotion and Practice, 21(2), 175-180. DOI: 10.1177/1524839919868980
Eschbach, C. L., Tiret, H., Carter, E., & Newkirk, C. (2019). Preparing Extension educators for community-based research and grant partnerships. Journal of Extension, 57(6). Retrieved from https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss6/12
Tiret, H., Eschbach, C. L., & Newkirk, C. (2019). Rx for Health Referral Tool Kit techniques to promote Extension programs. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 7(3), 173-185. Retrieved from https://www.jhseonline.com/article/view/911
Hetherington, C., Eschbach, C. L., & Cuthbertson, C. (2019). How evaluation capacity building contributes to credible evidence for Cooperative Extension programs. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 7(2), 175-188. Retrieved from https://www.jhseonline.com/issue/view/88/jhse07-02
Wardynski, F. A., Isleib, J. D., & Eschbach, C. (2018). Evaluating five years of beginning farmer webinar training impacts. Journal of Extension, 56(6). Retrieved from https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss6/9
Eschbach, C., Carter, E., Newkirk, C., Tiret, H., Millet, M., Cronk, L., & Dwyer, J. (2018). Using speed meetings to connect Extension experts with university health researchers. Journal of Extension, 56(4). Article 20. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss4/20
Waitrovich, B., Shelle, G., Eschbach, C., & Nichols, J. (2018). Cottage Food Law program expands outreach through online delivery. Journal of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, 13, 84-100. Retrieved from https://www.neafcs.org/assets/documents/journal/2018%20jneafcs%20final.pdf
Doll, J., Eschbach, C., & DeDecker, J. (2018). Using dialogue to engage agricultural audiences in cooperative learning about climate change. Journal of Extension, 56(2). Retrieved from https://archives.joe.org/joe/2018april/a2.php
Working Differently in Extension podcast about this article, at https://soundcloud.com/workingdifferently/julie-doll-cheryl-eschbach-and-james-dedecker-episode-124
Dwyer, J., Contreras, D., Eschbach, C., Tiret, H., Newkirk, C., Carter, E., & Cronk, L. (2017, Sep/Oct). Cooperative Extension as a Framework for Health Extension. Annals of Family Medicine. Published letter.https://www.annfammed.org/content/15/5/475/tab-e-letters#cooperative-extension-as-a-framework-for-health-extension
Dwyer, J., Contreras, D., Eschbach, C., Tiret, H, Newkirk, C, Carter, E., & Cronk, L. (2017). Cooperative Extension as a framework for health extension: The Michigan State University Model. Academic Medicine, 92, 1416-1420. DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001640 Retrieved from https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2017/10000/Cooperative_Extension_as_a_Framework_for_Health.27.aspx
Eschbach, C. L., Weber, R., Tobe, E., Hale, L. & Washington, V. (2016). Evaluating an outcomes-based standardized homeownership education program. Family Consumer Science Research Journal, 45: 138–149. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/fcsr.12189
Pish, S., Clark-Jones, T., Eschbach, C., & Tiret, H. (2016). Anger management program participants gain behavioral changes in interpersonal relationships. Journal of Extension, 54(5). Article 25. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol54/iss5/25
Eschbach, C. L., Sirrine, J. R., Lizotte, Erin, & Rothwell, N. L. (2016). Participatory data collection technique for capturing beginning farmer program outcomes. Journal of Extension, 54(4). Article 9. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol54/iss4/9
Sirrine, J R., Eschbach, C. L., Lizotte, Erin, & Rothwell, N. L. (2016). The New FARM Program: A model for supporting diverse emerging farmers and early-career Extension professionals. Journal of Extension, 54(4). Article 22. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol54/iss4/22
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