Chronic illness topic of two-part webinar offered by AgriLife Extension’s Military Program

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contacts: Andy Crocker, 806-677-5600,
Rachel Brauner, 979-845-1553,

AMARILLO – A two-part “Chronic Illness: Empowering Families in the Journey” webinar offered through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Military Program will be Jan. 19 and Jan. 26.

The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. both days, and is free and open to all who may be interested, said Andy Crocker, AgriLife Extension gerontology and health program specialist in Amarillo.

The presenter will be Dr. Tai Mendenhall, a medical family therapist and associate professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program of the department of family social science at the University of Minnesota.

Mendenhall works in the conduct of integrated behavioral healthcare and community-based participatory research focused on a variety of public health issues.

Rachel Brauner, program coordinator with AgriLife Extension’s Military Program in College Station, said the Military Family Learning Network’s concentration areas are in Family Development, Family Transitions, Military Caregiving, and Nutrition and Wellness.

She said during Part 1 of this webinar, participants will discuss the stressors associated with chronic illness and its impact on health and wellness of individuals and families. Additionally, they will explore the ways families influence the health and wellbeing of each other, including family routines, nutrition, dynamics, interpersonal communication and support.

And finally, Brauner said, participants will be taught effective strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration among service providers such as mental health clinicians, early interventionists, dietitians, family advocates and medical doctors when working with families struggling with chronic illness.  

Certificates of completion will be available for continuing education credit for credentialed and licensed professionals.

To join the Jan. 16 session or for more information go to: The link to join Part 2 on Jan. 26 is

To access previous webinars, go to  For a list of more webinars in the series, go to


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