ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor Kate Yerxa is a member of a multistate workforce honored with the 2022 National Excellence in Extension award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and Cooperative Extension. The Agricultural Experiment Station Multistate Research Group was cited for excellence and management in performing the work of Extension analysis, technical help, and outreach schooling.
The purpose of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program’s Related Research, Program Evaluation, and Outreach multistate challenge is to strengthen the proof base of EFNEP by creating and testing crucial and culturally related analysis instruments to evaluate this system’s effectiveness.
“EFNEP is the core of UMaine Extension’s meals and diet academic outreach, and is aimed toward enhancing the well being and meals safety standing of the state’s most susceptible populations,” mentioned Hannah Carter, affiliate provost for on-line and persevering with schooling, and dean of UMaine Extension. “The analysis software developed via this multistate collaborative is utilized by all land grant universities that ship EFNEP and has improved the rigor of knowledge assortment for this system. This workforce of researchers have established that EFNEP improves the standard of lifetime of members and the paraprofessional employees who ship this system.”
Yerxa, who can also be UMaine Extension’s EFNEP coordinator, has led Maine’s participation on this challenge since its inception in 2008. The workforce consists of 23 college researchers, practitioners, and graduate college students who symbolize 16 land grant establishments. Team members mirror the range of experience required to handle analysis wants together with diet, bodily exercise, schooling, economics, meals security, public well being, sociology, and statistics.
Beverly Durgan, chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy and dean of Extension on the University of Minnesota, congratulated the workforce and famous that “these leaders are making a distinction by connecting neighborhood wants and college assets to handle crucial points throughout the nation.”
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