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Making a difference for Minnesota families

Trish Olson, associate dean
I am proud to share with you the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development 2018 Annual Report. Extension is asked to work on today’s most pressing issues and I believe this report shares that we take this role seriously. This past year we have expanded our work with a response to the opioid epidemic, working with incarcerated fathers, obesity, mental health and empowerment of youth to impact their health. We do not do this work alone, but in partnership with Extension and community partners.
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Family Development events and job openings

Job openingsRegional Coordinator, SNAP-Ed

Jean W. Bauer Financial Capability Post-Doctoral Associate

EFNEP Data Assistant — U of M Students

High School Financial Planning Program instructor trainings Learn about the High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) and how you can equip students in Grades 8 to 12 with fundamental personal finance skills to prepare them for mindful money management decisions and behaviors.

University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development, in partnership with National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), is hosting three trainings for high school teachers and agency staff who teach personal finance. Participants in the workshops will:
Become familiar with the HSFPP materials that help your students learn about money management while applying what they learn. Consider ways to implement the program and become familiar with the procedures to order materials, connect with families, and network with the professional community. Learn how to …

Family Matters is growing up

Michael Brott, communications manager

In 2012, Family Matters began as a blog to share news, updates, and reflections from Extension Center for Family Development. After several iterations, this publication is getting not only a face lift, but a new home and way of sharing the good work Extension does on behalf of Minnesota’s families. The May 15 issue will be integrated into our Extension web site, connecting our work in family development with a wider audience. Stay tuned!

Give a meal: Helping food shelves at the grocery store

By Dianne Davis Kenning, SNAP-Ed educator

When visiting a local grocery, I noticed store pre-packed bags that could be purchased by the shopper and then donated to the local food shelf. Great idea, but the pre-packed bags did not contain the healthiest foods. So I thought, “we can do better than this,'' and brought the idea of creating healthier donation bags to the Food Shelf Nudging Team comprised of SNAP-Ed educators and Kelly Kunkel, an Extension educator.

Severe weather: Are you prepared?

By Sara Croymans, Extension Educator, Family Resiliency

Have you heard the Minnesota saying, “If you don’t like the weather just wait an hour?” How true is this?! From snow and ice storms, to flooding and tornadoes, to drought and wildfires, Minnesota has its share of natural disasters. And, the challenging thing is that the timing of these events oftentimes overlap.

AnswerLine: Answering consumer questions for over 40 years

By Jessica Barnes, communications specialist

AnswerLine offers information and resources for consumers with home and family questions in Minnesota and other states in the Midwest. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staffs and manages this program. They are the welcoming 'front door' to Extension.