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A community capacity building approach to addressing the opioid crisis in rural counties across Minnesota

By Mary Jo Katras, program leader

Extension Center for Family Development recently received two grants to work cooperatively with local partners on the front line of the opioid crisis in rural Minnesota. They are Rural Health and Safety (RHSE) and USDA and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of a partnership with the Center for Community Vitality and University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy – Duluth. This is a new project that brings together a team that includes Extension staff, public health agencies, community members, and healthcare professionals who are guided by the 7 Generation Plan, elders and the wisdom of the tribal community.

Tax time? Claim it!

By Shawna Faith Thompson, Extension educator

Every year University of Minnesota Extension partners with Prepare + Prosper, the Claim it! campaign and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid to bring Taxes 101 in person and webinar trainings to service providers who work with low- and moderate-income individuals and families.


Applied research and evaluation team welcomes Cole Hanson!

Cole Hanson joined the ARE team in January of 2019 to support FD’s community based project in addressing the opioid crisis in rural Minnesota and Health & Nutrition's SNAP-Ed.

In search of the perfect planner

Trish Olson, associate dean

Happy New Year,

This year, with changes in my work, I was interested in reassessing what was available in the planner market. In essence I was looking for a “perfect planner.” Amazing how if you conduct a search for something in google all of a sudden your feeds on Instagram and Facebook are full of options on this topic, and planners are no exception. To be clear, I was not looking for a calendar.

Introducing two new SNAP-Ed educators in the Metro

By Janice Rasmussen, regional coordinator 

April Smith is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and legal studies. April has two passions: food/nutrition and working with the Native community. Previously, April worked as a family advocate in the child protection system and an elder advocate. Her proudest achievement is working with The Healing Generations Program in developing a curriculum that was federally funded by the Administration of Native Americans for over $2 million dollar in a five year period. The Healing Generations program focused on Native family values, cultural activities, and language revitalization. April is excited to begin her journey at the University of Minnesota Extension in sharing nutrition education and is extremely excited to be working in the Native community again.