UMaine Extension’s flagship nutrition education program part of multistate group to receive national excellence award – UMaine News – University of Maine – University of Maine

by | Nov 17, 2022 | Education

University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor Kate Yerxa is a member of a multistate team honored with the 2022 National Excellence in Extension award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Cooperative Extension. The Agricultural Experiment Station Multistate Research Group was cited for excellence and leadership in performing the work of Extension research, technical assistance, and outreach education. 
The goal of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program’s (EFNEP) Related Research, Program Evaluation, and Outreach multistate project is to strengthen the evidence base of EFNEP by developing and testing critical and culturally relevant evaluation tools to assess the program’s effectiveness.
“EFNEP is the core of UMaine Extension’s food and nutrition educational outreach, and is aimed at improving the health and food security status of the state’s most vulnerable populations,” said Hannah Carter, associate provost for online and continuing education, and dean of UMaine Extension. “The evaluation tool developed through this multistate collaborative is used by all land grant universities that deliver EFNEP and has improved the rigor of data collection for the program. This team of researchers have established that EFNEP improves the quality of life of participants and th …

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