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November 16, 2012— Elizabeth L. Andress of the University of Georgia received the Excellence in Extension Award while Montana State University Extension's Tribal Housing and Environmental Health Program won the 2012 National Extension Diversity Award during the 125th A۰P۰L۰U Annual Meeting in Denver.
The Excellence in Extension Award is given annually to one extension professional who excels at programming, provides visionary leadership, and makes a positive impact on constituents served. Five regional awards also are presented. The National Diversity Award recognizes significant contributions and accomplishments in achieving and sustaining diversity and pluralism in Cooperative Extension. Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture have sponsored the awards since 1991.
Andress, extension food safety specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia, was honored for creating effective educational programs on home food preparation and safety. She also serves as director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Andress uses research findings to create easy-to-understand materials and hands-on workshops that teach consumers, food handlers and workers in the food industry how to properly preserve and process food in order to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.
When asked why she feels her programs are so successful, Andress replied: “I use a lot of hands-on methods in delivering food preservation programs. When you can teach people a skill as well as knowledge by letting them practice and actually carry out the desired practices, they are more likely to feel confident in adopting them.”
MSU Extension’s Tribal Housing and Environmental Health was recognized for its outstanding work in creating sustainable programs in health, housing and the environment for Native American communities across the nation. The MSU Extension team is recognized for developing culturally appropriate programs using the input, engagement, and support of Native Americans.
Three of their most successful programs include: the National Tribal Pollution Prevention Working Group (Tribal P2); the Native Asthma Intervention and Reduction (AIR) Program; and the National Tribal Healthy Homes Training Center (THH Center).
The MSU Extension team is led by Michael Vogel, professor and housing and environmental health specialist, and includes Myla Kelly, Barbara Allen and Deborah Albin, program coordinators; Glenda Barnes, tribal healthy homes practitioner; and Mary Schaad, web/media specialist.
The recipients of 2012 Regional Awards for Excellence in Extension include*:
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