Extension and Outreach

Empowering Spanish speakers through food safety training

As assistant manager of Las Flores restaurant in Iowa Falls, Vanessa Orozco knows food preparation is vital in ensuring the success of her restaurant.

“Learning how to manage food so you don’t make customers ill is important,” she said.

Orozco obtained her food safety certification by enrolling in ServSafe, a food safety course offered by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach in English and Spanish.

Iowa State University works to help Main Street thrive

A new business called Mustard Seed Revival — part coffee shop, part vintage goods — just opened Saturday in Jewell, a bedroom community just north of Ames with a population of 1,215.

The opening is refreshing in this community that has seen its share of Main Street businesses come and go — in the effort to compete with discount mega chains like Walmart, and online giants such as Amazon.

Online training equips child care providers with information about health and safety

Iowa State University is working to ensure that child care centers and homes, preschools, and after-school programs across the state are healthy and safe for all children.

An online course developed by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach has provided training to 23,640 Iowa child care providers and early childhood teachers since September 2016. Participants learn about health and safety, child development, cultural diversity, and caring for children who are homeless.

Sanders, Woods to be featured in 2018 calendar

Two women in human sciences will be featured in a calendar recognizing their leadership and the positive differences they’ve made at Iowa State University.

College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of nearly 300 graduating students in a series of events on Dec. 15 and 16. 

Iowa State researchers leading initiatives to improve rural health

More than a million Iowans are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or a stroke simply because they live in a rural area. National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 aims to reduce the gap in rural and urban health outcomes – something Iowa State University researchers Sarah Francis, Kimberly Greder, and Jennifer Margrett are directly and indirectly doing through their research and ISU Extension and Outreach initiatives.

Iowa State begins providing financial education to Meskwaki Nation

With care and attention given to learning the culture, building relationships, and developing trust, Iowa State University has over the past year begun to offer research-based financial education classes to residents of the Meskwaki Nation in Tama.

Lee builds resiliency among aging Iowans through relationship research, outreach

Jeong Eun “Jel” Lee is leveraging the power of relationships to help individuals age well.

Iowa State professor on team using big data to aid rural economic development

An Iowa State University professor is on a team of researchers using “big data,” or extremely large data sets, to match rural communities with businesses that would have the best likelihood of success in specific geographic areas.

Central Iowa literacy program for babies expands this fall

An Iowa State University outreach project aimed at improving literacy among Iowa’s youngest at-risk children is expanding this fall.