Briefings on Family Matters

Briefings on Family Matters is a quarterly newsletter published by University of Missouri Extension specialists for individuals and families in southeast Missouri. This newsletter is provided by your local extension council.


Donna Aufdenberg, Field specialist in Horticulture
Bethany Bachmann, County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development
Rebecca Blocker, Field Specialist in Housing Education  
Robinn Daves-Huey, County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development
Mary Engram, Field Specialist in Human Development 


Summer 2019 (PDF)

  • Finding a Good Balance in Parenting
  • What Does the Future Hold?
  • How to Get Involved in Your Community

Spring 2019 (PDF)

  • Organic Weed Control Methods
  • Why Carry a Medication Card?
  • Take Action Now to Prevent Home Falls

Winter 2019 (PDF)

  •  Connecting for a Healthy Relationship
  •  Plant Hellebores for Winter Bloom
  •  Mobile Apps for Guiding Nutrition and Health       

Fall 2018 (PDF)

  • Protect Yourself from Card Skimmers
  • Salmonella:  Cause and Prevention
  • Master Gardener Training

Summer 2018 (PDF)

  • Sugar Shakedown
  • New Medicare Cards for Missourians
  • Keep Safe During the Gardening Season

Spring 2018 (PDF)

  • Summer Bulbs to Try this Year
  • Key Facts about Mental Illness
  • Is Your Home an Easy Target?

Winter 2017 (PDF)

  • Taking Care of You During the Holidays
  • Healthier Holiday Side Dishes
  • Asian Lady Beetles

Fall 2017 (PDF)

  • Medicare Part D-Open Enrollment
  • Deer Browsing in the Garden
  • Good Health Starts in your Home

Summer 2017 (PDF)

  • Lookout for Diseases on Roses this Year!
  • The Pros and Cons of Using Credit
  • Heat Related Illnesses

Spring 2017 (PDF)

  • National Nutrition Month
  • Children and Grief
  • Bringing up Money Savvy Children