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Human Environmental Sciences

University of Missouri Extension works with funding partners to strengthen the economic viability of Missouri and sustain the environment through educational programs and resources.

The grants listed below may cover more than year.  The budget figures are the total amount awarded to that grant to date.

Family Nutrition Education Program

USDA/ Missouri Department of Social Services
$10,231,284
10/1/2013--9/30/2014
Project manager: Jo Britt-Rankin

The Family Nutrition Education Program helps low-income Missourians increase their knowledge of food safety, improve eating habits and lifestyles and manage food resources. 

Healthy Relationship & Marriage Education Training Project

Administration for Children and Families
$250,000
9/30/2012 - 9/29/2013
Project manager: David Schramm

The University of Missouri Extension, in partnership with the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network, will develop a training project that will increase child welfare workers access to relationship education by creating a cost-effective and sustainable multi-state model that brings together the resources and expertise from different Universities.  The team will develop and evaluate healthy marriage and relationship curriculum, train more than 1,700 child welfare workers and seven master trainers in best practices for marriage and relationship education, develop a website and distribute materials nationwide.

Building Food System Linkages -- Producers to Institution

Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
$228,000
8/1/2012 - 7/31/2015
Project manager: Wayne Prewitt

A collaborative team of University of Missouri (MU) Extension specialists from agriculture, nutrition and business development will support the development of a farmer cooperative that will make fresh produce more accessible for institutional buyers in Cass, Jackson and Lafayette county.

Direct Certification Planning Grant

Mo Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education
$143,103
12/29/2011 - 11/30/2014
Project manager: Jo Britt-Rankin

Missouri education officials want to bolster the statewide system that identifies children eligible to receive free meals through the National School Lunch Program.  University of Missouri Extension will assist the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with developing a plan to improve the state's direct certification process for children receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). 

Voices for Food

South Dakota State University
$100,300
1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013
Project manager: Donna Mehrle

University of Missouri will work with the University of South Dakota to assist in developing a toolkit of evidence-based practices for Food Policy Councils.  MU will implement a guided client choice system and offer integrated nutrition education at food pantries.

Eat Smart in Parks

Mo Foundation For Health
$75,000
12/15/2011 - 12/14/2013
Project manager: Donna Mehrle

Nutrition Sciences Extension will collaborate with In this proposal, Nutritional Sciences Extension Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN), Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks (DNR) and the Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA) to increase the types of healthy foods offered in state parks and public recreation sites.

Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care Project

Mo Dept of Health and Senior Services
$51,627
1/1/2013 - 9/30/2013
Project manager: Candance Gabel

Human Environmental Sciences Extension will provide training and technical assistance to child care centers in 22 counties and St. Louis City on how to improve meals and the nutrition environment. Extension will assist centers in meeting the requirements of the Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care.

Preconception Health for Adolescents

Mo Dept of Health and Senior Services
$48,490
9/1/2011 - 9/30/2013
Project manager: Jo Britt Rankin

Missouri is one of six states selected to participate in the Preconception Health for Adolescents Action Learning Collaborative. HES Extension will develop, pilot and evaluate curriculum resources to address preconception health-related topics as well as conduct training for Family and Consumer Sciences teachers. 

WiseWoman Lifestyle Education Intervention

Mo Dept of Health and Senior Services
$19,500
6/30/2013 - 6/30/2014
Project manager: Donna Mehrle

HES Extension will work with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to assist clients with implementing and maintaining healthy eating and physical activity behaviors in order to meet the performance indicators established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HomeWorks Workshops

City of Columbia
$5,200
11/22/2010 - 10/25/2014
Project manager: Michael Goldschmidt

HES Extension will provide workshops using the curriculum HomeWorks-Maintaining Your Housing Investment.

Healthy Couples, Healthy Children

Children's Trust Fund
$4,962
7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
Project manager: David Schramm

The goal is to 1) reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect; 2) reduce the risk of maltreatment in adolescent dating relationships; and 3) improve the probability of adolescents forming future health adult and parent-child relationships.