Human Health

Gardens address pandemic food insecurity in Warm Springs community

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that it wouldn’t be possible for the Oregon State University Extension Service to conduct in-person learning garden classes at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy and OSU ...

Kenton Kids Cooking Club adapts to pandemic with take-home kits

Each week during the summer of 2019, about 45 kids visited the Kenton Kids Cooking Club at the Kenton Farmers Market in north Portland, where they prepared Food Hero recipes such as Farmers Market Salsa using produce from ...

Virtual Walk With Ease class increases accessibility to disabled adults

Walk With Ease is an evidence-based exercise program developed by the Arthritis Foundation that can help adults build confidence in being physically active while reducing pain and improving their overall health. The Oregon State ...

Extension educates Oregonians to prepare for Cascadia Earthquake

Scientists predict there is about a 37% chance that an earthquake of at least 8.0 magnitude will strike off the Pacific Northwest coast in the next 50 years. When it occurs, the historic temblor will cause widespread ...

OSU Train the Trainers workshops keep agricultural workers on track with food safety

Food safety education is the key to preventing the risk of food contamination in the supply chain, especially when crops are harvested directly by workers. In those cases, farms must remain especially vigilant to ensure their ...

Cooking classes serve Micronesian and Pacific Islander communities

Historically the Micronesian and Pacific Islander community in the United States has faced inequitable health outcomes, exacerbated by a lack of access to health care services and social safety nets due to their special residency ...

OSU Get Outdoors Day connects families to the natural world

An Oregon State University Extension Service survey showed underserved families and children in Benton County and other areas of the mid-Willamette Valley have limited opportunities to visit natural areas because they don’t have ...

Migrant and seasonal farm workers in the Columbia River Gorge supported during pandemic

Each year about 6,000-15,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers arrive in the Columbia River Gorge from late May through early June to work in orchards, packing houses and on farms to harvest, pack, and process the region's ...

CPR/first aid class meets community need in Morrow County

In January 2020, Julie Baker, administrative office manager and local liaison for the Oregon State University Extension office in Morrow County, learned at a Heppner Chamber of Commerce meeting that multiple businesses and agencies ...

Extension coordinates effort that leads to 1,000-plus face coverings in Union County

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union County Incident Management Team started fielding requests for face coverings. The team tapped Robin Maille, an assistant professor of practice in the Oregon State University ...