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Serving Morgan and Lawrence counties.

Urban Center by Numbers

  • Direct Contacts: 4,323
  • Indirect Contacts: 29,672
  • FTEs: 4.5

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University

In 2020, Alabama Extension at AAMU did what most organizations did – adapted in-person programs to online learning opportunities on various digital platforms. We even taught older residents how to use Zoom to reduce social isolation and loneliness brought on by COVID-19.

As a result, we reached audiences of all ages. Although COVID-19 still impacts the way we do business, take this opportunity to explore other virtual programs that Alabama Extension offers.

Urban Extension County Impacts

In 2020, county Extension staff in the Decatur metro area implemented 56 face-to-face and 103 online training sessions and 7 special events.

Program participants learned research-based best practices in the areas of health and nutrition, 4-H and youth development, environmental stewardship, and urban agriculture.

General Impact Info

Due to COVID-19, county program impacts primarily reflect online activities.

  • 274 youth developed leadership, STEM, and healthy living skills.
  • 953 improved health literacy, food budgeting, food safety, nutrition, and physical activity practices.
  • 2,170 people enhanced lawn and gardening and water conservation skills.
  • 311 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs were collected by local law enforcement and properly disposed of.
  • 54 participants improved money management skills to save money, reduce debt, and improve overall credit scores.

For more impacts: www.aces.edu/go/stateimpacts

2020-21 Impacts

Our educational initiatives meet many state and county goals, such as increasing student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects and careers, improving student reading skills, enhancing job search skills, and encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Find us Online

Alabama Extension Calendar: www.aces.edu/calendar

Alabama Extension at AAMU Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlabamaExtensionAAMU

Urban Extension Products/Programs: www.aces.edu/blog/category/urban-extension/products-programs-urban/

State Office

Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Alabama A&M University
4900 Meridian Street
Huntsville, AL 35810
Phone: (256) 372-5710

Morgan County Extension Office

3120 Highway 36 West, Suite B
Hartselle, AL 35640
Phone: (256) 773-2549
Brett Crow, County Extension Coordinator

What’s new in Urban Extension?

  • In October 2021, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marked the launch of two new mobile labs for nutrition and STEM Education. For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Holmes at ksh0035@aces.edu or (256) 690-4614.
  • By hiring new staff, we were able to resume programming efforts in entrepreneurship and goat and sheep production systems.
  • The unit launched a new campaign called AL Voices for Vaccines funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture. This project explores why people are reluctant to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more at www.aces.edu/blog/tag/voices-forvaccines/.

Visit www.aces.edu/go/directory for a listing of additional Alabama Extension offices and staff.

 


New January 2022, 2020-21 Impacts: Urban Center – Decatur

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