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health & Human sciences

Purdue Health and Human Sciences Extension provides education to people of all ages in Indiana’s 92 counties. The community is our classroom – where we bring university information to the local level and help people strengthen families, spend smart, eat right, and live well.

Reducing Hunger for Indiana’s Families

Purdue’s Health & Human Sciences Extension reaches nearly a half-million individuals receiving food assistance in communities statewide — helping make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Our Nutrition Education Programs (NEP) include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP). We guide those on limited budgets to make wise food decisions for themselves and their families and are reducing hunger by 25% in Indiana households with children.



Community Health Coalitions

Years of research at Purdue University have given us an exceptional understanding of healthcare and human sciences, and we’re bringing that knowledge to everyone across the state of Indiana – enabling more people to live the happy and healthy lives they deserve.

Since 2005, Purdue Health & Human Sciences Extension has increased the number of Indiana community health coalitions by 33%, improving the health of citizens statewide. Studies show investing in community health coalitions to address localized health issues can drastically reduce healthcare costs. In rural areas, such coalitions may be the best opportunity for proper health education, information, and care.


Strengthening families

Extension does so much to keep Indiana moving forward, but that momentum is built on the strength and love of individual families across the state. That’s why Purdue Extension offers the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 in multiple locations throughout the state to improve family relationships while decreasing family conflict and contributing to lower levels of substance use. 

The World Health Organization named the Strengthening Families Program the #1 prevention program out of 6,000 programs analyzed for long-term effects on substance use and misuse.

Overall, the program improves parental skills for building positive relationships with their youth, setting appropriate limits, and following through on consequences while continuing to show love and support.