Grace Thompson new Health Human Science Educator

BEDFORD – County Extension Director 4-H Youth Development Educator Lesley Lodmell introduced the county’s new Health Human Science Educator Grace Thompson during Tuesday morning’s commissioners’ meeting.

Grace Thompson

Thompson is replacing Sarah Richer who left to take a teaching job.

Lodmell also presented the Purdue Extension Impact Report 2021.

A copy of the report can be picked up at the extension office at 924 16th Street.

Lesley Lodmell

“The report spotlights a year where together we made a difference in the lives of hundreds of Lawrence County residents as we continue to realize the great potential the future of Purdue Extension holds and other services we have to offer Lawrence County,” said Lodmell.

Some of their future directions include:

Indiana State Department of Agriculture will partner with Purdue Extension Farm Stress Team and the Indiana Rural Health Association on a $500K grant to reduce mental health stigma and connect ag professionals to stress assistance programs.

Purdue Extension is developing the Agribusiness Small Business Development Center in collaboration with the Indiana Small Business Administration and Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

IU School of Medicine and Purdue Extension received funds from the CDC to help with vaccination clinics that reach Indiana’s Spanish-speaking community.

Purdue Extension is part of the $34.8 million initiative Indiana Healthy Opportunities for People Everywhere or I-Hope with Purdue’s Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, the Indiana Department of Health, and statewide partners, I-Hope aims to help tackle the obstacles that prevent Hoosiers from living healthy lives.

Extension educators will help connect field teams to local stakeholders.