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K-State Today

August 15, 2017

K-State professionals lead state poverty discussions

By Elaine Johanes

Four K-State professionals led discussions of the family, child and community poverty during the annual Kansas Poverty Conference, July 19-21.

Having been selected from a pool of proposals, Adam Cless, evaluation assistant with K-State's Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation and former graduate student in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, and Elaine Johannes, associate professor in the school, presented their study results of the transmission of resilience attributes between parents and their adolescents who live in poverty.

Heather Morgan, executive director of southeast Kansas' Project 17 and development director for K-State's Advanced Manufacturing Institute, presented how community engagement, advocacy and leadership impact poverty.

Rebecca McFarland, family and consumer sciences extension agent, Frontier Extension District, with Johannes presented educational resources of the nation's Cooperative Extension System to decrease family poverty.

As part of the university's land-grant mission to address critical societal issues and contribute to the public good, K-State Research and Extension professionals are working with community-based poverty programs to increase the financial stability and well-being of impoverished families across the state.