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K-State Today

September 29, 2017



Johannes honored as Communicator of the Year

By Linda Gilmore

Elaine Johannes

Elaine Johannes has been recognized as the 2017 Communicator of the Year by the Kansas chapter of the Association for Communication Excellence and the communications and agricultural education department. Johannes is an associate professor and extension specialist in the College of Human Ecology's School of Family Studies and Human Services. She will be recognized at the annual K-State Research and Extension Awards Luncheon on Nov. 2.

The selection committee commended Johannes for her accomplishments, which include leading discussions about family, child and community poverty at the annual Kansas Poverty Conference. She presented her research about transmitting resilience in families that live in poverty.

Throughout her career, Johannes has focused on youth development, adolescent health and community engagement. She has been recognized by the College of Human Ecology for her work on adolescent health and developed a statewide adolescent health needs assessment. Johannes has taught courses for Great Plains IDEA and manages grant-funded projects that promote health through partnerships between youth and adult. Her work often focuses on helping rural communities promote healthy youth development. Johannes is a positive example of someone who consistently represents K-State Research and Extension through her work on campus and around the state.

The Communicator of the Year award is presented annually by communications and agricultural education department members and the Kansas chapter of the Association for Communication Excellence, the international professional association for extension communicators.