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 COVID-19 has highly impacted under-served and vulnerable populations, the working poor, persons with disabilities, youth, indigenous peoples, and seniors are struggling to cope. During these challenging times, our Bay Area Advisers and Educators are continuing to work with local populations and partners by adjusting community programs to deliver value-based programming and methodologies across the entire region. In the words of team member Leah Sourbeer, “We Continue to Show Up!”.

UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is committed to continuing to provide our services to the communities we serve, keeping them resilient through these turbulent times. Our September Bay Area News Highlights shine a light on some of the good work happening, including Dr. Mary Blackburn' induction into the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Hall of Fame on Sept. 14.

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 Dr. Blackburn graduated from Tuskegee University, with a Master of Public Health Nutrition in 1965. She continued her studies at UC Berkley and earned her doctorate in Human Nutrition and Health Planning and Administration in 1974. Dr. Blackburn joined UC Cooperation Extension in 1990 and is nationally renowned for her pioneering work delivering research-based nutrition and quality of life education to senior citizens, pregnant teens, and other vulnerable groups.  

Collaborating with a CalFresh Healthy Living, UC educator, and UC Master Gardener Program volunteers, she recently finished a gardening project designed to improve the nutrition, physical activity, and overall well-being of senior citizens living in affordable housing in Oakland.

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For more September highlights, click here.  

Introducing Elkus Ranch Adventure Day

Outdoor day of fun at UC Elkus Ranch for social bubbles* of children and adults.

Participants can spend the day caring for our animals and gardens, making a nature-themed craft, going on hikes around the property, and so much more!

More information

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Frankly Speaking: Discussions on Topics That Impact Us and Those Around Us

COVID19 Resources

COVID has impacted all segments of the population and whave and will continue our work in all program areas to help and improve the lives of all people in our communities during this situation and beyond.  The links below provide access to community resources.

 

 

Letter From Our Bay Area County Director

As we transition from the health aspect to the economic impacts of COVID-19, our most vulnerable and underserved populations are and will continue to be disproportionately impacted. Poverty among predominantly communities of color continue to impact educational opportunities. Food security is and will continue to be a concern, as those most impacted do not have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, the senseless death of George Floyd has once again highlighted institutionalized racial injustices in America.

As our President, Janet Napolitano stated, and echoed once more by our Vice President, Glenda Humiston, "As leaders of the largest public research university in the United States, we feel silence is complicity." I want to encourage all of you to recognize and understand your own privileges, examine your biases, validate experiences and feelings of people of color and challenge colorblind ideologies. Read More

Frank McPherson
SF Bay Area County Director
Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco & San Mateo

 

Elkus Ranch

Private Family Tours Now Offered

Homeschooling families are invited to venture out to a new learning environment at UC Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay. UC Elkus Ranch is an environmental education center, providing unique hands-on learning experiences for Bay Area youth. Due to COVID-19 precautions, UC Elkus Ranch has temporarily opened to the general public for private family tours only. Read more here.

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