National Program Highlights

Extension Programming to Address Urban Issues

Urban Case Study Series Overview

For over a century, Extension has fulfilled its mission of working with community to bring local knowledge and science-based information together to co-create solutions for wellbeing. Extension has increasingly recognized the unique context of engagement in urban communities to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions (Crossgrove et al., 2005; Gaolach et al., 2017).

To better understand and expand upon programming in urban communities, qualitative research provided a foundation for a series of cases presented in program snapshots. The cases selected for this study incorporate urban context and strategy (NUEL, 2015), as well as elements of wellbeing (Rath, Harter, & Harter, 2010).

This case study was conducted to inform a book chapter on Extension Programming to Address Urban Issues for the book titled "The Role of the Social Sciences in Extension" published by Cambridge University Press in late 2021. This case study research aims to help urban Extension leaders and other social scientists better understand:

  • The real-life context of urban Extension in communities across the country.
  • Urban Extension strategies, programs, and impacts as illustrated in alignment with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) framework (Di Ciantis, 2015).
  • Meaningful connection between urban Extension and the urban perspective in social science.
  • Opportunities to further advance how Extension addresses the urban context in ways that result in Extension being relevant locally, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally.

Case Studies

Extension has fulfilled its mission of working with community to bring local knowledge and science-based information together to co-create solutions for wellbeing. Extension has increasingly recognized the unique context of engagement in urban communities to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions (Crossgrove et al., 2005; Gaolach et al., 2017). To better understand and expand upon programming in urban communities, qualitative research provided a foundation for a series of cases presented in program snapshots.

CEntral kentucky job club

Intro about the program

Link to the two-page snapshop of the program
Link to the complete case study

Produce perks, Cleveland, Ohio

Intro about the program

Link to the two-page snapshop of the program
Link to the complete case study

fostering sustainability at a community level

Intro about the program

Link to the two-page snapshop of the program
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RUTGERS 4-H STEM ambassador program

Intro about the program

Link to the two-page snapshop of the program
Link to the complete case study

University of Idaho Extension Diabetes Prevention Program

Intro about the program

Link to the two-page snapshop of the program
Link to the complete case study