Ingrid Adams, Extension specialist, was awarded a one-time $14,500 grant from the City of Columbus to engage more deeply with the City and its partner organizations to address the disparities that exist, and ensure bright futures for boys and young men of color. Building Resiliency Through Critical Thinking among IAMBK Youth Program is based on a model of critical thinking developed by Dr. Adams, and will adopt an approach whereby opportunities will be provided for young men of color (YMC) to think critically, solve problems collaboratively and make decisions that are in their best interest, through an 8-week series of workshops and training sessions. The goal is to help young black men (YBM) think critically about their societal and other challenges facing YMC and to provide an opportunity for them to build on their strength and resilience by increasing graduation rates.

Michael Betz, assistant professor and Extension state specialist, was awarded a $34,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to research the economic impact of opioid misuse in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Sanja Ilic, assistant professor and Extension state specialist, received a Connect and Collaborate Grant from Global One Health initiative (GOHi) in partnership with the OAA, Office of Outreach and Engagement partners for their project, Development of an Education and Outreach Program to Assist Fresh Produce Growers with Meeting Food Safety Requirements.