Family & Community Health

Lauren Kraemer, Family & Community Health Faculty Staff/Mid-Columbia Area SNAP-Ed Coordinator

State Office of Family and Community Health Website

Oregon State University's Extension Family & Community Health (FCH) program serves Oregonians through education, community partnerships, and action. FCH focuses on programs that will promote healthy communities, healthy families, and healthy individuals.

OSU Food Preservation Website

OSU Food Hero Website


Finding Help in Tough Times

This website is for people who find they need to ask for help--people who may have recently lost a job, a home, or may be having a hard time making ends meet. Locating such basic resources as food, shelter, employment, or health care can mean stumbling through a maze of agencies before making the right connections. People looking for help may not know where to being.

OSU Extension has compiled a list of state resources, community services, and information to help people find the help they need in these tough times. The list is not -- cannot be -- absolutely complete. It is meant to help people get started. We will continue to add links and information as it is developed.


It Could Happen To You-Be Prepared for Natural Disasters


As the devastation of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami become more evident, those of us who live along the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire" wonder if we'll be prepared for an equally destructive quake and its tsunami that could come to our doorsteps at any time.

To help prepare, the Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) office has just completed an update of its webpage "It Could Happen to You: Be Prepared for Natural Disasters" at

"The three things you need to know about tsunamis" on the front page gets directly to the issue.

Other resources are:

Also, learn about your community's disaster plan and create a plan for your family, home and office with "It Could Happen to You" publications developed by the OSU Extension Service.