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June 12, 2018

Suicide, prominently in the news with the recent deaths of well-known celebrities, is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States. It is important to know warning signs and how to find assistance.

June 4, 2018

Parents will not find the "summer slide" at their kids' local playground in June, July and August. However, teachers often have to deal with it when their students return to the classroom next fall, says Dawn Dunnegan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. However, summer vacation does not have to be a learning wasteland.

June 4, 2018

What happens when a loved one is unable to make his or her own medical decisions, but has not designated power of attorney for health care? Without power of attorney, no one can legally speak for that person and carry out his or her wishes. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers "The Finances of Caregiving" to help families with power of attorney and other issues related to providing care for a loved one.

April 3, 2018

April showers bring May flowers, according to common songs, poems and nursery rhymes. "However, April showers also bring frin-filled puddles, squishy mud, earth worms and a host of other rich outdoor learning experiences for children," says CIndy Thompson, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 12, 2018

Stop, breathe and talk are three simple words that together can have a big impact in everyday parenting, says Lori Hayungs, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

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  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

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  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

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