Harrison County

Health and Human Sciences

Welcome to the Purdue Extension Harrison County Health and Human Sciences page. Please contact our office for additional information about our programs and services.

Contact Us

Purdue Extension Harrison County

247 Atwood Street

Corydon, IN 47112


Health & Human Sciences Connections

Health & Human Sciences Connections is the quarterly newsletter for Purdue Extension Harrison County's Health and Human Sciences Department. If you would like to receive this newsletter in the mail, please contact our office manager, Mary Eve, at 812-738-4236 or feve@purdue.edu.


Meet the Educator

Tara Beckman

Tara Beckman

Health and Human Sciences & Community Development
Extension Educator

A Letter from the Educator

Hi, everyone!


I’d like to officially introduce myself, & just say that I am extremely excited about this new role.  My name is Tara Beckman. I am a licensed educator in the State of Indiana and have worked for over a decade in public education as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.  I also have experience in community development and non-profit event planning through the various roles I’ve served during my years in education. 


I am a resident of Harrison County– along with my husband, Matt (a native of the county who grew up participating in 4-H Beef Cattle projects), and our two daughters.


As summer is in full swing, and fair already over, I just wanted to congratulate and say thank you to everyone on a job well done!  Hearing the many ways the community has shared their interests and talents (113 open class exhibitors this year), and the Homemakers’ passions toward helping individuals achieve their educational goals, is inspiring and one I can’t wait to fully witness myself!  Also, as your gardens are hopefully starting to flourish (or picking up garden-fresh produce from local vendors at our farmers’ markets), be sure to look ahead in this newsletter to see our recipe recommendations to ensure safe food preservation.


If I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you yet, I look forward to doing so very soon.  Please don’t hesitate to say hi if you see me out and about, or stop in at our office.  I look forward to further discovering how my passions and needs of our community align in the coming weeks and months ahead!


Featured Events

October Apple Culinary Challenge

Pick up your October Challenge kit at Purdue Extension Office. Use the apple and other supplies...

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Topics for the field day include viewing the Hoaglands’ cow herd and pastures; “Beef....

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Grow It, Cook It, Craft It: 101 Creative Uses for Fall Squash and Pumpkins

Come join us for a FREE Workshop hosted by Master Gardeners. All are welcome to attend and learn...

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Harrison County Homemaker Happenings

Read More to find out about all of the wonderful things the Harrison County Indiana Extension...

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Extension Educators Retiree Retreat

Retired Extension Educators enjoyed a 2-day retreat touring Harrison County on September 20th and...

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Carnival for Cancer

46th Annual Carnival for Cancer was a Success! Over $10,000 raised and matched

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We Bought A Zoo

Students at NHHS created a budget before researching the different prices for feeding animals and...

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IEHA: Scatter Kindness Campaign

Learn more about IEHA and the Scatter Kindness Campaign

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Fill The Trailer: Flood Relief For Eastern KY

Thank you for all of the generous donations to help fill the trailer with necessities for Eastern...

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International Day

Blue River Extension Homemakers hosted a Sing-Along event on Tuesday September 13th. Karen...

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Old Capitol: Meet the Teacher Night

Thank you Old Capitol Preschool for inviting Purdue Extension to be a part of their “Meet...

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Featured Stories

Family Publications

Families are the basic foundation social unit. Creating strong, stable and resilient families are...

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Eat, Gather, Go

Healthier living is easier than you think. Lots of little actions really add up. Start with a few...

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Suicide Awareness

September is Suicide Awareness Month. Read More for information and National Suicide Prevention...

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Planning for a Secure Retirement

Are you looking forward to the day you retire? Or, do you dread the thought? Being able to retire...

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Food Insecurity

One in nine Americans struggles to have access to enough food, also known as food insecurity....

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Opioid Crisis: Substance Use Education

Misinformation and stigma about substance use makes it difficult to change outcomes. These online...

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Credit Freezes and Fraud Alerts

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Advice

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Why is Hydration Important?

The warmer the weather gets, the more water we lose and the more risk there is of losing too much...

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Using the National Restaurant Association’s Serv Safe ® curriculum and partnering with the Indiana Restaurant Association, hundreds of food service employees are certified or re-certified in food handler certification annually in Indiana.Serv Safe ® training and certification sets the standard in food safety with the most up-to-date and relevant information. It brings together the current best practices to meet the industry’s changing needs. Participants in the training’s stay engaged, retain the information better, and understand how to apply it. 


For more dates, please got to https://www.purdue.edu/servsafe/workshops 


Dining with Diabetes

Diabetes adversely impacts the lives of over 10 percent of adults in Indiana dealing with this chronic condition. People with diabetes may experience financial struggles due to higher healthcare costs and are at increased risk for developing long-term health problems. Dining with Diabetes is a cooking school that offers a practical approach to eating well for those with type 2 diabetes and their caregivers. The program consists of four sessions and a reunion. Program topics include:

  • planning meals and snacks with delicious and healthy recipes
  • cooking demonstrations and food sampling
  • motivation and support — connect with others who are living with diabetes
  • ideas for being more active
  • an understanding of how diabetes affects your overall health