Harrison County Health and Human Sciences


Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences (HHS) provides education to people of all ages in Indiana’s 92 counties on the topics of food, family, money & health. The community is our classroom – where we bring university information to the local level and help people strengthen families, spend smart, eat right, and live well.

    Welcome to the Purdue Extension-Harrison County Health and Human Sciences program. Our HHS educator delivers practical, high-impact, research-based programs to those in our community related to food-based knowledge and safety, money management, health and wellness, and family resources. We offer a variety of engaging and comprehensive programs and services including, but not limited to: Pressure Canner Testing, Conflict Management Training, Dining with Diabetes, ServSafe Food Handler and Manager Training, and Where Does Your Money Go?  HHS Extension programs offer a variety of adult and youth classes catering to these needs. Contact us today to learn more about what HHS can do for you!


Click below to view the Harrison County Extension Calendar for upcoming events:


Meet the Educator

Tara Beckman

Tara Beckman

Health and Human Sciences & Community Development
Extension Educator

A Letter from the Educator

Hi, everyone!


I am Tara Beckman, the Health and Human Sciences and Community Development Educator serving our county.  I am a licensed Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, with over a decade of teaching experience including having taught an array of courses and topics under the FCS framework.  Over the years, I have also devoted much of my time toward many school and community efforts involving youth and adults and have experience in both facilitative programming and event planning through various roles I’ve held while in education.

I am passionate about helping others- with a particular interest in developing effective systems that help to achieve desired outcomes.  I look forward to collaborating with community members, local leaders, and all other stakeholders, while working to improve the quality of life for current and future residents of Harrison County!

Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences assesses the needs and assets of the community, and based on that assessment provides educational programming and research data to community members, organizations, local government, and coalition.

The four pillars Health and Human Sciences focus on:

  • Food
  • Family
  • Money - Financial Well-being
  • Health

For specific program opportunities visit: State HHS Website

If you have any questions or would like to chat about the programs we offer feel free to call the Extension Office at 812-738-4236 or email: tdbeckma@purdue.edu


Featured Events

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February Challenge Kit

Stop by the Extension Office to grab your February Challenge Kit for a chance to win a special...

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Extension Homemakers Scholarships

Interested in these Extension Homemakers Scholarships? Come by the Extension Office to grab an...

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Eat Smart, Live Strong

"Eat Smart, Live Strong," offered by the Harrison County Purdue Extension Office, aims...

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Empower Me To Be Clutter Free
Empower Me To Be Clutter Free

"Empower Me To Be Clutter Free" will take place at the Corydon Harrison County Public...

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Dining With Diabetes

Nutrition and physical activity are keys to managing your Type 2 Diabetes, but where do you...

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Where Does Your Money Go?

WDYMG is a two session program designed to help consumers better understand how they spend their...

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Extension Homemakers Cookie Walk

Harrison County Extension Homemakers had a successful Cookie Walk event at Historic Downtown...

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Extension Homemakers Holiday Workshop

Tuesday, November 15th, the Harrison County IEHA had their annual Holiday Workshop at the...

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Extension Homemakers Scatter Kindness Pocket Hearts

Keep a lookout for pocket hearts that may be shared in our area. while you’re at it, see if...

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A Matter of Balance

Our HHS/CD Educator, Tara Beckman, was a part of this training in October and can now bring A...

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Our HHS Educator, Tara Beckman met with SWAG (Seniors With A Goal) at Dairy Dip Community...

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Pumpkin Challenge

November Challenge Kits available NOW! November is our Pumpkin Propulsion STEM Challenge-Open...

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SC Career Day
South Central Career Day

Career Day at South Central Middle/High School

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

Harrison County Master Gardeners October installment of the Fall Guest Speaker Series was a...

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Lanesville/St.John's Ag Day

October 19th Purdue Extension and Harrison County Farm Bureau took Ag Day on the road for all...

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October Apple Culinary Challenge

October is Apple Month! Purdue Extension Harrison County had an Apple Culinary Challenge...

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Ag Days
Harrison County Ag Days: Fruits Of Our Labor

3rd graders of Harrison County learn about agricultural topics from ATV and grain bin safety to...

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

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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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Latest HHS Newsletter

Latest HHS Newsletter

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February/March Newsletter

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 future newsletters in the mail, please contact our office manager,...

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Previous Newsletters

HHS Newsletter

This is the December/January edition of the Health and Human Sciences Newsletter.

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HHS Newsletter
October/ November

This is the October/November edition of the Health and Human Sciences Newsletter.

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HHS Newsletter
July/ August/ September

This is the July, August, and September edition of the Health and Human Sciences Newsletter.

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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