Dale Greer, program manager in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, has been named a Friend of Extension by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension’s professional fraternity, Epsilon Sigma Phi. Greer has partnered with Cooperative Extension for many years to provide health and nutrition education to people across the state with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes.
The Friend of Extension Award is given to businesses or individuals who are not employed by Cooperative Extension who contribute significantly to the success of Colorado State Cooperative Extension’s educational efforts. Greer was recognized at an awards banquet in Fort Collins on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Greer has been a significant partner in two Colorado State Cooperative Extension health education programs: Small Changes Make a Big Difference and Dining with Diabetes. Through her efforts, these programs have provided Colorado families with information regarding how to control and prevent diabetes and where they can go for help and to find education and materials from Colorado State Cooperative Extension agents throughout the state.
Her work with these two programs has contributed significantly to Colorado State Cooperative Extension’s action plan to reduce the burden of diabetes on the citizens of the state and the state’s resources. The plan addresses diabetes through educational efforts, built upon cooperation between businesses and individuals throughout the state. The plan includes public awareness, access to diabetes care and education on diabetes at all levels.
Greer has contributed personal time, effort and funds to develop, distribute and evaluate these programs and materials and make them available to health educators in Colorado free of charge. These materials are tailored to effectively reach people with various learning styles and are available in a variety of presentation formats such as in CDs, posters and brochures and hands-on training. With Greer’s assistance through the Department of Public Health, materials also have been translated into Spanish.