Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Teresa Henson has been appointed Extension specialist II – nutrition outreach coordinator for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s 1890 Cooperative Extension Program. In this role she will provide overall coordination and leadership in planning, developing and implementing the university’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) operations. EFNEP – a federal Extension nutrition and community outreach program – currently operates through 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities in each U.S. state.
Henson will also be responsible for training new staff, developing educational resources and collaborating with other agencies and organizations to promote and coordinate UAPB’s nutrition education programs.
“Ms. Henson’s prior experiences will be valuable as we strive to grow and strengthen our nutrition education programs at UAPB,” said Easter H. Tucker, interim family and consumer sciences program leader for UAPB. “She will be a welcome addition to the family and consumer sciences unit.”
Henson earned a master’s degree in health education and promotion and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also has a master’s degree in health sciences from the University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences and a certificate in public health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.
Prior to joining UAPB, Henson worked as a regional program associate for EFNEP at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), where she was responsible for the oversight of EFNEP programming in the Ouachita District, which included Pulaski, Hempstead, Miller and Union counties. In addition to training and managing program assistants, she assisted with the recruitment of EFNEP youth participants into 4-H programs and traveled to the counties she oversaw to establish EFNEP partnerships with local agencies and organizations.
From 2012 to 2015, she worked as a program associate for EFNEP at CES, and was responsible for implementing an experiential learning program that informed adult participants about how to ensure the nutritional quality of family meals through proper food selection, preparation, storage and safety. She also conducted professional trainings and presented educational information on nutrition at local, state and national conferences.
Henson’s professional memberships include the Arkansas Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists, Arkansas Society for Public Health Education, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Her honors include receiving the Extension Excellence Award for Diversity for an EFNEP team in 2015 and the Extension Excellence Team Award as part of a family and consumer sciences unit in 2008. In 2014, she received the Champion Award for Support Staff from EFNEP at UAPB.