Our Impact on Sedgwick County
Senior Health Insurance Counseling of Kansas (SHICK)
Every day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65, and many do not understand Medicare. In 2016, during Medicare Enrollment, Sedgwick County Extension reached 3,286 individuals and saved local citizens $1.6 million dollars in health care costs.
Agriculture is the second largest industry in Sedgwick County. Seventy six percent of our county's land is in agriculture production today. Sedgwick County K-State Research and Extension provides non-bias research based information to help producers be more efficient, profitable, and better stewards of the land. We provide in county research for producers through replicated wheat variety plots, as well as many other in field test plots. We offer soil testing and fertility recommendations based on the test results. Extension played a key role in providing information to producers when a new pest, the sugarcane aphid, threatened our states sorghum crop.
4-H Youth Program
4-H is committed to providing positive experiences for as many young people as possible, helping them "Learn By Doing" in a variety of ways. In 2016 more than 10,000 Sedgwick County youth were served by 4-H programs, such as school enrichment lessons that offer hands-on learning opportunities in local schools, or in-school 4-H clubs that meet monthly in the Wichita special education classrooms. Military youth at McConnell AFB participated in 4-H weekly as part of their after-school program, and inner-city children attend a 4-H summer day camp that keeps their academic skills sharp. Some families choose to join a 4-H club in their local community while others enjoy focusing on special interests like rabbits, shooting sports or horsemanship.
Nutrition Education Programs
Kansas State University Research and Extension in Sedgwick County provides nutrition education to limited resource families through two research-based programs. EFNEP, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, is a USDA-funded program, in which paraprofessionals deliver education to low income youth and families with young children. SNAP-Ed, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education, is a nutrition education program provided to SNAP eligible individuals and families and delivered by program assistants. Over 15% of persons in the county live below the Federal poverty level and thirty-two percent of Kansans that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits live in Sedgwick County. Additionally, Kansas now has the 7th highest adult obesity rate in the nation. Programs such as EFNEP and SNAP-Ed help alleviate poverty, reduce food insecurity, improve dietary quality, protect against obesity, and improve health. Please visit the EFNEP and SNAP-Ed sections of the webpage to see 2016 impact reports.
Sedgwick County Master Gardener Volunteers contributed 19,256 volunteer hours in 2016, gained 5,579 hours of Advanced Training, and had over 75,381 contacts with the public through Master Gardener special events, educational programs and garden tours. Master Gardeners answered more than 4,000 gardening questions via the Master Gardener Hotline and Walk-in Clinic.