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Department of Family and Community Health

The Family and Community Health (FCH) unit helps Texans better their lives through science-based educational programs

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Family and Community Health (FCH) unit helps Texans better their lives through science-based educational programs designed to improve the overall health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. Programs are developed by subject matter experts and delivered throughout the state by a network of local educators and volunteers. FCH focuses on topics such as child and adult health, nutrition, child care, financial management, passenger and community safety, and building strong families. The goal of the FCH unit is to encourage lifelong health and well-being for every person, every family, and every community.

Dr Lakshmi Mahadevan

Dr Lakshmi Mahadevan has her PhD in Career Development Education from the Department of Education Psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in the USA. During her career, Dr Mahadevan has filled multiple roles within this university, including Program Coordinator and Associate Professor. She is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for Special Populations at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Dr. Mahadevan is a certified Mental Health First Aid – Adults (MHFA) instructor and serves as Principle Investigator for a project that aims to reduce opioid use and misuse in Rural Texas using MHFA and drug trends awareness programs. Her other areas of expertise include evaluating the accessibility of educational programs, overseeing curriculum of a community-based life skills education program for youth aged 18 through 24 and providing strategies for advancing equity in career and technical education.