Jane Strommen joins SDSU Extension as gerontology specialist

SDSU Extension
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BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension welcomes Jane Strommen to the team. Strommen will serve as an SDSU Extension gerontology specialist.

“Jane brings to SDSU Extension decades of experience working in the field of gerontology. Her experience and qualifications make her a great fit to serve South Dakotans,” said Suzanne Stluka, SDSU Extension Food and Families Program director.

In this position, Strommen will team up with Leacey Brown, who also serves as an SDSU Extension gerontology field specialist, to serve our state’s aging population and their support network.

“When you look at the population trend of South Dakota, we are becoming an aging state – as are many states,” Stluka said. “Our gerontology staff focuses on the challenges aging presents and uses research-based information to work with individuals and their communities to tackle those issues.”

Because Strommen’s position is shared with NDSU Extension, Stluka added that it allows for sharing of resources between two state extension groups.

“As our population ages, many wish to age in place, and we work to help them do so,” Stluka said. “This is a really good example of leveraging resources to provide the best services to our South Dakota stakeholders.”

More about Jane Strommen

As a young child, Jane Strommen developed many friendships with local nursing home residents. Her mom was the office manager, so she spent many hours visiting with residents.

“I got to form some really awesome relationships with residents,” explained Strommen, who has worked in the field of gerontology since 1987 when she began her career as a long term care administrator. “I have always been drawn to this population. They are a special group of people with great life stories and wisdom.”

In 2003, Strommen developed Community of Care, a nonprofit organization serving needs of older, rural adults. Since 2010, she has worked at North Dakota State University, first in the NDSU Department of Nursing, as project coordinator for North Dakota Partners in Nursing Gerontology Consortium Project and then as an NDSU Extension gerontology specialist. Today, she will split her time between NDSU and SDSU Extension.

“I really appreciate the community partnership piece of extension. That is where my heart has been – in the applied side of gerontology, where I get to work in the field helping people and community members,” Strommen said. “Because extension is connected to the research side of things, in our role as gerontology specialists, we are liaison between those who work in gerontology research, those who work in the field of gerontology and those who are aging and their families.”

Partnering with Brown, Strommen will assist with existing programming and work to launch new programs and connect South Dakotans with new resources to meet their needs.

Strommen has a Ph.D. from North Dakota State University in human development, gerontology track; a master’s in health services administration from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois, and she received her bachelor’s in business administration from North Dakota State University.

To contact Strommen, e-mail her at jane.strommen@ndsu.edu or call 701.231.5948.

SDSU Extension welcomes Jane Strommen to the team. Strommen will serve as an SDSU Extension Gerontology Specialist. iGrow photo