KS Community Health Worker Coalition

Elizabeth Kiss

Elizabeth Kiss is an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University. Her underlying motivation is a desire to understand why people do what they do when it comes to using their time, earning and spending money, and making decisions about education and skills. She approaches her scholarship through the dual lenses of financial decision-making and financial education. Making a difference in the lives of Kansans is important. Scholarship that can inform policy, systems, and environmental change is also important. Because of this, she tends to focus her efforts on those groups whose access and participation in the economic system may be challenged in some way. Exploring financial decision-making across the life cycle, in rural areas, and at the intersections of health and financial well-being are focus areas. 

Kiss assists in the development and delivery of a statewide Cooperative Extension program focused on developing the financial knowledge and skills for sound financial decision-making of Kansans. She supports the work of Extension agents across the state by providing linkages to current research, educational resources, and statewide and national organizations. Her expertise is in framing, developing, and evaluation extension educational programs in the areas of family resource management, family and consumer economics, and personal finance. In addition to traditional delivery methods, her programming efforts have also included social marketing campaigns and online educational challenges.