KS Community Health Worker Coalition

Erin Yelland

Dr. Yelland is an associate professor and interim director of the Center on Aging in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University. Yelland has a bachelor’s degree in youth, adult and family services from Purdue University and a doctorate in family science from the University of Kentucky. She holds a graduate certificate in gerontology and is a Certified Family Life Educator. In addition to serving as director of the Center on Aging, Erin engages in adult development and aging outreach for K-State Research and Extension. Her primary foci are promoting health and well-being across the lifespan to encourage optimal aging and exploring methods of implementing policy, systems, and environmental changes that positively influence the social determinants of health. Yelland also has research expertise in program evaluation and sexual well-being among older adults. During her time at K-State, Yelland has been designated a University Civic Engagement Fellow and is currently serving as a national eXtension fellow in health and wellness and an associate editor of the Journal of Extension.

Passionate about: The social determinants of health and social justice
Optimistic about: The continued movement to ensure underrepresented voices are heard, valued, and respected
Inspired by: Helping to develop a more inclusive and kind world for my children.