Elisa Worland

Purdue Extension Educator, Wayne County, Health & Human Sciences, Community Development

Wayne County
Elisa Worland

Elisa Worland is the community development/health & human sciences educator for Wayne County Extension. She earned her bachelor’s in Government and Spanish from Smith College. After spending multiple years providing services to adults experiencing severe and/or persistent mental illness, she went on to pursue a master’s in social work from Portland State University, with a focus on community-based practice. In addition to her work in mental health, she also has experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and individuals experiencing homelessness.

In her most recent position prior to extension, she served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. During her first two years, she focused on facilitating workshops on sexual and reproductive health as well as life skills for youth in a small, rural town. She extended her service to provide technical assistance to Arovia, the first national government volunteer program for young professionals in Paraguay. She created the first draft of their manual, Jarovia, a collection of tools for social innovation and community engagement. It was published digitally in December 2021 and has been utilized in training community health workers across Paraguay. She extended her service a second time to assist the Paraguayan Ministry of Public Health and Social Wellbeing in developing the structure for a national volunteer program in the health sector.

Elisa has experience with program development, training design, facilitation, systems thinking, and non-formal adult education. She is passionate about supporting communities to be more sustainable, innovative, and healthy.