Mingla Charoenmuang
Mingla Charoenmuang
NYS 4-H Health, Wellness, and Food Systems Specialist
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research


Dr. Mingla Charoenmuang is an Extension Associate serving as the Health, Wellness, and Food Systems Specialist for New York State 4-H Youth Development. Mingla supports community engagement, career explorations, and the development and implementation of programming that helps youth understand the connections between food systems and agriculture, health, wellness, equity and social justice, and community sustainability. Mingla promotes systems thinking skills in the framework of positive youth development to engage youth in the topics of healthy living, agriculture, and food systems more holistically. Mingla earned her doctorate in Youth Development and Agricultural Education from Purdue University with a focus on food systems education. Her research projects have been in the area of learner-centered teaching, systems thinking education, and STEM/AFNR integration.

Mingla is promoting educational programs that teach youth to understand a bigger picture and relationships in food systems from various perspectives and empower youth to become a more responsible consumer and citizen who contributes to a positive change in the food systems. She manages social media accounts @FoodSystemsThinker on Facebook and Instagram to facilitate further discussions.

Updates can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mingla-Charoenmuang

Wang, H.-H., Charoenmuang, M., Knobloch, N. A., & Tormoehlen, R. L. (2020). Defining interdisciplinary collaboration based on high school teachers’ beliefs and practices of STEM integration using a complex designed system. International Journal of STEM Education, 7(3), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-019-0201-4

Knobloch, N. A., Charoenmuang, M., Cooperstone, J. L., & Patil, B. S. (2019). Developing Interdisciplinary Thinking in a Food and Nutritional Security, Hunger, and Sustainability Graduate Course. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 26(1), 113-127. https://doi.org/10.1080/1389224X.2019.1690014

Founder of 4-H Food Systems Program Work Team
Co-Chair of Youth Healthy Eating and Active Living Program Work Team
Member, National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals
Member, New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators
Member, American Association for Agricultural Education
Member, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture

4-H is youth development program of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). As the youth component of Cooperative Extension, 4-H connects young people to Cornell. In addition to community-based clubs, 4-H also offers in-school and after-school programs, special interest groups, independent memberships, camps, and special events. 4-H is the largest out of school youth organization in the United States with more than 6 million youth participants annually. 4-H reaches approximately 180,000 per year in New York State. Program activities and materials are developed by campus-based experts in related fields, who also provide continuing support to professional staff and volunteers. Hands-on, inquiry-based learning is central to 4-H. Participants learn to take leadership, work in groups, plan, and communicate.

Ph.D., Youth Development and Agricultural Education, College of Agriculture, Purdue University

M.A., Environmental Education, Goshen College

Qualitative Research Graduate Certificate, College of Education, Purdue University

B.S., Environmental Science, Chulalongkorn University

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