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Increasing Physical Activity in Older Adults: Implementation Strategies for Older Adults Webinar Recap

The Extension Foundation recently hosted an webinar with the HHS to discuss and summarize key strategies to increase physical activity among older adults! Leading this webinar were Bianca Macias and Malorie Polster, representatives from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to relay the results of the Midcourse report. The focus of the webinar was a review of the "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Implementation Strategies for Older Adults," along...

Success from Extension Foundation’s New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) Program Accelerator: North Carolina State University Juntos Program Awarded $7.8 Million from USDA-NIFA

The Juntos Program from North Carolina State University was competitively selected in 2020 as a recipient of the Extension Foundation’s New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) award and received it for a second time in 2021. The program was served by Extension Foundation staff including its key informants, and was assigned Dr. Scott Reed as the catalyst/coach for the Juntos Program during their two-year partnership with the Extension Foundation. NTAE is a grant from USDA-NIFA in partnership...

Normalizing the Conversation: Mental Health

By: Sara Croymans adapted by Anna Peterson Part 1 of this blog post introduced the topic of military mental health and suicide and provided a variety of resources. To learn more, go back and read the blog post here . Many Service members and veterans with mental health needs are not seeking treatment for mental health care. One study found that more than 60% of veterans of the Iraq war that screened positive for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety, or depression did...

Facing Organization Changes with Monkeys, Marathons & Popcorn!

Recently we held a workshop on change where the participants mentioned something they were hearing in their organizations. "That's how we do things around here." This phrase is often used to explain a cultural behavior or process. It seems to provide plausible deniability and deflect blame for the current situation. Healthy organizations know they must deal with the challenges of change versus the status quo. No change and you become obsolete. Change for change's sake means chaos rules and...

Virginia Cooperative Extension is hiring an Employee Development Specialist

Direct link to position announcement: https://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/526577/associate-extension-specialist-employee-development The Associate Extension Specialist, Employee Development will provide leadership to Virginia Cooperative Extension in new agent onboarding and continued professional development for Extension employees. The position is housed in the VCE Program and Professional Development Unit and reports to the Extension Leader, Program and Professional...

Deadline Approaching for Pathways to PhD program for AgSTEM students! Please share

If you are a rising junior or senior student who is interested in pursuing graduate education in *science and engineering, then IoT4Ag's Pathway to Ph.D. (PPP) program is for you! (*including agriculture, which we know is related to all STEM!) We strongly encourage applications from American Indian or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Black or African Americans, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Veterans, Women, and people with disabilities. Our organization does not discriminate...

Harvests from the Equitable Development Field Leaders Dialogue Series

The Equitable Development Leadership Academy has danced across several iterations seeking to encourage youth leadership, community capacity building, and the well-being of all life. With the boundless support and ingenuity of Solvable , this work has come to life for me, and I am truly thrilled about the unique resources and experiences we are creating. To inspire our work, we drew upon the wisdom of equity leaders hailing from all corners of the United States. We embarked on a spellbinding...

HHS Nutrition Policy Fellowship at ODPHP

A Health Policy fellowship is available in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Rockville, MD. The participant will gain professional experience in a health policy setting. The primary role for the health policy fellow will be assisting in the coordination and development of the 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The fellow may also be involved in the following activities: Supporting the...

Title: Cultivating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Extension Programs: Pioneering Crucial Work in Today's World

In a rapidly evolving world, where diversity is celebrated, and inclusivity is championed, the role of extension programs has taken on a new level of significance. As a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leader, I am excited to shed light on the crucial work to ensure that extension programs are at the forefront of fostering an inclusive environment that empowers individuals from all walks of life. Embracing Diversity: A Source of Strength The essence of extension programs lies in their...

Registration for Oral Public Comments Opens

Registration for Oral Public Comments Opens Mark Your Calendar for 10:00 AM ET on August 10, 2023 to Register to Provide Virtual Oral Public Comments to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee The 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will hold its third Committee meeting on September 12 and 13, 2023. Registration to attend the livestream meeting and to provide virtual oral comments to the Committee will open on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. ET through DietaryGuidelines.gov...

Tenure-track Junior/Assistant Extension Agent for Agricultural Finance

University of Hawaii / College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources / Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management Job Opening: Tenure-track Junior/Assistant Extension Agent for Agricultural Finance College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) University of Hawai'i at Mānoa CTAHR is a premier college that has a mission to provide exceptional transdisciplinary education, research, and...

Become a Trusted Messenger of Health Information Training and Toolkit: Video Modules

Check out the new video training modules and updated resources from the " Getting to the Heart and Mind of the Matter ," Washington State University EXCITE Team. This team has designed a toolkit and training program specifically aimed at helping become more confident in being a trusted messenger of accurate health information. These new video modules effectively convey the toolkit's concepts and include engaging educational activities. Access the playlist for each section of the training...

Free online/in-person IST on August 8, an Introduction to Community Engagement for Technology Adoption

Please attend my event! It'll be great 🙂 https://connect.extension.org/event/free-online-in-person-ist-on-august-8-an-introduction-to-community-engagement-for-technology-adoption I'm writing to invite you to a free two-hour IST (with online and in-person attendance options) on August 8 from 10 AM to 12 PM ET: "Introduction to Community Engagement for Technology Adoption"! All are welcome, from anywhere in the United States. Purpose and Objectives: 1. To introduce...

Game On! Equitable Development Leadership Academy: Calling Brave Souls

Attention, you courageous hearts and fearless spirits! Prepare to step out of your comfort zone and embark on a developmental adventure like no other with the National 4-H Council. Get ready for an extraordinary journey that will call upon your bravery and determination to redesign equity in your community. An experience where youth and adults unite to deepen their knowledge and leadership skills for a better tomorrow. Together, our cohort of community changemakers will build a strong...

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

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