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We're Hiring! Impact Collaborative Program Coordinator

The Extension Foundation is seeking an individual to join our team as the Impact Collaborative Program Coordinator. This full-time position includes leading all functions of the Extension Foundation’s Impact Collaborative program. The Impact Collaborative Program Coordinator will work closely with the Extension Foundation Design Strategist and Extension Foundation Leadership Development Specialist to design, implement and assess successful offerings, including fostering the ongoing...

Celebrating Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE) Activity 1 Achievements with CDC

ECOP, through an Interagency Agreement with the USDA and CDC, funded the Cooperative Extension System to address Immunization education in rural and medically underserved areas through the EXCITE program through two national projects, Vaccine with Confidence and Pilot Project Adult Immunization Education. The Extension network being a trusted and reliable resource for communities was a key factor in being selected by the CDC as a partner. 72 Land Grant Universities were selected,...

Leadership from "Band of Brothers" Commander

Major Richard "Dick" Winters , a native of Ephrata in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was the Commander of "Easy Company", 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Division, in World War II. They have affectionately become known as the " Band of Brothers ". On D-Day (June 6, 1944) he parachuted behind enemy lines into Normandy, France. 156,000 other American, British and Canadian forces were involved in "Operation Overlord" that become the turning point in...

May National Health Observances: Physical Fitness, Older Americans, Women’s Health, and More!

Posted on April 29, 2022 by HHS/ODPHP Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our priorities for improving health nationwide. To help you spread the word, we’ve gathered resources that you can use to promote these NHOs with your networks and communities. This month, we’re raising awareness about physical fitness and sports, healthy aging, women’s health, mental health, stroke, healthy vision, and hepatitis. Use the resources below to join the...

Resource Roundup: Recruiting Training and Leading Volunteers in Extension Programs

April is a month for volunteering- the entire month is National Volunteer Month! National Volunteer Month  celebrates the power of volunteers, and it's a great time to evaluate and strengthen your Volunteer recruitment, training, and management in your Extension programs! Volunteers are an extremely valuable asset to Extension. They allow for further reach in communities and provide a community member's perspective and credibility to an Extension program or project. As National Volunteer...

Application for New Technologies for Ag Extension is Now Open, Deadline June 20th, 2022.

New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) is a grant from USDA-NIFA in partnership with Oklahoma State University and it will begin its fourth year starting on September 1st, 2022. The Foundation is inviting your project and program teams aligned with USDA and ECOP strategic goals/priority program areas to apply and receive some funding and support from the Extension Foundation for one full year. Programs with a special focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, and climate are encouraged but...

Intro to TRICARE Health Plans & Special Programs

Interested in learning more about TRICARE health care programs for service members, retirees, and their families around the world? OneOp will be partnering with the Defense Health Agency to provide a free professional development webinar on May 25, 2022 at 11:00 AM ET focusing on basic information and resources for military service providers and community support professionals. We recommend that military families with an individual with disabilities attend this webinar to better understand...

UNH Extension seeks Field Specialist, 4-H Healthy Living: Outdoor Education

The 4-H Healthy Living Field Specialist, located in Lancaster, N.H. with statewide responsibilities, will be responsible for providing leadership in determining needs, establishing priorities, and in developing, marketing, implementing, evaluating and reporting educational programs for the N.H. 4-H Healthy Living pathway focused on Outdoor Education. For more information, visit our website: UNH Extension Seeks an Extension Field Specialist, 4-H Healthy Living: Outdoor Education in Coös...

New EXCITE Podcast: The Role of 1890 & 1994 Engagement Coordinators

We’re excited to share a new podcast episode about the important work of the Extension Collaboration on Immunization Teaching & Engagement (EXCITE) program. EXCITE is creating a framework that will model new ways for the Cooperative Extension system to engage and reach Extension programs across all three regions. The EXCITE team has developed practices to ensure that under-represented regions are included in the design of the new system-wide effort and that their institutions will be...

What I learned from a 5-day challenge...

These days it seems everyone is doing some kind of "challenge". Truthfully, these make me pretty skeptical and after they try to sell something to you for the first 20-minutes I'm out. This time I stuck with it! Just finished reading " Soundtracks " by Jon Acuff and was curious to learn more about his work. BAM! His Overcoming Overthinking Challenge appeared on his feed and I signed up. Here are the nuggets from each session... Opening The 2 most powerful word in the English language are "me...

ICYMI: Innovative Online Extension Programming and Nutrition Research to Promote Current Dietary Guidelines Using Spices and Herbs

Last week, the Foundation hosted a wonderful group from Penn State University: Penny M. Kris-Etherton, PhD RD FAHA FNLA FASN CLS Mary Alice Gettings, MS,RDN,LDN,CDCES Samantha Zlotorzynski, MA,RDN Olivia Lawler Penn State Extension planned and conducted Let’s Cook at Home: Herbs and Spices webinar with live food demonstrations to introduce this topic to the public. The participant evaluations guided the design of an ongoing research project to evaluate the effectiveness of short online...

How are you Showing Appreciation for Volunteers?

Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? National Volunteer Month celebrates the power of volunteers, and it is a great time for you to show appreciation for the volunteers in your Extension programs! Volunteers are a valuable asset to Extension. Programs depend on reliable volunteers to increase the reach and capacity of Cooperative Extension in a county or state. Ensuring volunteers feel valued, keeping them motivated, and recognizing their efforts are key to developing and...

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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 Agriculture Extension grant no. 2020-41595-30123 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and membership funding. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, please visit extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

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