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Getting to the Heart of the Matter: COVID-19 Vaccination Education Survey

Cooperative Extension professionals across the system and at all levels are invited to share their opinions and experiences regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and vaccination education. This project is sponsored by the Extension Foundation and the Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE). Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow Center for Media & Health Promotion Research , WSU Extension , and the WSU College of Education are conducting a needs...

Job Opening: Soil Health Extension Educator

INTRODUCTION The University of Connecticut (UConn) Department of Extension is seeking applicants for a full-time (11 month) non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Extension Educator. The successful applicant will assess, develop and deliver impactful extension programs on soil health, regenerative agriculture, and conservation practices. These programs will build an Extension program focused on creating more climate and economically resilient agricultural systems through improved knowledge of...

Seeking input for New England’s livestock and poultry farm enhanced biosecurity plans

We are reaching out on behalf of the Secure Food Supply-New England Style project which is funded by the USDA’s 2020 National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP). This project and the research we are conducting is managed by Dr. Julie Smith at the University of Vermont (UVM) with assistance from the UVM Center for Rural Studies . The goal of the project is to improve foreign animal disease preparedness in New England. As part of the research study, we are reaching out...

Leadership Priorities

"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly." -Jim Rohn Strong Not Rude “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.” -Vince Lombardi Our strength is shown in relationships with others. Leadership is about effective relationships. It's about honoring people over process to unlock everyone's strengths! Kind Not...

Nutrition During Pregnancy to Support a Healthy Mom and Baby

Posted on February 16, 2022 by HHS/ODPHP By Dennis Anderson-Villaluz, MBA, RD, LDN, FAND, nutrition advisor, and Julia Quam, MSPH, RDN, ORISE health policy fellow, of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Good nutrition before, during, and after pregnancy is essential for a healthy mom and baby. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 dedicates a chapter to women who are pregnant and breastfeeding. Health professionals can use this guidance to better understand unique...

Dietary Guidelines Professional and Consumer Resources Now Available in Spanish Este mensaje está en español debajo

As part of National Nutrition Month®, we are excited to announce that many of the professional and consumer resources for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 are now available in Spanish. We invite you to check out these new resources on DietaryGuidelines.gov . Thank you for the important work that you do every day to improve the health of Americans by encouraging healthy food and beverage choices in communities where you live and work. Print Materials/Materiales Impresos...

Tourism Specialist Position open

Title: Tourism Specialist Classification: Assistant Extension Professor (9623), Academic Professional and Admin Program Area: Center for Community Vitality, Tourism Center Office Location: St Paul Campus Reports to: Tourism Center Director Salary range : $72,000 - $80,000 Initial Deadline: March 28, 2022 ABOUT THIS POSITION In this position, you will work to develop, implement, and share research on tourism and outdoor recreation that informs program development, advises tourism-related...

New Job Opening: Regional Educator in Community Economics, Minnesota

Are you passionate about community development and have experience in economic development, data analysis, and using research in educational program design and delivery? University of Minnesota Community economics educators partner with community members to lead economic transformation. Our goal is to help communities create a positive economic climate. This position will involve teaching, conducting community-based research, and community coaching. For more information about the position...

The Marathon Effect

When any change initiative is announced, the person making the announcement is way ahead of the people hearing about it. They already know about it. They've had time to process what’s about to happen, how it will affect them and how they'd like to present it to others. This means they're days, weeks, even months ahead of others in considerations surrounding the change. Ugh! Not another post about how hard "change" is...that's exhausting! You're right. It's often exhausting. Kind of like...

New Connect Extension Podcast Episode: Getting to the Heart of the Matter with Washington State University

The Washington State University EXCITE program team comes on the podcast to discuss their new project Getting to the Heart of the Matter which aims to address vaccine hesitancy among Extension professionals. The goal of the project is to implement strategies that will reduce vaccination hesitancy and increase willingness to become immunization educators. Project leaders from WSU include Erica Austin, Paul Bolls, Zena Edwards, Courtney Payne, and Bruce Austin. This episode is a conversation...

Moving Toward Inclusive Practice

How do we start engaging people in marginalized communities and why is th i s important? What does it mean to “come in differently?” Are helping professionals able to tell a well-meaning question from one with judgment behind it? Dr. Anne Phibbs poses these questions and more in OneOp’s podcast series entitled, Moving Toward Inclusive Practice with Dr. Anne Phibbs . By tuning in, each episode may help you on your journey toward a more inclusive, culturally-informed way of working. Hosted by...

New Publication Helps Cooperative Extension Professionals Engage Communities

A new publication - Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement - is available from the Extension Foundation. The publication explores the use of issue forums as a community engagement tool in Extension work. Both a process guide and content publication, it is a comprehensive “how-to” designed to help Cooperative Extension professionals successfully develop and implement issues forums in both onsite and online settings. Each section...

Teamwork Part 5: Make a difference together!

Have a confession to make. This 5-part series on teamwork has been based on the research of Google's " Project Aristotle " with some of my own tidbits thrown in for fun! The story of the stonemasons is perfect for setting up the final aspect of highly effective teams. A man was walking by a huge construction project. He came upon a worker and asked what he was doing. He replied, “I’m making a living” . Curious, the man kept walking. Soon he came upon another worker and asked him what he was...

EXCITE Job Opening: 1994 Land-grant University (LGU) Coordinator

Job Title : 1994 Land-grant University (LGU) Coordinator Location: This is a virtual position. Travel to 1994 institutions may be necessary to accomplish project objectives. Extension provides reimbursement for travel cost and expenses in connection with performance of services. Project Goal : Create a method of effective collaboration among participating 1994 Land-grant institution Extension offices that focuses on rural, hard-to-reach, Indigenous communities. Develop and implement a pilot...

Job Opening: Assistant Director of Programs: Food, Families, and Health , Penn State Extension

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Assistant Director of Programs: Food, Families, and Health Penn State Extension is seeking a high-performing individual interested in leading our nationally recognized food, families, and health programs to include health and wellness, family well-being, and vector-borne disease program teams. This is a staff position wherein the successful candidate will be expected to embrace innovation and new approaches that enhance access to and value of our...

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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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