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Extension in the Intersection of Community Development & Health

This webinar is hosted by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.  The presenters are Johanna Adams, Letitia Johnson,Wilson Majee & Beverly Maltsberger (University of Missouri)

Description: Numerous agencies and institutions, including Extension programs, are investing large amounts of resources into developing healthier communities.  Many of these programs and services, as well as their funding sources, are closely related.  And yet, collaboration is spotty, at times there is even an atmosphere of competitiveness.  This lack of coordination may actually be negatively impacting health indicators.  Through several case studies this webinar will demonstrate how Extension, with its strong ties to local communities and nationwide networks, may be most suitable for serving as a hub for collaboration in promoting community and health improvement.


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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. 

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