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The Collective for Health Equity and Well-Being

Cooperative Extension’s Collective for Health Equity and Well-Being is a community of Extension personnel and their partners united by their shared commitment to advancing health equity and well-being. Members work together to support the implementation of Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being (2021) to ensure that all people can be as healthy as they can be.

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Learn to Work with Communities to Implement Crime Prevention Strategies

Are you, or would you like to be, working with communities on crime prevention strategies? This is your opportunity to learn strategies to do this. Michigan State University Extension has been working with faculty in the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and the MSU National Charrette Institute (NCI) to develop training for Extension professionals and communities on how to do crime prevention through placemaking and environmental design. The program is called Placemaking...

Free Seminar on Social Justice and Health Equity

Bradford Hill Seminar – Social justice and health equity – Professor Sir Michael Marmot February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (UK time) All are invited to the hybrid Bradford Hill Seminar: Social justice and health equity Professor Sir Michael Marmot Institute of Health Equity and UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Register to attend Please note this will be a hybrid seminar, with the option to attend in-person (East Forvie Building, Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SR) or...

Synopsis of the First Peer Learning Lightning Round- Building Capacity to Implement the Framework for Health Equity and Well Being

What is the future role of Extension, and how does the Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being help guide Extension's work? On November 15, 2022, six presenters from LGU's across the country shared how their institutions are building capacity to implement the recommendations contained in the Framework. Topics included multi-disciplinary collaboration, the need for clear and relevant data, and aligning Extension work with existing health initiatives at the state and national level.

Deadline for Submitting NHOC Presentation Proposals - January 12

The planning committee for the 2023 National Health Outreach Conference is now accepting proposals to present at next year’s conference. The conference will be held May 22-24, 2023 and will be hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Interested individuals may submit proposals for concurrent sessions of 60 or 20 minutes in length as well as poster presentations that will staffed at a designated time. The central theme of the conference focuses on ensuring that all people have a fair and...

Recordings Available - Peer Learning Lightning Sessions

The recordings of three Zoom sessions held last fall are now available for viewing. The webinar on October 25 included an overview of Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being and can be accessed at https://youtu.be/h2t1mmwNaf0 The webinar on November 15 included lightning presentations on how the University of New Hampshire, University of Florida, The Ohio State University, Kansas State University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of...

Measuring What Matters: Well-Being as a Measure of Social Progress

A 2015 article by McGregor, Coulthard, and Camfield suggests changes in how we develop and evaluate the effectiveness of various policies and programs. While authors contend that " there has been a tremendous upsurge of interest in and initiatives to develop measures of human well-being as a yardstick of societal progress." and suggest that using solely economic measures of progress are inadequate and results in misguided. " The focus on income measures encourages an unbalanced focus on...

Creating High Trust Environments in Organizations

"For society to function, people must believe in the institutions meant to serve them. They need to know that the government is acting in their best interests, that businesses are operating ethically and efficiently, that nonprofits are improving their communities, and that the media is delivering timely, accurate information. Trust creates the conditions for these organizations to carry out their missions (Aspen Institute). A recent article by Aspen Institute's Executive Director Maureen...

CLEAR Field Guide for Emergency Preparedness

The American Hospital Association Center for Health Innovation provides emergency response and disaster preparedness resources that are designed to strengthen and reimagine the nation's emergency management system. More specifically, the CLEAR Field Guide for Emergency Preparedness is designed to advance our nation’s emergency management system by breaking down knowledge silos, bolstering the public health infrastructure, diversifying health care integration and more deeply integrating...

Call for Proposals - 2023 National Health Outreach Conference

The planning committee for the 2023 National Health Outreach Conference is now accepting proposals to present at next year’s conference. The conference will be held May 22-24, 2023 and will be hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Interested individuals may submit proposals for concurrent sessions of 60 or 20 minutes in length as well as poster presentations that will staffed at a designated time. The central theme of the conference focuses on ensuring that all people have a fair and...

Health Equity and Well Being, how do we achieve it?

Recently, I attended the Extension-related Appalachian Health Summit in Roanoke, Virginia. There, we joined many other Appalachian states in discussing determinants of health and the challenges our communities face to access and enjoy health, quality care, and well-being. In this blog, I’d like to pose a question to ourselves as Extension services about how overwhelming this quest for health equity must feel. We left the summit very excited about the possibilities and in my case, with a mind...

Health Framework Lightning Sessions

Hear how twelve land-grant universities across the nation are utilizing Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to experience lifelong health. Presenting on Tuesday, November 15 in a lightning round format (five slides in seven minutes) are the University of New Hampshire, University of Florida, The Ohio State University, Kansas State University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of...

Belonging and Civic Muscle - A Vital Condition, An Extension Opportunity

When viewing the vital conditions framework, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the categories and get lost in thinking about your role in changing any one, or many of the conditions in the community. But, if we look at the conditions as an opportunity to speak to the work that we do as a system, it becomes something that feels right in the work that we do day in and day out, and maybe is the least "measured" in the people counting, and knowledge, attitudes and beliefs surveys many of us do...

Nuts and Bolts of Cooperative Extension's New Health Framework

Don't miss the opportunity to lean more about Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being. This framework was approved by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in 2021 and was designed to serve as a roadmap for advancing the health-focused work of the Cooperative Extension System. The framework is organized around three core themes: health equity, social determinants of health, and working through coalitions to increase community health...

First CDC Flu Season Report

CDC's Influenza Division posted the first full FluView report of the 2022-2023 flu season. The report shows flu activity is increasing across most of the U.S. Flu activity is highest and increasing the most in the southeast and south-central parts of the country.

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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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