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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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Registration Open - 2024 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference to be held May 13-15 in Greenville, South Carolina. The conference is co-hosted by Clemson University, University of Georgia, and North Carolina State University. The conference schedule is packed full of keynote speakers, educational workshops, poster presentations, and an awards banquet. The early bird rate of $450 is available from now through April 15. Special lodging rates are available at the...

Cooperative Extension and Public Health – Input Requested

Extension professionals across the nation engage in public health work; however, this work is not always recognized by public health professionals and their professional associations like the American Public Health Association (APHA). Can greater visibility within APHA grow recognition, understanding, and appreciation of Extension’s contribution to public health? Could that, in turn, lead to new partnerships and support for Cooperative Extension? We want to learn more about the extent to...

Added Sugar, Sweet Foods, and SSBs

Reprinted from HOP Highlights, Winter 2024 CDC published seven added-sugar related papers in the last twelve months on topics such as the prevalence of and characteristics associated with being a high consumer of added sugars, sweet foods, or sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), and associations between knowledge of health risk and SSBs intake. Here are key findings from these studies: Decreasing added sugars intake among the general population by just 14 calories per day, or 57 calories per...

Cancer Education Professional Development (New for 2024)

Rutgers University and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey invite you to participate in their free professional development series focused on cancer education. While many of you participated in this series last year, the content for 2024 is new covering such topics as cancer survivorship, the microbiome, environmental health, and cancer health literacy. Montly sessions befin on Wednesday, February 14. Community CARES is an in-depth training program that will help you confidently promote...

Priester Health Awards - Call for Nominations

Nominations and self-nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Jeanne M. Priester Extension Health Awards . The awards are named for Jeanne Priester, former National Program Leader at ES-USDA involved in the development of such landmark programs such EFNEP and Mulligan Stew. Today, these awards recognize extraordinary programs and professionals that are modeling next generation work in health and well-being. Awards are presented in six different categories. Award recipients will be...

Submit Presentation Proposals by February 4

The deadline to submit presentation proposals for the 2024 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference is February 4, 2024! NHOC 2024 will be held in Greenville, SC, May 13-15, 2024. The conference will be hosted by University of Georgia, Clemson University, and North Carolina State University Extension Services in Greenville, SC. Presentation proposals must be submitted through the submission portal located HERE no later than February 4th , 2024. Interested individuals may submit...

Learn about funding for energy upgrades in the Inflation Reduction Act

Michigan State University Extension is hosting a winter/spring Sustainability Speakers Series. The first speaker will present on Inflation Reduction Act: Funding for Sustainable Energy Upgrades. The session is on January 9, 2024, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The complete Sustainability Speakers Series, flyer attached, offers a diverse lineup of sessions addressing critical sustainability and environmental topics. Learn about opportunities to access funding for sustainable energy...

Submit NHOC Presentation Proposals by February 4

A reminder that the planning committee for the 2024 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference is accepting proposals to present at the conference that will be held May 13-15, 2024. The conference will be hosted by University of Georgia, Clemson University, and North Carolina State University Extension Services in Greenville, SC. Interested individuals may submit proposals for concurrent sessions of 60 or 20 minutes in length as well as poster presentations that will be staffed at a...

Vaccine Prevented 6 Million Cases, 65,000 Hospitalizations

For more than a decade, CDC has used a model to estimate the numbers of flu illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths during the flu season, and to estimate the impact that flu vaccination had on illness outcomes in the United States ( 1-6 ). The methods used to calculate the estimates of flu burden prevented by flu vaccination have been described previously ( 1 , 2 , 6 ). CDC uses the estimates of the impact of flu vaccination to inform policy and communications promoting...

Omicron Variant JN.1 Prevalence Growing

CDC projects that the variant JN.1 comprises an estimated 21% of COVID cases in the United States as of December 8, 2023. JN.1 has an additional spike protein mutation that could potentially make it harder for the body to fight off an infection. However, the CDC has said that there’s been no indication that it causes more severe disease than other circulating variants. But for the 92% percent of Americans who have not received the latest vaccine, their body isn’t able to fend off more severe...

Flu Vaccination During Pregnancy Reduces Flu Risk in Infants

A CDC study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that infants younger than 6 months born to people who were vaccinated during their pregnancy were protected from flu-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Infants are at higher risk of being hospitalized compared to other children but cannot get a flu shot until they turn 6 months. The study underscores the importance of pregnant people getting vaccinated since both pregnant people and their infants are at higher risk of...

Call for Proposals - 2024 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference

Greetings Colleagues: The planning committee for the 2024 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference is now accepting proposals to present at next year’s conference. The conference will be held May 13-15, 2024 and will be hosted by University of Georgia, Clemson University, and North Carolina State University Extension Services in Greenville, SC. Interested individuals may submit proposals for concurrent sessions of 60 or 20 minutes in length as well as poster presentations that will...

University of Florida Advances Health Equity

Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to be a key leader in advancing community-based initiatives aimed at tackling health inequities in underserved communities. In 2021, the Extension Committee on Operations and Policy (ECOP) adopted Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity & Well-being (Framework) that articulates a vision for this work. Advancing health equity as a core system value across the Extension system is the first of five key recommendations. A case...

New Data added to PLACES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently added additional years of data for 36 health-related measures to its interactive PLACES data hub. PLACES is a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation that provides health data for small geographic areas across the country. This data allows Cooperative Extension and its partners better understand both the burden and geographic distribution of health measures within counties and assist...

University of Georgia - District Program Development Coordinator

The University of Georgia is currently accepting applications for a District Program Development Coordinator within its Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program. This position gives leadership and training to the Family & Consumer Sciences ( FACS ) Agents and staff in the Southeast District of UGA Cooperative Extension. It fills a significant role in helping Agents identify programming needs, plan educational programs, and manage county educational priorities. This position is...

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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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