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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.


Become an RWJF Health Equity Scholar

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is currently receiving applications to become one of fifteen early career scholars to become Health Equity Scholars for Action. The goal of the Health Equity Scholars for Action (HES4A) program is to enhance the supports, resources, and community necessary for participants with historically underrepresented backgrounds (HURs) to thrive professionally and personally. In turn, scholars will actively engage in health equity-related research that helps...

Guide for Building Sustainable and Resilient Coalitions

The Tamarack Institute is pleased to announce the release of their new guide for building sustainable and and resilient coalitions. Sustainability involves many factors, including leadership, funding, community engagement, and the ability to influence policy and systems that lead to program or collective impact. Resilience is about building a collaboration’s capacity to shift, adapt, and change, and is also focused on the overall health and well-being of the collaboration and the community.

EXCITE Program is Hiring!

The Extension Collaboration on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE) seeks to add 1-2 program coaches for the adult immunization education program from June 1, 2023 through November 30, 2024. See the application and a pply here. Applicants should have knowledge of public health and have some experience relative to Cooperative Extension based at Land Grant Universities. This position will be part of the EXCITE program team and will serve as an online coach for 5-7 Land Grant...

USDA Child Nutrition Program Rule Proposals — What are They and Why Should You Take Action? (Deadline: Extended to May 10, 2023)

On February 7, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced proposed rule changes to its child nutrition program standards. This will have a huge impact on school, after-school, and early child care meal programs. Before implementing these proposed changes, USDA is asking individuals and organizations to share feedback on how these changes would affect people and what to keep in mind when implementing. Learn more and take action here .

Toolkit and Workshop for Building Confidence as a Trusted Messenger!

Getting to the Heart and Mind of the Matter: A Toolkit and Workshops for Building Confidence in Being a Trusted Messenger of Health Information REGISTER HERE Attention all Extension professionals and community partners involved in health-related work! Enhance your communication skills and gain new tools that will help you be a trusted messenger of health information in your community! Join the Washington State team for a three-part workshop series: Getting to the Heart and Mind of the...

Position Announcements - University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce two new health-focused faculty positions with significant Extension responsibility. The first is an Assistant/Associate Extension Professor in Community and Family Health. Visit . The second is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Mental Health and Well-Being. See ttps:// . The review of applications will begin on May 1, 2023 with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2023.

National Public Health Week - April 3-9

During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health. Continue your participation by viewing our daily theme fact sheets (in English and Spanish), attending other APHA hosted events and our partner events. Learn more .

Opportunities for EXCITE Teams to Share your Great Work

We are sharing different ways in which EXCITE and other health and wellness projects can share their great efforts with both internal and external audiences! This will help foster best practices, create and build partnerships, and spread the work of Extension. We encourage teams to explore different platforms and audiences to share their projects and further the mission of Extension becoming a trusted partner in public health. Internal Extension-focused opportunities: Consider writing a post...

Early Bird Registration Available through March 17

I just wanted to pass along a reminder that the early bird registration rate for the national Health Outreach Conference is available through March 17. Visit to register. Also know that the conference schedule has been loaded with all accepted presentations listed. Feel to browse the sessions at The conference will begin at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 22 and will end at NOON on Wednesday, May 24. The conference will...

National Nutrition Month and Extension's Diabetes Prevention Toolkit

This March , we are showing support for National Nutrition Month by highlighting Extension projects that conduct research and programming on nutrition-related topics to aid in the prevention and treatment of disease, such as the Diabetes Prevention Toolkit: A template for better health project. According to the CDC, diabetes affects 1 in 10 Americans and is the seventh leading cause of premature death in the US. In response to this growing public health crisis, an Extension team, funded by...

National Health Outreach Conference - Registration Reminder

I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2023 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference to be held May 22-24 in Ithaca, NY. The 2023 conference is being hosted by Cornell University and is open to all Extension faculty and staff and their community partners. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary opportunity to connect with individuals from across the country who share your passion for ensuring that all people have the opportunity to experience lifelong...

The EXCITE Project: Impact of Immunization Education Programs at 1890 Institutions

The 1890 Universities Foundation collaborated with the Extension Foundation to implement the system-wide program, Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE). EXCITE addresses barriers and increases confidence about COVID-19, flu, and other vaccinations among rural and medically underserved audiences and informs CDC, USDA-NIFA, Cooperative Extension, and health partners about how best to implement public health programs to reduce health disparities. EXCITE...

Priester Health Awards - Call for Nominations

The Jeanne M. Priester Extension Health Awards recognize extraordinary programs and professionals that are modeling next generation work in the area of health and well-being. Awards are presented in five different categories. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2023 National Health Outreach Conference at Cornell University in May. Nominations will be accepted in five categories. PROGRAM AWARD, Individual or Family - programs designed to meet an identified need at the individual and/or...

Understand Changes to Social Security Benefits in 2023

Join OneOp on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM ET as we provide important information about the basics of the Supplemental Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs and the application process. RSVP to join at: Social Security Benefits in 2023 . According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) approximately 70 million Americans will see an 8.7% increase in their Social Security benefits and SSI payments in 2023. On average, Social Security...

Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In my role as a Well-Being and Equity Project Manager, I am working to co-create a process for youth and adults to promote equitable development in their community by partnering with Cooperative Extension. I’d like to take a moment to ponder some of the ways Cooperative Extension currently shows up in this movement for societal progress. It is time we deeply question the ways we promote and discourage equitable development in our work, for perpetuating the status quo hurts communities and...

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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