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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.

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 Conway and Associate Director Matt Helmer shares tips for organizational leaders who want to create high-trust environments.

Key Takeaways:

  • Low-income workers report feeling less trusted by their bosses than their higher-earning counterparts. They believe their skills are undervalued.
  • Workers who are constantly monitored and under threat of replacement are less engaged and productive.
  • Companies that develop workers’ skills and engage them in decision-making experience a competitive advantage over their peers.

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