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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.

Disaggregated Data Helps Identify Health Inequities


Information about health outcomes and community conditions is more abundant and accessible than ever before. The ability to tie a piece of information to a specific geographic location means that Extension practitioners from every discipline now have access to data by zip code, census tract, or neighborhood. For many decades, much of this data was only available by county. These advances in data science now allow Extension personnel to assess community assets and needs at a more granular level and focus their work on the people and communities of greatest need. Such precision approaches to needs assessment and, ultimately, programming can save money, increase the likelihood of producing measurable results, and create more manageable workloads for county-based Extension personnel.

For a curated list of top health data sites (many of which include data down to the census tract or zip code level, please visit

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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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