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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.

Engaging Communities through Issues Forums


Bonnie Braun of the University of Maryland Extension and Maria Pippidis of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension will be presenting a webinar on Engaging Communities through Issues Forums on June 9, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT as part of the Skill Building for Extension Professionals series offered by the Extension Foundation.  Registration is required at:

What questions will be answered?

•         Have you ever thought that something beyond your current programming is needed to address issues impacting those you serve?

•         Ever wondered how you could engage more people in understanding and acting on issues affecting their lives?

•         Are you looking for specific guidance for how to increase engagement and build resilience through your programming?

A community issues forum is a tool you can use. By attending this session, you’ll better understand types of forums and their respective outcomes. You’ll leave with a set of tools to host an issues forum and strategies to name and frame issues to encourage participation. You will also become familiar with the 2022 Extension Foundation e-book publication: “Engaging Communities through Issues Forums.”

A recently published a guide explores the use of forums as a community engagement and development tool in Extension work. The comprehensive how-to guide is designed to help Cooperative Extension professionals develop issues forums in both onsite and online settings.

This webinar aligns directly with the recommendations of Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being.

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