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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.

Funding to Document Successful Health Extension Innovations

Has your land grant institution implemented an innovation that has accelerated Cooperative Extension’s work to advance health and well being?  If so, we want to help you tell that story of innovation and the difference it is making in your state.
The Well Connected Communities Initiative, administered through National 4-H Council with the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will provide seven land grant universities with $25,000 each to perform a case study of a successful innovation.  Such funds could be used to support a graduate student or Extension educator interested in conducting a qualitative evaluation study.  The results of the case study can be summarized in a 5-page report or five-minute video.
Here are some examples of the types of innovations that might be be selected for funding.
1. A cross campus partnership with another college or unit.
2. Modifications to performance criteria to support a new way of working.
3. Use of data science to identify health inequities.
4. Integration of community and economic development principles into health-related work.
5. A youth-led initiative to advance health equity.
6. Work to infuse health equity as a core Extension value.
7. A multi-sector partnership focusing on health of a particular region or marginalized population.
8. Integration of nutrition staff into broader health efforts.
For your convenience, I have attached a copy of RFA for this competitive funding announcement.  The portal for submitting your proposal can be accessed at https://4hcouncil.co1.qualtric...m/SV_203bsUTTs8sTkGi
The deadline for submission is November 15, 2021.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


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