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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.

Health Equity a Focus of 2023 NHOC


Nearly 300 Extension professionals and their community partners from across the country gathered in Ithaca, NY recently to participate in Cooperative Extension’s National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference (NHOC) hosted this year by Cornell University. Keynote speakers included Jamila Michener who spoke on the role of power in achieving health equity, Faith Rogow on using documentaries as a teaching tool, and Darren Ranco on the impacts of climate change on indigenous populations. Attendees engaged in their choice of 60 concurrent sessions and 28 poster presentations on such topics as coalition building, systems change, workforce development, immunization education, diabetes prevention, and food insecurity.  The 2024 conference will be hosted by Clemson University in Greenville, SC and the 2025 conference will be hosted by the University of Nebraska in Omaha, NE

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