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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.

Healthy Communities and Rural Community Development


Healthy, thriving communities support healthy individuals. Reimagine Rural is a newly launched podcast series which shares inspiring stories of rural community development. The series is hosted by Tony Pipa of the Bookings Institute, a speaker at the Appalachian Health Conference, hosted by Virginia Tech Extension in November 2022.

Reimagine Rural features rural towns experiencing positive change. Episode themes include developing a resilient downtown, nurturing entrepreneurial spark, transforming coal country, federal rural policy, and protecting community integrity. Touching on community development, outdoor recreational tourism, and economic development, the series highlights the need for hope and beauty in rural areas.

Extension’s Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being advocates utilization of a community development approach. Reimagine Rural shares real-world community development challenges and successes, through local voices.

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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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