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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.

National Academy of Medicine - Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans


As part of its Culture of Health Program, earlier this year the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) released a model for developing Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans, as well as Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans developed by groups from across the country with facilitation from the NAM.   

The model and completed plans are intended to serve as resources for communities as well as state and national organizers interested in advancing health equity at the community level. The model was developed based on learnings from communities promoting health equity and scientific evidence from reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

While released before COVID-19, advancing health equity remains critical to eliminating health disparities and improving health outcomes across the United States, and this work driven by communities is relevant now more than ever in the context of the pandemic and the increasing national dialogue around racial injustice and structural racism. The model ultimately aims to support community driven-solutions to improve health and health equity, during COVID-19 and beyond.

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