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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.

November 2023

University of Florida Advances Health Equity

Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to be a key leader in advancing community-based initiatives aimed at tackling health inequities in underserved communities. In 2021, the Extension Committee on Operations and Policy (ECOP) adopted Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity & Well-being (Framework) that articulates a vision for this work. Advancing health equity as a core system value across the Extension system is the first of five key recommendations. A case...

New Data added to PLACES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently added additional years of data for 36 health-related measures to its interactive PLACES data hub. PLACES is a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation that provides health data for small geographic areas across the country. This data allows Cooperative Extension and its partners better understand both the burden and geographic distribution of health measures within counties and assist...

University of Georgia - District Program Development Coordinator

The University of Georgia is currently accepting applications for a District Program Development Coordinator within its Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program. This position gives leadership and training to the Family & Consumer Sciences ( FACS ) Agents and staff in the Southeast District of UGA Cooperative Extension. It fills a significant role in helping Agents identify programming needs, plan educational programs, and manage county educational priorities. This position is...

Food Forum 30th Anniversary Symposium

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food Forum will host a symposium to explore major developments in the field of food, nutrition, and agriculture over the past 30 years and reflect on the Forum’s impact. The symposium will be held on Thursday, November 30 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern. The symposium will cover the key areas of food safety, food systems and sustainability, and nutrition and health. It will feature discussions on the future of food in light of...

Health Justice and the Drivers of Inequity

"Structural inequities are the root cause of unjust disparities in community health outcomes. Given that uprooting structural discrimination is key to improving health for all, public health workers and policymakers need innovative, powerful law and policy tools to get results." In a recent blog post, Sarah de Guia of ChangeLab Solutions shares a relatively new and growing approach to improving community health articulated in ChangeLab's health justice framework. The framework adds "crucial...


About the Extension Foundation

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. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat