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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.

February 2023

Understand Changes to Social Security Benefits in 2023

Join OneOp on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM ET as we provide important information about the basics of the Supplemental Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs and the application process. RSVP to join at: Social Security Benefits in 2023 . According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) approximately 70 million Americans will see an 8.7% increase in their Social Security benefits and SSI payments in 2023. On average, Social Security...

Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In my role as a Well-Being and Equity Project Manager, I am working to co-create a process for youth and adults to promote equitable development in their community by partnering with Cooperative Extension. I’d like to take a moment to ponder some of the ways Cooperative Extension currently shows up in this movement for societal progress. It is time we deeply question the ways we promote and discourage equitable development in our work, for perpetuating the status quo hurts communities and...

RWJF Culture of Health Prize - Apply Now

I wanted to let you know that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) just shared its 2023 RWJF Culture of Health Prize call for applications. I’m sharing this with you in hopes that you will encourage community applications from your network. In the 10 years since it launched, the RWJF Culture of Health Prize has celebrated more than 50 communities across the country that are at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all. This year, RWJF is relaunching the Prize...

Summary of December Lightning Presentations

On December 15, six land-grant universities shared information about current work happening at their respective institutions to advance health equity and well-being. Summaries of these presentations are found below. University of Missouri - Chiquita Chanay and Lisa Washburn shared information about how University of Missouri Extension is engaging various units across campus to address the health challenges of Missourians. Their Project ECHO replication is a peer-learning, knowledge network...

Apply to Host a CDC Public Health Associate

Of all of the offers that seem to be too good to be true, this is the "real deal.” This is an opportunity to have early career public health professional work assigned to Cooperative Extension for two years at no expense to you! Cooperative Extension typically gets a couple of folks each year. Apply to be a host site! CDC's Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support has announced the opening of the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) host site application period which runs...

Cancer Education Professional Development

Rutgers University and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey invite you to participate in their free professional development series focused on cancer prevention and screening. Community CARES is an in-depth training program that will help you confidently promote evidence-based, community-focused cancer prevention and screening to your patients, clients, and community members. CARES participants will learn about current screening guidelines, how to reduce individual risk of developing breast,...


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. 

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