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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 2024

Registration Open - 2024 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference to be held May 13-15 in Greenville, South Carolina. The conference is co-hosted by Clemson University, University of Georgia, and North Carolina State University. The conference schedule is packed full of keynote speakers, educational workshops, poster presentations, and an awards banquet. The early bird rate of $450 is available from now through April 15. Special lodging rates are available at the...

Cooperative Extension and Public Health – Input Requested

Extension professionals across the nation engage in public health work; however, this work is not always recognized by public health professionals and their professional associations like the American Public Health Association (APHA). Can greater visibility within APHA grow recognition, understanding, and appreciation of Extension’s contribution to public health? Could that, in turn, lead to new partnerships and support for Cooperative Extension? We want to learn more about the extent to...

Added Sugar, Sweet Foods, and SSBs

Reprinted from HOP Highlights, Winter 2024 CDC published seven added-sugar related papers in the last twelve months on topics such as the prevalence of and characteristics associated with being a high consumer of added sugars, sweet foods, or sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), and associations between knowledge of health risk and SSBs intake. Here are key findings from these studies: Decreasing added sugars intake among the general population by just 14 calories per day, or 57 calories per...

Cancer Education Professional Development (New for 2024)

Rutgers University and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey invite you to participate in their free professional development series focused on cancer education. While many of you participated in this series last year, the content for 2024 is new covering such topics as cancer survivorship, the microbiome, environmental health, and cancer health literacy. Montly sessions befin on Wednesday, February 14. Community CARES is an in-depth training program that will help you confidently promote...

Priester Health Awards - Call for Nominations

Nominations and self-nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Jeanne M. Priester Extension Health Awards . The awards are named for Jeanne Priester, former National Program Leader at ES-USDA involved in the development of such landmark programs such EFNEP and Mulligan Stew. Today, these awards recognize extraordinary programs and professionals that are modeling next generation work in health and well-being. Awards are presented in six different categories. Award recipients will be...


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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