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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.

March 2023

Opportunities for EXCITE Teams to Share your Great Work

We are sharing different ways in which EXCITE and other health and wellness projects can share their great efforts with both internal and external audiences! This will help foster best practices, create and build partnerships, and spread the work of Extension. We encourage teams to explore different platforms and audiences to share their projects and further the mission of Extension becoming a trusted partner in public health. Internal Extension-focused opportunities: Consider writing a post...

Early Bird Registration Available through March 17

I just wanted to pass along a reminder that the early bird registration rate for the national Health Outreach Conference is available through March 17. Visit to register. Also know that the conference schedule has been loaded with all accepted presentations listed. Feel to browse the sessions at The conference will begin at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 22 and will end at NOON on Wednesday, May 24. The conference will...

National Nutrition Month and Extension's Diabetes Prevention Toolkit

This March , we are showing support for National Nutrition Month by highlighting Extension projects that conduct research and programming on nutrition-related topics to aid in the prevention and treatment of disease, such as the Diabetes Prevention Toolkit: A template for better health project. According to the CDC, diabetes affects 1 in 10 Americans and is the seventh leading cause of premature death in the US. In response to this growing public health crisis, an Extension team, funded by...

National Health Outreach Conference - Registration Reminder

I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2023 National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference to be held May 22-24 in Ithaca, NY. The 2023 conference is being hosted by Cornell University and is open to all Extension faculty and staff and their community partners. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary opportunity to connect with individuals from across the country who share your passion for ensuring that all people have the opportunity to experience lifelong...

The EXCITE Project: Impact of Immunization Education Programs at 1890 Institutions

The 1890 Universities Foundation collaborated with the Extension Foundation to implement the system-wide program, Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE). EXCITE addresses barriers and increases confidence about COVID-19, flu, and other vaccinations among rural and medically underserved audiences and informs CDC, USDA-NIFA, Cooperative Extension, and health partners about how best to implement public health programs to reduce health disparities. EXCITE...

Priester Health Awards - Call for Nominations

The Jeanne M. Priester Extension Health Awards recognize extraordinary programs and professionals that are modeling next generation work in the area of health and well-being. Awards are presented in five different categories. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2023 National Health Outreach Conference at Cornell University in May. Nominations will be accepted in five categories. PROGRAM AWARD, Individual or Family - programs designed to meet an identified need at the individual and/or...


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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