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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.

June 2023

Men's Mental Health Symposium - Listening through the Silence

In general, men in the U.S. are expected to live nearly six years less than women , and non-Hispanic, Black, and American Indian/Alaska Native men have a lower life expectancy than non-Hispanic white men. Men's Health Month is an opportunity to learn more about disparities in men’s health and about providing racial and ethnic minority boys and men with culturally and linguistically competent healthcare services. especially those with limited English proficiency. The US Department of Health...

Game On: Equitable Development Leadership Academy

Hello there! We are delighted to extend a special invitation to Game On: Equitable Development Leadership Academy across our networks. We are seeking young leaders and promoting equity in their communities and the Extension professionals supporting their team. This groundbreaking project is sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and facilitated by Sophia Rodriguez and members of the Solvable team. In this time of unprecedented health, social, economic and environmental crises, the Well...

Priester Award Winners Announced

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. Program Award (Individual or Family) - Beth Nacke, Donnia Behrends, Hannah Guenther, and Mariah Newmyer (Nebraska) Program Award (Community) - Brenda Sale, Marion Cain, Bill Garvey, Mark Gehring, Gina Anderson, Jill Long, and Wayne Long (Nebraska) Program Award -...

Health Equity a Focus of 2023 NHOC

Nearly 300 Extension professionals and their community partners from across the country gathered in Ithaca, NY recently to participate in Cooperative Extension’s National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference (NHOC) hosted this year by Cornell University. Keynote speakers included Jamila Michener who spoke on the role of power in achieving health equity, Faith Rogow on using documentaries as a teaching tool, and Darren Ranco on the impacts of climate change on indigenous populations.


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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