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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.

July 2023

Helping Coalitions Shape Policy - New Toolkit

The Build Healthy Places Network is excited to launch their new toolkit on Equitable Policy Processes for Multisector Health Efforts. As part of BHPN's commitment to support policy change that creates healthier communities, this resource guides coalitions to center equity throughout the policymaking process. The resource provides useful steps to support stakeholders who are interested in building capacity for equitable and sustainable policy solutions and surfaces key actions that coalitions...

Resources for Advancing Racial Equity in Rural Communities

Here is a new set of resources from ChangeLab Solutions that you may find useful. "In rural communities across the United States, increasing meaningful participation in the policymaking process for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) while decreasing place, race, and class divides is essential to achieving prosperity. Adding to our suite of resources for increasing racial justice and equitable economic development in rural America, we have released two new publications for...

Register Now: Increasing Physical Activity Among Older Adults Webinar with HHS

Increasing Physical Activity Among Older Adults August 16th, 2023 2 - 3 PM ET Register Here This webinar will introduce the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Implementation Strategies for Older Adults and summarize key strategies to increase physical activity among older adults. Additionally, this webinar will highlight Move Your Way® resources that Extension professionals can use to promote physical activity in their work. Register at the link above to receive a...

Now Open - Subgroup on Mental Health and Well Being

It is my pleasure to announce a new sub-group of Connect Extension on mental health and well-being that is now open to receive members! To join, visit and click “Join.” If you are not already a member of Connect Extension, you’ll be prompted to create a free account. If you are already a member and logged in, you can simply add this subgroup to the list of subgroups to which you belong. The purpose of this subgroup is to highlight...

Register Now - Lightning Session on Building Coalitions

Resister now for our next "lightning" session on strategies and practices for building, managing, and sustaining health-focused coalitions. During this virtual session, representatives of six land grant universities will each be allocated seven minutes and five slides to share the keys to the sucess of their local coalitions. Slated to present are Utah State University, University of Georgia, University of New Hampshire, University of Delaware, Pennsylvania State University, and the...


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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