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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.

September 2023

Preventing Disease This Fall and Winter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) kicked off the 2023-2024 fall vaccination season during an annual press conference held yesterday. At the 2023 NFID Annual News Conference: Preventing Disease This Fall and Winter, experts discussed the unique opportunity this fall to protect people with vaccines recommended against flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19, and pneumococcal disease. Leading national public...

University of Maryland - Program Leader Position

The University of Maryland is searching for an Extension Program Leader for Family and Consumer Sciences. Ideal candidates will have both academic and community experience and possess qualifications that will qualify them for tenure. To view the position description, visit . For optimal consideration, please apply by November 15, 2023

Register Now - Youth Leading Community Change - Lightning Session

Register now for our next set of lightning presentations on how young people are improving the health of their communities as leaders of meaningful community change. As many as nine different land-grant universities will be presenting during this up-tempo, virtual event. Title: Youth Advocates for Community Health We invite you to join us on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 11 AM Eastern for a lightning session focused on how young people are working as catalysts for improving the health of...

Disaggregated Data Helps Identify Health Inequities

Information about health outcomes and community conditions is more abundant and accessible than ever before. The ability to tie a piece of information to a specific geographic location means that Extension practitioners from every discipline now have access to data by zip code, census tract, or neighborhood. For many decades, much of this data was only available by county. These advances in data science now allow Extension personnel to assess community assets and needs at a more granular...

Help Keep Children and Families Covered

Help Keep Children and Families Covered The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking for help to prevent children and families from losing Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage as a result of the end of the Federal Public Health Emergency. Ways Cooperative Extension Can Help Partner with your State Medicaid agency to spread the word about renewals. You can find contact information on your State Medicaid...


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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