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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.

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Driving System Change Forward

Roger Rennekamp ·
In the new report Driving Systems Change Forward , authored by the Urban Institute and published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco , you’ll read key lessons from multi-site networks from across the country about what it takes to advance systems change forward by shifting power and promoting racial equity. Join us for a free virtual coffee chat on August 31 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET with one of the report authors— Corianne Scally —from the Urban Institute and contributing...
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How can we communicate in a fun and effective way?

Ashley Yaugher ·
Communication is a topic that is on our minds a lot more than usual these days. Whether you’re struggling to communicate effectively with the family members you’ve been stuck inside with for months, trying to find ways to connect with far away loved ones , or just finding yourself more stressed out and not as good at getting along as you usually are , we’ve got some ideas on how you can use fun to create more effective communication. Harness the Power of Play Use Family Game Night to Improve...
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Roger Rennekamp ·
Great ideas for reducing stress while having fun.
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Celebrating "Can Do" Spirit on National Rural Health Day

Jennifer Grizzard Ekzarkhov ·
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America, gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face, and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural...
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Re: Celebrating "Can Do" Spirit on National Rural Health Day

Aaron Weibe ·
Thank you for sharing this!
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COVID-19 and Rural Communities: Protecting Rural Lives and Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
You may be interested in this report examining the impact of COVID-19 in rural America, presenting data on case rates and mortality, prevalence in diverse rural communities, and health conditions contributing to severe cases of COVID-19. The report includes a discussion of issues of socioeconomic vulnerability, healthcare access, and public health compliance and offers actions to address disparities, including increasing access, supporting livelihoods, and considering social determinants of...
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Engaged Communities Make Strides in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Theodora Amissah ·
The opioid epidemic is a national issue impacting communities across the country. It was declared a public health emergency in October 2017. Communities have mobilized at the national, state, and local level to address the problem, and Cooperative Extension has partnered with them in their efforts. The drivers and impacts of the opioid crisis in communities are complex and require a multi-level response. We employed a stakeholder engagement methodology, the SEED Method , to create...
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Initiating Cross-Sector Partnerships to Advance Population Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
Social determinants of health are the factors beyond individual behavior that impact the health status of individuals and communities. When these determinants disproportionately affect some groups in ways that are unjust or unfair, health inequities exist. One way to address the negative influences of these determinants is through collaborative partnerships. Community leaders like Extension professionals can initiate and develop cross-sector partnerships to collaborate with other...
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Deborah John ·
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the social-environmental factors that set the context for human behaviors and behavioral disparities that impact the health and well-being of individuals and populations. When socio-environmental resources (and risks) are disproportionately distributed among groups of people in ways that are persistently unjust or unfair, health inequities exist and disparities measurable. One way for Extension (a public sector, cross-disciplinary, multi-level system)...
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Re: Initiating Cross-Sector Partnerships to Advance Population Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
Great contribution, Deborah! There are many different roles that Extension professionals can play in multi-sector coalitions including member, convener, facilitator, fiscal agent, connector, broker, or coach.
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Joseph Sepp Sprietsma ·
Excellent to see this - Extension is often uniquely and perfectly placed to act as a 'backbone' organization in Collective Impact initiatives.
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Belonging and Civic Muscle - A Vital Condition, An Extension Opportunity

Gina ·
When viewing the vital conditions framework, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the categories and get lost in thinking about your role in changing any one, or many of the conditions in the community. But, if we look at the conditions as an opportunity to speak to the work that we do as a system, it becomes something that feels right in the work that we do day in and day out, and maybe is the least "measured" in the people counting, and knowledge, attitudes and beliefs surveys many of us do...
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Roger Rennekamp ·
Thanks for this great article, Gina. When residents of a community develop a sense of agency and the skills to lead change they can make great things happen.
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Re: Belonging and Civic Muscle - A Vital Condition, An Extension Opportunity

Cindy Fitch ·
Great reminder of why our work in Extension is important at all levels.
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Re: Belonging and Civic Muscle - A Vital Condition, An Extension Opportunity

Sue Schneider ·
So well said! Extension is in the perfect position to support communities as they build this critical foundation. We need to adapt our reporting systems for including these stories and capturing the outcomes of the systems change work that we are involved in.
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Re: Belonging and Civic Muscle - A Vital Condition, An Extension Opportunity

Deborah John ·
Possible indicators for including in planning and producing narrative "stories" and outcome/impact "reports" of social and community change across vital conditions, including belonging and civic muscle, align nicely with a social justice lens. Indicators of change include access (equity & inclusion-who does/doesn't have access & why), agency (intentions and choices), advocacy (voice and skills), and solidarity actions (participates and work toward) for change. The processes of...
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Re: Belonging and Civic Muscle - A Vital Condition, An Extension Opportunity

Amira ·
Thank you for this post! @Deborah John , I'm not able to access the educator resource you shared with the link, not sure if others had that issue too. Can I look for it online? What's it called?
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Re: Belonging and Civic Muscle - A Vital Condition, An Extension Opportunity

Deborah John ·
@Amira, thanks for letting me know! The Social Justice Lens Booklet is available for download at: https://www.bctf.ca/classroom-...justice-lens-booklet
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Learn to Work with Communities to Implement Crime Prevention Strategies

Marie Ruemenapp ·
Are you, or would you like to be, working with communities on crime prevention strategies? This is your opportunity to learn strategies to do this. Michigan State University Extension has been working with faculty in the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and the MSU National Charrette Institute (NCI) to develop training for Extension professionals and communities on how to do crime prevention through placemaking and environmental design. The program is called Placemaking...

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