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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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Broadband Access as a Determinant of Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
"Now, more than ever, broadband Internet access (BIA) must be recognized as a social determinant of health. Disparities in access should be treated as a public health issue because they affect the health of people and communities where they live, learn, work and play. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates that lack of BIA influences each of the six social determinant of health domains defined by the American Medical Association. It also affects an additional domain, which is particularly...
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The Moral Determinants of Health

David Young ·
The source of what the philosopher Immanuel Kant called “the moral law within” may be mysterious, but its role in the social order is not. In any nation short of dictatorship some form of moral compact, implicit or explicit, should be the basis of a just society. Without a common sense of what is “right,” groups fracture and the fragments wander. Science and knowledge can guide action; they do not cause action. No scientific doubt exists that, mostly, circumstances outside health care...
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Putting COVID into an upstream public health perspectives

Roberta Riportella ·
This is a well cited article (author Yong has been on national news shows) detailing what has gone wrong: ""almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable. A sluggish response by a government denuded of expertise allowed the coronavirus to gain a foothold. Chronic underfunding of public health neutered the nation’s ability to prevent the pathogen’s spread. A bloated, inefficient health-care system left hospitals ill-prepared for the...
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Millennum Health Signals Report - COVID-19 Special Edition

David Young ·
Background • Public health officials across the country are reporting spikes in drug overdose deaths that appear to be associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 30 states reporting increases in opioid-involved overdose deaths primarily related to illicit fentanyl1 • Public health emergencies typically affect communities and individuals in a variety of ways, including economic loss and instability, emotional or physical isolation, additional stressors from mass at-home confinement, and...
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eXtension Fellowships in Health and Well Being

Roger Rennekamp ·
I am pleased to announce that we have initiated a search to fill two open eXtension fellowships focused on health and well being. The work of the fellows will broadly focus on building the capacity of the Cooperative Extension System to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to experience optimal health and well being across the lifespan. Much of this will be accomplished through a Connect Extension subgroup where fellows will work as a team to foster identification and sharing of...
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The Seven Vital Conditions for Well-Being

Roger Rennekamp ·
Well Being means thriving in every aspect of life and having opportunities to create meaningful futures. The Seven Vital Conditions for Well-Being is a useful framework for conceptualizing holistic well-being and the Conditions that give rise to it, as well as identifying levers for community change and improvement. It brings together major determinants of health, exposing how parts of a multi-faceted whole work as a system to produce population well-being. This framework helps users...
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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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Just Released - 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

Roger Rennekamp ·
The CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection Alcohol and other drug use Tobacco use Unhealthy dietary behaviors Inadequate physical activity The YRBSS includes...
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New member

Molly Soeby ·
Hello, I am excited to join this group. I am a Master Trainer Select for the NDPP. I am located at North Dakota State University. My background is laboratory science. I managed a diabetes center in a health care system for 12 years and have been teaching the NDPP for about 12 years. I have also been involved in research for diabetes prevention utilizing the group medical visit. Molly J .Soeby, MPA, CPHC, MT, SC (ASCP)
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Connect Extension Virtual Chat: Health Equity and Its Implications for Extension Practice

Roger Rennekamp ·
Click here at 1 PM ET on September 24th to Enter The Chat! According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) a health disparity exists when one group bears a higher burden of illness, injury, disability, or mortality relative to another as a result of conditions closely linked to social, economic, or environmental disadvantage. Conversely, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) defines health equity as a desired state where “everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as...
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The Tale of Two Crises: The Opioid Crisis and COVID-19

Ashley Yaugher ·
By: Chapel Taylor-Olsen, BA, Health & Wellness Coordinator & Dr. Ashley Yaugher, Health & Wellness Faculty, HEART Initiative; Utah State University Extension The opioid crisis has been claiming thousands of American lives per year for decades. Now, this healthcare crisis is colliding with a new threat sweeping the world: the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This article reviews the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on Americans; unique impacts on people with opioid use disorder...
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National Health Outreach Conference - Hold the Date

Roger Rennekamp ·
Mark your calendars for the 2021 National Health Outreach Conference! The conference will be held virtually May 3-7, 2021. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to health equity, effective behavior change messaging, policy system and environmental change, health behavior, and pandemic response programming. Keynote speakers, concurrent and posters sessions will be relevant for professionals who address health, nutrition,...
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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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Social Determinants of Health: What’s Happenin’ on the Hill?

Erin (Yelland) Martinez ·
TL;DR: The social determinants of health are gaining the attention on the hill, there is bipartisan support, and there is strong hope that the 117th Congress and the Biden-Harris administration will make progress – particularly regarding health equity. The main driving factor…money.
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Register Now - Cooperative Extension's "State of Health" Webinar

Roger Rennekamp ·
2020 was an exciting year for the Cooperative Extension System, particularly for its work related to health and well-being. We responded to a global pandemic, expanded our portfolio of programming related to mental health, continued our extraordinary work in the area of food and nutrition, and worked with scores of new partners. But that was just a beginning! Want to learn more about some of the exciting opportunities coming your way in the new year? Then tune in for Cooperative Extension’s...
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Register Now - National Health Outreach Conference

Roger Rennekamp ·
The National Health Outreach Conference will be held virtually May 3-7, 2021. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to health equity, effective behavior change messaging, policy system and environmental change, health behavior, and pandemic response programming. Keynote speakers, concurrent and posters sessions will be relevant for professionals who address health, nutrition, youth development, workforce development, and...
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Re: Register Now - National Health Outreach Conference

Registered and looking forward to this conference. Always a wonderful array of topics that are so useful for the populations we serve around the country.
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Reimagined in America - Advancing Food Justice

Roger Rennekamp ·
Deep-rooted structural racism, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, have exacerbated inequities within our food system. Millions more people—mostly Black and Latino families—have gone hungry in the past year while high obesity rates put many at risk for severe COVID-19 complications. Grocery store clerks, meat packing plant staff, and farm workers making low wages have struggled financially while risking their health to feed our country. We need a more sustainable and resilient food...
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Position Announcement: Health Promotion Specialist

Roger Rennekamp ·
Applications are currently being accepted for a health promotion specialist who will provide technical assistance and support to an Extension-wide project to promote the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines. The successful candidate may be a current LGU employee who's services will be supported by a full-time buy-out of their professional time or service contract beginning April 1, 2021. See the position announcement immediately below for additional information. Position Announcement: Vaccinate...
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Position Announcement : Health Promotion Specialist - Cooperative Extension Immunization Education Project

Roger Rennekamp ·
Applications are currently being accepted for a Health Promotion Specialist for the Cooperative Extension Immunization Education Project who will provide technical assistance and support to an Extension-wide project to promote the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines. The successful candidate may be a current LGU employee who's services will be supported by a full-time buy-out of their professional time or service contract beginning April 1, 2021. See the position announcement immediately below...
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National Health Outreach Conference - Register Now

Roger Rennekamp ·
The National Health Outreach Conference will be held virtually May 3-7, 2021. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to health equity, effective behavior change messaging, policy system and environmental change, health behavior, and pandemic response programming. Keynote speakers, concurrent and posters sessions will be relevant for professionals who address health, nutrition, youth development, workforce development, and...
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Theresa Jones

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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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RFA for Well Connected Communities - Wave 3

Roger Rennekamp ·
I am happy to share the Request for Applications (RFA) for seven additional land grant institutions to become a part of the Well Connected Communities Initiative. National 4-H Council through the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to showcase land grant universities that are modeling how Cooperative Extension is already working in new ways to implement the five high-level recommendations included in Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity and...
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Funding to Document Successful Health Extension Innovations

Roger Rennekamp ·
Has your land grant institution implemented an innovation that has accelerated Cooperative Extension’s work to advance health and well being? If so, we want to help you tell that story of innovation and the difference it is making in your state. The Well Connected Communities Initiative, administered through National 4-H Council with the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will provide seven land grant universities with $25,000 each to perform a case study of a successful...
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New Health Framework is a Roadmap for Cooperative Extension

Roger Rennekamp ·
Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being is designed to serve as a roadmap for advancing the health-focused work of the Cooperative Extension System. The updated framework was approved by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in July of 2021. The framework document resulted from more than a year of work by a work group of the Health Innovation Task Force of ECOP. This framework is organized around three core themes. These are health...
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Re: New Health Framework is a Roadmap for Cooperative Extension

Former Member ·
This framework serves as a roadmap for advancing the health-focused work of the Cooperative Extension System. ultra pixel survive
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Ivermectin Not Approved for COVID-19 Prevention or Treatment

Roger Rennekamp ·
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not authorized or approved using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 in humans and has cautioned about the potential risks of using ivermectin for COVID-19. This medication is FDA-approved to treat certain infections caused by internal and external parasites, but is not authorized or approved by the FDA to prevent or treat COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic and recent surges of COVID-19 cases, rates of ivermectin prescriptions dispensed...
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Re: Initiating Cross-Sector Partnerships to Advance Population Health

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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Using Data in Collective Action; Focusing on What Matters

Roger Rennekamp ·
Collective impact initiatives utilize shared measurement systems to identify key metrics of success that align partners toward a common vision. But a recent article by Justin Piff in the Stanford Social Innovation Review suggests that the specific data we chose to track loudly signals what we believe to be important. In the article, the author shares four lessons from his work that can help collective impact initiatives use data more effectively for social change. They are: 1. Prioritize the...
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New! Health Partnership and Development Coordinator

Brenna Kotar ·
The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Health Program Action Team (PAT), in partnership with the Extension Foundation (EXF), seeks a Heath Partnership and Development Coordinator who is passionate about advancing health equity through the work of the Cooperative Extension System and its partners. The central focus of the work is to assist the Extension Health Director and the Health Program Action Team identify and manage progress toward milestones related to the...
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Re: Building a Well-Being Economy: A Future Role for Cooperative Extension?

Deborah John ·
Historically, Extension has worked in silos employing downstream measures, "focusing on health interventions related to poor diet" and "encouraging consumer demand for healthy food," along with upstream approaches to improving agricultural supply chains. Perhaps to mitigate the effects of larger problems it is time to break down the silos within our system, employ an Extension Health in All Policies and Programs , and attend to "root causes and interconnectedness" as an approach to social,...
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Re: New! Health Partnership and Development Coordinator

Joseph Sepp Sprietsma ·
This looks like an amazing opportunity and pathway towards long term policy - system - environmental change and the embedding of SDOH concepts into Extension Foundations work.
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M. Rouse

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Perceptions of Frozen Foods by SNAP Recipients

Roger Rennekamp ·
The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is interested in partnering with Cooperative Extension and the nation's Land Grant University System to learn more about how SNAP recipients view the cost, utility, and nutritional value of frozen food. More specifically, AFFI is interested in identifying individuals who may be interested in conducting a small-scale evaluation project aimed at gathering this information. Interested faculty and staff who may potentially be interested in leading or...
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Listening Session on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
Nearly 100 individuals participated in a virtual listening session held recently to gather advance input into the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to be held this September. The listening session was hosted by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy and the Board on Human Sciences of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) with support of the Extension Foundation. The majority of the participants were state-level coordinators of...
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Callie Nelson

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EXCITE Announces NEW Funding Opportunity Supporting Adult Immunization Education

MelaniePugsley ·
Register HERE for the September 22, 2022 Project Info Session The EXCITE national program team is happy to announce the EXCITE program is continuing! The CDC, NIFA, and the Extension Foundation will support projects in our LGU Cooperative Extension communities to address adult immunization education. This opportunity is open to all Land Grant institutions regardless of previous EXCITE participation. As a reminder, EXCITE is a nationwide response by U.S. Cooperative Extension made possible...
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The Demand for Online Physical Activity Resources Continues to Grow: How Walk Across Arkansas Impacts Both Rural and Urban Residents

Heather Wingo ·
Walk Across Arkansas is an 8-week online group exercise program that has been changing the lives of rural and urban participants, one step at a time. Read more to learn how this program is being implemented by the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service…
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NIH Funding Available for Community-Based SDOH Research and Interventions

Roger Rennekamp ·
The National Institutes of Health, the nation's medical research agency and the world's largest source of funding for medical research, is soliciting applications as part of Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) Program's Community-Led, Health Equity Structural Intervention Initiative. The Research Opportunity Announcement (ROA): Community-Led, Health Equity Structural Intervention (CHESI) Initiative (OTA-22-007) will support the development, implementation,...
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Nuts and Bolts of Cooperative Extension's New Health Framework

Roger Rennekamp ·
Don't miss the opportunity to lean more about Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being. This framework was approved by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in 2021 and was designed to serve as a roadmap for advancing the health-focused work of the Cooperative Extension System. The framework is organized around three core themes: health equity, social determinants of health, and working through coalitions to increase community health...
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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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CLEAR Field Guide for Emergency Preparedness

Roger Rennekamp ·
The American Hospital Association Center for Health Innovation provides emergency response and disaster preparedness resources that are designed to strengthen and reimagine the nation's emergency management system. More specifically, the CLEAR Field Guide for Emergency Preparedness is designed to advance our nation’s emergency management system by breaking down knowledge silos, bolstering the public health infrastructure, diversifying health care integration and more deeply integrating...
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Free Seminar on Social Justice and Health Equity

Maria Cantu Hines ·
Bradford Hill Seminar – Social justice and health equity – Professor Sir Michael Marmot February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (UK time) All are invited to the hybrid Bradford Hill Seminar: Social justice and health equity Professor Sir Michael Marmot Institute of Health Equity and UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Register to attend Please note this will be a hybrid seminar, with the option to attend in-person (East Forvie Building, Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SR) or...
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Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Sophia Rodriguez ·
In my role as a Well-Being and Equity Project Manager, I am working to co-create a process for youth and adults to promote equitable development in their community by partnering with Cooperative Extension. I’d like to take a moment to ponder some of the ways Cooperative Extension currently shows up in this movement for societal progress. It is time we deeply question the ways we promote and discourage equitable development in our work, for perpetuating the status quo hurts communities and...
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Amanda Welch

 

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