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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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American Journal of Public Health Includes Commentary of Cooperative Extension

Roger Rennekamp ·
Cooperative Extension is the subject of an article in a forthcoming special issue of the American Journal of Public Health focused on rural health. The commentary, co-authored by David Buys and Roger Rennekamp, "advances the notion that Extension, by working hand-in-hand with public health professionals, has an important role to play in addressing the health needs of rural communities." The article highlights five key steps that Extension can take with its public health partners to improve...
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Webinar on Cooperative Extension's Updated Health Framework

Roger Rennekamp ·
Individuals who has a not yet had an opportunity provide input into Cooperative Extension’s Framework for Health Equity and Well Being are invited to participate in a Zoom meeting at 1:00 PM (Eastern) on Tuesday, May 25. To register, visit https://extension.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJclf-qrqj4qEtDaodJH-DLhIL1kZWiH4oX7 . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Also know that the session will be recorded. The Framework is an...
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Re: Webinar on Cooperative Extension's Updated Health Framework

Kerry Gabbert ·
Is it possible to get a link to the webinar that took place on 5/25?
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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

Sarah Eber ·
Are there any additional training programs on community assessment and development... I could use a refresher...
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Re: New Health Framework is a Roadmap for Cooperative Extension

Amy Hollar ·
This framework has been key for UNH as we work to evolve our work on health and well-being, would love to know how other Extension systems are using it.
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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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Building a Well-Being Economy: A Future Role for Cooperative Extension?

Roger Rennekamp ·
Over the past several months, I've been involved with a group examining the notion of well-being economies. Seeking a deeper understanding of the concept, I came across a 2020 article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review by Anna Chrysopoulou that posed a compelling vision for what a well-being economy might look like. "To solve the social, economic, and environmental challenges we face today, we need to rethink the status quo. Governments and other institutions around the world need to...
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Re: Building a Well-Being Economy: A Future Role for Cooperative Extension?

Former Member ·
I love this, Robert! Thank you for sharing. I think Cooperative Extension has a critical role in advocating for a well-being focused economy. Cooperative Extension was created to meet the needs of our communities, and our communities need well-being champions!
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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: Building a Well-Being Economy: A Future Role for Cooperative Extension?

Michael Young ·
Great piece - this will be good bite-size fodder to help catalyze conversations with my natural-resource and CED extension colleagues.
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Re: Building a Well-Being Economy: A Future Role for Cooperative Extension?

Joseph Sepp Sprietsma ·
Really enjoying the SSIR article and the idea of connecting this to extension work. Made me think of the "Health in All Policies: Working Across Sectors in Cooperative Extension to Promote Health for All" (Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, Volume 6, Number 2, 2018). https://www.jhseonline.com/article/view/718 One key idea that stands out to me - the for this to take hold it will require extension to embrace the ideas from the ground up, and the top down. because extension has such...
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Re: Building a Well-Being Economy: A Future Role for Cooperative Extension?

Maria Pippidis ·
Hi Roger, thanks for sharing this article. I whole heartedly agree. I particularly liked this statement "A well-being economy recognizes that people need to restore a harmonious relationship between society and nature, enjoy a fair distribution of resources, and live in healthy and resilient communities, and these elements are beginning to emerge in the individual policies of several countries." I do think this is a vision that Extension is well positioned to assist with. We are rooted in...
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Re: Building a Well-Being Economy: A Future Role for Cooperative Extension?

Chuck Hibberd ·
@Deborah John is spot on. The real opportunity is for Extension to lead this conversation in all program areas. This will take genuine, inspired leadership on everyone’s part and a willingness to reduce our commitment to the program-driven expert model and engage with people and communities to be part of the solution. In many states, the performance evaluation model for Extension workers will need to shift to parameters that reflect engagement, trust-building, generative conversations, and...
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Re: Building a Well-Being Economy: A Future Role for Cooperative Extension?

Jeff Piestrak ·
Thanks for sharing this article and posting this prompt Roger. I absolutely think Cooperative Extension has a unique and critical role to play in helping our communities transition to a well-being economy. Perhaps even an obligation! In fact this is something I looked closely at over the course of my year-long Extension Foundation fellowship back in 2018. My particular focus was on how Land Grants, Extension, and libraries like my own at Cornell might help optimize local and regional food...
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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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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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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Roger Rennekamp ·
A great thought-provoking article. We must all work together to transform in ways that ensure the future of Cooperative Extension.
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Rick Schumann ·
I am relatively new to Extension and come at it from the Master Gardener Volunteer side. I will say that your article mirrors my experience with the organization very well. There are a lot of great people working hard to make a difference but the structure and culture of CES make that an uphill battle. I fear that if Extension doesn’t address these issues soon, their relevance is going to be diminished greatly. That would be a tragic waste of what could be a very good thing given some...
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Kerry Gabbert ·
Sophia, thank you for sharing this. I agree, deep reflection and addressing some uncomfortable truths can lead us towards our aspiration to advance equity as a core system value.
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Elizabeth Irons ·
Thank you so much for this article. I agree there is passion and dedication everyday within CCE. But the accepted culture and the inherent creation of silos prevents a lot of good things from happening. With many times, gaps being closely related to the lack of effective, inclusive communication leading to unwillingness to collaborate on projects, programming and mission.
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Cindy Fitch ·
Wow! You really got to the heart of Cooperative Extension in this thought-provoking essay. Our traditions can enrich our experiences but can present barriers to participation for others who are not part of our traditional audiences. I hope that we as leaders in this organization can develop a habit of reflection and self-knowledge that will allow us to adapt to a changing society and remain relevant. I am confident that we will do so.
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Lindsey McConnell-Soong ·
Excellent synopsis of our current situation and suggestions for moving forward - thank you! This is right in line with the conversations my teams are engaged in as we consider our approach to systems level change.
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tracy Morgan ·
I would love to talk Sophia!!
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Sheila G ·
Well said!
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Zahrine Bajwa ·
so true and so relevant we all struggle with these issues would love to continue this discussion but with some plan of action
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Carrie Backman ·
Thank you for this. It definitely resonates with me, especially around silos and needing more two-way communication. Thought provoking read!
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Re: Cooperative Extension: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Former Member ·
This article is a ray of sunshine in written form. I appreciate the author's ability to uplift and motivate. Watermelon Game

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