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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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National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health - Apply Now

Roger Rennekamp ·
Applications are now being accepted from communities interested in participating in the tenth cohort of the The National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH). NLAPH helps teams of leaders from diverse sectors including health, housing, education, transportation, and law enforcement to build their capacity to transform their communities, improve health, and advance equity . Agile leadership is more important than ever in these uncertain times. We need leaders who can adapt to...
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Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy

Roger Rennekamp ·
You are cordially invited to attend Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy , a virtual conference, on October 2, 2020. In partnership with the Health Law and Policy Program at American University Washington College of Law and the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University, ChangeLab Solutions is convening advocates and stakeholders from the fields of public health, law, health care, and advocacy to share diverse perspectives; build...
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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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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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REPOST: With a Focus on Equity, Geography No Longer Has To Be Destiny

Jennifer Grizzard Ekzarkhov ·
By Olugbenga Ajilore and Katrina Badger November 19, 2020, 3:51 pm This article was originally posted on The Center for American Progress website and is reposted here with permission. To read the full article visit https://ampr.gs/3pJaNQ6 . Regardless of where people in the United States live—rural, urban, or somewhere in between—the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their lives and livelihoods . Certain groups are suffering disproportionately, including people of color, workers with low...
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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 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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Engaging Communities through Issues Forums

Roger Rennekamp ·
Bonnie Braun of the University of Maryland Extension and Maria Pippidis of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension will be presenting a webinar on Engaging Communities through Issues Forums on June 9, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT as part of the Skill Building for Extension Professionals series offered by the Extension Foundation. Registration is required at: https://pages.extension.org/extension-skills What questions will be answered? • Have you ever thought that something beyond your...
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Multi-Sector Collaboration in Rural Areas

Roger Rennekamp ·
Join Build Healthy Places Network for the next installment of their Network Commons webinar series featuring upstream healthcare community investments in rural areas! This live conversation will spotlight A Playbook for New Rural Healthcare Partnership Models of Investment , highlighting core strategies used by healthcare entities in rural areas leveraging multisector partnerships for health and well-being as examples for others to follow. Learn from the organizations engaging in...
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Livestream the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
On September 28, 2022 the Biden-Harris Administration will host the historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health — and there is still time to get engaged. The Conference will bring together Americans from all walks of life to help accelerate progress to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, and reduce disparities. Together, we can build a healthier and more equitable future for our nation. Here are some ways you can get involved: Watch the Conference live —...
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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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Health Equity and Well Being, how do we achieve it?

Jorge H. Atiles, PhD ·
Recently, I attended the Extension-related Appalachian Health Summit in Roanoke, Virginia. There, we joined many other Appalachian states in discussing determinants of health and the challenges our communities face to access and enjoy health, quality care, and well-being. In this blog, I’d like to pose a question to ourselves as Extension services about how overwhelming this quest for health equity must feel. We left the summit very excited about the possibilities and in my case, with a mind...
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Synopsis of the First Peer Learning Lightning Round- Building Capacity to Implement the Framework for Health Equity and Well Being

Kerry Gabbert ·
What is the future role of Extension, and how does the Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being help guide Extension's work? On November 15, 2022, six presenters from LGU's across the country shared how their institutions are building capacity to implement the recommendations contained in the Framework. Topics included multi-disciplinary collaboration, the need for clear and relevant data, and aligning Extension work with existing health initiatives at the state and national level.
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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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Cancer Education Professional Development

Roger Rennekamp ·
Rutgers University and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey invite you to participate in their free professional development series focused on cancer prevention and screening. Community CARES is an in-depth training program that will help you confidently promote evidence-based, community-focused cancer prevention and screening to your patients, clients, and community members. CARES participants will learn about current screening guidelines, how to reduce individual risk of developing breast,...
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Re: Synopsis of the First Peer Learning Lightning Round- Building Capacity to Implement the Framework for Health Equity and Well Being

MelaniePugsley ·
Hi! Are you able to post the synopsis of the second lightning session? Thanks!
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Summary of December Lightning Presentations

Roger Rennekamp ·
On December 15, six land-grant universities shared information about current work happening at their respective institutions to advance health equity and well-being. Summaries of these presentations are found below. University of Missouri - Chiquita Chanay and Lisa Washburn shared information about how University of Missouri Extension is engaging various units across campus to address the health challenges of Missourians. Their Project ECHO replication is a peer-learning, knowledge network...
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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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Opportunities for EXCITE Teams to Share your Great Work

MelaniePugsley ·
We are sharing different ways in which EXCITE and other health and wellness projects can share their great efforts with both internal and external audiences! This will help foster best practices, create and build partnerships, and spread the work of Extension. We encourage teams to explore different platforms and audiences to share their projects and further the mission of Extension becoming a trusted partner in public health. Internal Extension-focused opportunities: Consider writing a post...
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Guide for Building Sustainable and Resilient Coalitions

Roger Rennekamp ·
The Tamarack Institute is pleased to announce the release of their new guide for building sustainable and and resilient coalitions. Sustainability involves many factors, including leadership, funding, community engagement, and the ability to influence policy and systems that lead to program or collective impact. Resilience is about building a collaboration’s capacity to shift, adapt, and change, and is also focused on the overall health and well-being of the collaboration and the community.
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Game On: Equitable Development Leadership Academy

Roger Rennekamp ·
Hello there! We are delighted to extend a special invitation to Game On: Equitable Development Leadership Academy across our networks. We are seeking young leaders and promoting equity in their communities and the Extension professionals supporting their team. This groundbreaking project is sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and facilitated by Sophia Rodriguez and members of the Solvable team. In this time of unprecedented health, social, economic and environmental crises, the Well...
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Helping Coalitions Shape Policy - New Toolkit

Roger Rennekamp ·
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...
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Become a Trusted Messenger of Health Information: Video Modules

MelaniePugsley ·
Check out the new video training modules, titled, " Getting to the Heart and Mind of the Matter ," Washington State University EXCITE Team. This team has designed a toolkit and training program specifically aimed at helping become more confident in being a trusted messenger of accurate health information. These new video modules effectively convey the toolkit's concepts and include engaging educational activities. Access the playlist for each section of the training (Motivational...
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Assistant Professor - Physical Activity and Mental Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
Utah State University is searching for an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Mental Health and Physical Activity. The posting can be viewed below or by visiting https://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/6996/job . Review of applicants will begin October 15 and continue until the position is filled.

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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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