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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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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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Immigrants and Rural Economies Weathering the Pandemic Together

Roger Rennekamp ·
Immigrant workers and their families are a dynamic force behind recent population upturns or stabilization across rural America. In fact, between 2010 and 2016, immigrants from around the world were responsible for 37 percent of net rural population growth. Rural communities that rely on the economic drivers of tourism and recreation and essential services like health care and food production have been hit hard by the impact of COVID-19. Due to multiple risk and systemic factors, the many...
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AJPH Special Feature on Rural Health + Tell us About Your Preferred Journals

Dr. Rennekamp recently alerted you all to a commentary he and I co-authored in the American Journal of Public Health. I wanted to also promote the broader collection with which that publication was associated. There are 16 articles on rural health! You may find them HERE . Many are open access, including these: A Public Health Lens on Rural Health COVID-19 Reveals Emerging Opportunities for Rural Public Health The Intergenerational Cycles of Rural Health The State of Rural Public Health:...
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Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health

Roger Rennekamp ·
The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity invite you to the 2020 Public Health Ethics Forum on September 11, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET via Zoom. This year’s theme is Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health. The goal of the 2020 Public Health Ethics Forum is to examine ethical considerations relating to place-based public health approaches in rural areas...
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CDC's COVID-19 Tracker Now Reports Data by Urban-Rural Classification

Roger Rennekamp ·
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Tracker is a tool for sharing maps, charts, and data about COVID-19. COVID-19 Tracker now reports trends in COVID-19 incidence and mortality rates by 2013 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Urban-Rural Classification Scheme for Counties. This scheme classifies all counties in the U.S. into one of six metropolitan categories (4 metropolitan, 1 micropolitan, 1 non-core). Users can focus on one or more of the urban-rural...
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Social Determinants of Health in Rural Populations

Roger Rennekamp ·
Social determinants of health are defined by the World Health Organization as "the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age." For rural populations, many of these elements are less favorable than within urban areas. Building on work conducted by the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, this presentation will review some of the key elements associated with health across rural White and minority populations, such as education, income, and health facility...
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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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Rural Mortality Penalty is Wide and Growing

Roger Rennekamp ·
After decades of lower or similar mortality rates in rural areas than in urban areas of the U.S., a rural mortality penalty emerged in the 1990s and has grown since the mid-2000s. Although the rural–urban mortality gap has widened across all major racial/ethnic groups over the past 30 years, it has widened the most among working-age non-Hispanic (NH) whites. A research brief in the Population Research and Policy Review summarizes the results of a study that examined rural-urban differences...
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Melding Health and Equity in Rural Places

Roger Rennekamp ·
"Hospitals and clinics are critical institutions in rural places not only because they provide essential healthcare and well-being services, but because they are major employers and community anchors. But not all health systems see themselves as opportunity makers. What does it take for rural healthcare systems to make economic development and building healthy communities part of their work? Resourceful and committed rural American health innovators are taking a fresh look at a wider range...
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HRSA National Rural Health Day - November 19

Roger Rennekamp ·
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is hosting a variety of events throughout the week of November 16 to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD) on November 19. While these events are open to the public, registration is required for some events. NRHD is HRSA’s opportunity to showcase the work and accomplishments across the agency supporting rural health. For more information and a a schedule of events for each day, visit ...
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Death Rates from COVID-19 Growing Fastest in Rural America

Roger Rennekamp ·
An article by published yesterday in STAT online included alarming information about the prevalence of COVID-19 in rural communities. "As the U.S. heads toward a third peak in the pandemic, rural counties are among the areas most severely affected by Covid-19. While their absolute numbers of cases are still relatively small compared with large cities, case rates and death rates are growing fastest in rural counties . This is especially worrisome because characteristics associated with poor...
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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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Consider Hosting a Public Health Associate - Apply By February 16

Roger Rennekamp ·
Managed by CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support , the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a training program for early-career public health professionals who have a recent college degree and an interest in public service and public health. Throughout the two-year program, associates complete a comprehensive training curriculum and work at a host organization to gain hands-on experience that will serve as the foundation for their careers in public health. The...
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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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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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Rural health and well-being: Findings from the Rural Families Speak about Health Project

Kim Byrne Greder ·
The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues recently published a special issue focused on the health and well-being of rural low-income families. www.theforumjournal.org Research findings and implications from two multistate studies involving over 1,000 low-income families in rural communities across 17 states are reported. Study implications can help strengthen existing Extension efforts, as well as inform new efforts that aim to improve rural, low-income family health and well-being.
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Re: Rural health and well-being: Findings from the Rural Families Speak about Health Project

Bonnie Braun ·
Rural Families Speak is a nearly 25 year study of the health, finances and food security of rural, low income families. It stands alone in the literature for a multi-disciplinary, longitudinal study that began in response to federal welfare reform. It continues to provide insight into lives on the by-ways. The Forum's collection of articles is a must read for anyone doing Extension or other programming in rural, low-income areas.
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Re: Rural health and well-being: Findings from the Rural Families Speak about Health Project

Kim Byrne Greder ·
direct link to the special issue on rural families https://www.theforumjournal.org/issues/
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Webinar on Advancing Quality Childcare in Rural Places

Roger Rennekamp ·
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the crucial role of childcare within a strong economy – as many parents, primarily women, have been forced to choose between earning a living or caring for their out-of-school children. Sadly, this is nothing new for rural places. Rural areas face unique childcare challenges. Providing quality, licensed center-based services in many rural places is not financially viable; the business model relies on sufficient population density and a...
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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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NIFA Rural Health and Safety Competitive Grants

Roger Rennekamp ·
USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants ( RHSE ) program supports quality of life in rural communities across the United States by addressing the needs of rural Americans’ individual and family health and safety in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. RHSE fosters, improves, and coordinates education programs among Federal agencies, other levels of government, and institutions and private...
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Health a Priority for Rural Recovery and Growth

Roger Rennekamp ·
A national survey of rural development stakeholders identified health as a priority recovery and growth in rural America. Investing in Rural Recovery: Findings from a Rapid Assessment of Stakeholder Priorities for Rural Development summarizes the results of a national survey conducted in the fall of 2021 by the nation's four Regional Rural Development Centers. The survey is part of a year-long Listening Session Initiative aimed at identifying key priorities and critical investments for rural...
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Costs for High-Speed Internet Reduced for Millions of Americans

Marie Ruemenapp ·
High-speed internet service is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity. But too many families go without high-speed internet because of the cost or have to cut back on other essentials to make their monthly internet service payments. Lowering prices—including the cost of high-speed internet service—is President Biden’s top priority. In early May 2021, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced that they have secured private sector commitments that will lower high-speed internet costs...
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Anna Scheyett

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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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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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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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Apply to Host a CDC Public Health Associate

Roger Rennekamp ·
Of all of the offers that seem to be too good to be true, this is the "real deal.” This is an opportunity to have early career public health professional work assigned to Cooperative Extension for two years at no expense to you! Cooperative Extension typically gets a couple of folks each year. Apply to be a host site! CDC's Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support has announced the opening of the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) host site application period which runs...
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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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Healthy Communities and Rural Community Development

Kerry Gabbert ·
Healthy, thriving communities support healthy individuals. The Reimagine Rural podcast series features rural towns experiencing positive change, through local voices.
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The EXCITE Project: Impact of Immunization Education Programs at 1890 Institutions

MelaniePugsley ·
The 1890 Universities Foundation collaborated with the Extension Foundation to implement the system-wide program, Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE). EXCITE addresses barriers and increases confidence about COVID-19, flu, and other vaccinations among rural and medically underserved audiences and informs CDC, USDA-NIFA, Cooperative Extension, and health partners about how best to implement public health programs to reduce health disparities. EXCITE...
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Jamie Bright

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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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Position Announcements - University of Kentucky

Roger Rennekamp ·
The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce two new health-focused faculty positions with significant Extension responsibility. The first is an Assistant/Associate Extension Professor in Community and Family Health. Visit https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/458642 . The second is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Mental Health and Well-Being. See ttps://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/458638 . The review of applications will begin on May 1, 2023 with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2023.
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Jennifer Dunn

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