Weekly Bulletin 7/13

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The following bulletin includes information regarding the Well Connected Communities initiative for the week of July 13, 2020:

In this Edition

  • WCC Health Action Plans
  • Quarterly PI Call Friday, August 21, 2020
  • PD Calendar
  • Youth Leadership Resources
  • News, Research, and Resources from the Field

WCC Health Action Plans

  • DUE THIS WEEK! The new date for communities to submit their draft action plans to Shay McNeil (smcneil@fourhcouncil.edu) is July 15, 2020. We hope that this added time has allowed you and your community coalitions the time and space to develop your action plans. We ask that you continue to keep us posted on your progress as well as any challenges you may be experiencing as that will help us to provide appropriate technical assistance and support. If your community will not be able to submit your Health Action Plan by July 15, 2020, please let Shay know as soon as possible as well as any additional support you might need to complete the health action plan. Please review the email “Coalition Engagement and Action Planning Resources” sent July 2, 2020 for community engagement and action planning resources.

Quarterly PI Call Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Quarterly PI Calls are an opportunity to disseminate information and updates related to the WCC grant. The next Quarterly PI Call will be Friday, August 21, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET. We will be meeting via Zoom. PIs should refer to the Outlook Calendar invite from Shay McNeil for the link and password to connect to the meeting. An agenda for the meeting will be provided closer to the next call.

Quarterly PI Call Schedule:

  • August 21, 2020
  • November 20, 2020
  • February 19, 2021
  • May 21, 2021
  • August 20, 2021

PD Calendar

  • THIS WEEK! Dialogue as a Change Tool: Understanding Community Needs Peer Circles– 2 Part Series

Part 1: was June 23, 2020


  • Slide deck
  • WIN Dialogue Guide

Part 2: July 15, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET – Please register here for the second part (July 15) of this two-part peer circle.

Recommended for WCC field staff, valuable addition for master volunteers.

Building the civic muscle needed for creating change starts by listening deeply to one another. Learn more about the practice of dialogue for building relationships, learning together, and understanding community needs. Across the two peer circle sessions you’ll build/on your foundational understanding of the practice of dialogue, create an opportunity to host a (virtual) session in your community, and return to reflect on what you heard and learned. 

  • Youth-Adult Volunteer Leadership Team Office Hours – Building and Maintaining Your CV (Cohort of Volunteers)

July 20, 2020, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

Your Cohort of Volunteers is very important to this work, but don’t forget about your other CV in the process! Trained volunteers can not only help advance Extension education in your communities but they can also help advance your Extension career. In addition to answering your questions about master health volunteers, youth involvement, youth-adult partnerships, and other WCC matters, we will also discuss incorporating your work with and through volunteers into your professional documents. Although the main theme of the 90-minute ZOOM session will be “Building and Maintaining Your CV (Cohort of Volunteers)” questions of any kind related to Youth Leadership, Youth-Adult Partnerships and the Master Volunteer Program are welcomed. Newly added…Those that are able to join the Office Hours will spend part of the time in a discussion around the possibility of some youth webinars. Some topics that might be offered are Mental Health, Food Security, Youth Led Civil Discourse, and Emergency Preparedness.

Register Here

  • Community Health Needs Assessment Webinar

August 6, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the community health needs assessment process, demonstrate the WCC CHNA tool, and learn about best practices, youth engagement, and common pitfalls. This webinar is open to all communities. Those communities who do not have a CHNA or are in the early stages of the process are strongly encouraged to attend.

Webinar Outline:

  • Introductions & Housekeeping
  • Overview of the CHNA Process
  • WCC CHNA Tool Demonstration
  • Discussion of Best Practices, Youth Engagement, and Common Pitfalls
  • Q&A/Closing

Register Here

Youth Voice and Leadership

  • Youth-Adult Partnership Self-Assessment Rubric for Out-of-School Time 

Does your WCC Community need to assess the strength of its Youth-Adult Partnerships (YAP)?  Maybe YAP has been around for a while in theory, but are the relationships within your community authentic?  YAP fosters youth leadership and engagement, requirements of the Wave 2 WCC.  Attached is a rubric from Michigan State University that will help your community see where it stands with YAP.  It is based on the work of Dr. Shep Zeldin who stands as an international authority in YAP.  This rubric is designed to do the following:

  1. To formalize the concepts of youth-adult partnership in youth settings
  2. To be used as a low-stake peer/self-assessment tool for strengthening youth-adult partnership practices
  3. To be used as a formative or summative evaluation tool for assessing the structures and processes of youth-adult partnership in youth settings

It captures the four critical elements of YAP:  (1) authentic decision-making, (2) natural mentors, (3) reciprocity, and (4) community connectedness.

  • Other Youth-Adult Partnership Resources

News, Research and Resources from the Field:

  • NEW Voices for Healthy Kids Advocacy Training Series

This webinar-based training series is for staff of current and former grantees and other advocacy organizations. Attendees will build capacity and skills, strengthen their mobilization efforts and amplify the important work they do while also creating connections with one another. Using the Power Prism® approach to advocacy as our guide, we will explore topics ranging from grassroots engagement and communications to advocacy and lobbying.

The basics:

  • Free, no-cost webinars
  • Sessions will be held every other Wednesday starting July 15th at 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. CST/1 p.m. PST
  • Run by leaders in the field, including renowned consultants and experts…and you!
  • Topics range from grassroots and communications to advocacy and lobbying
  • Short, 30-to-45-minute session with an opportunity for further mentorship afterwards

In the first session, we’ll teach attendees how to use the Power Prism® in the important work they do. Lori Fresina, executive director and vice president and Allyson Frazier, Director Policy Engagement of Voices for Healthy Kids will lead this not-to-be-missed training. At its core, the Power Prism® is a step-by-step framework for recognizing and acting on opportunities to build momentum in an advocacy campaign. It’s all about learning to make it easier for decision-makers to give you what you want!

Register here for the July 15th webinar.

  • Mark your calendars – Our second webinar will be Wednesday, July 29th at 3pm EST “Using Email for Digital Advocacy” with Nick Dean from Burness Communications. This training will cover the dos and don’ts and what makes an email great for sparking action; building and maintaining your email lists for advocacy; and creating various content formats that drive online advocacy actions, including a focus on writing, phrasing, formatting, and a variety of email styles.


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  • NEW A Conversation with Anthony Fauci from the Aspen Ideas Festival 
    Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director, ECOP

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joins CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, to discuss the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent surge in cases as the US reopens…Learn More


Updated guidance and tools to help community and faith-based organizations make decisions, communicate with their communities, and protect their employees, volunteers, and members. In Spanish and other languages.

Fri.,  July 17, 2020, 11:00 AM ET, Register here

As part of Path Forward, a series produced by the U.S. Chamber Foundation to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to execute a responsible reopening strategy and plan for a post-pandemic world, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci will talk about the state of the pandemic, when he expects to see a vaccine, and what businesses should be doing to prepare for the coming months.

July 23, 2020, in English 1:00 PM ET or in Spanish: 2:00 PM ET

Are members of your community feeling scared, worried or overwhelmed? They are not alone. Promote this opportunity to talk – in English or Spanish – about coping during the pandemic. 

  • From Community Health Rankings and Roadmaps

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has added a new COVID-19 resources page to our website. As communities across the nation transition from response to recovery, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team has pulled together a “one-stop shop” on where people and organizations can find:

  • What Works for Health COVID-19 Strategies: Curated evidence-informed strategies— pulling across Rankings factors including income, education, housing, and more—that communities can consider as they respond to and recover from COVID-19. 
  • Action Learning Guides on Data and Equity: Resources designed to provide communities with the guidance, tools, and examples to develop a deeper understanding of data and the underlying factors that create inequities in communities. 
  • The US COVID Atlas: An interactive open-source map produced in collaboration with the University of Chicago that allows users to compare county-level COVID-19 data, see how the virus has spread in communities over time, and explore key Rankings measures that provide important context about community conditions. 
  • Special Webinar Series: The Health Equity and Social Solidarity in the Time of Pandemic: Strategies for COVID-19 Response and Recovery webinar series shines a light on challenges facing specific communities and populations affected by COVID-19 and how people are responding with equitable approaches. 
  • US COVID Atlas: Exploring Data to Move to Action

Series: COVID-19July 21, 2020 3:00 PM ET

As the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the nation, an endless stream of data has flooded our inboxes, news outlets, and social media. But as communities navigate the crisis, response, and recovery, it’s more crucial than ever to connect this data with our own community contexts. The US COVID Atlas, developed by the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago and coalition partners, is a helpful tool to assess your county’s past, current, and projected COVID-19 data and social and economic data. Layering these data points can provide additional context about a community’s conditions and can help guide services, resources, and policies to where the need is greatest. 

During this webinar, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will be joined by Marynia Kolak, Assistant Director for Health Informatics at the Center for Spatial Data Science, as we: 

  • Explore the features of this unique mapping tool, including county-level COVID-19 data over time
  • Examine the County Health Rankings social and economic measures included in the Atlas, which provide a more complete picture about overall community health
  • Share tools and strategies to better understand data and find ways to take action locally

Register Here