WCC Weekly Bulletin Week of 10/19

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The following bulletin includes information regarding the Well Connected Communities initiative for the week of October 19, 2020:

In this Edition

  • Quarterly PI Call Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Community Health Action Plans
  • Youth Voice and Leadership
  • PD and Coaching
  • FOURWARD Fund PYD Awards
  • News, Research, and Resources from the Field

Quarterly PI Call Friday, November 20, 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:

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

Community Health Action Plans

  • We encourage you to review your community’s Action Plan Feedback Summary with your partners and update your action plan as needed. As your efforts continue, the PD team is happy to connect to provide guidance and learn from you about the ways in which your goal connects to policies and systems in community. Please plan to upload your updated action plan to your community portal by November 30, 2020.  

We will be coordinating some peer-to-peer cohort learning sessions. Hayat Essa will be reaching out to determine availability and coordinate the session.

If you are interested in discussing the feedback or receiving additional support as you update your action plan, please contact Shay McNeil at smcneil@fourhcouncil.edu.  

Youth Voice and Leadership

  • Youth Mental Health Peer Circle

Youth Presenter: Sophia Rodriquez – Sophia is a junior at the University of Georgia and the 2018 Healthy Living Youth in Action Award winner.  Her platform was mental health and helping others learn to cope with mental health issues in their families.

Mental health is important at every stage of life. This peer session on mental health will explore the impact of mental health from youth and adult perspectives. Beyond the examining the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of youth and adults alike, we will be learning from our peers their experience and opportunities available to lead people to mental well-being. Sophia Rodriquez, 2018 4-H Youth in Action: Healthy Living will co-present and co-facilitate this session. The following topics will be discussed:

  • What do youth have to say about mental health; learn about the results of a recent Youth Mental Health Survey that included the effects of COVID-19 on how youth see their own mental health during this time
  • Opportunities to engage community members to destigmatize public health crisis on the mental health of teens- from the perspective of teens themselves.  
  • What do WCC youth and adult community leaders have to say about this public health issue and what they can do within their own communities to open up dialogue about mental health.

If you have the opportunity, we invite you to view Part 1 and Part 2.

The slide deck for both session is attached.  

PD and Coaching

  • THIS WEEK Youth-Adult Volunteer Leadership Office Hours

Office hours will be held on Tuesday, October 20 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST to entertain questions about Youth-Adult Partnerships or Master Volunteers.  The specific sub-topic for Master Volunteers will be how to communicate impact when working with these highly trained volunteers.  When you register, if you have specific questions, please enter them so they are sure to be addressed.

Register Here

  • Thriving Together: Recovery & Resilience during and post-COVID 19 Webinar

November 12, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

This session will focus on the healing, recovery and resilience in two areas of WCC initiative—youth and communities—especially during COVID but looking ahead post-COVID.

  • Youth: The 4-H Thriving Model by Dr. Mary Arnold will focus on capacity building around programs and activities that promote thriving youth especially during COVID and a post-COVID world. Mary Arnold is Director, Youth Development Research and Practice at National 4-H Council. She currently teaches at Oregon State University on 4-H Youth Development. Dr. Arnold developed the 4-H Thriving Model which describes the processes to support positive youth development in 4-H.
  • Community: Well Being Trust will present practical actions for communities across America who want to heal through the trauma of COVID-19 and secure vital conditions for people and places to thrive. Our guest speaker will highlight actions to accelerate an equitable recovery and build resilience over time.

Learning objectives include:

  • Application of understanding of how 4-H helps young people thrive to shape recruitment and engagement of youth in WCC coalitions.
  • Identify opportunities that will foster inclusivity and diversity among 4-H youth.
  • Support communities in reaching beyond learning outcomes to probing into “what happens” especially in a COVID and post-COVID world.
  • Learn practical actions that are consistent with determinants of health for an equitable recovery and resilience during COVID and post-COVID.

Register Here

  • WE WIN Together Racial Justice Community

WCC is partnering with 100 Million Lives to lead the work on racial justice. WE WIN Together Racial Justice Community provides space for communities, organizations, and coalitions to learn with one another. Together, communities reflect and take action to address racism in relationships and in structures and systems. Register at https://winnetwork.org/communities-1 to participate.

Top 3 reasons to join: 

  1. Develop identity, voice and skills to advance racial justice.
  2. Share ideas and solve problems together as part of a community dedicated to this.
  3. Learn to tackle racism at multiple levels to create structural and systemic change.


  • We are pleased to share some exciting updates regarding the FOURWARD Fund Positive Youth Development (PYD) Awards. National 4-H Council has successfully raised additional funding ($160,000) to underwrite a second round of FOURWARD Fund PYD Awards. As a reminder,100% of this amount will go to state and local 4-H programs rather than the 70/30 split that was initially announced in April.  

Applications for the second round of funding will be available on 4-H.org/ApplyFourward on September 30 at 9:00 am ET. The application period will remain open until October 19 at 11:59 pm ET.  

For more information about how to submit a successful application for the PYD Awards, please reference the following:   

The application process is consistent with the approach followed in June, with the addition of a diversity, equity and inclusion question.  Programs that applied during the first round but were not awarded funding are permitted to revise and resubmit their applications in October. 

Thank you to ADM, Crop Risk Services, Corteva, Microsoft and Tractor Supply Company for providing their generous support – making this next round of PYD awards possible. 

Please direct any questions about the FOURWARD Fund Positive Youth Development (PYD) Awards to Jeanine Goldsmith or Nina Lovelace.

News, Research and Resources from the Field:

  • NEW 2020 APLU Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

For the first time in its 133-year history, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Annual Meeting will be held virtually Nov. 9-11, 2020. This year’s theme is Resilience & Equity. According to APLU President Peter McPherson, the APLU Annual Meeting is still here to provide higher education leaders with an opportunity to strengthen our community with opportunities to share best practices and strategies while making lasting connections with colleagues from across North America. Click Here for the Cooperative Extension Section’s Guide to APLU/FANR Events which includes links to register for the APLU Annual meeting.  

More than three in five (61 percent) U.S. households with children report experiencing serious financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a report from National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds.

  • NEW Closing the Opportunity Gap: 4-H and the PYD Solution Forum

To celebrate the release of Council’s PYD White Paper, “Beyond the Gap: How America Can Address the Widening Opportunity Gap Facing Young People,” a virtual discussion of the findings was held over Zoom. This virtual discussion was led by the following Extension and National 4-H Council leaders: 

  • Dr. Edwin Jones, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and immediate past ECOP chair, National 4-H Council Trustee
  • Dr. Kathleen Lodl, Associate Dean and State 4-H Program Leader, University of Nebraska, chair, Program Leaders Working Group
  • Dr. Mary Arnold, Director of Youth Development Research and Practice, National 4-H Council
  • Tay Moore, Louisiana 4-H alumnus and National 4-H Council Young Alumni Advisory Committee member

Recording can found HERE and the Presentation slides found HERE.

  • NEW from eXtension
  • eXtension Hosting FDA’s Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition for Webinar: The New Nutrition Facts Label – What’s Changed and What’s Been Updated. October 22nd, 2020, 2 PM – 3 PM ET. FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the Federal agency responsible for the Nutrition Facts label, as well as the nutrition education and outreach related to the label, will take you “behind the label” to share background on the changes and provide an in-depth tour of the updated Nutrition Facts label. CFSAN staff will also share educational materials and resources on the updated Nutrition Facts label for both health professionals and consumers. Learn More & Register Here. 
  • Investing in Community Resilience Webinar: Advocating for Trauma-Informed Policy & Systems Change. October 20th, 3 PM – 4 PM ET. This is available to eXtension Members Only. Building on the Scattergood Foundation’s Trauma-Informed Philanthropy series, we are pleased to present a 10-month learning series, Investing in Community Resilience. This series, presented in partnership with the Scattergood Foundation, will provide vital information to funders and cooperative extension professionals for developing trauma-informed, healing-centered approaches in their work. Learn More and Register Here
  • NEW HRSA Releases 2019-2020 Report on Health Equity: Special Feature on Housing and Health Inequalities

The Health Resources and Services Administration, through the agency’s Office of Health Equity, today released the HRSA 2019-2020 Health Equity Report: Special Feature on Housing and Health Inequalities. The report indicates substantial progress has been made nationally for all Americans in vital indicators including life expectancy, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and influenza and pneumonia; while health inequities between population groups and geographic areas persist. The report will help HRSA and others build upon the agency’s mission to improve health outcomes and address health disparities through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative, high-value programs.

Read the release.

  • NEW 2019 National Survey of Children’s Health Data

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau released the latest data from the 2019 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) on October 5. The NSCH provides annual, national and state-level data on the health and health care needs of children, as well as information about their families and communities. The NSCH covers a broad array of health-related topics impacting children and families such as mental and behavioral health. The survey data reveals that 13.2 percent of children aged 3-17 years in the U.S. (about 8 million children) had a current diagnosed mental or behavioral health condition. The most common condition was anxiety, which affected 8.5 percent of children, followed by behavior disorder at 6.8 percent and depression at 3.8 percent. The data also shows that 66.5 percent of children aged 6-17 years met all criteria for flourishing, a term describing children who have positive health and are thriving.

Learn more about the 2019 National Survey of Children’s Health data and how it can provide information for program and policy decision-making, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Schools as Nutrition Hubs Grant Opportunity

Deadline to apply is Oct 28, 2020

No Kid Hungry is partnering with the School Nutrition Foundation to support the efforts of school nutrition departments that are working with community organizations, i.e. non-profits and out-of-school time providers, or building new partnerships to ensure kids get the food they need. Grants of up to $50,000 will be given to facilitate partnerships with community organizations to support joint efforts to ensure kids in their community have access to the federal meals programs, backpack programs and food pantries. This grant will also support the needs of school nutrition departments to run these programs. 


  • Eligibility Criteria: School districts that are currently working with community organizations, or intend to work with community organizations, to provide children in their communities with access to the federal meals programs, backpack programs or food pantries during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Length of Grant: November 15, 2020 – November 15, 2021
  • Grant Amount: up to $50,000 awarded to school nutrition departments
  • Proposals Due: October 28, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. ET

Download the RFP to find out more about the grant and how to apply!

The rate of U.S. adults who have obesity stands at more than 42%. This marks the first time the national rate has passed the 40% mark and is a 26% increase since 2008. Check out Trust for America’s Health’s State of Obesity report for additional information.

“Americans have been fed a false history.” That’s the message behind Illuminative’s Indigenous People’s Day Toolkit, which celebrates and honors Native people. Dive into the importance of celebrating and promoting this holiday here.