WCC Weekly Bulletin Week of 10/26

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The following bulletin includes information regarding the Well Connected Communities initiative for the week of October 26, 2020:

In this Edition

  • Quarterly PI Call Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Community Health Action Plans
  • Youth Voice and Leadership
  • PD and Coaching
  • 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

  • National 4-H Summit for Health Living, February 13 – 15, 2021
    • The National 4-H Summit on Healthy Living will be virtual and held on its usual Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 13-16, 2021. The number of hours per day is still TBD but will last no more than approximately 4-5 hours on any one day.
  • Cost is $75 per youth or adult.
  • Registration will be open only during the month of January, 2021.
  • There will be seven tracks which participants will stay in for the three workshop sessions; once a track is chosen, that’s where you stay:
    • Food Insecurity
    • Health Equity
    • Physical Fitness
    • Substance Abuse
    • Nutrition
    • Mental Health
    • Adult Track for professional development.
  • Because of the tracks, there will be no limit on the number of registrations.
  • Highlights of the Summit will include keynote and capnote speakers and a speaker of the day, virtual State Showcase, 3 workshops, career exploration, a virtual “Coffee House” for discussion of national health issues, action plan development, and lots of opportunities for networking.
  • New for this year will be TBD follow-ups for pitching action plans in the “Dolphin Tank”, and following those action plans throughout the year to see the impact on communities.
  • A detailed agenda will be available in mid-November.
  • Opportunities for Collegiate Facilitators are available for those 4-H alums who are in college and attended at least one 4-H Healthy Living Summit.  Applications are due November 20, 2020.
  • National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living Collegiate Facilitators Needed

The Virtual National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living brings together teens from across the nation to focus on healthy living related challenges and opportunities for  youth today. Designed for high school students (grades 9 – 12), the Summit provides opportunities to learn life skills, participate in hands-on activities and workshops and learn from leaders in the field as well as networking with each other. Participants traditionally attend in teams comprised of two to eight youth and are accompanied by adult mentor/chaperone(s). The National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living provides learning opportunities benefitting attendees personally as well as in their communities.

Twelve collegiate 4-H members/alums are needed to facilitate activities, serve as group leaders, help plan/implement the summit, and serve as role models to the youth attendees.  Applicants need not be members of a formally organized collegiate 4-H club, but must be currently enrolled in an institute of higher education and have at least one year of previous enrollment in 4-H.  Preference is given to individuals who have attended a previous National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living. 

Facilitators should be prepared to put in several hours of prep work prior to the virtual summit, and should also expect to work long hours over the course of the summit weekend. While this will be hard work, this is a great opportunity to meet 4-H members from across the nation as well as other collegiate 4-H members. Your registration fees will be waived and this is a wonderful resume builder for college or employment opportunities.

Applicants must be available virtually for 5-6 hours per day from Thursday, February 11th through Monday, February 15th, 2021. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Justin Crowe at jcrowe3@utk.edu or 865-974-2128. All applicants will be notified if they are accepted no later than November 30, 2020.

If you would like to be a Collegiate Facilitator, please complete the attached form and email to Justin Crowe by November 20, 2020:         

Justin Crowe

Director and State 4-H Program Leader

University of Tennessee Extension

PD and Coaching

  • 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.

News, Research and Resources from the Field:

  • NEW America Walks Community Change GrantsGrants for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged communities that support walking as transportation, health, and recreation. For the current grant cycle, America Walks is particularly interested in projects that center the concerns of residents who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color; reach across the demographics of communities to build coalitions; and/or create unique civic partnerships with new perspectives. Closing date: Nov. 9, 2020.
  • NEW Youth Garden Grant Youth Garden Grants are awarded to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. Closing date: Dec. 18, 2020.
  • NEW Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-level Intervention 
    Grants for evidence-based, community-level programs that aim to reduce opioid-involved overdose. Projects must evaluate these community-based efforts to assess their efficacy in reducing opioid-involved overdose and other harms of opioid use, particularly in the regions of the United States with the highest rates of fatal and non-fatal opioid-involved overdoses. Closing date: Nov. 2, 2020.

HRSA-21-021 – The purpose of this grant program is to promote the development of integrated health care networks and bring together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care.  Closing date: Nov. 16, 2020.

This is a recording of an 80-minute presentation (via Adobe Connect) by the Health Resources and Services Administration on rural-focused federal programs and resources.  Presenters represent USDA’s Rural Development and Rural Utilities Service, telecommunications programming at the Universal Service Administrative Company, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and two FORHP-funded rural hospital programs.

  • NEW from eXtension
  • Organizations Partner to Combat the Digital Divide by Launching Searchable Wi-Fi Map for Needed Broadband Connections
    Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation

Several partner organizations today announced the launch of the American Connection Project (ACP) interactive Wi-Fi map. The map provides a free resource to help the public locate more than 2,300 free Wi-Fi locations across 49 U.S. states. The map includes Wi-Fi locations from Land O’Lakes, Inc. and its ag retail owner network, along with several partner organizations including 4-H…Learn More

  • Rural Mortality Penalty is Wide and Growing
    Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director, ECOP
    Subgroup: Health & Well-Being

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…Learn More

  • Neighborhoods at Risk: New FREE Tool To See Where Climate Change is Likely To Impact The Most Vulnerable People
    Paul Lachapelle, Professor, Montana State University
    Subgroup: National Extension Climate Initiative

Hi all, See this new FREE national tool called “Neighborhoods at Risk” developed by colleagues here in Bozeman, MT at Headwaters Economic to see where climate change is likely to impact the most vulnerable people…Learn More

  • Resources for Addressing Food Access for Military Families
    October 27th, 2020, 11 AM – 12:30 PM ET

This webinar discusses the resources available through the Extension and Land Grant university system and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) that address food access and nutrition for vulnerable military service members. Federal resources will also be discussed…Learn More

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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!